Campout Crew Weekend

Trealy Farm, May 10-12 2024 

The Campout Crew volunteers weekend at Trealy Farm is set for mid-May, as spring bursts into full flower. The farm is two miles outside Monmouth, not far from the motorway network, situated in spectacular countryside with views from the hills over the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.   Book your crew place via Ticket Tailor.

The weekend will begin on Friday afternoon May 10th with arrival from 1pm. Trealy Farm is under half an hour by road from the Three Pools Farm, this year’s Campout venue (August 8-11th) and we plan to do a reccy visit to Three Pools at 4pm Friday afternoon, to view the venue and start to imagine how we best use the space . 

On Friday evening we will eat together (we feel it is important that we all eat meals together). Saturday and Sunday daytimes will be spent planning our 2024 event and evolving the organisation of our team for this year. On Saturday night, there will be a social with music in the Pavilion and / or a campfire, depending on weather.

Your ticket price covers all meals from Friday evening dinner through to Sunday lunch ( we will finish at 4.30pm Sunday). Campfire will cover the cost of the venue rental for the weekend. 

Accommodation is available via direct booking with Ruth at the farm in various rooms, pods, log houses, and caravans , which includes bedding and towels (bring your own for swimming), use of Pavilion (large group meeting / function room, kitchen, bathroom, wood-fired sauna), infra red sauna, outdoor fresh water pool, arena and surrounding 138 acres of hillside, woodland etc. Prices range from £25 pp per night to £65 pp per night. Camping is available via our own booking options here. 

To discuss farm accommodation and negotiate prices email

More accommodation details here.

If you are attending the Crew Weekend you will also need to register for a crew position via THIS APPLICATION FORM 

If you'd just like regular tickets for Campout this is the link

Writing Retreat with Mary-Jane Holmes

Trealy Farm is a 138 acre organic mixed farm on a hillside looking out towards the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. It's a beautiful, wild, and secluded space.  

From 23rd March to April 19th the space is dedicated to writers, offering an immersive writing experience including mutual support, daily goal setting, evening readings and feedback sessions, communal eating and self catering, accommodation and private mentoring with Mary-Jane Holmes. This is an ideal offering for writers who already have a project or are beginning a new project. Mary-Jane Holmes will be in residence at Trealy Farm for most of that period and available for mentoring sessions at  £45 per mentoring session with up to 5000 words read for a session in advance.  Mary Jane will also provide 20 minutes of writing prompts after lunch.

You can book between 30 days and 2 nights and anything in between. You can be totally private and solitary or join in on communal gatherings at the farm including morning meditations with horses, morning goal-setting, evening readings of your writing with feedback. In addition the facilities at Trealy Farm – pool, saunas, woodlands, private walks – are fully available. In addition you can book private sessions of Alexander technique and yoga with Jana Boronova (not throughout the month – dates TBC).

All participants have use of the Pavilion - exclusive to the group during the Writing Month. A cedar clad building with huge glass windows, balcony and stunning views. The Pavilion has a fully fitted kitchen, comfortable seating area, dining area and a luxurious wood fired sauna. All participants can also use the Natural Swimming Pool and an additional infrared sauna with many health benefits. A large covered Arena (40 m x 20 m) is available for horse work, dance, movement and for sitting around a fire when it’s raining. There are many special places on the farm for working outside and gathering, including around a firepit and under an ancient yew tree. 

We will cater some meals (sharing payment for ingredients) or you can use the Pavilion kitchen for self catering. All accommodation has some cooking facility and / or access to Pavilion kitchen. 



All accommodation areas have free WiFi.

Prices are inclusive of bedding and towels

No VAT charge or other extras. 

15% discount on accommodation for stays of 5 days or more. 

25% discount on accommodation for stays of 7 days or more. 


Accommodation choices are as follows:

2 x Loghouses: self-contained fully insulated wooden shepherd huts for one or two occupants in double and single beds (double with single above as bunk), seating area, fully fitted kitchen and ensuite bathroom. Each one has a wood fired stove and a French window opening onto its own patio area. Beautiful and luxurious spaces which have everything you might need. The huts have electricity and are on the mains water system.  Both are situated in the garden orchard of the farm house but are private from each other.

