Join us for four days of complete immersion in the real lives of the Bloomsbury Group, in the South Downs home of Maynard Keynes and Lydia Lopokova. This unique retreat at Tilton House offers a rare opportunity to sleep, eat, breathe, explore, discover and grow exactly as the Bloomsbury set did, in the only Bloomsbury house to offer a residential escape. Walk in their footsteps over the Downs, sleep in their bedrooms, talk until the small hours in their fireside library, and feast on food from their recipe books in the same kitchen that hosted countless candlelit gatherings.
WHATS ON OFFER:-
Your absorption in Bloomsbury life will include special guided tours of Charleston and Monks House, a walk along the old coach road to see Bell and Grant’s spectacular murals at Berwick Church, and an invigorating romp over the Downs. As this midsummer retreat coincides with Dalloway Day, you will have a special invite to be part of events exploring Woolf's seminal novel at Charleston, including a session exploring extracts and themes in the book with your retreat guide, Holly Dawson.
You will have time to yourself each day to bask in the stillness and magic of the beautiful grounds. Explore Lydia’s garden, scribble away in the writing shed, relax in the hammocks and outdoor sauna, stretch out in the secret yurt or enjoy a knockabout on the tennis courts where Tiltonians played with gusto (but by Lydia’s account, very little skill).
Evenings will be spent around the dinner table or in Keynes' library, reading Bloomsbury letters, both tender and hilarious, and sharing stories and questions about this remarkable group of friends. Exploring the importance of community and friendship is at the heart of this retreat, as we celebrate and learn from the creativity and nourishment the Bloomsbury set gained from the rich kinship of their network.
Run by the Department of Wellbeing, the Bloomsbury Retreat is designed to invigorate and inspire every aspect of our physical, intellectual, creative and social selves. As the still centre where Lydia’s restless physicality and Keynes’ world-changing intellect found balance with one another, Tilton House is the perfect place to get your body and mind working together.
You will leave this immersive experience with fresh air in your lungs, new ideas in your notebook, and with insights into the Bloomsbury group that few have had before - as a fully-fledged 'Tiltonian'.
HOLLY DAWSON - CHARLESTON READER IN RESIDENCE 2019
Holly Dawson is a Sussex-based writer and editor, who has turned her obsessive passion for all things Bloomsbury into a role at Charleston as Reader in Residence, bringing Bloomsbury texts and stories to life through workshops, events and reading groups. Last year, she hosted a series of events based around Virginia Woolf's Orlando, including a live read of the book with Jeanette Winterson, and this year she is part of Dalloway Day at Charleston with the Royal Literary Society. She is the founder of Lewes Short Story Club and has been part of the programming for the Small Wonder Short Story festival for many years. An editor of non-fiction books and memoirs, she teaches on the Autobiography and Life Writing Programme in Brighton. Her debut novel is due out with HarperCollins in 2021.
Hollys infectious appetite for Bloomsbury proved a huge success on our previous retreat with her indept knowledge of all things Bloomsbury.
Arrival cream tea
Three nights accommodation including all vegetarian meals in a Bloomsbury home
Dinner menu will be based around The Bloomsbury Cookbook
Department of Wellbeing Goody bag
Entry to Dalloway Day Reading Group at Charleston
Entrance to Charleston Farmhouse for private guided tour and lunch in The Threshing Barn
Bloomsbury discussion group at Tilton
Entrance to Monks House for private guided tour and evening readings in the garden
Walk to Berwick Church
WHATS NOT INCLUDED:
TRIPS TO FIRLE CHURCH OR THE RAM INN
Single Bed in a shared room £455
Single Occupancy with shared bathroom £650
Single Occupancy with En-Suite £790
READ THE TELEGRAPHS REVIEW:-
5.30PM - 7.30PM READING/ LETTERS IN THE LIBRARY
7.30PM DINNER AT TILTON
9.30AM WALK TO BERWICK CHURCH (if you are unable to walk please advise when booking) WHERE YOU GO VIEW THE MURALS
1145AM DEPART BERWICK CHURCH
1.30PM LUNCH AT TILTON
3PM DEPART FOR MONKS HOUSE
5PM READINGS IN THE GARDEN WITH HOLLY DAWSON - READER IN RESIDENCE AT CHARLESTON
7.45PM SUPPER AT TILTON
11AM DALLOWAY DAY READING AT CHARLESTON IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ROYAL SOC OF LITERATURE
12.30PM LUNCH AT CHARLESTON
1.30PM VISIT GALLERY AND GARDENS AT CHARLESTON
4PM TEA AT TILTON
7.30PM DINNER AT TILTON
8.30PM VITA AND VIRGINA STORIES IN THE LIBRARY
9.30AM FINAL SESSION IN THE LIBRARY; SUMMATION AND DISCUSSION
SUGGESTED AFTERNOON OPTIONS WOULD INCLUDE UNGUIDED VISIT TO FIRLE CHURCH TO SEE THE GRAVE OF DUNCAN GRANT AND LUNCH AT THE RAM INN
HOW TO BOOK:-
Interested email: firstname.lastname@example.org