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Jon and Phillippa were the hosts for the 2014 Retreat Weekend, which this time had a Foodie and Foragers theme.
Guests were welcomed on the Friday evening with glorious sunshine, beautiful surroundings and faces both old and new! Unfortunately, the sunshine wasn’t to last but that didn’t affect our tasty Chocolate Workshop with Black Mountain Gold Chocolates. We got to try LOTS of chocolate and learn about the many benefits of chocolate – unfortunately it isn’t as beneficial to eat vast quantities of it. We then very bravely fought the elements and went foraging with expert Alan Cree from Blue Ocean Activities. We all tried various plants and tried to convince ourselves that beech leaves taste like apples! Ponchos were at the ready and it was all great fun, particularly sitting by the roaring fires to dry off afterwards.
Saturday evening we enjoyed a fascinating talk from Penny Lewis, who has been a chef to the Queen! She offered some great anecdotes and tips on how to keep calm in the kitchen!
Sunday afternoon saw us with Karen Crockett, from the Survival School. Karen taught us how to make fire and then make our own bread – amazing! Plus it didn’t rain too much.
The weekend always goes really quickly but the most important part of the weekend is bringing people together that have been through the experience of Encephalitis, be it themselves or as a family member. It is the opportunity to be in an environment full of understanding and compassion that have can have a profound impact for recovery and renewed strength.
The Retreat is a privilege for The Society to host and our Members constantly inspire us.
Thank you to Buckland Hall and their team for looking after us so well! A big thank you to Hazel for once again giving everyone amazing massages over the weekend and a big thank you to the Friendly Hand who without their support we would not be able to fund this amazing and valuable weekend for our Members.
The Encephalitis Society is the operating name of the Encephalitis Support Group which is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.
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