Courses & Events

at High Heathercombe Centre 


Big Clean and Paint Volunteer Week. 20th - 24th January 2020

With the HH Team

Come and join us for a fun winter week, making ready for the busy year ahead at High Heathercombe.   An opportunity to live in community and support the Centre with a focus on spring cleaning, decorating, and some light gardening.  There will be an on-going creative project. 

Please email for booking and more information - Thank you for your support.

Tending our Grief for the World. 24th - 26th January

With Sophy Banks and Mel Lamb

We live in times of continuing and escalating crises - in social justice and tolerance; in mental health; in environmental degradation and climate emergency; in democracy and accountability. For many in the world these crises have been a lived reality for a long time; for some they are coming closer than ever before. As we are repeatedly impacted by painful information, coming together to express our responses and feelings can be a much needed and transformative practice.

Honouring and making space to hear our suffering is already a radical act in a culture which requires denial and the silencing of our outrage, our grief and our legitimate fear. This weekend draws on the work of Joanna Macy whose 'Work That Reconnects' has been supporting healthy responses to large scale crises for decades, as well as the practices of grief tending from other traditions.

Hearing the pain and passion of others, and having our own true expression witnessed and honoured can help us to connect with each other, to free up the energy that is holding our feelings down, and to increase our sense of empowerment and possibility.

Workshop Fee: £180 Low Waged - £330 High Waged sliding scale.

This payment includes the costs of facilitation, venue and accommodation, food and catering. If you can contribute more on this scale then please do so, it will enable us to keep this work accessible.

If you need a bursary place, or to make an arrangement to pay in installments the please contact Sophy.

It is our intention that money doesn't prevent anyone from attending, so please be in touch if you need to make an arrangement with us. For more information and bookings please contact Sophy on 01803 840877,

Apprenticing to Grief Tending. 7th - 12th February

With Sophy Banks and Jeremy Thres

A residential workshop for those wanting to develop their ability to hold spaces for tending grief. We invite you to join us in deepening into the mystery of grief tending – honouring grief as a teacher, a power for growth and evolution, and a source of healing and restoration for what feels broken in us and in our world.

This workshop is offered by facilitators based in Devon who have been running Grief Tending in Community workshops for over 5 years.

Over five days we will work with practices and understandings from different traditions of grief work. We will explore how to open pathways into the landscape of grief, hold space there, and guide the journey back, integrating our experience so we can go forward in our lives in a good way.

We welcome those already facilitating groups, and those wanting to step forward more – whether to hold space specifically for grief, or to build confidence to support grief to flow in different contexts.

Fees to be confirmed.

For more information please contact Jeremy on 01647 432638, or Sophy on 01803 840877,

Volunteer Week. 24th -28th February

With the HH team

An opportunity to spend a week in supporting the Centre, working and playing high in the Dartmoor National Park.  In return for your efforts we offer accommodation, scrumptious organic vegetarian/vegan food, good company and a gentle community experience in beautiful surroundings.  Contact Mel by email for details and booking.

Jenaguru ~ Ceremonial Dance Retreat. 5th - 8th March

with Denise Rowe & Kennedy Chinyere

In the wilds of Dartmoor, in the quiet of winter, enter the magic of sacred mbira music, connecting us to the spirits of our ancestors. This retreat will centre around a full ceremonial mbira night with traditional Zimbabwean food, community prayers, and music, song and dance for the spirits into the night. We will explore traditional dances, music, songs and rhythms of the mbira, and open our embodied breathing beings to connect with the land, our ancestors and our heart prayers as a community. The mbira opens a sacred liminal space, a bridge drawing the seen and unseen worlds together in a way that has been happening in rural Zimbabwe for thousands of generations. This is real community dance, this is dance that matters to us, the dance of our lives.


Denise Rowe, is an internationally recognised dance & movement artist and mbira player with over fifteen years experience in facilitating safe spaces for powerful transformation.
Kennedy Chinyere, recently arrived in the UK from Zimbabwe, and has been playing mbira for over twenty years.

Please contact us for more information or to book a place-


Spring Permaculture Design Course. 14th - 29th March

With Aranya and Caroline Aitken

This practical residential course will bring the possibility of significant and positive life changes. Permaculture offers a perspective on all aspects of building a sustainable future. Permaculture encourages us to use our individual skills, knowledge and interests, whilst drawing on traditional wisdom, science and our innate ability to observe and learn from the world around us.

£895 / £650 Concs.

For more Information please see

with Jayaraja

This retreat is an opportunity to come together as a temporary community to explore what it means to live from the heart. Being in touch with our hearts helps us to feel more alive to ourselves and sensitive to others, helping us to see what truly matters and to live authentically. Jayaraja will beautifully interweave led meditation, simple ritual, communication teaching and community, whilst also allowing space for silence, long walks, reflection and fun.

Fees £295 full waged, £195 low waged, £100 unwaged

Booking deposit : £80

Please email for booking forms and more information - Thank you

Powerful Practices for Transforming Times. 16th to 21st June

A Rich Weaving of Deep Adaptation, Trauma Healing, Grief Tending and Permaculture Design.

More details to follow.

Roots of Resilience - The Power of Nature Connection. 6th to 12th July

With May MacKeith and Lindsay Alderton

More details to follow

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Please phone or email for fuller details and latest info - thank you!


There are concessionary places available on most courses and events
For more information please call Mel Lamb on 07791 601737
or email:


The High Heathercombe Centre
Heathercombe Brake, Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9XE, UK




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