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A community of social entrepreneurs
tackling Britain’s toughest social problems

Wildcamp is a chance to reconnect with ourselves, each other and nature.

What to expect

Connection with new and old friends from the Year Here community.
A joyous marking of spring.
A unique set of activities and workshops and the opportunity to run one yourself.
A wholesome time with space for self-reflection in a peaceful setting.
A healthy dose of good food, good company and good vibes.

An invitation

We’re inviting you to Kench Hill, Tenderden, in Kent. From 2pm, Friday 12th April – 3pm, Sunday 14th April

A beautiful country house formerly owned by Hackney Council. There are chickens, sheep and horses, and plenty of surrounding greenery for big walks.  

Our accommodation comes courtesy of a recommendation from 2021/2022 Fellow Landa George who has been taking her family and others there each summer. Thank you to Landa!

Choice of bedrooms

Women’s bunks
Men’s bunks
Mixed-gender bunks
2 x double bedrooms 

How to get there

Lift shares TBC.

Trains from London Bridge to Headcorn, followed by a 20-30 minute cab ride.

Workshops and activities

As with any Wildcamp the programme will be co-created by attendees. Once you’ve signed up, we’ll begin the process of activity bidding. 

There’ll be some creative, some reflective, some purposeful. And plenty of space to breathe and do your own thing. 

Join the organising team

As a paid member of YH staff Liv will be assembling a team of volunteers for a number of different tasks. Interested in lending a hand? Join the WhatsApp.

 

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FAQs

How much will it cost?

Wildcamp is being run at cost, not for profit. Your contribution covers accommodation, food, drink and materials needed. 

There are a total of 50 places and it will be first come first served. 

We are trying to do this as lean as possible so have decided on a flat fee of £100 for the weekend. It seems to be the most simple way of orchestrating funds as we move into an Alumni-led model of organising. In practice this means if we have >40 people, we’re doing a Riverford and Waitrose shop. If we have <20 people, it’s Lidl all the way. 

If you would rather pay in instalments or are finding that money is a barrier, please get in touch. We do not want this to be the case and as such, have accounted for a handful of bursary places. 

What do I do next?

If you’re keen, you’re absolutely right to be! It’s going to be a gorgeous, wholesome, nourishing affair.

All you need to do is: 

  1. Make a one-off payment of £100 by 30th November directly into this account – Name: Olivia A Dowd. Starling Bank. Account Number: 99732810. Sort Code: 60-83-71
  2. Fill in this Google sheet to sign up, and this Google form.

Tell me more about co-creation:

This will be a wonderfully supportive group of Year Here alumni and so you can expect open minds, hearts and arms. Want to test something but need a group of willing participants? Or fancy rolling out an old favourite workshop you’ve done before? Perhaps you have a curiosity to learn something totally new. Now’s your chance. We’re here for it all. 

Previous line-ups include a Power and Privilege workshop, collaborative Rites of Passage style initiations, Mindful Photography mornings and, of course, Forest Bathing. 

Skip to ‘What do I do next?’ to see google form. We also have previous suggestions that we’ll be returning to. 

What’s with the buddy system? 

The past few years have been incredibly tough and have heightened all of our social anxiety, not to mention as a group of changemakers we’re particularly prone to burnout. So it’s perfectly normal to feel some trepidation on signing up for a residential with many people.

It could also be that you’re not that close to your cohort and are worried you won’t know anyone.

To alleviate some of this and to create a system of care from the off, we’ll be operating a buddy system. This means you’ll be paired with a friendly face to meet before the trip, to get to know each other and air any concerns or excitement. There is also a Google sheet so you can have a good view on who else is attending.