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

We're delighted to say that Windsor Hill Wood will be reopening its doors in the spring.

We're also thrilled to announce that WHW's Management Committee has found a new family to take on the running of the woodland shelter. Chris and Katharine Thompson, ably assisted by their two boys, will be the new Wardens of WHW from May 2017. They will overlap with the Joneses for two or three months before the Joneses move back to Italy in the summer of 2017.

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.

WHW will be welcoming guests again in May, so if you know of anyone in a period of crisis in their lives, they're welcome to get in touch now to begin the application process. We're 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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