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9 acre Finca Catalonia

9 acre finca has olives, almonds, vines and 3 bed house ,lovely views, 4 kilometers to village which has everything - house sound and dry but requires fitting out, would suit DIY person, offers around £40,000 or will also swap for a flat/etc in Spain, Portugal ,France or a canal boat on the Midi

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Need to find myself

Hi my name is Frank and 59yrs old i need a place somewhere to find myself. I currently live in the city but am feeling lost and need to escape to a place in the countryside getting back to nature and happy a community. About myself i have skills in almost all building maintainence also i love working outdoors wether that be on the land or with amimals and to honest though i don't have much expirience in these areas i learn fast also i have studied councelling and psychotherapy studying person cetred model to nvq lvl3 and have worked with homeless people through the YMCA all i have to offer myself i have no finances that i can bring to the table but i do have a wealth of life experience and a need to live a better simpler life. If you have a place for someone like myself then please get in touch and thanks for reading this.

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Great Accommodation, South Pembrokeshire

House share available for one or two persons in nice victorian house in small hamlet by estuary in south pembrokeshire. Use of whole house and productive organic garden overlooking the waterway.English as a Foreign Language tuition available as an option.Working studio in house also.No extra utility bills.State support is fine.£330 pcm fully inclusive.Thank you.Contact glyn james either via this site or direct on 07392060754 or oakapple5@yahoo.co.uk Thank you.

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Home sought in the South

Hi, I'll make this short and sweet, so improve the chances of it being read. We are looking for a home for two ladies plus 4 cats plus 1 horse. South means Italy or France or Spain. Not in the hottest regions there if possible (horse hates the heat), but considering the recent heat wave across Europe, I guess 40°C are to be had pretty much anywhere south of Norway in future - short-term at least. We are 50+ and 70+, but independent, me still working (IT, catering, other skills as needed), would like a semi-rural location, but not too remote. And long-term. We need to rest, animals and us, after a few "exciting" years. Can afford up to EUR 1000.- a month. Thank you.

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Seeking natural patch for shepherds hut or bell tent, will give my all! Been searching for so long to no avail

Many greetings to whoever is reading. I'll give some back story as, well.. I've been searching since I was 18, I'm 24 now and though my will is far from gone.. it seems I never manage to find that one little plot, still persistence pays off in the end and I'm not ready to stop yet. Over the past 6 years I've found myself increasingly nomadic and increasingly seeking. I've always (since I got the pipe dream at 13) yearned for a truly self sufficient, off-grid lifestyle, where I provide for myself, by myself, and share the extra, if any, to all. I'm not strictly a hippy or flower child, I suppose more a hermit, only friendly.. druidic but without the rituals (hopefully funny). When I was in my early teens I always dreamed that by 25, I'd have a small off grid cabin in the middle of a new Zealand rainforest, with a tend to nature and nature will tend to me attitude. I've always somewhat believed that we "should" be living a more eco friendly lifestyle, though admittedly I'm not a vegan nor vegetarian.. but well to put it bluntly when capable of growing my own crops then I don't eat meat, but always eggs.. chickens are wonderful creatures are they not. Ofcourse I've scaled the dream back, new Zealand is frightfully difficult to get into, yet alone to "get away" with any smallholding.. no matter how small. I've on and off lived with many people over the past years, within caravans, a converted bus, a motorhome, a yurt, a bell tent, an old wooden yacht (I did own) and at an historic Napoleonic fort come freeholding, where along with an older/middle aged couple I built a cabin, we grew all our own food, kept 5 chickens, 5 dogs and 6 ferrets.. very out in the middle of nowhere and the views were stunning (plus it was all free, always a bonus aha). Well that was the year before last, and though I can return anytime, I would like to.. be doing the same only not on a couples toes all the time (I hope that's understandable, always found I was invading there privacy, whether they see it like that or not.. I was very much in their shadow, perhaps it was the enclosed nature of the fort). And last year I bought an old 30ft wooden yacht, far from seaworthy and after a year of living next to a large corrugated shed in a boatyard I found I simply had to leave... As much as I loved the boat.. any more time in a concrete and steel working boatyard and I think I'd have gone stir crazy. It's left me in a bit of a position truth be told.. with over £900 worth of wood (I was planning a cabin build for a while) stuck and unused, aswell as all my possessions being stored at friends places once again. I've recently became good friends with the estate manager down these parts, however almost all of the land is owned in part by various trusts and the m.o.d and he's having a hell of a time finding a plot I could place a shepherds hut on. Now at least until June I've been "given/offered" a large static caravan with all the mod cons.. only.. its in a concrete yard, next to a large corrugated iron farm building with another static across from me. Definitely can't grow anything there and definitely can't get involved with the land.. I'd hoped to get in with the gamekeeper and woodland management aspect's, however it's looking like a very long road ahead to potentially find myself back where I started. I'm not the biggest guy, 5"5' but quite well built and very capable if not through determination alone. I'm a quiet person and in my years running with hippies in various vehicles.. though my love for them grew, the parties, being moved on, trails of rubbish/litter, no animals and no growing food really, left me feeling stale.. unfulfilled, I was almost on the right path with great people.. but ultimately we wanted different life's.. maybe old before my time as some say, but I'm still young enough not to give up trying.. to my betterment or (as is too often the case) my detriment. I'm somewhat solitary but enjoy company when I can help or get involved with projects and plans, besides I have friends and family in so many places.. I'm always on a bus or train somewhere and being social is just part and parcel, I'm just not the party hard type.. more acoustics round the campfire. I'm very sincere, very honest and very polite as well as eager and keen to find myself in the position I've mentioned.. I'll essentially be going back to tent life soon and roaming from farm to farm to estate to god knows looking for a patch. Ideally I need no more than a 30ft square patch of land, which I could rent, building no permanent structure just a shepherds hut or even a cladded poly tunnel with rail floor.. so no nasty holes or ground anchors. I would run via solar and gas, though a burner is always welcomed I'd rather not disturb anyone with the smoke. I'm a good gatherer however ha. Really the phrase "chop wood, fetch water" sums up just how simply I want my life to run. I make money online, an adequate amount and likely enough to cover any rental needs. I'm always happy to work and more than eager to learn. If you would be so kind, I would love to try and make my way to your community and maybe learn more. Potentially helping out in every way, far more than the two hours asked in return for even a slight chance. I suppose this is already too long Yet I do hope you won't dismiss me for that.. I'll leave it there and hope this find you well Best of wishes And many thanks for your time Eagerly awaiting any reply Yours faithfully Jack partridge

