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West Lexham: new social enterprise opens its doors for learning, play and sustainability

West Lexham. A space for what could be...

 
PRLog - Jun. 14, 2011 - West Lexham (http://www.westlexham.org) is an exciting new endeavour in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. The freshly launched social enterprise offers a unique experience in sustainability with opportunities to learn, stay, meet people and take time out of a hectic routine to experience a different way of spending time.

West Lexham is being transformed from a defunct Victorian manor farm with a range of disused outbuildings into an evolving, sustainability and lovingly restored venue space for holidays, courses, events and local enterprise. The project nestles in 21 acres of rolling Norfolk Breckland and encompasses a meandering river, a swimming lake, lazy meadows, lush woodland, sculpted Victorian gardens, a productive kitchen garden and a clutch of old heritage farm buildings.

Edmund Colville, Director of West Lexham says: “Our vision for West Lexham is to cultivate a space to where people can come to connect to themselves, to each other and to the natural environment.  We aim to investigate and put into practice leading philosophies and technologies for the future to provide experiential learning and inspiration for visitors. We are developing the site to use renewable energy, grow local food, grow the local economy through micro enterprise and jobs, enhance the land and biodiversity, and provide a hub for sustainable and creative living in Norfolk.”

West Lexham opened its doors in the late spring and is coming to life with the launch of the Summer>versity: a rolling series of events (http://www.westlexham.org/west-lexham-norfolk-courses-and...), courses (http://www.westlexham.org/west-lexham-norfolk-courses-and...) and festivities across the summer. The summer programme offers a rich variety of enlightening and exploratory courses on a variety of topics from permaculture, healthy raw food and herbal nutrition and yoga to visual and performing arts, leadership and eco-building!

With the very best speakers, tutors, and facilitators, course participants can also choose from a delightful range of boutique accommodation (http://www.westlexham.org/stay/) from sumptuously furnished bell tents and Bedouin tents, to cosy cottages and even a treehouse!

For those who are looking for some outdoorsy activity on a budget this summer, part of the summer>versity ethos is inclusion. Volunteers are welcome to come and chip in with the project and be a part of its growth, in return for accommodation and meals. The project has already hosted students from Spain and France who have taken part in a whole range of activities to get the space ready for the summer festivities. Projects have included planting trees and wildflowers, building a cob oven for pizza parties, preparing the herb garden on the slopes of the fire circle, and building a living willow tree bog!

Designed as a flexible environment for families, couples, pioneers and troubadours alike, West Lexham offers learning, relaxation and playfulness in a space for what could be... Expect rejuvenating natural landscapes, boutique camping, campfires, music, delicious and healthy local food, al fresco dining, wild swimming, exceptional company and to have a very, very good time! Come and do a course, come and learn by osmosis, come and volunteer, or just come and unwind in the countryside, relaxing on a boat on the river and lying in the long meadow grass.

West Lexham is located in the heart of the Norfolk Countryside (http://www.westlexham.org/contact/) – a unique place where guests can experience a wide range of hands-on weekend courses guided by expert practitioners, including permaculture, yoga, wellbeing, raw food sensations, the art of charm, a pharmacy in the garden, plus, workshop-led arts, creativity and innovation practice for life, enterprise and collaborative engagement.

Find out about West Lexham’s history, meet the team behind its revival, take a peek at what’s happening now, and where we’re headed. Come join us.

http://www.westlexham.org/

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For more information, images, or interviews with the Directors of West Lexham,
please contact: mAnic inc. at 07595 290 718 or info@nostressnopanic.com

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A taste of some the courses and events on offer at West Lexham:

Youth Convergence :Creating Change Through Positive Stories – Youth Residential Personal Storytelling & Our Grand Narrative.
A five-day residential for young change-makers to develop their own stories and explore the story of their future. Set in the beautiful countryside of Norfolk, young people will have the space and supportive guidance to let their ideas and visions of positive change flourish.
Read more here: http://www.westlexham.org/west-lexham-norfolk-courses-and-events/courses-at-west-lexham/youth-convergence/

Next Big Shift West Lexham Weekender
Join us for a wildly enlightening and exploratory weekend piecing together all the learnings of the Next Big Shift dinners, with a fresh stable of speakers, debates and collaborative design processes to empower us all to understand what social changes are on the horizon.
Read more here: http://www.westlexham.org/west-lexham-norfolk-courses-and-events/courses-at-west-lexham/next-big-shift-west-lexham-weekender/

Charm School by MIEN Magazine
Escape the digital world and retreat to a more genteel analogue sanctuary. Welcome to the inaugural pilot session of Charm School at West Lexham. The weekend will focus on the back to basics of etiquette: don’t think posh, think simplicity. Put away your mobiles and iPads as they will be replaced with a feather quill and beautiful stationery.
Read more here: http://www.westlexham.org/west-lexham-norfolk-courses-and-events/courses-at-west-lexham/charm-school/

"Health & Happiness" by Happy Kitchen
Presenting the highly anticipated Happy Kitchen FULL weekend - yes that's 2 nights & 2 days - packed with nutrition, recipes, optional exercise & yoga sessions, camp fire cooking, feasting on beautiful & natural organic food. Come, detox your mind & body. Walk away inspired & empowered to be confident in the kitchen & in many areas related to wellbeing. Read more here: http://www.westlexham.org/west-lexham-norfolk-courses-and-events/courses-at-west-lexham/health-and-happiness-by-happy-kitchen/

And even more details about further courses and events at West Lexham: http://www.westlexham.org/west-lexham-norfolk-courses-and-events/

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