Friday 28th February ~ Sunday 1st March
LEAP YEAR SPECIAL!
- FULLY BOOKED -
FOREST OF DEAN ~ GLOUCESTERSHIRE
- FULLY BOOKED -
PRIVATE USE of haunted Manor house, 30 ACRE grounds, stone circle and FOREST
2 nights accommodation
MEDIEVAL BANQUET with wine & ale
Campfire Ghost Stories in HAUNTED WOODLAND!
Seance at the STANDING STONES
'GONG BATH' SOUND THERAPY (heightens intuition!)
Manor House PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION
Refreshments and snacks all weekend
While the house sleeps up to 54 people, we are limiting our group to 25 to ensure no overcrowding, lots of space and the best possible experience.
Join us for HISTORY, MYSTERY and ENLIGHTENMENT!
Leap years are special...
It is said that once every 4 years we all have the opportunity to connect more deeply with the
spirit world and the spirits of nature.
February 29th is considered by many to be the very best possible time to heighten intuition and even to reach spiritual enlightenment, which is why we've chosen this rare weekend to explore this beautiful haunted location.
ABOUT OUR VENUE
Our home for the weekend is a classic country house nestled within 30 acres of private grounds
with forest, fields, its own stone circle and much more.
The house sits high above the town of Mitcheldean, deep in the heart of the Forest of Dean and commands spectacular views over the River Severn to the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills over 20 miles away.
The estate can be traced back at least 2000 years and was originally an Iron Age settlement.
The first house on this land was built in the 16th century with the present house replacing it in 1824. Once a private home the building became a Women's Sanatorium in 1884 before becoming an isolation hospital for children with Diphtheria and Scarlett fever. Finally the building was used as a geriatric hospital until it closed its doors in 1965.
Now known as The Wilderness Centre, the estate offers the opportunity to roam freely throughout private woodlands, fields and hills.
As a former hospital, the building has seen many deaths including tragically, children. Over the years staff and visitors alike have reported a range of strange phenomena including disembodied footsteps, children giggling, doors opening and closing and most frequently, a woman with dark hair who walks up the driveway and through the front door before disappearing! In the woodlands there is a small building known as 'The Chapel' This was actually used as the hospital mortuary, and wandering spirits have often been seen leaving through the doorway before disappearing into the dense forest! Occasionally visitors have also seen a small light flickering in the window, like a candle, as would have been the case when bodies were laid out in there...however the building is now disused.
The Forest of Dean is notorious for it's magic and folklore, having been plagued by witchcraft and some say the dark arts until the 1900's. Many local residents would at that time carry hazel tags with them, or hang them outside their doors...so afraid were they of the cunning folk!
Mitcheldean itself has a history of riots, murders and hangings, and the local area was the home of the last woman in Gloucestershire to be charged with being a Witch, Ellen Hayward. Ellen would treat people using potions and herbs gathered from the surrounding forest under a full moon.
The Forest of Dean is arguably the richest place in Britain for myths and legends. From hidden roman temples to strange runic inscriptions and sightings of a strange bearlike figure there is many an unusual discovery to be made here.
But what makes this area particularly curious are the sheer number of encounters with the Devil himself reported over the last few hundred years. Many eye witnesses claim to have seen the hoofed figure, sometimes standing, at other times on horseback being followed by legions of riders, charging silently through the forest in the dead of night.
There are also claims from locals, of covens of spectral witches roaming freely...dare you enter the woods alone at night?
5.00pm - Arrival
grab a cuppa and dump your bags...
relaxation starts here!
7.00pm - Medieval Banquet
Gather in the grand entrance hall to be led to the banqueting room. After a brief welcome talk from Jayne Harris enjoy a sumptuous candlelit feast with a glass of wine or ale, music and laughter.
9.00pm - Campfire Gathering
Take the lantern lit walk through the haunted woodland to the large campfire. Pull up a log, grab your hot chocolate, and make yourself comfortable as Jayne regales the group with local myths, legends and ghost stories that will have you looking over your shoulder! After toasting marshmallows it's back through the woods we go towards the stone circle...keep an eye on the shadows...
10.00pm - Seance at the Standing Stones
Standing on high ground, with the modern world fading into the distance below you, feel the spirit of the place as we close our first evening with a group seance under the stars.
8.00am - 10.00am - Breakfast Buffet
Help yourself to our wholesome continental breakfast
including croissants, bagels, hams, cheeses, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, fruit juice, tea and coffee
11.00am - Gong Bath Sound Therapy
with special guest Angie Latham.
A truly wonderful experience designed to relax you and alter your consciousness through the waves and vibrations of these ancient instruments.
Read more about the benefits of sound therapy here
1.00pm - Lunch
warming winter soup with warm crusty rolls
3.00pm - afternoon Workshops or just relax!
A choice of complimentary workshops:-
Spiritual Development with Karen Fray
Shamanism with Mike Benfell
Evidence of the Afterlife with Jayne Harris
Of course you could spend the afternoon relaxing, or maybe you'll want to venture into the forest, roam along the fields enjoying the stunning views, revisit the stone circle, the bell tent village or replica Saxon house. You may even decide to take a nap, boosting your energy for the night ahead! The choice is yours.
7.00pm - Paranormal Investigation
After jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings your evening will begin with a briefing from Jayne on the ghosts of the building, after which we will visit various areas of the property and woods in search of its spirits and paranormal experiences!
Guests will have the opportunity to use ghost hunting gadgets, divination tools and participate in various experiments and lone vigils if they wish.
Refreshments available throughout.
The evening will close at 1am with a group seance by candlelight.
9.00am - 11.00am - Breakfast Buffet
Before heading home help yourself to a wholesome breakfast including croissants, bagels, hams, cheeses, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, fruit juice, tea and coffee.
There will be vegetarian/vegan options and non-alcoholic drinks available during the Medieval Banquet. 1 glass of wine/ale per person included. You are welcome to bring your own beverages however please bear in mind that anyone considered heavily under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to participate in activities.
All outdoor activities are weather permitting. In the event of poor weather, activities will take place indoors.
As we have private use of the entire estate guests are welcome to remain in the forest or explore after-hours but are responsible for their own safety outside the organised schedule.
About our Special Guests
Angie is a qualified Sound Therapist,
Empath, Energy Intuitive and Clairsentient and has also trained in Mindfulness and Past lives.
She regularly holds sound gong baths and sound meditation sessions across Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
You can learn more about Angies work on her website:
Angie will be giving guests a wonderful Sound Gong experience on Saturday morning!
Known by many as "The White Wizard' Mike is a Reiki Master, Energy Healer, Tarot Reader and walker of the Shamanic pathways.
Ever popular with the public, after suffering several NDE's Mike works with the higher self and earth energies in all his work.
As well as running a workshop on Saturday afternoon, we also have the pleasure of Mikes company for the entire weekend!
Your Mystical Forest Package:
2 nights at THE WILDERNESS CENTRE with EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE 30 ACRE ESTATE
MEDIEVAL BANQUET and CAMPFIRE GHOST STORIES in HAUNTED WOODLAND
SEANCE at the STANDING STONES
FREE SOUND GONG SESSION with Angie Latham
AFTERLIFE WORKSHOP with JAYNE HARRIS
SHAMANIC PATHWAY WORKSHOP with Mike Benfell
FULL PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION of Former Hospital and Manor House
BREAKFAST, LUNCH, EVENING MEALS, SNACKS AND HOT DRINKS ALL WEEKEND
EERIE ESCAPES welcome pack with FREE GIFTS and DELICIOUS TREATS in your room!