Windsor Hill Wood
We are a small family based community offering Christian hospitality to people who, for any number of reasons, are finding life difficult. Some guests suffer from anxiety or depression, others have addiction issues. The vast majority of guests have experienced trauma, adverse childhood experiences and/or suffer from different kinds of attachment problems.
We, Katharine and Chris, along with our two boys, live in the family home and host up to five guests, one in the main building, the others in cosy shepherd’s huts, each with its own wood burner to keep the occupants warm in the colder months. We believe in a God who is love and trust that He is at the heart of WHW. As members of His body we seek to accept, love and encourage those who come to stay. As a Christian home offering hospitality part of our rhythm of life includes the opportunity to pray together twice a day in our small but beautiful chapel. People come from all faiths and none and attendance is optional, as it is for our weekly Bible study.
WHW is 10 acres of land and we offer guests the chance to rediscover peace, silence and acceptance amidst the beauty and simplicity of the woods. We keep pigs, sheep, chickens, and goats. We bake our own bread. We grow our own vegetables and heat our house and its water using a wood burning biomass boiler. All of the guests participate in this and we all take turns to do the various tasks. We eat together at lunch and evening meal and take it in turns to cook for one another. Some guests stay for just a few days, others for up to a year and we find that for all of them being given responsibility as well as acceptance is often a key part of helping them to move forward and gain confidence.