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WHW is a woodland shelter inspired by the Pilsdon Community in Dorset.
Like Pilsdon, we're a place of radical hospitality, manual labour and
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 could be called a community though in
essence we are 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,
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 host 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
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.
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.
Windsor Hill Wood is what it is because of the contributions of so many,
near and far, be they volunteers who help on a Wednesday, local experts
on woodland management, people who make financial contributions or the
wide variety of guests who stay here for just a few days or many months.
All have something to give and all receive something back too.
“Let the field
be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the