InTents Workshop : September 18th & 19th September

Ways with words

We’re excited to announce a late summer wordy workshop weekend in the tranquil surroundings of Yomer woods. Join us for a weekend of creativity among the trees where you will write poetry and song and create a wordy artwork. Camp in our lovely grounds, or attend daily and experience a mixture of tutored sessions with experienced teachers and free time to develop your skills, mix and mingle or just enjoy the woods and the stunning North Devon coastal scenery.

No experience is required, just a desire to explore and play with words in a supportive atmosphere, meet new people and have a holiday with a difference.  Whatever you want to use words for – to reflect, to clarify, to entertain or just to play – our weekend in the woods will help you find your voice.

How the weekend will run…

If you are planning to camp, Friday evening will be free for you to settle in.  There is a lovely covered firepit where you can cook your first night’s supper, or you could set up camp and then wander down to the bay for a paddle and to the village pub for supper?

Saturday Morning 10.00 – 12.00: After your breakfast – we can provide a breakfast box if required – you will join tutor Bella at the writing hut in the beech woods to create some poetry.  Your first workshop will use your own life experience, pen and paper and a few basic principles to help you to craft a poem you can be proud of. Absolutely no creative writing experience is necessary, just a willingness to go with the flow and follow some simple exercises. You will be surprised by what you have to say and how well you can say it.   Refreshments will be provided.

Lunch 12.00 – 1.30pm : For lunch you have the option of having delivered a delicious picnic box from local award winning food heroes SeaDog  Alternatively, you can make your own meal arrangements and wander off to stretch your legs.

Saturday Afternoon 1.30 – 3.30: For your second workshop, join musician, composer and teacher Joe Steer to explore turning your words into song.  Joe will guide you through the basics of song-writing using some common chord sequences alongside simple melodies.  No musical experience is necessary but do bring your own instruments if you like. Joe will provide some ukuleles and can magically turn even the most musically nervous into competent and confident players in a fun and safe environment.  You are welcome to borrow a ukulele for the rest of the weekend, so you can continue working on your musical composition.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.  You can go off and practise the uke, go for a swim, eat at the pub or build up the bonfire for supper and some evening fireside chat and maybe song?  In case of poor weather, an indoor space will also be available, perhaps to continue to develop your writing or just to chat and relax. 

Sunday Morning 11.00am – 1.00pm :  A Sunday-friendly later start – a breakfast box can again be ordered – will see us regroup at the writer’s hut to join our third tutor, Clare, artist, crafter and teacher.  Clare will guide you through using cut paper collage to bring your words to life on the page so that you finish the weekend with a beautiful artwork of your creative efforts to take away with you.  It will be a lovely relaxing morning and refreshments will again be provided of course.

Sunday Lunch 1.20 – 3.00 :  To end the weekend, we will provide a BBQ lunch around the campfire to give everyone the opportunity to share their writing and artworks, celebrate their work or just chat and say our goodbyes before we pack up and head home with some great memories.

Your tutors for the weekend!


Bella is a retired midwifery lecturer of many years experience, who has used poetry and creative writing both with her midwifery students and with community groups for a number of years. She is a published poet and a past prizewinner in the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Initiative. 


Joe graduated from the University of Keele in 2002 with a degree in Music and Computer Science.  After University he moved to London and worked as an audio engineer at a television production company in Soho.  From there he started getting his own music placed on screen.  His music (often under the moniker ‘Broadcast 2000’) can be heard in 100s of TV/radio shows and commercials globally.  With his band he toured Europe and the USA, with performances at Glastonbury Festival and South by Southwest in Texas, amongst others. Since moving to North Devon 8 years ago Joe has also worked as a peripatetic music teacher, teaching guitar and ukulele in local schools.  Recently Joe founded the local community music group ‘The Ukulele Orchestra of North Devon’.


Clare has taught art for many years in primary schools and in workshops for both adults and children and collaborated on numerous projects with Arts organisations and groups such as Beaford Arts and the National Trust.    She is a prodigious crafter rarely taking a break from patchwork, crochet, and felting in her few spare hours.  She modestly credits Pinterest for most of her ideas, but it is merely a jumping off point for her creations! 

