We run a variety of events at The Women’s Holiday Centre, from short afternoons of tea and cake with local women to weekend-long workshops.


New for September!

IPSE Wilderness Therapy Weekend Workshop

wilderness therapy date

Friday 29th September- Sunday 1st October 2017

Facilitated by Julia Gillick  Wilderness Therapy Facilitator

This is a walking weekend based at Horton WHC in the beautiful Ribble Valley, guided by wilderness therapy facilitator, Julia Gillick.  The weekend workshop is an opportunity for women to find a better connection with nature, and their own nature, developing self-awareness through pair-sharing, group discussion and individual reflection.

As we walk, we will be invited to reflect on certain aspects of our lives and we will allow the landscape to guide what we focus on.  In the evenings, there will be time to sit in a circle where we can share and listen to each other, as much or as little as we like. There will be time to laugh and rest, read and swim too!

Who – The house can accommodate up to sixteen women, but our group might be as small as six.

When – Friday 29th September 19:00 – Sunday 1st October 2017 13:00.

Where – Based at Horton Women’s Holiday Centre, with 2 day-walks in the Ribble Valley.

Why – This is a wilderness therapy workshop run by ‘IPSE Wilderness’. IPSE stands for Intellectual, Physical, Spiritual, Emotional; 4 aspects of well-being, and ‘ipse’ means ‘herself’ in Latin.

Cost – Sliding scale as per Horton WHC policy:

Income My rate Horton rate
£25,001 p/a or more £40 for the weekend workshop 2 x £30 for accommodation
£18,001 – £25,000 p/a £35 for the weekend workshop 2 x £25 for accommodation
£12,001 – £18,000 p/a £30 for the weekend workshop 2 x £20 for accommodation
Up to £12,000 p/a £25 for the weekend workshop 2 x £15 for accommodation
Emergency band £20 for the weekend workshop 2 x £10 for accommodation
Exchange option 1 free place in exchange for a similar workshop or weekend 2 x as above using sliding scale for income

Julia Gillick is passionate about the outdoors and personal development.  She has experience in youth work, guiding women in supportive groups, and in leading outdoors expeditions.  Julia is qualified in remote first aid.


Arrive from 3pm Friday 29th

Tea, coffee and introductions, settling in, house-keeping etc.

19:00 Evening meal.

20:00 Opening circle. IPSE check-in. Setting intentions and story-telling with runes.

Saturday 30th September

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 6-mile round walk; Horton to Pen-y-Ghent and back via Hull Pot with packed lunch.

Wilderness therapy activities:

  • contemplating the climb from Brackenbottom- fear/shame/demons
  • the steep ascent/summit – facing challenges and leaning in
  • deep hole/sunken waterfall – hidden depths/loss

15:00 Return to Horton WHC for rest in afternoon.

18:00 Communal meal with reflections from the walk.

19:00 Evening circle time. IPSE check-in and carpet work.

Sunday 1st October

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 4-mile round walk; Horton to Helwith Bridge along Ribble Valley.

Wilderness therapy activities:

  • Meanders – contemplating the twists and turns of life
  • Wild swimming – surrender to wild

11:00 Rest and refreshment at Helwith Bridge Inn.

12:00 Return to Horton.

13:00 Closing circle and departure.

Please contact the house for more information or to make a booking.


This new event will run on the last Wednesday of each month during term times between 1 and 3pm, and will be facilitated by Gillian. It is a group for exploring the power of sisterhood in a rapidly changing world. Women of all ages and beliefs are welcome.  No commitment to attend just turn up at the house.



Veg growing in the garden

Veg growing in the garden

This year’s first work week is on the week commencing 22nd May.

The work weeks are usually held mid-week, twice a year, in order to take on specific major jobs eg. Gardening, repairs, redecorating, constructing. Recent work weeks have been well attended, with a satisfying list of jobs completed. Thank you to all you lovely women who have been so fab, the house couldn’t do with out you.

As you can imagine, with a house this size, there’s a wide range of jobs that need doing, so there should be something to suit everyone! In return for a minimum of 5 hrs work each day, you can stay for free. Travel expenses may be reimbursed. Email us for more details.

This is a great opportunity to share and learn skills, as well as to help keep the house looking lovely. Booking is essential, email the house for dates.

busy hands ...

We are always looking for women with particular skills in plastering, plumbing, painting, sewing, gardening etc. and of course women to help with lifting, cooking and cleaning. There is usually a range of jobs for a range of skills – from the DIY experienced to those of us who barely know one end of a hammer from another! It is always friendly and fun, and you are welcome to learn and share with others. For your efforts you will have lots of good food, good company and a free stay (you can also come for just a day or two). Please speak to a worker or email us for more details and to book a place, or to offer to cook or fundraise for a work week.

 Please see our support or fundraising web page for other ways you can offer either in the short or long term.


This workshop will be held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of June. It is being run by Clare, who facilitates a peer support group in Manchester. Clare and women from the group will facilitate sessions on self-care, and share information about how you could start your own group.


Occasional weeks or weekends are set aside for women to be able to bring boys up to their 15th birthday (boys up to their 11th birthday are welcome all year round). Please email us for more details. Boys up to their 15th birthday can also stay as part of a closed house booking at the discretion of the workers.

This Summer’s Older Boys dates are: week commencing 24th July, and week commencing 21st August.

Three Peaks Challenge

On the weekend of 17th-18th June, we will be offering a free stay at the house (on Friday and Saturday night) to anyone who commits to raising £100 in sponsorship for us to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. Ours will be a little different – if you don’t want to or can’t complete the peaks in 24 hours, you are welcome to take the whole weekend, or just do whichever ones would be a personal challenge for you. The most important thing is to have fun and raise some sponsorship – if you call us to discuss we can give you advice on how to do this.

Why not organise a fundraising event?

You can be sponsored to do ANYTHING, ANYWHERE! How about a sponsored silence, tiddlywinks, bridge playing, bike ride, book reading, knitting, not smoking, doing circuits of your local park, etc. Every penny goes towards the House, and means we can continue to make improvements.
email us or speak to the workers for more info + sponsor forms.

Tod Disco
A women-only disco held in Todmorden (West Yorkshire), usually on the second Saturday of each month, (not January) which organises occasional benefit nights for Horton WHC.

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