Self-Reliance Craft Retreat

Next Retreat: Summer 2019

Now in its fifth year and growing in value and size each year our Self-Reliance Crafts retreat is the perfect opportunity for you to become empowered with lots of different practical crafts all suitable for beginners at the same time as getting to relax with yoga, massage and building new like-minded friendships around the campfire.

This course is cram-packed with bite-sized craft workshops and talks on all things natural and self-reliance with the aim of empowering you to provide for yourself and your family in the realms of food, health and household needs.

Self-Reliance Craft Retreats

Empower yourself with new skills, relax with new like minded friends, learn how to become more self-sufficient… join Wild Harvest in this immersive off-grid living experience full of workshops and talks in all things natural lifestyle. Come alone or with a friend and spend five days here at Wild Harvest learning all things Natural Lifestyle

  • Natural Beekeeping
  • Permaculture Gardening
  • Instinctive Archery
  • Wild Medicine
  • Wild Food Foraging
  • How to Make Natural Toiletries
  • Fire-by-Friction

  • A Leather Notebook
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Toothpaste
  • Ointment
  • A Tincture
  • Lip balm
  • Bath Bombs
  • Soap
  • A Willow Basket
  • A Rag Rug
  • Candles
Relax With

  • A Yoga Session
  • 30 mins of Head Massage, Reflexology or Kinesiology
  • Campfire friendships
  • Chef made plant-based two course lunches
  • Wood Fired Hot Tub Session
  • Books/Magazine library of self-sufficiency books
  • Help yourself to Herb Teas from the Garden

  • In shared same-sex Timber Tipis with 2 or 3 other ladies
  • A Pop up Tipi for a couple or anyone needing privacy due to health issues.
  • With Bedding and Towels included
  • Off-grid (power is available in the ‘Cosy Hut’)
  • Cook on fire
  • Glamping Association Registered Site
  • On Foam Fold-Out Sofa Beds


“Thank you Di for an amazing weekend of self reliance skills. I have learnt so many things this weekend which I want to use in my everyday life. I have several friends who are very interested in your day courses. See you again most definitely!”  Catherine


“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for such a fantastic weekend on the self-sufficiency craft camp. It was everything we hoped it would be, and more! You made us feel so welcome and relaxed from the minute we arrived and we loved the range of activities that were involved. We’ve come away feeling relaxed and happy to have learned so much, and to have made many new friends 🙂 We’re really impressed with our goody bag of homemade crafts that we got to take home afterwards too! We’ve already enjoyed the candles, ointments and bath bombs since returning home.”  Gabbi


“Fantastic weekend at the Self Sufficiency Retreat, with a good balance of learning new skills and relaxation. Di is friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable, and her passion is inspiring. Would highly recommend to those looking for a week away from the pace of modern life, learning traditional, practical skills and enjoying the natural environment that’s all around us but often overlooked.”  Adam


“What a fantastic week at Wild Harvest! Amazing atmosphere, facilities, community, activities, food, accommodation and nature. I’ve made a basket that looks like a basket, made toothpaste from all-natural ingredients, done farmyard yoga and cooked delicious sausages on our gorgeous communal fire I can also add chicken herding and guinea-pig re-location to my list of new skills. Thanks to Di, Dena and all the team for making us so welcome.”  Polly


“Your excellent teaching and ability to pass on knowledge has allowed me to produce natural toiletries that are better for my body. You inspired me to look further into natural remedies and I am now producing massage oils for my mum and husband which aim to ease their arthritis” . Sally

Why Choose Wild Harvest:

  • 14 Years in business
  • Over 150 Crafts Retreat Graduates
  • Member of Glamping Association
  • Member of Permaculture Association
  • Member of Association of Foragers
  • Highly Qualified/Experienced Tutors
  • Qualified Archery GB Instructor
  • Visit York Highly Commended
  • 5* Rated
  • Featured in Grazia as top nine glamping/activities provider
  • Considered National expert in Natural lifestyle.
Price Includes:

  • 3 x chef-made plant-based two course lunches
  • Refreshments
  • Materials
  • Tuition
  • 30 min therapy session
  • 1 x yoga session
  • 1 x instinctive archery session
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Loo Roll, wipes, soap, shower gel
  • Logs, kindling, candles, firelighters
  • Washing up items
  • Wood-fired hot tub evening
To Bring:

  • 4 x breakfasts
  • Money for two pub meals
  • Bag of rags for rag rugging
  • Glass jar for tincture making
  • Veggie BBQ food for the first lunch
  • Swimsuit
  • A friendly disposition



  • Dates: 
  • Monday 18th March to Friday 22nd March 2019
  • Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 2019
  • Monday 16th Sept to Friday 20th Sept 20109
  • Times:  Arrive for meet and greet between 11am and 12 noon on Monday, departing 5pm on the Friday
  • Who:  You – Come alone or bring a friend or buy as a gift (printed vouchers available)
  • Venue: Wild Harvest, York, YO424TA
  • Price:  £329 To Book Click Button Below.
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