- Special event
To launch the opening of our KentWellNess walks and contemplation benches, join local yoga and wellbeing expert, Brenda Louw on a soft, guided walking meditation and gentle Earth Salute moving meditation, in Kentwell's Gardens.
KentWellNess - a spa for the soul.
Kentwell’s Gardens have been lovingly tended over the centuries, but especially in the last fifty years. To celebrate this, and to bring a new dimension to our Gardens, we have created contemplation benches where you can pause and enjoy time and space for you, in nature, in the moment, in peace. Do not feel compelled to 'do' the entire walk in one day - seek out your benches, and enjoy your time at them. There is no need to rush, you can come back on another day. Our Gardens are always changing - the views, the light and the birdsong all alter with the seasons. We will be adding more benches and other KentWellNess ideas as time goes on.
The mantras at each contemplation bench are the writings of the late Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and we are fortunate to have the permission of Plum Village Monastery to use them as part of KentWellNess. Our daughter, a Buddist Nun at Plum Village, Sister True Dedication, has worked with us and our team to create a whole new way to enjoy your time in Kentwell's Gardens.
The Day: arrive at the Stableyard Tearoom at 10am to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Brenda will then lead you on a soft, guided walking meditation along the Jubilee Lime Avenue and through the beautiful Yew Castle and Silver Birch Avenue. Finishing in the magical Hornbeam Circle, to practice the gentle Earth Salute moving meditation, surrounded by the protection of the Circle. From there, you are welcome to move through our beautiful Gardens at your own pace and time, to enjoy some of our sixteen new contemplation benches, each with its own unique view and meditation thought - time for some introspection and quiet time away from your busy life. Enjoy the day in our beautiful, tranquil gardens. Sit and be in stillness, enjoying different views, and relax; take time to contemplate, even meditate, on different themes. You will be welcome to enjoy the gardens at your own pace, until closing time at 4pm.
Pre-booking for this event is essential, as places are limited. If the weather forecast for Saturday 28 May suggests inclement weather, we may re-schedule this event.
The 16th Century House and 15th Century Moat House are attractive from every angle and still dominate the Gardens. Their beauty and the usually still waters of the moats, disturbed only by fish and fowl, set the tone. There is an aura of timelessness created by the mellow red brick, the water and the ancient trees, from our 1000 year old oak to a lawn guarded by England's most majestic cedars. There's a sense of fun too; from the sculpted tree and courtyard maze to the yew castle and varied topiary, some of it truly massive, encountered throughout. Topiary here has been Judith's speciality for over 30 years and she created and has maintained the famous Pied Piper Topiary.
Please pre-book your tickets (any time up to midnight the day before) and please arrive in good time.
Please note that advance booking is essential as we have limited tickets for this. We regret we will not be able to offer tickets to buy at the gate. Please follow the link below to buy your tickets on-line.
If you are Season Ticket holders, we are offering you a 20% discount for tickets to this tour. Please pre-book.
Refreshments: will be open until 15 minutes before closing time.
The Weather: for a Kentwell-specific Met Office weather report, please click here.
Accessibility: the majority of the gardens are reasonably accessible by wheelchair in good weather.
Dogs: no dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds.
Cancellations or refunds: We operate a no-refunds policy. Tickets are not transferrable to other days, or to other events. Please always check our website before travelling to check we are Open.
Masks: Please bring a lower face covering. You may be required to wear a mask in inside areas, e.g. our tearoom or gift shop.
Tickets & prices
Booking for this event is currently unavailable.