re-visiting our local sacred spaces…

Tree Pilgrimages

In Autumn 2016 Wild Church started a new year of pilgrimages.
See below for a summary of the adventures ahead!

WILD HARVEST FUNDRAISER AND ‘MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE TREES’ PILGRIMAGE & RETREATS 2016 – 2017…

Please note that although dates below are fixed, there may be some changes to locations and event details as the year unfolds. For the most up to date details see Next Wild Church Event in the sidebar or visit our Facebook community.


Sunday Oct 9th 2016 – Wild Harvest Fundraiser at Dartington Church
3pm – Unfurling poetry reading with Ian Adams & The White Hart – a Dartington tale told by Helen Raphael Sands with music by Julia Thomas – £6
8pm – An inspirational talk on Spiritual Ecology with Peter Owen Jones – £8


Sunday Oct 30th 2016 – Dartington Sweet Chestnut Retreat 11am- 4pm
Join Myrtle Cooper of Wild and Curious and Rev Sam of Wild Church for a contemplative Wild Food Adventure with the Dartington sweet chestnut trees. Including ‘sensory sauntering’, the lifeworld and storying of the chestnut tree, collaborative chestnut communion and more.


Sunday Nov 13th 2017 – Sam’s Dartington Slow Sloe Pilgrimage 11am – 1pm
Wander slowly through the hidden wilds of Dartington from Hunters Moon to the heart of the Estate with Rev Sam. Meet the mysteries of life and death in the sloe thickets during this sacred season of Samhain and share a silent sloe gin communion.


Sunday Dec 11th 2016 – Sacred Yew Pilgrimage 11am-1pm
Journey with Cami Robyn of Beloved Sanctuary & Rev Sam on a silent Staverton to Dartington pilgrimage to meet the ancient sacred yews in the church yards of St Paul’s, Staverton & St. Mary’s, Dartington – including a yew berry mead communion.


Sunday Jan 8th 2017 – Holy Holly Pilgrimage 11am-1pm  PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE
A silent pilgrimage with Rev Sam, from the beautiful Brooking Churchyard to come into communion with Bidwell Brook and meet the hollies around Brooking and Venton, including a silent collaborative communion.


Sunday Feb 12th 2017 – Wild Willow Pilgrimage 11am -1pm
Celebrate the first signs of spring, including the budding pussy willow, with Rev Sam on this silent pilgrimage from Dartington church yard to the wild willows of Staverton, including a willow tea communion.


Sunday March 12th 2017 – Dartmoor Blessed Birch Retreat 11am- 4pm
Join Cami & Sam for a delicious Birch retreat day at Stone Lane Gardens on Dartmoor. Ranging from silent meditative meeting with the trees and a birch sap & mead communion, to practical tree crafts and instruction on birch tapping. Cost for the day £20 (£10 concessions) and a contribution to a ‘bring & share’ lunch. Cost includes entry to the Gardens. Booking essential – details below.


Sunday April 9th 2017 – Dartington Beech Pilgrimage & Wild Food Forage 11am -1pm  PLEASE NOTE EVENT CHANGE
Meet the Dartington beeches in their spring glory and enjoy a spring foraging adventure with Myrtle Cooper of Wild and Curious Foraging, including practical mindfulness and a wild foraged communion. Apologies from Rev Sam, who will be away on her own pilgrimage in the wilds of Scotland.


Sunday May 14th 2017 – Dartington Apple & Beloved Bees Retreat 11am- 4pm
Join Cami and Sam on the Dartington Estate including a visit to ‘The Meadow’ Bee & Wild Pollinator Sanctuary. Join us for a day of delights exploring the mysteries of apple blossom and bees, including a local cider communion.


Sunday June 11th 2017 – Summer Oak Pilgrimage 11am- 4pm
A longer silent pilgrimage on Dartmoor to meet the oaks along the River Dart. Starting at Vennford Reservoir Car Park for a walk around the water, through the oak woods, down to the River Dart and then up and over Bench Tor. Including celtic storytelling and a concluding cuppa with Sue Blagburn & her horses on her Dartmoor farm.


Sunday July 9th 2017 – Canoe Pilgrimage
For our final day in this sequence we join Hal Gillmore of Canoe Adventures for a canoe pilgrimage on the River Dart. We’ll set off from Tuckenhay & paddle quietly down to Stoke Gabriel to visit the community orchard and ancient yew tree in the church yard, then get back on the water to journey to a remote riverside beach for a fireside communion, before returning to the pub at Tuckenhay. Booking is essential (payment of £20 confirms your place in the big canoe) ONLY 5 SPACES REMAINING


All events, except the Birch Retreat & Canoe Pilgrimage, are offered on a gift economy basis. (With thanks to the Network of Wellbeing for seed funding.) Suggested donations for day retreats & the longer pilgrimage – £20 (£10 concessions) plus a contribution to a ‘bring & share’ picnic lunch. Suggested donations for morning pilgrimages – £10 (£5) concessions.