FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the timings for Friday?
We invite you to arrive from 5pm on Friday. Someone will be there to greet you and we will have some helping hands available for those who need help setting up their camp. The weekend will start with an orientation talk at 6pm and then dinner will be served at 6.30pm.
What time does the gathering end on Sunday?
On Sunday we expect the closing circle to finish at around 4.30pm, and straight afterwards we will serve some light food and snacks for those that would like to eat a little before travelling home. We invite all camping participants to pack down their tents and start their journeys home by 7pm on Sunday.
Do I need to bring extra food?
Most participants find that they are happily satiated by the food on offer. There will be a self service breakfast at 9.30am, and then we will serve lunch at 1.30/2pm and dinner at 6/6.30pm. There will be self service hot drinks available throughout the day.
Please feel free to bring along extra snacks or treats for yourself if you know you will require them. We cannot offer any cooking or storage facilities in our catering kitchen but you are welcome to bring your own camping stoves to use in the campsite if you would like. All the food we serve will be vegan, and if you are going to bring your own food, we ask that you please bring completely vegetarian products only – no meat or fish.
Will there be special food provided for kids?
We hope that the food served at the retreat will be tasty and nourishing for all ages, and we have worked hard to achieve this! There will be no separate kids menu, but we will have some extra fruit and rice cakes always available for the kids to snack on in between meals. Feel free to bring your own snacks and ‘safe’ foods if you know your children will be particularly peckish or fussy! We will be happy to email over the menu for the weekend if you would like to see if your little ones will be ok with what is on offer. All the food we serve will be vegan, and if you are going to bring your own food, we ask that you please bring completely vegetarian products only – no meat or fish.
I can’t access the online dosha quiz. How can I complete it?
Some people have had issues accessing our quiz hosting website. You can try clearing your cache, using a different browser or check whether your firewall is blocking it. If you still have problems don’t worry, we will have some paper versions to complete on Friday if you don’t manage the online version before then.
How many people will be at the retreat?
At our most popular times on Friday evening/Saturday and Sunday there will be around 75 participants in total, along with teachers and event staff. For the Wednesday/Thursday/Friday daytime we expect around 20 participants plus teachers and staff.
Where will the sessions be held?
There will be large stretch marquees to practice in, and all of our activities will take place outdoors, under cover in the case of inclement weather, but in plenty of fresh air and amongst the beautiful nature of Hardwick estate.
Do I need to bring any money with me?
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks are provided and included in your ticket price, and there will be water points to fill up your water bottle. You may want to have a massage or kinesiology treatment from one of our amazingly talented therapists while you are with us, in which case it would be good to bring some cash along to pay for this as it is not included in the ticket price. A 30 minute slot with one of our therapists is £30, and a 1 hour slot is £50/£45 concessions. If you don’t manage to bring cash for this it’s ok, they will accept BACS as well.
I have never been wild swimming before. Is it safe?
The stretch of the Thames that flows at our feet is calm, serene, peaceful and powerful.
We can never guarantee the river is completely free of hazards – however, Hardwick is a well known local wild swimming spot and many people do this regularly throughout year without any ill effects. On sunny days there are many people from the surrounding area who come to kayak, paddleboard and swim in the waters, and it is generally considered very safe to do so. There will be a trained lifeguard and swimming instructor present at the event so you will be in safe hands. The early morning swim is often a surprising highlight for people as they experience a sort of refreshing rejuvenation like nothing else. It is also done totally at your own choice, so no one will be pressuring you to do it if you don’t want to! We highly recommend it, but fully respect people’s choice if they decide not to. It’s your retreat so you do it in a way that works for you!
Can I park near my tent?
The parking for the campsite is all together in the same field as the tents, so you will be able to park close by to your tent, making unpacking a simple job.
I have not camped before. What should I bring?
You can find a list of recommended items to bring in your booking confirmation from WeTravel that you will have received to your email address when you bought your ticket. If you are new to camping, sound advice is to bring along an airbed or similar comfy mattress to sleep on that insulates you from the ground. The thin roll mats which look similar to yoga mats generally suit the more hardy of campers. Something a bit thicker and softer will ensure a comfortable night sleep. As we are close to the river, it can get colder than you expect at night, so it is also recommended to bring along a couple of extra blankets as well as a sleeping bag, and a hot water bottle. The hot water bottle can make all the difference between a bad night’s sleep and a really comfy one! There will be an urn with hot water available for people to fill up their hot water bottles in the evening.
BRING YOUR OWN...
- Tent or you can rent one!
- Sleeping Mat
- Warm sleeping bag
- Lots of blankets
- Light for inside your tent
- Yoga Mat
- Warm clothes for yoga in the morning, layers
- Blanket & Socks for relaxation
- Walking boots/Wellington boots
- Rain coat, water proof trousers
- Hat & scarf for the evening
- Warm PJ’s
- torch/head torch
A song, a poem, a story
Camping is on a secluded grassy field next to the shores of the river with composting toilets and fresh water.
Tents available to rent if you can not bring your own.
- sun-warmed refillable shower bags outdoors for rinsing off after wild swimming or to freshen up
we ask no soaps please, so we can keep the land chemical-free
- comfortable clean compost toilets that serve the site all year round
- fresh running water for drinking and cleaning on tap
Hardwick Campsite, Hardwick Rd, Reading, RG8 7RD
The RG8 7RA postcode will get you most of the way.
Follow the postcode through the big black gates signposted Hardwick Estate. Continue along the drive, and take your first right after the horse paddocks, signposted for Real Tennis Court and Market Garden. Follow the road down and round to the left, until you reach the end. The entrance to the camping field will be through the gate on your right. Enter the field and park at the top alongside the fence. There will be someone to welcome you from 5pm on Friday.
Pangbourne train station is about a 35 minute walk away and only 40 minutes from Paddington/8 minutes from Reading. Please join the WhatsApp group to sort out taxi shares from the station.