A few of the comments written by community members after our 2014 event:
"I can't begin to describe the amazing beautiful awesomeness of my weekend- but if you saw how much I cried during the closing ceremony I bet you can guess. Thank you, sincerely, for everyone's incredible efforts to make it happen. I am full of impress and gratitude. Plus, mermaids :) "
"Just got home from The Summer House Weekend. Had an amazing time. It is a community unlike any other. The world you have facilitated is amazing. I feel so utterly privileged to be a part of it."
"Just back from The Summer House weekend. I'm actually a little tearful to not be there anymore. It's such a wonderful, enriching and beautiful place. You've created a community where I feel as grounded and free as I'll ever be - thank you so much x
"Wonderful, challenging, interesting, tiring, invigorating, squishy, loving, fun, crazy weekend at The Summer House this weekend. Big thanks to everyone for making it happen again. Such a special event."
"Wow wow wow wow wow. Feeling so full of life and bubbling with joy in a way that I have never experienced before. Overwhelming appreciation of every single soul that sprinkled their magic and came with open hearts to share and connect. There were many beautiful moments during the weekend but one was taking in everyone's beautiful, shiny faces at the closing ceremony and feeling the energy that had been created. This energy is with me as I roll like a river through my week. Buckets of love and kindness xxx"
"Everything. Oh my god everything. The inclusion. The "welcome home" atmosphere. The workshops were incredibly useful and have seriously changed my life."
"It was wonderful, you and the team have created something truly magical."
"Best weekend ever! So glad I spent it with you and every single wonderful, amazing, lovely people who were there."
"Quite simply the best party I have ever been to...Being at such a wonderful open hearted accepting event felt like a wonderful home for me...Was amazing to be plugged into different communities all with respect at the top of their list. I loved the Rumpus cabaret on Saturday night. I loved the sauna and the hot tubs, the inspiring workshops and connecting with amazing people."
"I miss you all so much, I dream of the day when we can all live together in a field of glitter and mermaids. Thank you Tobias and all the wonderful and beautiful crew for creating such a magical place."
"Brilliant weekend. Put my name in for next year!"
"Thanks all, for a mind-expanding & eye-opening weekend with old friends and new acquaintances. It was also my first-ever festival/retreat-type experience, which added to the sense of dislocation and otherworldliness. I really didn't know what to expect, and arrived feeling more trepidation about an English country house than I ever get when travelling to the world's most bizarre locations. A sunset drive back into London last night felt like re-entry from orbit. The focus of a lot of the workshops on supposedly "simple" forms of intimacy, from simple touch to eye-contact to hugs, has really changed my perspective about how I interact with friends and lovers, and which I am really looking forward to pursuing more deeply. Thanks again to the organisers and trainers."
"Still in the Afterglow from THE most Wonderous Weekend full of LOVE, JOY and Playfulness at The Summer House. Although I love my bed, I did miss the natural sounds and the radiant night light of camping out, last night. I am tremedously grateful to Tobias and the crew for putting together such an awesome celebration at The Summer House. I miss you all already! Big Hugs and kisses. Now back to 'life'......' engage shield'"
"There are no words really...the closest I can get are magical, inspirational, beautiful, heart warming, life enforcing. Thanks to all of The Summer House team for making this weekend so special. A few of my personal highlights: The mermaids, Jaz tinkling the ivories, the dual accordion battle and sing along by the fire, the ceilidh, Sunday afternoon when entertainerless in the library one person after another got up from their seat or entered the room to play piano or sing from Elton John to Beethoven the talent was truly astounding, The circus skills, the blues dancing with Tim, the lemon fight, the shamanistic ritual, the cuddle puddle and pretty much every smile and hug and conversation. Wow!"
"So much love for all of you. I don't believe words can properly express the gratitude and bliss I am continuing to feel right now. I'm going to give it a go anyway. For context, I've gone through quite a lot of life changes in the last year and have been challenged in ways I wouldn't wish on anyone....So, thanks to all of you amazing and beautiful souls, I had the best experience of my life. I was surrounded by love and acceptance and truly internalised all of the things I'd known intellectually for years. We are both infinitely flawed and infinitely beautiful creatures. I'm leaving out names because there is no way I can tag all of you. Regardless, special thanks to all of the crew and help that make this possible. Thank you for the workshops and laughter, the dancing...and ALL OF THE CUDDLES!!!!! I've seen how phenomenal life can actually be and will spend the rest of mine seeking to grow it and share it with you and anyone we can teach along the way. I have found my other half. I am now whole and complete. I don't believe that would have happened without each and every one of you."
