Gaia Tribe Summer Wildcraft and Creativity Camp

26th May – 31st May 2017

Experience Community and Sustainable Living through sharing skills, creativity and celebration at Gaia Tribe. We are now in our 12th Year of beautiful, solar powered summer camps.

Workshops leading into discussion groups, heart space, green living skills and healing. A permaculture zone with eco cinema, drumming, singing, dancing, games, creative arts, circus skills, drama and performance culminating in the Cabaret! Lots of activities for children, men’s and women’s spaces, saunas and hot showers.

These are some of the activities we offer at this year’s Gaia Tribe Summer Wildcraft Camp:

gaia tribe drummersStart the day with Yoga, Taize Singing, Qi Gong, Meditation or baking fresh bread. This leads into the morning sessions.
Participate in one of the morning workshops. Salsa with Claudia Nye and Biodanza with Noel Watkins, Drumming with Colin, Singing with Kate Howard, Green woodworking, Wildcraft, Arts and Crafts, Pottery, Felt making, Drama and performance. A Council of All Beings, Circus skills, Permaculture, Alternative Energy. Discussion groups on: fracking, building sustainable culture, sharing our stories, the work that reconnects and more. .

Lunch: enjoy wholesome food including soups, salads and fresh baked bread in the PeaceCake Cafe.
In the afternoon: camp market, healing work, Wild food and Medicinal Herb Walks including making ointments. Also in the afternoon there will be Sun and Moon Lodges and a Well Being Area.
Evening meal: around your own fire circle or in the PeaceCake Cafe.
Into the evening: Story telling: tales of magic and mystery, nurturing time, Eco Cinema, Singing, Scratch Band, Salsa, Silent Disco, and Drumming round a central fire, a Cabaret on Tuesday night, a late night sauna and swim or simply do your own thing …
Teens Activities: Body Percussion Street Dance, Silent Disco plus Film making
For the children: Baking Gingerbread, Drama, plus lots more fun and games
Dedicated space with arts and crafts for younger ones, toddlers’ crèche, Face Painting.


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, wood-burning sauna and hot showers. 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



  • Sally James, Ramsbottom, Lancashire
    My experience of the weekend was magical. I loved the singing, drumming, dancing, the food, the sense of community. And the feeling of Peace and love. I felt very relaxed when I came home and the sense of peace remains with me.
  • Graham Waudby, Bridlington
    MANY MANY THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL CAMP. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE SO MANY OLD FRIENDS, AND TO MAKE SO MANY NEW ONES.THANKYOU SELMA AND CHRIS FOR CREATING A LOVELY PIECE OF MAGIC IN MY SOUL. THE CABARET NIGHT WAS ABSOLUTE MAGIC, AND WHAT A PLEASURE TO SEE THE CHILDREN TREATING THE WORLD WITH FUN, … Continue reading "Graham Waudby, Bridlington"
  • Hilly Fletcher, West Yorks
    Great music – interesting people – happy children – wonderful place – delicious food.

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.

You can book tickets here for the Gaia Summer Camp.

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Gaia Tribe Summer Camp – Wildcraft and Creativity, 26th-31st May 2017, North Yorkshire