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Needed: sheepdog/shepherd training

I am looking for a farm to work on in the UK that will train me and my collie Freya. I am currently Woofing full time, going from farm to farm gaining experience in general farm work. Freya was born on Jan 6 2019 and is exceptionally bright and keen. Please email me if you have any advise or know of a farm that may take us on or if you want more details. Cheers, Ian.

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Retired couple looking for a place to rent

We are a couple 67yrs and 72 yrs looking for a property for long term let in Cornwall.We are looking for a detached property minimum of 4 bedrooms which is not surronded by other properties as we have 9 dogs.Must have land or very large garden.We do not mind doing work on the house

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WANTED: Holiday/ solitary retreat in August

Hello, I am looking for a 7-10 day solitary retreat in August. cabin/boat/caravan/chalet (most things considered) preferably not too far from London, and in nature. Will pay for use. Cooking facilities, and a shop nearby important as I don't drive. Near railway station would be helpful. Open to ideas. Thank you.

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Looking to make some connections...

Hi, I'm currently traveling in Europe and visiting some communities to learn about this way of life. I'm interested in buying a piece of land or joining an existing community to start living simply and self-sufficiently. I am particularly interested in doing this in Europe. So far I have found a few very expensive possibilities (650 Euros for an experience week!) that do not interest me. I'm hoping to exchange my hard work for knowledge and experience. Does anyone have any advice or information that might be useful? I'm hoping to make some connections with like minded people. It would be great to hear from you if you can help or perhaps you're in a similar position? Cheers. Jon

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If you are down our way!!

Hi Diggers and Dreamers, we are a 50 something couple fit and active off-gridders living in southern France's Aude valley.  We have a tiny house and a small cabin plus 4 acres in the most beautiful and spiritually powerful place and a very pretty stretch of river and at this time 5 chickens. We are working towards self sufficiency  but no rush. We are able to accommodate campers/hikers off- Gridders or anyone who would like to visit and see what we are doing. We are actually on the Cathar Trail. There is always a bit of work to do but never too much (and it's not expected). Except last November  when the floods washed our bridge away, all sorted now thankfully. So this is it in the spirit of open mind open heart we are open if you find yourself down this way. Nearest town is Quillan,  feel free to contact us and we shall see if how we fit. Mark and Diane.

