Our Mission

Inspiring and supporting young adults through connection.


Our aims are for you to:

Learn about and experience alternative views of the structure and nature of the mind, world and universe and the great mysteries of existence.

Learn methods of self-care and develop self-awareness, integrity, empowerment, independence, creativity, inner peace and a sense of belonging,

Experience understanding, empathy and compassion towards others through helping, encouraging, supporting and cooperating with others in workshops and participation in running the camp.

Develop your understanding of the current environmental crises and devise practical, holistic solutions to care for nature.

Experience a heartfelt connection with your inner self, others, nature and all life and a sense of awe and wonder.

The Gathering and Beyond

Wider Horizons has workshops which provide a variety of opportunities to learn about and experience alternative views of the structure and nature of the mind and the world around.  There are practical experiences in art, music, dance and healing and participation in the creation of the retreat is a key component.  We put on ongoing events throughout the year.


Ben Gross MBACP(Accred) MSc PGCE MBSR BSc(Hons) is the producer and curator of Wider Horizons. He is a transpersonal psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, lecturer at the University of Greenwich, meditation teacher and musician. He has been organising retreats in nature for 30 years. These events are devised and delivered by Ben Gross as an independent event organiser.

Olly Robinson, Lindsey Vandita Spinks, Jimena Paratcha and  Zak Avery (young adult consultant) form the Production Team.  All the contributors and a group of young adults are involved in the design and curation of Wider Horizons. If you would like to get involved please contact us.

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The week worked marvellously – it was a feast intellectually, artistically, and in terms of a setting for expressing really positive contacts between people who had only recently come together.

I particularly valued the group meditations, experiences with colour, time to get to know one another, the relaxed but well ordered atmosphere and the variety of subjects and experiences.

Wider Horizons did help me so much . . . because I’m not so afraid of being open with people, and I have already found this very rewarding. It has also helped me to feel very much more positive about my job and my career.

I know what you are doing is right, instinctively, and thus it will succeed, but at the same time I don’t think that success lies in numbers or in official recognition.

On leaving, it felt very much as if we were leaving home.

I did leave wishing we could have had a day or two longer together.

To observe where there is no observer, to think where there is no thinker, to act where there is no actor and hence attain a greater awareness of how reality can be shaken up.

We are both the holder of the kaleidoscope and the pieces within it.

“It did have, very much, the effect of widening my horizons.”

“How much there was during one magical week that I think I needed to hear and feel as at no other time.”

“It was one of those times when a great crystallisation of thought and a great seeding of growing points take place.”

“Oh! How can I explain to you how much I felt that here at last were people who were GOING HOME!”

“We have become part of one another in a very intimate experience.”

“All of us have a strong desire to keep in touch so as to continue to share in the discoveries initiated at Wider Horizons.”