Cost £40 per night single occupancy; £70 double occupancy

2 x Pods: self-contained wooden pods with double bed, seating area, kitchen and ensuite bathroom. Compact, simple and luxurious spaces in beautiful settings. The pods have electricity including heaters and are on the mains water system. Each one has a covered verandah and a firepit. POD OLYGFA is near the house and has stunning views over the valley to the Black Mountains. POD Y COED is a three minute walk from the house and secluded - surrounded by pasture and trees with an open vista.

Cost £40 per night single occupancy; £70 double occupancy 

3 x FarmHouse Bedrooms: double bedrooms in traditional 16th century farm house with access to two shared bathrooms and additional toilet. 

Cost £35 per night single occupancy; £60 double occupancy (Double beds)

1 x Sheppy the Shepherd Hut: Hut with double bed, basic kitchen and access to nearby toilet / shower room. Electric lights and heating. Access to fully fitted kitchen and additional bathroom in Pavilion and electric shower in Stable Block. Situated near the house

Cost £30 per night single occupancy; £50 double occupancy


2 x Two berth Caravans: Caravans each with two beds (small doubles), basic kitchen and toilet. Electric lights and heating. Electric heaters and lights. Access to fully fitted kitchen and additional bathroom in Pavilion and shower in Stable Block. Caravans are situated near the arena, 2 minutes walk from house, and look up towards the hill and down towards the horse paddocks. 

Cost £25 per night single occupancy. 



You are welcome to bring your own tent or campervan and camp with use of shower room and compost loo.

You can camp near the house or in a secluded location of your choice.

Cost £12 per night for tent; £15 per night for campervan; £5 per night with additional hook up.

There are additional hot showers in Pavilion and Stable block and additional shower (cold water only) by the pool. 

Pavilion has three comfortable double futon beds which can also be used though as this is the group space we don’t recommend. 

All prices include bedding and towels (except campers bringing own tent or campervan).

Rooms allocated on a first come first served basis. 


Please note there is a 2 night minimum stay


To see more images of the spaces at Trealy Farm visit:


To book or ask questions contact Ruth

Mary-Jane Holmes website 

Wild Spa Directions


Here are some photos taken at the farm on Sunday afternoon and this morning in the mist.

Arrival is from 4 pm and you are welcome to sauna, swim and use sitting room or walk or settle in your private space. Dinner will be at 7 pm followed by a social.

Wifi is available. No password required.

Please consider bringing:

Walking shoes or boots, outdoor clothes, dry robe, swimming towel, swimming costume (optional). If you want to drink alcohol please bring it.

Breakfast will consist of Sourdough bread, oat, almond or dairy milk, honey, butter and fresh eggs for you to cook any style, a selection of teas and coffees (inc decaf). Please bring any cereals, marmite, yogurt, cheese or anything else you may fancy. There are two fridges.

We provide all bedding and indoor towels.  There are two saunas.

If you can fit in any outdoor firewood in your vehicle, it's always welcome here.

Trealy Farm is impossible to find using the postcode and will take you to the wrong house. Easiest way is to use What3words - download the app on your phone. Our words are host.excellent.estuaries

Full directions  We advise printing as signal is variable in the area

We've added an approximate timetable for the four days. All sessions are optional but we'd love you to be present at the circles for checking in. 

Looking forward to going on this journey together with you...

Keep It Lit! 

Ruth and Pete

October Wild Spa

Wild Spa at Trealy Farm: October 26-29th: 

A celebration of nature

I’d like to invite you to check out my new UK base, Trealy Farm at its autumnal best. 

I will be working alongside Ruth, the farm owner to welcome you to our first multi-day Wild Spa. We will be spending two full days and two half days (arrive for welcome dinner Thursday, say goodbyes after Sunday lunch which will also be a birthday celebration for me) in the rustic splendour of nature on a hill just outside Monmouth. The hillside, where there is a stone circle and fire pit, offers spectacular views to Bannau Brycheiniog (formerly known as Brecon Beacons), the Sugarloaf, The Skirrid and The Black Mountains. 

The gardens offer a wonderful fresh water natural pool for swimming and an infrared sauna next to it. 