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Moving to the South West of England

Lady 62, BA(Hons) English, looking for a place to stay in the south west of England for a while, in a few months time, whilst I look for a permanent home to buy. I love animals, outdoors, the beach etc. I'm a good plain cook, housekeeper etc. Non smoker. Can be part of a community or work in a private house in a flexible role. Empathetic, caring and responsible lady. Not vegetarian but only eat fish or chicken. Please message me with any questions. Sandie

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Liskeard Intentional Community

Townhouse 5 beds from 10 to 35 sq.m. plus 5 common rooms plus very small outdoor space, therefore suitable for 50+. Envisage: purchasers or renters after 6 month probation. No Smokers. Envisage : small kitchen and diner for residents preparing own breakfast/lunch. Large kitchen/living room for shared main meal. Sitting Room, Sunroom + small roof garden. Envisage: Car Share. Large Workshop. Shop let out on annual tenancy. Adjacent garden rented.

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Looking for land

Looking to buy a smallish piece land (possibly woodland) in Wales for our family to live on. Please get in touch if know of anything suitable. Many thanks x

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Living on the land

Is there anybody out there looking at buying land (and has the availabile capital) and thinking maybe there is an advantage to joining up with other people to buy a larger piece to enable living on the land. We have come to the conclusion that it may be easier planning wise to link up with someone and get 15 acres or thereabouts. Our budget allows, depending on area, for 4-6 acres which is alot harder to try differing planning techniques on rather than 15 acres + which generally gets automatic planning for a barn . We are looking at England anywhere from the Midlands to the south coast. Unfortunately not Wales Devon or Cornwall. Anyone in similar situation want to get in touch? Idea to buy, as a small group of maybe 5, 15 acres. Get permitted development permission for a barn and therefore the 5 years allowed to reside there for construction. Then divvy upthe land amongst the group kinda thing- open to other ideas on how to achieve living on the land- taking it from there.

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Wanted:caravan parking or barn/yard/land to rent

Medically retired (59) from NHS emergency service and seeking small remote land area to rent for a touring size caravan in which i live full time.Ive no family or ties to speak of, just two cats. Ideally a quiet remote plot of land or woodland OR a parkup on a family run farm -as I do now, im happy but would really like a change.Must have water and hopefuly electricity on site. Also possibly interested in renting a rural yard or barn /steading with yard or forest/woodland site or cottage if very cheap even if requires work. I currently work part time as a photographer and writer into off-grid technology and self sufficient living. Not interested in living in a large busy working commune or religious/spiritual development centre (Im too often asked,please dont waste your time asking me.) Im very friendly but ive worked in two very stressful careers dealing in trauma now i seek solace and solitude.I like my own space, peace and quiet in the natural world,with as few people intruding in my life as possible. I am ideally looking for somewhere in the western highlands or islands of Scotland(previously lived on Harris),but will consider other more remote rural locations of England or Wales also. Nowhere near towns cities main roads or rail lines...i really do mean remote...small village nearby is as much as i can tolerate.No holiday sites. Feel free to message,Ill reply asap subject to internet being available.

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looking for co partner to run a remote lodge in the heart of Africa

Wanna take a big leap into adventure and spiritual isolated living? I am looking for a handy, creative and supportive person to share the responsibilities of managing the lodge, restaurant, looking after guests, providing various activities & services, administrative work, but most of all enjoy the jungle, lake, African community, the African night skies at it best, I see it not as work but as. life style. Email africaknowlogy at gmail dot com

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2 bedroomed smallholding to let in bulgaria

we have a lovely 2 bed modern smallholding to let long term here in the wine growing region of Bulgaria!The cottage sits on an acre of land with barns and storage buildings.(more land if you want to rent) Cottage has modern bathroom , fully equipped kitchen , 2 bedrooms and lounge with wood burner, private garden and patio.With beautiful views down this quaint valley! here time has stood still ...horses and carts trundle by, the shepherds walk past with their cows and goats; the air is clean and the summers are long,perfect for growing and full of wildlife.We live in the next cottage ...we are permaculterists and have flocks of birds and a few sheep ...the village has bars , post office ,pharmacy doctors and shops ...also buses running to the nearest towns ..where both national and international connections can be made by train...Romania is 2 hours away , Turkey is 6 hours, Greece 3 hours Rental monthly is £250 Deposit £300....Bartering is a way of life here so open to negotiations on that rent...why not take a while out of the hustle and bustle and step into a slower ,gentler way of life !

