Five days of fun with the Gaia Tribe 24th -29th May 2019

24th May – 29th May 2019

 Experience community and sustainable living through sharing skills, creativity and celebration at the Gaia Tribe Summer Camp.

We are now in our 14th Year of beautiful, solar powered summer camps.

Many favourite activities will be on offer, such as: dancing, singing, drumming, music, games, creative arts, circus skills, drama, discussion groups, meditation and yoga., storytelling. There will be a range of activities for the children, a teen zone and a creche.

More news to follow about the content, but here’s what a typical day would look like:

    Start the day with Yoga, Taize devotional Singing, or Meditation
    Or Bake fresh bread
    Participate in the main morning workshop:
    Dancing and Drumming, Singing, Movement Medicine
    or one of the other workshops happening around the camp:
    Green Woodworking and Wild Craft
    Pottery and making a kiln
    Arts and Crafts
    Drama and performance
    Circus skills, ‘ The Gaia Games’
    Lunch: enjoy some wholesome soup, salad and fresh baked bread in the PeaceCake Café
    After lunch: more workshops, camp market, Healing area, Sun and Moon Lodges, a massage in the Healing Tent
    a walk up to Roseberry Topping…….
    Evening meal: either round your own fire circle or in the café
    Into the evening: Story telling: tales of magic and mystery
    nurturing time, Eco Cinema , singing, Scratch Band
    A Caleidh, Silent Disco, and Drumming round the central fire, a Cabaret, a late night sauna and swim
    or simply do your own thing……….

All set in a beautiful meadow surrounded by mature trees with camping in cosy Fire Circles, stunning traditional canvas marquees, warm cosy spaces, solar energy and LED festoon lighting by Green Dragon, a wood-burning sauna, Delicious veggie fare in The PeaceCake Cafe.

There is something for everyone, and all ages are welcome. At our camps we offer both dynamic activity and the space to rest and recover from the hectic pace of modern life. You can go at your own pace and choose the degree to which you want to participate in the activities on offer.

Book tickets for our Summer Camp here.

Videos and testimonials

Read Gaia Tribe’s reviews in the Guardian.


Daddy cool: a family-friendly festival: Our writer overcomes his panic at the Gaia Tribe creativity camp in Yorkshire, and finds that grabbing a guitar and joining a scratch band is surprisingly good fun. Click here to read the article in the Guardian, May 2011

Gaia Guardian Review

The UK’s friendliest family festival: It’s not Glasto… the small, family-friendly Yorkshire festival where the headline acts are a Twelfth Night puppet show and a DIY cabaret. Guardian



Gaia Poem

A Gaia Tribe Poem, 2010

We’ve packed to leave; the tents and pans and plates,
And clothes which smell of sweet neglect.
We store our thoughts of song and dance,
Exchange our email stuff and hope to write;
And hug, shed tears, and wish the months away
Until once more we meet
To dance and laugh and sing.

We will be spread across this land.
But all those stretching miles will count as nought
So long as every heart can spin
The slender filaments of love
Between the warm disorder of our homes
With those whom we hold dear,
And what we here have made:

A life removed from haste and greed,
Unique and rare,
A dream nestled deep
Between these green, calm slopes,
And Derwent’s slow and gentle sweep.

Murray Edscer 02/06/2010

About Us

The Gaia Tribe was founded by Selma and Chris: We both share a longing for living more sustainably and for building grounded, sacred community. We believe that community offers us the best possible chance to learn the skills needed create a more just and sustainable society. We hope in some small way to recreate a sense of tribal gathering at our camps, to build community through sharing skills, creativity and celebration.

In thinking about how we could build longer term sustainable community, we had an idea that we could begin by offering short term experiences of community. We could bring together what we love to do with what we want to create. We love camping and the opportunity it gives us to slow down and to live life with more simplicity and presence. We love singing and dancing and creating beautiful spaces, but most of all we love bringing people together. We decided the time was right for organising some camps in the North of England.

Our vision: is to create beautiful nurturing environments immersed in nature, that allow people to reconnect to the joy of being human, and to explore the ways in which we can build a more sustainable life affirming culture.

How? Our plan is to find a lovely piece of land in which we can create a ‘Cultural Experience’. This would be an innovative, educational and creative space in which people from many diverse groups, organisations and businesses could come together. At its heart would be an inspirational, fully serviced events centre.

Help Us: We are still looking for some land to rent/lease or buy, so if you are a sympathetic landowner or know of one, please get in touch with us! Or if you are interested in being involved in our plans, we would love to hear from you.

Currently we have embarked on a new project, running a BnB and Retreat Centre in the heart of Grosmont. While we are in this process of searching and exploration, putting on our camps is an important way of us grounding our vision and expressing our intention. Hosting our annual Gaia Tribe event is our way of experiencing now some of the elements of the permanent life we want to build with others.