A Place to be Real Together

>> Summer Community 2022 June

Othona West Dorset was founded by pioneers of sustainable living (in the 1920s!) and by peacemakers after war. Today we’re a community with those same values at heart and a unique location. Overlooking an unspoilt stretch of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, there’s not another retreat centre like it in southern England.

Each morning you’ll contribute to hands-on environmental projects. Like reinforcing steps for safe access on a wooded hillside and building a firepit circle using local stone - very like the one in the picture.

Each afternoon is free time. You can walk through woods and meadows to the beach, join an impromptu group outing in gorgeous Dorset, or just hang out. How about a wood-fired sauna by the edge of the sea? There’s even space to read or study. What’s your taste in the evenings: a firepit in the woods, indoor games, a movie video, a trip to the pub?

You’ll also be part of a welcoming community life. Join us for our morning meditations in the beautiful house chapel. Get involved in preparing a healthy meal using great local ingredients.

Othona is a place of simple pleasures. Meeting other people is the main thing. We have good wifi – and not so good phone signals – but why not try a break from lots of screen time?

Younger people have often done worst financially in the pandemic. So we offer this week - all food included - for a fraction of our usual prices. Along with the freedom to choose from three rates according to your own finances. Some room sharing (two to a room) may be necessary, depending on numbers booking.