a thoughtfully designed weekend.
Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent, UK
13th - 15th March, 2020


What is it?

Downtime is a weekend retreat, set 1 hour by train from central London.

The goal of the weekend is to provide guests with a rare chance to spend quality time far removed from surface distractions, tube stations, stress and city strife.  
An opportunity to relax, as well as a place to find inspiration, clarity, stillness, reflection and contemplation.

To help things along, we’ve created an opt-in programme of events and a few simple rules (like turn off your phone). 

You’ll be in complete control of your time here. Want to sleep in? No worries. Want to skip yoga? Fine. Want to do everything? Go for it. Spend time with like minded-people or take yourself off to a quiet corner. 
There’s nothing particularly special about the weekend. No tricks, no hacks, no one trying to sell you on anything. Just all stuff you know you should do more of; being in nature, stretching, being creative, breathing fresh air, eating better quality food, spending more time away from your screens and more time being present.

The weekend is held at the beautiful Elmley Nature Reserve, the only National Nature Reserve in the U.K you can stay overnight.

What’s on:

Friday 13th:

  • Arrival & Check In (4pm onwards)
  • Welcome Talk from Elmley
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Fire Pit
  • Evening Tea / Hot Drinks
  • Reading & Settling into Rooms
  • Quiet overnight

Saturday 14th:

  • Morning Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Elmley Nature Safari
  • Lunch
  • Bespoke Watercolour Workshop with Katie Johnston
  • Free Time / Wild Swimming (weather dependent)
  • Dinner
  • Quiet overnight

Sunday 15th:

  • Morning Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Candle Making Workshop with London Refinery
  • Visit to the Bird Watching huts
  • Programme Ends & Check Out (11am)︎︎
︎Any time:

  • Read a book in the lounge
  • Journal
  • Go for a run
  • Walk the reserve
  • Remember what it’s like to be bored
  • Stare out the window
  • Let your mind wander

︎Guests are free to use Sunday afternoon to walk around the reserve, after check out & lunch.

*Programme subject to improvements.



“Just what I was looking for - a chance to spend some quality time thinking, reflecting and recharging. The weekend was perfectly planned, with every little detail considered. The space, the food and the people were fantastic in equal measure and all added to what was a very rewarding and fulfilling weekend.” - Emily - 27

“Downtime was a incredible experience overall. It has really changed my mind about doing retreats and the importance of investing on spending time for yourself.” - Sarah - 32

“Excellent weekend in a beautiful location, with good food, lovely people, no technology and the right amount of downtime. Space to read, think, eat healthily, be creative, walk and chat - what every weekend should be like, really. Thanks so much, can't wait for the next one!” - Andy, 33



Secure your spot with a £75 deposit now, pay the rest later (if you like). 

︎Price varies according to
accomodation selection. 

Please get in touch via hello@downtimeweekend.co.uk
or +07481044459 if you have any questions before booking.



  • 2x nights luxury Accomodation (see below) at Elmley Nature Reserve 
  • All meals (2x dinner, 2x breakfast, 2x lunch; sample menu here)
  • Morning guided yoga practice (Sat / Sun)
  • Morning guided meditation practice (Sat / Sun)
  • Guided nature tour
  • Workshop 1: Bespoke Watercolour Class with Katie Johnston
  • Workshop 2: Candle making with London Refinery
  • Fruit & healthy snacks
  • Herbal teas, Local coffee, etc.

︎Price doesn’t include transport to Elmley. See ‘Getting There’ for more information. Train is just over 1 hour from London and roughly £20-40 return.