You can arrive to the Summer House via car, or take a train to the nearest station and get a taxi or the House minibus to pick you up. For more detailed information, see our Getting There page.
If you want to hitch a ride, check out Rideshare page (it's password protected; guests will receive the password in a confirmation email).
The Wellbeing Team is an independent, voluntary group for pastoral care and accountability. They're role is to provide guests with support around wellbeing, difficult emotions, conflict, and consent. Read more about the Wellbeing Team here.
Guests will have the option of long-table family style dining for breakfasts and dinners, as well as choosing from our food truck vendors for all meals. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food (and food storage).
If you need a break from the action, you're welcome to use our Wellbeing Team's quiet space.
The craft den, run by Shannon, is where you can find meet all your creative & DIY needs. It's also your go-to if you need any help or advice with your costume for the Friday night party!
With the stunning success of last year's Queer Only Play Area, we're bringing it back this year! This will be a separate space for kink and play that is an exclusive safe/r space for queer people, free from the cishet gaze.
More info to follow!
A sound bath is a deeply relaxing and blissful experience designed to cultivate wellbeing. There is no water involved and all your clothes stay on - the term bath refers to the waves of sound that audience is immersed in. Two facilitators will use a range of therapeutic instruments such as gongs, singing bowls, drums, didgeridoo and chimes. The sounds that we create are highly complex and unfathomable, which often leads the brain into a deeply meditative state and the blissful state that results can often last for several days.
NB Please be aware that a sound bath can sometimes bring emotions to the surface, so if you are feeling sensitive it is advisable to ensure that you have some friends nearby who can support you if necessary after the experience.
Finding kink events to go to is usually as easy as typing something into a Search Engine, but learning how to play in a kinky environment is bit harder. The only classes are usually very expensive 1-on-1 sessions, or too Specific Interest, and you may not even be interested in that portion of Kink. Four years ago a few of us got together and decided to propose the Fungeon, a safe place at the Summer House to experiment with and learn new kinks — but also a place to talk about things light heartedly, as there's too much seriousness in it all!
This year come and join Bea, Ben, Jon and Phopy as we help introduce you to new skills and fine-tune the ones you already have. no question is too silly, and remember, above all the purpose of this is to have Fun in the Dungeon!
- Intro to the Fungeon: Meet the crew that are going to be helping you out throughout the weekend!
- KINK 101: Want to learn about Kink and BDSM in general, or have questions about anything? Come along for a cool Q&A session, no judgement!
- String Flingers*: Learn about Shibari, or Rope Play, in a safe and fun environment. Beginners absolutely welcome! - with Bea and Anna
- Intro: Welcome to the Fungeon
- Free Play
- Impact Play; Or, How to Hurt Your Partner In A Really Good Way But Not So Much That It Hurts In A Bad Way. 101: We'll be exploring the different kinds of hitty things you can use on people, good techniques and aftercare! - with Jon and Ben
- Scene Play: How to craft a scene with your partner/s, what's a good start and how to take it from there! - with Phopy and Mia
- Fungeon Party! Come along and test out what you've learnt over the weekend, and basically come and enjoy yourself!
- Free Play: Come and have a chilled out play with friends, or ask any questions that have arisen over the weekend!
The pool is open to everyone for most of the weekend, but during certain hours there will be pool parties for specific groups. Last year, for example, we had a trans swimming hour for trans and non-binary people who might not feel comfortable in a swimming costume in a mixed or cis environment. More info to follow!
Every Summer Houser gets assigned a Pod, separate from the Pod their PAL is in. The Pods meet every morning to form a small sharing circle. The Pods and Sharing Circles are opportunities for you to meet Summer House guests who aren't your PAL, and to share your experiences (ups and downs) with a group who will listen without judgment; it's also your chance to offer non-judgemental listening to the rest of the circle.
More info to follow!
Booty and the Beasts, ahoy! Come dance the night away where the wild things are (in the barn) on Friday night from 10:30pm-3:30am at Summer House Weekend! Come walk the dinosaur with Godzilla, dance into the jurassic era with roar-some tunes and meet a real life dinosaur.
Join us for a foot-stomping ceilidh and folk dance your way into the party. No knowledge required - we teach you all the steps. Allow us to put a spring in your step, a song in your heart and a smile on your face.
NB: This workshop involves significant portions of movement, such as walking, skipping and jumping, which may present accessibility issues for some. Please speak to the facilitator in advance of the workshop if you would like further information.
Image credit: Hannah Anketell at Nomad Creative Studios
More info to follow!
An interactive workshop on power & privilege and how it affects our communities. An invitation to explore aspects of our identity (race, gender, mental health, faith, etc), challenge personal narratives, recognise oppressive behaviour (internally and externally), familiarise ourselves with micro-aggressions and discover ways to create allyship. Our awareness as individuals is the starting points for truly inclusive communities.
Trigger / content warning: feelings of inadequacy, shame, fear, anger, denial may arise; all is welcome. Only attend this session if you have enough emotional / mental energy; there will be limited time for integration / assimilation.
Nudity: Clothing optional
Duration: 120 mins
Calu (they) is a gender-fierce queer Latinx activist passionate about connection, conscious exchanges, inclusive intimacies, radical communication, sensorial exploration and creative pleasure. They facilitate genderqueer rituals, events and spaces for personal and communal growth.
Through their own clothing-optional movement meditation practice, Calu has facilitated journeys for hundreds of participants from all walks of life. Encouraging people to connect with themselves and others beyond the labels and the layers of our identities, is at the core of the sessions.
Calu deeply believes the body is a gateway for our healing journeys as individuals and as a community; stronger connection with ourselves creates more empowered individuals.
As a feminist Calu promotes inclusive spaces, works on anti-oppression challenging prejudice and identity based violence at their local community and raises awareness of sexual and gender diversity.
Calu is an experienced facilitator and space holder and has been part of co-creating workshops, rituals, retreats and festivals in Portugal, Poland and the UK.
We will do body weight exercises and circuit training 'the kinky way'. With dominating instruction, punishment and rewards. All with a firm grip on boundaries and consent. Open to all who like to challenge themselves and have fun along the way.
- Duration: 90 mins
- Accessibility considerations:
Hello I'm Runa Cwene I've been part of the Sex positive community for six years now and this will be my sixth time at the Summer House. I have done much soul work over the last six years and a large part of it with the good people of the Summer House either as the facilitators of workshops I've attended, one-to-one sessions or as friends I've made along my journey. I'm a naughty cheeky kinky little minx at heart and love to get my dominant woman out. The flip side of that is I also like to be present in my creative, nurturing, witchy Queen who is impatient for change in the world. Sometimes I just want to scream 'wake up world and love yourselves'. Knowing full well the person I see in the mirror in the morning must do it too.
How do we navigate the kink scene as POC, knowing that darker skin is is a turn off or conversely a fetish?
This workshop seeks to both critique and provide space for shared healing through discussion, shared experiences, and a closing ritual.
- Duration: 60 mins
- Accessibility considerations:
Tarik is an artist, producer, and curator and where necessary, a workshop facilitator. Having attended the majority of SH and KSL events, he is deeply invested in opening up dialogues about sticky topics, inhus characteristic cheerful and playful manner, with the desired aim of self learning, and deep change, for individuals as well as the community.