Creative Writing Retreat - now also offered online

2 Aug 2020 | 0 comments The past few months in and coming out of lockdown have had an impact on all of our lives, ambitions, and plans for the future. For some, time, space and stillness have been a relief and an opportunity to step back, reflect and create. For others, life has become more difficult to navigate, with no opportunity to rest whilst facing stressful uncertainty.
There are lots of questions that hover over the near and distant future in terms of travel, social connection and how communities interact. But we all need resilience, community and playfulness to cope in the long term. 

Making space for creativity at home
We know that developing creative practice and time in nature can be a valuable way to process thoughts, feelings and experiences, if we can find the time and space to nurture and reflect.
As a creative solution to some of these uncertainties, and to make sure that no one misses out, we have developed a new online version of our Creative Writing Retreat to run alongside the usual course running 14th-18th October, for £350.

What will the online retreat include?
The escape from normal life, time to wander the fields and woodlands and opportunity to take nourishment from the landscape, community and gentleness at the farm are a huge part of our retreats, but travel may not be an option for some by the autumn.
If you join our online course we are offering tips to help you to create your own retreat sanctuary at home, sending out goodie bags and reading lists to bring a little of Trill Farm's magic into your space. The online course will also include audio and visual recordings of nature walks on the farm to take inspiration from and sink into, particularly if you do not have access to a garden or wild space.
You will be invited to join daily workshops and readings with Sarah, Wyl and the other retreat participants via Zoom, and you will be asked to put time aside in the afternoons for your writing, walking and reading, together with a one to one mentor slot with both tutors to support and help develop your writing and practice.

Can I still join in person?
We are still taking bookings for all places. If, nearer the time, you find that you would like to join us in person, there will be the opportunity to upgrade your ticket. The places remain limited whichever way you choose to join us, as we have found that small learning groups work best for the retreat, so any ticket option guarantees you one of the eight places.
About the tutors:
Sarah Acton - Retreat Leader
Sarah is a landscape writer, poet, and creative facilitator who works with individuals and organisations throughout Devon and Dorset as Black Ven Poetry. Sarah is frequently commissioned by the Jurassic Coast Trust, Dorset AONB, Stepping into Nature, Alzheimer’s Memory Cafes, schools, museums and libraries to lead and develop social engagement projects connecting creativity and nature through poetry and writing/creative practice. Sarah’s writing has been widely published in magazines and in two poetry pamphlets.

Wyl Menmuir - Guest Tutor
Wyl is a novelist, editor and literary consultant based in Cornwall. His first novel, The Many, was nominated for the Man-Booker Prize and was an Observer Best Fiction of the Year pick. His short fiction has appeared in Best British Short Stories, Elementum Journal, Pipeline and has been published by Nightjar Press and National Trust. He has written for Radio 4’s Open Book, The Guardian and The Observer, and is a regular contributor to the journal Elementum.

Grey Long Eared Bats - Back from the Brink

1 Aug 2020 | 0 comments


Last week, Craig Dunton from the Bat Conservation Trust returned to Trill Farm for the annual survey of Grey Long Eared Bats. There are estimated to be only 1000 of these special bats left in the UK, and only 8 known maternity roosts. The Manor Barn at Trill Farm is one of them, providing a safe home for the bats and their young to roost and surrounded by wildflower meadows and hedgerows for them to hunt for insects in.


Grey Long Eared Bats are one of 20 British species being saved from extinction by the Heritage Lottery funded, nationwide and multi-organisational, Back from the Brink project. Last year, the project came to film the annual survey, and captured what we think is the first footage of Grey Long Eared Bats in the UK.


Take a look at the video and learn more about the bats and the Back from the Brink project below.



With thanks for Craig Dunton and the Bat Conservation Trust for their support with bat conservation at Trill Farm, Neil Aldridge for his excellent photography, and Sophie Pavelle for explaining what makes Trill Farm and the bats so special.

COVID-19: Re-opening and Staying Safe at Trill Farm

4 Jun 2020 | 1 comments

We have been hugely grateful for your support over the past few months, from taking places on rescheduled courses and accepting vouchers in the place of refunds, to ordering from our online shop and supporting our enterprises in their veg box and meal deliveries.

We have been monitoring the latest government guidelines and advice, and are very pleased to announce that we plan to allow visitors back to the farm again in July and August. We will be starting slowly, with small retreat groups and trial picnic farm lunches, before introducing courses in August, subject to the continued easing of lockdown restrictions and if we feel it is safe to do so.

There will be a number of procedures in place to promote good practice and the safety of everybody living, working at or visiting Trill Farm. We intend to continue to offer a supportive, welcoming and nurturing community for all, whilst living, working and offering experiences in line with the latest government guidance.

More detailed information will be sent to anybody visiting Trill Farm for a lunch, a retreat, a course or a stay, but in the meantime, please be aware that:

  • Booking is absolutely essential – the farm remains closed to the general public
  • Visitors who have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close proximity to anyone with symptoms, should not come to the farm. Full refunds are available up to and including the day of your visit.
  • Social distancing measures will be in place – please maintain at least 1m distance from anyone outside your household or social bubble, and more if possible
  • Hand washing and/or sanitising will be required on arrival
  • Although we usually encourage public transport, please use personal transportation to visit us
  • Bring a face covering or mask to protect yourself and others in case social distancing is not possible
  • Lunches will be served outside with members of different households or social bubbles seated apart from each other
  • The shop will be open for one visitor at a time
  • Unaccompanied walks around the farm will not be permitted

If you have any queries, or would like to reschedule your visit, please get in touch by emailing