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Musical couple looking for somewhere to park up and help out :-)

Hi everyone! We are a couple with a very friendly dog who currently live in a self-converted camper. We are both musicians, who gig on a semi-regular basis. We are looking for somewhere rural where we could park our bus in exchange for work. Between us we have the following skills; general handy work, animal care, cleaning, teaching, aircraft mechanic skills (transferable to other engineering type work) cooking, child minding, general housework and any other tasks! We are highly adaptable :-) we are entirely self-sufficient, with no need for electric, just somewhere near to fill up on water. Any location considered, but we are currently located around South Staffordshire. Please get in touch :-)

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Wanted: Good woman 45-65 ish

You: Calm, nurturing, happy, strong, resourceful, empathetic, and open minded, with driving license and desire to become live in friend, social companion and helper. Me: Vivacious, sapiosexual lady in mid 50's with anxiety and a moderate degree of PTSD, not interested in dating. Many interests, including rocket mass stoves/heaters, composting toilets, living off grid, permaculture and community living etc :-) Accommodation is offered rent free in exchange for help with cooking, cleaning and initially help to declutter and organise other stuff around the home. You would need to pay your own way when it comes to food and housekeeping costs because I'm very much into good quality food and making as much as possible from basic ingredients, where practical, avoiding processed food. No palm oil, hydrogenated veg oil, etc... The eventual hope is to co organise and develop a structure that will be the launch pad for a small community to develop. If you enjoy a challenge, are reliable, respectful, warm and friendly with a sense of humour, integrity and desires to build a self sufficient, permaculture type way of living as as green and frugal as possible, please contact me! :-) I have my own large (but for the moment cluttered) home, 2 miles from the beach with a small garden and a friend half a mile away who has a garden that can be developed like an allotment. I am located in between the popular seaside towns of Poole and Bournemouth, on the south coast of England and ideally located for all amenities and transport links. For now, this means being located in town but my ambition is to find something quieter without being far from the necessities. I have just acquired a small, old motorhome too and am aiming to get out and have fun times as soon as I can find the right lady to enjoy helping me gently build the confidence to expand my horizons. So someone with relevant experience too would be pretty wild! :-) Long term goals are to research the foundation of building a small intentional community for the joy of mutual support and friendship. I am working to sell my home when the appropriate group of people have coalesced and when we have identified what direction we need to go in based on group skills, needs and resources. If any of this resonates with you, please do message me with details of you and your circs, hopes and dreams at bumfodderdisposal at gmail dot com and I will respond. Include a phone number and the times you are available too and I will be very pleased to phone you! For some reason I never seem to get proper notifications from this site and have missed too many messages so please do email me directly on the address above if you want to be assured of a reply. Looking forward to hearing from you. :-) Ad astra, let the adventure begin...! :-)

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Considering the future!

Hi All..... I'm Antony a just turned 40, former dairy farmer and cheese maker. I recently moved home to Cornwall with hubby and recently came to a crashing halt physically and mentally after years of busting my nuts managing dairy farms and making cheese. I earnt a good wage, had money in the bank but was miserable and exhausted. It’s been a tough few months but I’ve come out of it with a clear sense of direction. I am going to strip my life back to the bare necessities, material needs are out of the window and being as ecologically minded and self sufficient is the order of the day. I have a converted horse box that I lived in for several months before returning to Cornwall and it was the most content time of my life. So if there’s any one in Cornwall with a dream of setting up a self sufficient, eco minded, carbon neutral project (at least as much as is practical) I have three young house cows, sheep, chickens, cheese making equipment and skills and 25 yrs of farming under my belt.....oh and more determination than I’ve ever had to make a difference. Fancy chatting? 07967561307 Antony.curnow@yahoo.co.uk

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European Day of Sustainable Communities 2019

The European Day of Sustainable Communities on 21st September 2019 is a celebration of local communities taking action for a zero-carbon, regenerative and inclusive Europe. All communities and citizens who are catalysing transformation in the face of ecological and climate breakdown are invited to become co-creators of the day. How? Plan an event for September 2019 (as small or big as you want!): open days, shared meals, workshops.... Registration is already open and you are invited to register your event here https://www.sustainable-communities.net/events/community/add. That way you become a co-creator of the day, and your event appears on the #EDSC map. Check out https://www.sustainable-communities.net/ and contact your national contact point if any question! (Spain: noemi_glepetit@hotmail.com)

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Considering Cohousing?

Considering Cohousing on Facebook. Not your standard information but an essential read for anyone considering joining or already a member. This looks behind the usual claims about cohousing, based on detailed research and years of personal experience. Questions you need to ask, and analysis of patterns across many communities. Regular updates. Check it out. www.facebook.com/Considering-Cohousing-2357455264501206

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Very experienced Multi Skilled Estate Handyman, Gardener, Chauffeur, Large Vehicle Driver and very decent van dweller seeks handyman or gardening work on an estate plus a peaceful place to park overnight in Central England/Wales/Midlands area..

