go wild in cornwall
Join the creators of Drift Jersey in a wild, new location - the surf mecca of the British Isles - Cornwall. Drift Wild is a new experience, bringing you even closer to nature and staying in beautiful bell tents overlooking incredible waves.
The Drift ethos is still the same - to get in the sea every day! Whether its heading down to the local beach through the winding valley fringed with wild flowers or out on a surfari to find the best waves on the North or South coast, we aim to connect you to the ocean through the gorgeous bays, cliffs and coves this special area has to offer.
Our mission is to provide daily surf lessons and support you in learning or improving surfing. We have expert tuition on hand to help develop your confidence and skills in the water, including guidance on reading the waves, paddling out at new breaks and understanding why conditions are so significant. There will be plenty of yoga and meditation to make sure you are stretched out, chilled out and blissed out. And there’ll be a chance to go truly wild and forage for food with a local expert. There will also be free time should you like to take a massage, read a book or simply wander down to the shore for some beach combing.
On Drift Wild our intention is to build a micro community, based on our affinity with the ocean and love of nature. We’ll be fused together by camp fires and creativity. The wild spaces of Cornwall provide a stunning backdrop to all there is in store; expect to leave feeling rejuvenated, reenergised and inspired.
Adventure in nature
Our home is Mount Pleasant Eco Park, which is where our wild experience begins. The land here is protected and adorned with expertly constructed eco buildings. There are compost toilets, solar showers, an outdoor fire pit and pizza oven and plenty of outdoor space to roam and chill out in the sun. There is also a cafe for communal eating and a big barn with wood burning fire for indoors yoga practice. Plus a courtyard with overhead cover, should the weather be a tad unpredictable.
Our accommodation is in bell tents, lovingly prepared by Drift retreats. Sleeping 3 people in single beds, you'll find them comfortable and cute, not exactly roughing it - think more "glamping style". There are also options to bring your own tent or campervan, or for those interested in a little more luxury - a purpose build shepherds hut which sleeps 2 in a double bed.
an array of waves
For those of you that may have already joined us on a Drift retreat in Jersey, you'll know that Kempt Tower is an incredible spot due to it's accessibility to the waves. You'll also know that there is only one surfing beach in Jersey, so those wanting a little more variety and diversity, we have just the place for you!
Cornwall is renowned for its surf, and we happen to be overlooking one of it’s best surfing beaches - Porthtowan. At mid tide the waves are gentle and uber beginner friendly. On our doorstep we also have an array of other surf breaks. From the iconic lighthouse overlooking Godrevy Bay which provides peeling, longboard waves to the shelted spot of Porthmeor situated right in front of St Ives Tate Museum of Modern Art. North Cornwall has so many different waves and with the contours of the land, you'll almost always find somewhere offshore. These are some of the best beaches to learn to surf or improve your surfing. And unlike Jersey, we are not massively restricted by the tide, you'll be pleased to know! We'll teach you about wind, swell, types of break and you'll get to experience why different beaches produce different waves. It's a sure fire way to take your surfing to the next level, in a fun, exciting and non pressured environment. There is always a wave to surf and a new spot to explore, we can’t wait to show you!
food for fuel
Food is a big part of Drift and we are in great hands with The Eco Park who are in charge of all our meals. They grow fresh salads and veggies in their very own garden, so you can expect local, seasonal and organic! We will make use of the outdoor, wood pizza oven and on Sunday we can look forward to the vegan roast - what La Cantina, the Eco Park's cafe does best! So whether we’re munching on a picnic lunch or feasting around the fire, you can be safe in the knowledge you will be eating very well indeed.
Sample Menu for DRIFT Retreat at The Eco Park
Breakfast (self serve from the Meeting House)
Oven baked Granola Cinnamon maple coconut dried date cranberry banana
almonds sunflower sesame with Cornish yoghurt & non dairy milk
Fresh fruit selection
Toast with homemade peanut butter local honey or Eco Park jam
Whole Grain Wrap filled with garden salad roast sweet†potato¨†hummus¨†garden†herbs†and
Spinach Feta Spanakopita
Vegan Banana Loaf
Wood fired Spelt Pizzas with a choice of
Classic Tomato Mozzarella
Roast garden veg
Served with 2 delicious seasonal salads
Followed with dark hot chocolate cooked over the fire
Nama - stay!
