The Retreats

We currently use two venues for our retreats – Shallowford House and
The Nightingale Centre, each of which can accommodate around 30 people. 
We always seek sole use of premises so that all those attending can feel that they can be completely open about their status without fear of being overheard by HIV- people and stigmatised.

Shallowford House is 5 miles from Stafford, has been used for many years now.  It is in the countryside within pleasant grounds to walk in where you will see pheasants, a couple of alpaca & a pygmy goat. 

The Nightingale Centre is 10 miles from Buxton, in the heart of the Derbyshire dales.  The village is surrounded by countryside and the venue is immediately next to a sheep farm.  Attendees are directed to read the Country Code so that they don’t annoy the local farmer and cause distress to the livestock or wild animals. 

Shallowford House
The Nightingale Centre

Calendar of Events

2022 

8 -10th April 2022
Shallowford House, Nr Stafford
Note:  Dogs will be allowed to attend this event.
Booking for this event will open in February

 10th – 12th June 2022
The Nightingale Centre, Derbyshire

Bookings for this event will open in Apri

5 – 8 September 2022
Shallowford House, Nr Stafford
Note:  This is a 3 night event rather than our usual 2
Booking for this event will open in July

9 – 11 December 2022
Shallowford House, Nr Stafford
Booking for this event will open in October

2023 

10 – 12th March 2023
Shallowford House, Nr Stafford
Booking for this event will open in January

7 – 10th August 2023
Shallowford House, Nr Staffor
Note:  Dogs will be allowed to attend this event. This is a 3 night event.
Booking for this event will open in June

8 – 10th December 2023
Shallowford House, Nr Stafford
Booking for this event will open in October

Bookings will be open 6 weeks prior to each retreat, click here to register

Since the creation of the Charity in 1992 until just before the National Lockdown due to Covid-19, retreats have been run four times a year running from late on the Friday afternoon through until a little after lunch on the Sunday.
We have repeatedly been asked to run a retreat over a longer period, over three or even four nights. 
We are trialing this in September this year and again in August 2023.  
For these longer retreats there are extra costs, some of which have to be passed on, see the Pricing and Concessions link below. 

Other Activities

Following many requests for there to be activities other than discussion groups, we are trialing a day of activity, for those interested, on the Saturday during the June 2022 retreat in Derbyshire.  Details to follow. 

For the September 2022 retreat, which is over 3 nights, there will be a number of different activities, intermixed with the usual discussion groups. Again, details to follow. 

Would you like to do something other than discussion groups, at one of our retreats? Then please send your ideas to us, let us know how it would run, who would do it and what costs would be involved. 
If you know someone who could do it or if you would do it, let us know.  As few things in life are free, please let us know how it would be funded. 
Contact us with your proposals, including what you can bring to the table here.

Pricing and Concessions

Whether at Shallowford House or The Nightingale Centre a two night retreat costs around £220 per person.  This covers accommodation, food, the costs of therapists and travel costs.

Bookings & Waiting List

We do NOT operate a waiting list.  Everyone on our membership list is notified at the same time when bookings open for the forthcoming retreat. 
No one has priority booking.

Room Allocations

In general, we aim to give those attending a retreat for the first time, a room on their own, unless they have expressly stated that they wish to or are willing to share.   

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