As you may know, Toby's book
 about Windsor Hill Wood, A Place
 of Refuge
, has just been published by Quercus.

For anyone wanting to read our latest newsletter, please click here

We're delighted to say that Windsor Hill Wood has now reopened!

The Thompsons (Chris, Katharine and our boys Josh and Natty) arrived here on 30th May, certainly a momentous day for us. For the following two months we have lived alongside the Jones family as they sought to pass on to us what they had experienced and learned during their time here.  Guests were invited for short stays as we all lived out the rhythm that had become the centre of Windsor Hill Wood over the years.  And then it was time for the Jones family to load up the 7.5 tonne truck and head off to (Italian) pastures new.  We were truly grateful to have been able to spend this time with them, learning, feeling, laughing, praying, creating - indoors and out.  Equally we were saddened when the time came to say good bye and wish them God's blessing on their next adventure. Toby, Fra, Benny, Emma, Leo - we miss you!

And so, here we are, feeling tremendously excited and blessed to be living in this special place.  It truly is a privilege for us to be able to say that the doors of Windsor Hill Wood are open once again.

WHW is a woodland shelter inspired by the Pilsdon Community in Dorset. Like Pilsdon, we're a place of radical hospitality, manual labour and prayer. We aim to create a loving environment for people going through tough or uncertain times, offering them the chance to rediscover peace, silence and acceptance amidst the beauty and simplicity of the woods. WHW is a very small project. We're not a community or a commune. We're just an "extended household"
with a few extra places laid at the table. We offer traditional Christian hospitality to all, regardless of faith, race and so on. We keep pigs, sheep, chickens, bees and goats. We bake our own bread. We grow our own vegetables and heat our house and its water with wood. We generate a large proportion of our electricity from 16 solar panels. We make simple furniture using the old-fashioned methods and tools of the bodgers: shave-horses, pole-lathes, chisels, axes and knives. We have a thriving forest school and have a volunteer day every Wednesday. We share all our meals and run a common purse for food and bills. We have never charged rent to our guests. Because some of the people here are dealing with addiction issues, the entire site is dry - meaning, of course, no alcohol - and is drug-free. We don't accept any violence, physical or verbal. Like Pilsdon, we have a rhythm of prayer, going to our beautiful chapel by the pond twice a day.

As WHW is now open again if you or anyone you know is in a period of difficulty in your life or you'd simply like time away to re-evaluate things, please get in touch and we can begin the application process.

As well as applying for charitable status we are also actively fundraising to put WHW on a stable financial footing, so any donations would be very gratefully received.






Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice




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