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Rewild your relationship

Rewild your relationship & WIN

It’s all too easy to let your relationship settle into a passion-quenching routine of household chores, TV and choosing dinner. To us, it sounded like the sort of thing that outdoor adventure is the perfect cure for, but we decided to check with the experts. We spoke to Project Love (the coaching duo Selina Barker and Vicki Pavitt) who help busy people create meaningful, rewarding relationships, careers and lives. With their 16 years' experience in coaching, psychology and helping love flourish, they produced a report showing how a lack of time outside can lead to “nature deficit disorder” in a couple.

“Lack of contact with our natural world is affecting our moods, our immune system and our relationships”
- The power and importance of spending time in nature with your loved one, Project Love, 2018

Time outdoors reduces stress, boosts our mood and increases self-esteem, so it’s no surprise that being close to nature can also help our relationships flourish, yet research shows that adults spend only 5% of their time outdoors. The distraction-free environment we find when we do get outside, "helps to foster intimacy and presence in a space of stillness". Project Love concluded that, “time spent outdoors in nature with your partner is essential in helping you to cultivate a happy and healthy relationship.”

“97% of people would like to spend more time outdoors”
- The Nature Report: Benefits of the Great Outdoors, Canopy & Stars, 2016

We thought we’d put this relationship rewilding theory to the test. So we’re inviting four couples on a romantic rewilding weekend, where Project Love and the outdoors will help you explore and strengthen your connection with the natural world and the special person in your life.

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Win a romantic rewilding weekend at Brook House Woods

The winners of our rewilding weekend will not only stay in the inspiring surroundings of Brook House Woods, but have a bespoke relationship workshop with Project Love, receive a romantic gift hamper and try a couples' yoga and woodworking session. The weekend will take place on 19-21 October, so make sure you have those dates free. All you need to do to enter is tell us how your relationship would benefit from a little rewilding.  


Project Love's top five

Five tips from the experts on rewilding your relationship in nature.

Tip1

Get out and check-in

Go for a walk in nature and check-in with one another. How is life and how are we? Take it in turns to answer three simple prompts:

  1. What would you like to celebrate right now in your life?
  2. What is a challenge for you at the moment?
  3. What positive intention would you like to set going forward e.g. ‘three times a week I am going to switch my phone off every night at 6pm’ or ‘I’m going to make my wellbeing a top priority this month’
Tip2

Dream big

Taking time to step back, reflect and ask ourselves if we’re creating lives that we love is vital. Doing that together with your partner is all the more powerful. Gaze up at the open sky and share the deep ambitions you normally keep hidden. Promise mutual support to each other in fulfilling them and make plans for doing so. 

Tip3

Hearts and crafts

Have a go at creating a mandala, out of natural ingredients. Gather (no cutting or picking) natural items and arrange them in a circular pattern. Making something together in this meditative way helps to foster intimacy and presence in a space of stillness.

Tip4

Grow together

According to research one of the key things couples can do to grow closer is to try new things and learn new skills together. Find something that you both want to learn and that gets you outdoors - whether that’s paddle boarding, green woodworking or straw bale building - feel your relationship strengthen as your new skill grows.

Tip5

Read and share

Learn together about the wonders of nature. Read books like The Secret Life of Trees, How Animals Grieve or Forest Bathing - take it in turns to read excerpts from the book as you lie out in the open. As you deepen your understanding of the natural world, you deepen your connection with your surroundings and with one another.

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