Of course, Drift wouldn’t be Drift without plenty of yoga. You'll be guided by Drift yoga instructor Nat, she's fully qualified, insured and experienced - having taught yoga in surf camps and retreats around the world for the last 8 years.
We have many places to practice from wild cliff tops to our cosy Eco Park barn. We rise with vinyasa flow to get our bodies and minds ready for our surf adventure. Focussing on building strength, flexibility and balance, it is the perfect way to warm up for some wave riding action. At night we fall into bed following yin or yoga nidra, both designed to relax and release tension, they provide time to process the day and prepare naturally for a deep sleep.
There'll also be meditation techniques and pranayama, so whether you're new to yoga or a seasoned yogi there will be something for you. Our main focus is to connect with our wild selves and revisit our union with Mother Nature, which can be stifled due to our adult commitments and . Through spending time "grounding" with the Earth, getting washed around in the waves and being blown about by the wind - we feel fully immersed in the elements and our senses. We become so much more present and engaged in our aliveness! Nature is truly healing.
We are blessed to have lots of inspiring friends in Cornwall and we can't wait to introduce you! From pro surfers to mindfulness experts, environmental conservationists to foraging experts, just like Drift Jersey, we will be inviting some along for our Drift adventures and asking them to share their skills and knowledge with us!
We're very close to St Agnes, the home of marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage. As supporters of SAS, we aim to show our solidarity in the fight against plastic pollution and perform a #minibeachclean every time we go surfing. We hope you're keen to join the #plasticfreecoastlines movement and be part of the solution to end the marine plastic crisis.
There is also the opportunity to come early and join the Down To Earth foundation on their volunteer Friday's. You can spend a morning in the Eco Park garden, helping to tend to the amazing fruits and veggies that this incredible community has been growing together. You'll also get to meet local team members and have a free lunch provided by the Eco Park garden!
Surfing and yoga (and food!) is the foundation of a Drift retreat but we also like to enjoy ourselves with other activities. Depending on conditions we have a few options and will always pick the best due to what Mother Nature allows.
There's stand up paddle boarding around Porthminster beach in St Ives Bay. There's cycling North to South coast along the Bossa trail. Or there's coasteering with St Ives Watersports Centre where you can feel the adrenaline rush of jumping and scrambling and exploring the coastline close up.
*OPTIONAL* Arrive at Eco Park, ready to join the Down to Earth Foundation in the garden for the morning.
Enjoy a delicious "garden to plate" meal, well deserved for all your hard work!
1pm Free time to wander round the Eco Park, explore the beach or cliffs, or visit Porthtowan for an ice cream.
Check into the Eco Park, orientation and time to settle into your very own bell tent/own tent/shepherds hut - home for the next 3 nights.
Drift Wild meet and greet. We love to take time meeting all our guests and going through the weekend. Then our plan is to get in the water and rinse off the cobwebs! We'll have a surf lesson or a swim down at Porthtowan (depending on conditions). We'll most likely watch the sunset and there'll be a Drift picnic to keep you sustained.
Delicious vegetairian feast for dinner in the Eco Park banquet hall. All dietary requirements are catered for.
Yin yoga and yoga nidra in the Eco Park Barn, you can get cosy, be warmed by the fire, and get ready for a great nights sleep.
Rise and shine for dynamic vinyasa, our bodies can get a bit creaky from camping so we'll have a right good stretch out and warm up deeply with breath synchronised yoga.
A hearty breakfast prepared by the Eco Park, you can expect veggie, organic plus gluten and dairy free!
Lets go exploring! We'll consult the weather and head to a nearby beach that will yield ideal conditions for surfing. Our options include Newquay, Watergate Bay, St Ives, St Agnes and Gwithian (plus a couple of secret spots). We'll be working with local surf schools and guides, as well as having our regular Drift instructors so you will have plenty of advice and tuition. Of course all equipment and transport is included so you need not worry about a thing.