We will also be awakening to wonderful breathwork sessions from Yael, Circle time for sharing, walking, talking, exploring, and celebrating. Ruth will be offering meditation with her horses. 

Saturday night culminates in a full Hunters Moon at 21:24 and evenings will also feature music in the Pavilion. 

Delicious and nutritious food will be cooked by Ruth (let us know any dietary requirements and preferences) and please bring what you’d like to drink. 

The is not a public event, it is invite only, with costs shared equally between us. 

Accommodation ranges from farmhouse rooms to cabins to basic caravans. You can use the bell tent or bring your own tent or camper van - check with Ruth for costs, which averages out around £50 per night.  

See Accommodation Options

We would share the other venue and admin costs between us and this would vary depending on the numbers. If we have ten guests, this will be around £180 per person including all food and venue costs. If we have an expected 14 attendees it will be around £160 pp. 

Please let me know asap if you’d like to accept my invitation and I will look forward to sharing time with you at the end of October. You can confirm you place BY BOOKING HERE

Contact Ruth to book accommodation separately.

The Setting

Join us for a beautiful three-day sojourn where you can immerse yourself in a world of nature, connection and self-discovery at Trealy Farm.

Set in breath-taking Welsh natural landscape, Trealy Farm is a 138 acre organic mixed farm on a hillside with spectacular views towards the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. It’s a beautiful, wild and secluded setting, yet easily accessible, just off the M4, M5, and M50, with public transport links to Newport / Abergavenny, and onto London and the rest of the UK.

Get back to nature, connect with the land with a replenishing stay in a cosy and rustic retreat that’s perfect for small groups, situated in glorious peaceful Monmouthshire farm countryside, with a natural swimming pool, two saunas (one infra-red), an orchard and gardens next to the farmhouse, ancient woodland, stone circle, fire pit and magnificent vistas just a few minutes walk up the hill.

The Invitation 

  • Two breathwork sessions with experienced  teacher Yael Hochenberg
  • Meditation in the presence of horses facilitated by Ruth Tudor, host of Trealy Farm, Equine Facilitated Therapist & Coach
  • Natural Swimming Pool with saunas (infrared and wood fired)
  • Sharing circle, a space to speak and have witnessed your own emergent experiences confidentially and with support
  • Fully catered with delicious and nourishing lunch cooked by experienced chef
  • Towels and dressing gowns provided
  • Residential, but non-accommodation options possible too.
  • 18 participants maximum.


Meet your Hosts: 

Ruth Tudor: Ruth is the host at Trealy Farm. She leads courses of her own, as well as opens the space for others to lead workshops and courses. She is a qualified and experienced psychotherapist with additional and special trainings in body therapy, boarding school survivor trauma, equine assisted psychotherapy, including for change and leadership. She has done research on Ecotherapy and issues related to climate change and climate justice.  Read More


Pete Lawrence: Founder of Campout and its affiliated social network Campfire Convention, Pete’s previous projects include the Cooking Vinyl label and the pioneering Big Chill festival.  A lifelong activist campaigning for peace and social justice, he passionately believes in the potential for personal change through awareness and connection and the self-organising capacity of communities as a spark for wholesale systemic change. His work for Campfire has given birth to the Trailblazers concept, which puts community connection at the heart of societal transformation. His UK base is at Trealy Farm in a shepherds hut and camper van.

We encourage you to bring:

  • A mat / blanket / cushion to sit on
  • What you would like to drink
  • A water bottle
  • Warm and waterproof clothing (+ boots) for the Welsh hillside
  • Snacks for post-sessions 

Suggestion to wear something comfortable that you also feel confident in!


Yael Hochenberg: Embodied Dance-Flow Into Transformational Breath®: An Early Morning Body-Centred Kick-Off!  

Wake up and GET IN to your body, warming it up from the inside-out, ACTIVATING your authentic Inner-Dance; with lightly guided somatic facilitation from Yael. 

From here your breath will naturally become activated, ready for the seamless shift into a conscious-connected-breathing session via the dynamic breathing pattern of Transformational Breath®, leading to an ANCHORING-IN of your personal intention for the day ahead! 

8:00 - 9.15am Friday and Saturday