The weekend will cost £150 to include all tutoring, course materials, refreshments and lunch on the Sunday. Camping and Seadog picnic lunch are optional extras. If you think you would like to join us or want to know more please email , call Kate on 07554 800413 or see the Workshops page on our website for further information.

We are still here!

I thought it was about time I updated our website and was surprised to find I was last here on April Fools Day 2018! Perhaps I haven’t been able to find anything good to say since then – the last couple of years do seem to have been a catalogue of disaster in so many ways. However, they have also been a reminder of how lucky many of us are to have been born when and where we were and that, whilst pandemics are new to us – tragedy and misery have long been commonplace for many other people. Here’s hoping that the current unhappy state of affairs improves soon and that we all take with us into the future new ideas and ways of being that will help to improve the chances for the earth and her inhabitants as we go forward.

So how has the pandemic affected life in Yomer Wood? Well I think its non human inhabitants revelled in the chance to have free rein during the first Lockdown. A Mallard was successful in hatching 12 ducklings on the pond – the first time we have known one to hatch and keep her ducklings – and then proceeded to commute between our pond and two others in the neighbourhood via the main Lee road without incident due to the lack of traffic. There was an amusing battle of proprietorship of said mallard amongst several pond owners in the village – ourselves included – but as she hatched the brood on our pond, I think we can safely claim her as our own.

The daily commute

With the children at home and time on our hands, we pressed the kids into service helping us plant apple trees. We had a space where we had cleared a number of larch trees and wanted to replace them with some native trees. Through a group called Orchards live which exists to promote and restore orchards of traditional Devon apples, I had learnt how to graft apple scions onto rootstock the previous February and had a dozen standard trees ready to plant. Each tree required the children to dig post holes so we could cage each tree in its own personal deer proof Alcatraz. The trees did well last summer and we are looking forward to this years blossom display. There are a number of sloe and damson trees in the hedgerow in this area of the woods and we also erected a poly tunnel we had been given and had a summer self-sufficient in tomatoes. So this part of the woods is beginning to morph into our kitchen garden. Like so many people this year, we discovered the joy of growing our own as, for once, we actually had the time to weed and water and often just sit and inhale the scent of tomatoes and basil. This years seeds are burning a hole in my palm as I wait for the right day to start planting.

Planting the Orchard at Home School

When lockdown lifted we had a busy summer with visitors quickly booking out the whole site in bubbles, keen to at last get away, but wanting to remain safely socially distanced. Yomer was perfect for this. As ever, our guests were brilliant – self sufficient, capable and very happy with the minimal facilities but the maximum peace that Yomer offers. Our campers always leave the site as they find it, generally the only evidence that there has been someone around is a few extra empties in the recycling bin. One group stood out this year – two young families with toddlers who had experienced a week of torrential rain. On their last day I cowered as they approached me, expecting to have to explain the unpredictable Devon climate, but they told me they’d had a brilliant time and asked to stay an extra night!

So we wrapped up the season in October 2020, and Angus has spent a winter of chopping, bagging and selling wood and managing the pigs and chickens that are busy rooting and scratching up the land. It is exceptionally muddy up there at the moment and as I look out now, the rain continues to fall incessantly. Last spring – and indeed most of the summer – was so warm and dry and we are looking forward to more of that in the hopefully not too distant future. We are now waiting to see when we can welcome guests for 2021. If you think you might like to bring a group to Yomer, get in touch. I’m happy to take provisional bookings whilst we wait to find out what we can and can’t do safely.

Meanwhile, here’s hoping for better times ahead for us and the other species we share this planet with.

Easter Arts and Crafts!

Spaces are still available on another of our kids’ workshops over Easter – this time with artist Clare Russell.

Children 7 to 14 are wanted to join us on Friday April 6th to sketch, paint and weave responses to the spring primroses.  Wear wellies and warm clothes and bring a packed lunch and we shall produce some lovely artworks to take home!

Wild workshops!

So we had lots more workshops in 2017. At Easter, Sea Green school worked with us to capture the glories of the spring primroses in prints and paintings and inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, we had a go at building a person sized nest as well as some little ones to take home full of easter eggs.


