26 – 29 May 2017 All age weekend

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2017 summary details

What? A fun, nurturing, connecting weekend for all ages
When? 26th to 29th May 2017
Where? Paddington Farm Trust, Maidencroft Farm, Maidencroft Lane, Wick, Somerset BA6 8JN
Led by? All of us! The admin team sort the food and accommodation, and then it’s over to all of us to bring ideas or activities / suggestions to share
Doing? Whatever people want – could be animal feeding, games, walks, play, fires, singing, adult space, story telling, art and lots besides
For? Anyone with experience of Partnership Parenting / NVC coming as a single, couple, family or anything else
Sleep? Choice of bunk, camping, some single / twin
Food? Shared vegetarian cooking for lunch and dinner, bring your own breakfast and snacks
Cost? Variable – starts at £75 per adult
Booking? Bottom of this page


Our intention is to create a fun, nurturing, caring weekend for all ages. It’s an opportunity to enjoy time together in a non-judgmental, compassionate environment.

Anyone is invited to bring any ideas or activities that you would like to share or request. If you have energy for planning ahead of time, please do start a discussion in the weekend’s Facebook group which you become a member of when you book. Otherwise, we’ll plan each day together in a short morning meeting. Someone might like to go for a walk, and ask if others would like to join. Someone might have a guitar and like to do songs round the fire.  Someone might want adult space and ask if anyone would facilitate it. And so on…

Previous weekends have included play in the extensive outdoor space and natural playground, animal feeding, clay sculpture in nature, bonfires, singing, walks, adult space for support and learning, art and all age games. It’s also fine to come without any particular things to bring, and just wanting to be part of the group.

The magical thing about weekends like this is that the energy available for taking care of things tends to be magnified by all of us being together in a group. So if you are coming in a state of just needing some care and nurturing, you may find that others can gift you the possibility of sitting back from shared tasks.

We’ll all take responsibility for the weekend as co-created space. The intention is that everyone, of every age, has equal voice in building our time away. We don’t have a leadership team. The admin team are supporting the weekend with organising the food and accommodation, but are not leading it. So if something isn’t working and we want change, we aim to speak up for ourselves with another participant or in the whole group.

Everyone is invited to bring individual supplies for breakfast and snacks. Food will be provided for lunch and dinner, and we’ll share the cooking.

Who for?

We’re asking that participants have had experience of Partnership Parenting teaching or NVC training to support building a weekend community based on the approach.  If anyone is keen to come but doesn’t have taught experience, please do contact us.


20 – 30 adults, plus accompanying children


26th to 29th May 2017. Arrive any time from 4pm on Friday, and we’ll close by 3pm on Sunday.


Paddington Farm Trust, Maidencroft Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JN
Paddington Farm is a wonderful, working organic farm. We hire the farmhouse, which has meeting rooms, bunk rooms, and a cosy living / dining room. There are a few separate twin rooms available, together with camping options. There is a playground with a magical piece of equipment called ‘the witch’s hat’, together with animal feeding tours in the morning.

Weekend schedule

For ease, we’ve put together a rough schedule which can be changed or set aside if people prefer.

Friday 26th

Arrive any time from 16:00 with dinner at 18:30 for those able to make it by then, and dinner set aside for those who can’t.

Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th

07:00 to 09:00   Breakfast

09:15 to 10:00    Community meeting and all age games

10:00 to 12:00    Morning activity slot (for activities decided in meeting)

12:30 to 14:00    Lunch

14:30 to 17:00    Afternoon activity slot

17:00 to 18:00   Chill out time

18:00   Supper

19:30   Evening activity slot

Monday 29th

Monday is a shorter day, coming together at 14:30 to close by 15:00.


When you book, you’ll be asked about any particular food needs and food preferences. This will help the admin team suggest menu plans to the group, and then buy food. We’re suggesting that we stick to vegetarian food for ease. We’ll rota the cooking, with those more confident taking the lead.

We are conscious that feeding children with all of their different needs can be complicated and stressful in a group environment. We’ll do our best to include plenty of simple food to include children who prefer it. It’s also completely fine for children or families to find a separate corner to eat in, and to use the kitchen to cook outside of main meal prep times.

Facebook group

There is a Facebook group for anyone coming on the weekend to be in touch beforehand. It’s a place to share thoughts about the weekend, discuss any worries, talk about food, see if others are interested in doing things you’d like to do, or just having a look to see who else will be joining us. We know that there are some people who don’t enjoy Facebook – it’s currently our best strategy for creating shared power, self-responsibility, information sharing and connection before the weekend – if others have better ones to meet all those needs but ensure we have better inclusion for everybody, we’d love to hear.

Particular needs

We will have children – and maybe adults – with us who have particular needs which might affect how they show up in the group. If you or your child want to tell the group anything before the weekend about what you would / wouldn’t like, the Facebook group is a good place, or do get in touch with the admin team privately.


The question of how to deal with screens is one which can often arise. Some people prefer a request that no one of any age brings screens, or uses the TVs at the Centre. Others prefer that each family manages the question individually. And others are everywhere between. If anyone would like to discuss an agreement before we go, would you raise it in the Facebook group?

Accommodation options and cost

Our aim is to create a weekend accessible for as many as possible, as well as sustainable. The budget allows for the admin team’s room and board to be covered, and we break even at around 25 people. If we have a surplus, it will be split between the admin team in recognition of time and energy organising. We want to be fully transparent about costs. Please do raise any questions you have.

To work out the cost for each person in your group, add Part 1 and Part 2:

Part 1: Central cost and food per person*

Adult £75
Child (12 – 15) £45
Child (3 – 11) £40
Child (0 – 2) Free

Part 2: Accommodation per person (at cost)

Adult / child bed in bunk room of 5 or 10 people £0 (included)
Adult camping (£7 per night) £21
Child camping (£4 per night) £12
Adult twin bed (3 twin rooms available) £67.50 per adult
Child twin bed £37.50 per child
Additional single / double supplement** £20 per person

* Central cost and food is a share of:

  • venue hire for the farmhouse including kitchen, rooms and central spaces (£633)
  • food (£25 age 12+; £20 age 3+; free 2 and under)
  • accommodation and food for team: Alice, Tanya, Russ, +1 (£260)

** We have two tiny single rooms, and one tiny double room.


Please use the form below to book with a non-refundable deposit of £50 per family. The balance is due by 10th March.
For further information or telephone bookings, please contact:
Alice via alicesheldon@ThePartnershipParent.com or 0117 962 2216





Names of all participants, with ages of children*

Special dietary requirements

Accommodation choices: please say where everyone would like to sleep*

Calculate your total Part 1 cost - central cost and food per person*
Adult £75
Child (12 – 15) £45
Child (3 – 11) £40
Child (0 – 2) Free

Calculate your total Part 2 cost - accommodation*
Adult / child in bunk room of 5 or 10 people £0
Adult camping £21
Child camping £12
Adult twin bed £67.50
Child twin bed £37.50
Additional single / double supplement £20

Add Part 1 and Part 2 to give your overall cost*

Additional information

I would like to pay my £50 deposit*