"The space the venue provides allows for reflection, deep thinking and creativity... a seedbed for learning"
Leadership/Strategy/Conferences/Away Days/Residential Stays/Meeting rooms
The farm offers a residential or day space away from the office or usual workplace, giving the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and get to know each other outside peoples usual comfort zone.
The Green Room is available for conferences, seminars, workshops and team building events with a second smaller breakout room adjacent.
It is is equipped with projector, large screen, black out blinds, its own terrace and break out room.
The Orchard, a new residential centre built from the farms own wood, 'rustic comfort' with ensuite bedrooms, a large sitting room/kitchen,underfloor heating, low energy lights and eco paint, wifi, a projector and a fabulously wide south facing verandah.
All heating is from a fully automated woodchip boiler, the first of its kind in Gloucestershire, with the chips coming from the farms' own sustainable woodland.
"As an international organisation, IOAS has held our annual weeklong staff training and retreat in various countries over the years but general opinion is that our stay at Abbey Home Farm provided the best venue ever. Excellent organic meals, beautiful rural surroundings and comfortable accommodation all made their contribution, but what really made the difference was the care and attention paid to accommodating our needs (and wishes!)." Jan, IOAS
"Our group stayed there as part of a leadership development programme. The space the venue provides allows for reflection, deep thinking and creativity and for several members of the group, the 2 days there caused a real shift in thinking on all sorts of levels. One participant told me recently that she felt the venue had 'a clear, authentic ethos that made you think. It was quiet and calm and a seed-bed for learning." Sally, Course Leader
The feedback from groups often mentions that the time spent outside (with the group's own facilitators alongside them) harvesting,collecting eggs,milking the cows (3 Max at a time) and just being in the woods often produces more personal outcomes than more usual personal development programmes.. Our farming enterprises include a dairy and v small cheesemaking unit, the butchery, a 10 acre vegetable garden, native breed cattle, a sheep flock, laying hens, table birds and our tiny outside pig unit.
There is also a very popular interactive farm scavenger hunt using smart phones and nature together! Participants do need to be able to walk a couple of miles to partake.