Favour for a parking spot would be returned by me in the form of weekly garden maintenance or building maintenance work on your home or estate. I'm ideally looking for a forty hour per week (paid) job but I will settle for less if I can find extra work elsewhere. I'm a quality, experienced, very capable multi skilled maintenance man with good references who is presently searching for a new multi skilled handyman/gardener/driver job ideally on a single estate in the Central England/Wales or in or around the Midlands area of the U.K. I will happily accept £9 per hour minimum. I have been employed in many multi skilled, technical building and gardening, grounds maintenance and construction positions at various places in the past including large hotels, schools, country etates and other establishments. I'm a decent, respectable, well spoken, hard working, fifty years old, presently single, peace loving, alternative minded van dweller who has an eye for detail and completes jobs correctly. I love nature, wildlife, camping, living off grid and being outdoors. I'm fit and healthy and I don't take drugs. I'm not very materialistic and I choose to live a simple, cheap and very legal life living in my standard sized Ford Transit van. I am looking for a safe and peaceful place to park on evenings and weekends. I would be very open to renting out a large garage or secure shed too if you have one for let in order to store my stuff which is currently in storage elsewhere. This isn't a necessity though if you do not have any storage! I would be happy to act as a watchman while on your land or provide occasional company for an old person or for any woman who lives alone and who would like to feel more protected or less lonely. My van is taxed, insured and roadworthy. All I would need would be: access to an external cold water supply, access to a washing machine once a week, a bin,tumble drier and or clothes line. I would be very happy to shower outside behind a screen at the rear of my van using my own low voltage hot power shower system so I would need no access to any house other than for letter collection that is if you were happy for me to use your address as a care of address for my post. Very occasionally I may need a 240 volt connection but I do have solar panels and extra batteries on board my van so this would be very rare. I would be happy keeping myself to myself (if preferred) parked up in a quiet corner of a field or in someone’s country garden or estate where there is access to the road. I own a new high quality Balmoral lawnmower which gives perfect stripes on quality lawns plus other garden equipment and many other tools so I would be happy to negotiate a weekly payment or number of hours of work to pay for my nightly parking spot. I'm a country loving man who does not enjoy crowded town and city areas and I am fed up of parking over night in laybys on noisy main roads or in busy places in the city. I would also be open and willing to integrate with a group of nice peace loving, alternative minded people on a nature biased commune set up somewhere in the central England/Wales/Midlands area if I can find one. If you are looking for a handyman and gardener and if you are based in or near the areas mentioned then please get in touch! I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Gram.

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Looking for a home in rural Herefordshire

We’re looking to follow our dreams and find a small home in rural Herefordshire. Anything considered.. a barn.. derelict house.. Old mill. Please get in touch if you know any for sale... Robbie

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Volunteer

Hi I am volunteer animal care,pets sitter london.i am offer my help part time .i am work part time just 10hours per week cleaning medical alliance london.i need get experience.i am start animal care level 2course.i am kind,honest and reliable most important love animals they lovely and friendly.thank u.agnieszka zuwala

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Wild Flower meddow, Looking for help starting an off grid camp sight

Hello, I am an artist, veg grower, musician, chi gong teacher, I am very dyslexic and frozen by paper work. I am looking for help to apply for and create a camp sight on my 6 acre small holding 6 miles from the cost in south Devon. Accommodation I can offer is very basic eg: a van with a burner and a very basic compost loo, until we have made a proper one. For a chat please call Si: 07971118053

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Rural Farm Retreat Accommodation - Offering Talking Therapy (35mins from London)

Rural Farm Retreat Accommodation - Offering Talking Therapy - Comprising of a room in the farmhouse with its own access from the garden. The garden room has its own en-suite shower room. The door linking the room to the main house is locked on both sides and therefore there is no access to the main house or the kitchen. However, opposite the door to the garden bedroom is a log cabin, which has several uses and is used as an office, a talking therapy room, a lounge for relaxing, reading and watching DVDs on a small screen and where a continental breakfast can be served/prepared each morning and also where a simple evening meal can be prepared in the microwave by a guests staying in the garden bedroom.The log cabin also has a mini fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a garden table and four chairs outside the garden bedroom door, during the warmer months, for guests staying in the room to use. The farm is a non-working farm, situated in a nice quiet country lane on the North Downs in Kent in an area of outstanding natural beauty, standing in 12.5 acres of private grounds, made up of fields and woodland, which our guests are welcome to walk in and explore, with views of the neighbouring 12th century Church. Although rural, the farm is only 10 minutes drive from the A2, 25 minutes drive away from Bluewater Shopping Centre and 15/20 minute drive to the local train stations for trains into London Victoria (fast train 35 minutes and slow train 55 minutes). Central London is only 34 miles away. The retreat is offered for three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) between 31st March and 1st November. Contact denise@denisemileson.com for more details

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