"There was a huge amount of visible effort from many keeping the event beautiful which leads me to think that there must have been even more effort that we were not able to see"
"It's good to know we are all out there, creating these communities, tasting all these sensations, and living our lives wilder and freer each day!"
"Been home two days and The Summer House is still playing over in my mind. Had great fun flirting, cooking , joking, giving massages, and sharing the better side of me."
"Aw... the "real world" sucks! I miss my vintage caravan and I miss all my buddies!"
"The saturday night in the library....fabulous impromptu piano and wonderful people dancing..it was like the novel inside my head coming to life"
"Wow. What a weekend huh? I'm pretty exhausted in my bed at home now processing all the wonderful things that happened."
"I feel like I just came back from a dreamworld of insanity:) Well will have a secret smile on my face for a while . Big thank you to everyone who made it happen. Amazing people in amazing place -couldn't ask for more:)"
"Thanks yet again for another absolutely fantastic Summer House, thanks to all those people who made our time so special with all the hugs and squishes, laughs and even tears (especially at the hand fasting!) Everything we own is full of feathers and glitter, and our hearts full of love."
"Thank you to all for the frolics and heartfulness.... what a special and magical space we created together! We should all go and squat there all year round!"
"What a weekend indeed... I too am taking my time to process. Isn't it funny how you can be completely out of your comfort zone and then when you return to your comfort zone it isn't quite as appealing as you once thought it was?! Hmmm... much to ponder. Heaps of love to all xxxxxxx"
"Just back 'home'. Tell me - why does everyone wear such weird clothing out here in the so called 'normal world'?! We had such an amazing time this weekend and feeling rather bereft now that it's finished. Need more of this...."
"Missing all you lovely people already - thank you so much to everyone involved for creating another amazing weekend."
"Summer House is such a joyous occasion. Thank you for putting it on"
"The memories will last for longer than the glitter covering all my equipment and possessions."
"Thank you for making Summer House 2014 such a special experience. It was great to share this incredible space with you, and particularly exciting to see how busy and popular the workshops were."
"Thanks to everyone behind organising a festival that really does have something for everyone! I could go on and on. I know how much goes into organising such events, and I love Tobias and the rest of you all for doing this so, so much!"
"Cannot decide whether my aching eyes are due to woodsmoke, lack of sleep, stray glitter, happy handfasting crying, or all of the above."
"Thanks guys, now I have "buy a country house with a pool and a wood-fired hot tub" on my to-do list. As if I didn't already have enough on."
"Already sulking about the distinct lack of beautiful people and campfires in my immediate vicinity. Thank you all, especially the crew and volunteers, for such a glorious weekend."
"On the road home and might as well be travelling by cloud - utterly blissed out. Thank you all xxx"
"It was just beautiful, thank you so much"
"A hugely enjoyable weekend, fun, yet also heartfelt and tender. You and your team really created a wonderful space. "
"Thank you for a fabulous weekend. Opened many doors in my mind xxx"
"Days later (after continued celebrations) and I'm still warm and fuzzy, aglow with the joy of it all. Immense amounts of work, effort and heartfelt passion clearly goes into every aspect of the event, and it is so very gratefully appreciated. Only about 51 weeks to go huh? Much love xxx"
"What's with all this real world nonsense I'm supposed to deal with this week? The real world is rubbish I want to go home!"
"One big endless thank you for everyone who made this happen, there was a huge amount of visible effort from many keeping the event beautiful which leads me to think that there must have been even more effort that we were not able to see. Thank you all!
"Wow that was an amazing weekend! Thank you The Summerhouse crew. You created a spectacular space for love, exploration and growth."
"The crew and guests at The Summer House created something quite wonderful this weekend. Thank you for sharing, exploring and celebrating together, beautiful creatures. It's been a pleasure being part of it, and I've learned so much. LOVE xx"
"The Summer House Weekend was absolutely amazing...I made some really wonderful new connections and cannot wait to see you all again soon! "