Picnic lunch wherever we are, followed by some free time to wander or relax, or continue surfing if you have the energy!
Our next activity will involve meeting with local expert and forager, learning about the local and seasonal food that we can find in the wild outdoors, and preparing some extras for our evening meal.
Back at the Eco Park we'll get ready to stretch out once again with some gentle yoga.
A camp fire and pizza night under the stars will draw our Saturday night to a close in the most epic way.
Yoga and pranayama to start the day right! Finding energy in movement and breathing, we'll nourish and energise our body for the day ahead.
A breakfast feast to get us fired up for the day
A local activity - dependant on the weather. We'll either cycle coast to coast, SUP or coasteer - and what ever we do we'll have a healthy picnic lunch in a pictuersque Cornish spot.
Surf time! Our final surf lesson... and what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than in the water. Again, we can visit whatever beach is best for this time considering tide and conditions. There'll be video coaching for intermediates and potential to paddle out back. Whatever your level, the emphasis is on having fun and feeling empowered in the waves.
We head back to the Eco Park to get warm and dry. Time to relax and reflect if you need.
We'll be joined by a special guest for a mindful evening discussing the power of being outdoors. Learn to mediate or go deeper into techniques, which you can use anytime and anywhere!
Our final communal meal, we guarantee something tasty and memorable!
Lets begin with a morning mediation walk, we'll wander down to the sea in silence, take a seat in stillness and then begin our yoga practice. After an invigorating session, it's up to you if you want to jump in the water! We definitely recommend! For those keen there's also the option of a dawnie surf (yup, that means up and surfing at dawn!)
A brunch style breakfast at the Eco Park, get your fill of the amazing food they continue to provide. Time to check out your accommodation too.
We have an additional optional workshop slot here - either bush craft or wicker basket making. For those keen for some more free time, you can mooch back down to the beach, take a walk around the local woodland, journal, read or simply relax in nature.
A picnic lunch at the Eco Park and the bit we all dread - saying goodbye...
Your Drift Wild retreat is complete, hopefully with you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from your time in the wild outdoors.
DATES & PRICING Friday 22nd June - Monday 25th June 2018
Single bed in a bell tent (sleeps 3) - £395
Shepherds hut - (2 people minimum) £455
Additional spots for camping & camper vans - from £365
All accommodation facilities
All meals, snacks, drinks
All surfing, yoga and any other activities
50% Deposits due by 1st April 2018.
DRIFT WILD runs 4pm Friday - 4pm Monday
Cancellations up to 30 days before - 50% deposit return.
Group bookings also available.
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The Eco Park is situated within 42 acres of organic farmland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the north Cornish coast between Portreath and Porthtowan. Transfers are not included but Drift Wild can help arrange every step of you getting here.
The nearest airport is Newquay, which has daily flights from London. Exeter is 1.5 hours away with daily flights to /from Jersey.
Leave the A30 at ‘Three Burrows’ / Chiverton roundabout and take the B3277 towards St Agnes. At the Sevenmilestone junction turn left, continuing straight ahead at the next junction towards Porthtowan. After approx 2 miles follow the road up the hill and where the road levels out take the 1st left signposted Mount Pleasant Ecological Park. We are 200 yards on the left.
Leave the A30 at the Redruth Junction, taking the left turn through North Country towards Porthtowan. After approx 2 miles turn right at the T junction up Mile Hill towards Porthtowan, then take the first right opposite ‘Porthtowan Touring Park’. Mount Pleasant Ecological Park is approx. 200 yards down this road.
For journey planning by public transport go to www.cornwallpublictransport.info or contact Trainline on 0871 200 22 33
Porthtowan is serviced by bus numbers 304 and 315.
Redruth train station is approximately 3 miles away and connected to Porthtowan village by the number 315 bus. From there it is a 15/20 minute walk up the hill (please note this is a steep hill and on the road so please take care)