Then inspired by the bluebells that followed the primroses, we had both a childrens and an adults felt making workshop with Clare Russell.  All the results were beautiful and it was loads of fun.

The kids:

The grown ups:

In the summer, as it warmed up, Kim and Sea Green school worked with us and the kids to build stick people and rafts and float them on the pond. A few of the kids took the opportunity to cool off in the pond too.


And Now to 2018!

Well at Easter we have two childrens music workshops led by musician and teacher Joe Steer on 3rd and 10th April – see below – and another Primrose inspired Art workshop with artist Clare Russell on  Friday 6th April.

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Can’t wait – get in touch if you fancy joining us.


Summer Daze

Happy Campers!

Another fab summer in Yomer Wood with some lovely campers enjoying peace and tranquility amongst the trees whilst the North Devon coast laboured under the weight of a summer onslaught of visitors.  Lee remains a relatively calm spot in the summer months by virtue of its single track lane from the bay towards Mortehoe which deters many from driving in one end and out the other.  The benefit of free parking at the seafront, a pub and a beachside cafe and safe swimming, make it a great option when the Bank Holiday sun comes out and every 4 wheeled vehicle within a 100 mile radius seems bent on getting to the beach!  Our two large groups of Bank Holiday campers certainly enjoyed themselves, camped within walking distance of all these treats and each with 5 acres to themselves!

Fun with the kids!

We had two fab kids workshops in August with Kim from SeaGreen school.  We made stick people to sit on stick rafts and went to float them on the pond.  There were some brilliant designs and very few sinkings.  Some of the boys generously took it upon themselves to help retrieve the boats by getting in the pond!  See some more lovely pics on our Arts and Crafts page and watch out for Autumn workshops to be announced soon!


Creative Christmas Fun

So, hot on the success of the willow fish we made in our Awesome Autumn Crafts kids workshop, we decided to have a go at Christmas wreath making. wp_20161211_10_51_17_pro


The children all made a willow wreath and then we wandered about the woods armed with secateurs, collecting cones, ivy, pine branches, holly and the like to decorate them with.



Once finished the kids went on to create their own range of natural decorations all starting with a slice of wood and involving paint and glitter!  Hot chocolate, clever, creative kids and once again, beautiful weather, made for a great day.  Looking forward to more of the same in 2017 – keep an eye on the Arts and Crafts page for details!

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Awesome Autumn

What an amazing autumn!   I think I often miss most of its glories as I’m either hiding inside from the rain and cold or peering out of the windscreen of a steamy car watching the wipers slosh the wet away.  This year, blessed with so many dry, warm days,   wp_20161113_14_02_00_pro   I’ve actually seen the leaves falling gently to earth and have enjoyed walking over multicoloured carpets of crisp leaves in the woods.wp_20161113_14_04_46_pro

It has been stunning and inspired us to have another youngsters art workshop where we used the beautiful colours of autumn to creatchestnutse some lovely wp_20161026_12_12_56_pro pictures and the harvests of pine cones, acorns and conkers to make all sorts of peculiar things!


It was really good fun and loathe to be beaten off by the threat of less clement weather to come, we are going to squeeze one more kids workshop in before Christmas where we will make willow wreaths and tree decorations amongst other things.


This morning, the kids and I had a little practise run using more of those beautiful leaves and some of the Spindle tree fruit from the woods, which is so pretty.   We were all rather pleased with the results and are looking forward to making them with the kids around the campfire!

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Music to my ears!


WP_20160304_10_34_44_ProReally excited to announce our first Spring time workshop on Wednesday 6th April 2016 for children aged from 7 to 12.  Talented Bristol musician and teacher Alastair Brown has a fun packed day in the woods planned. Children can expect to collaborate on a composition recording the natural sounds of the woodland, make musical instruments from what they find around them, and compose music and lyrics for a group song amongst plenty of other activities.  At the end of the day, parents will be invited to a mini performance!

No musical experience is necessary, but children are welcome to bring instruments if they would like to.  Click on the link below and check our Arts and Crafts page for further details- And reserve places WP_20160304_10_23_43_Proquickly!

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