to feed the creative soul…



We’re really excited to introduce to you something that we have been planning together for quite some time. Our ‘Retreat called Nourish and Nurture’ was born out of our own love of living life beautyFULLY in any way that we can and is for women who are perhaps a bit creatively stuck in trying to achieve the same – in work, in life or in hobby.

We all get stuck. Our heads get full of the day to day ‘stuff and stress’ that can become our default. Time can be short. Space can be limited. We can be bogged down by good intentions.

So think of our 3 day ‘Retreat called Nourish and Nurture’ as the antidote to all of the above. Come join us in a house by the sea and there enjoy the very simple beauty of making and doing and chatting and being.

We’ll provide the creative activities that will help to ‘unstick’ you. Creative sessions combined with beautyFULL food, gentle strides along the beach and relaxation by the fire will feed your inspiration and chase away the ‘stuff and stress’ that holds you back. Sharing ideas and experiences and forming friendships and connections will give you the permission to think out loud. And we hope that everything we do together, and sometimes on our own, will bring clarity and headspace.

This Retreat called Nourish and Nurture will leave you excited to get going and inspired to start the next chapter. We hope that life will feel more beautyFULL – however that looks for you.

The Beginning

It was important to us both, in the creating of this retreat, that you came only with yourselves, a willing heart, a large appetite, and a few bits and pieces of meaning to share. We’ll provide everything else, including all the material and supplies, the food and the drinks, a wonderfully creative library and gifts for when you arrive and when you leave.

the beauty of making and doing and chatting and being

The Accommodation

We have chosen the very lovely Cardy Net House in Lower Largo quite deliberately. In Victorian times it was built as a fishing net factory and employed 30 women to make nets for the then booming herring industry.

Today Cardy Net House is a beautyFULL contemporary dwelling overlooking the often wild Firth of Forth and enjoying spectacular views across the water to Edinburgh. You can step forward onto the beach or step sideways into the beautifully mature and compact walled garden.

It’s the kind of space that makes you see differently. And think differently. If you’re wondering where your ship might be heading, a few days luxuriating here will clear your head, soothe your soul and possibly even steer you forward.

That’s why we’ve chosen Cardy Net House. And we’re excited.

Cardy Net House is a beautyFULL contemporary dwelling

The Food

if you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with them. The people who give you their food give you their heart.’ Cesar Chavez.

Morning, noon and night you will enjoy the most delicious food, prepared open plan and shared round one long table. You’ll be encouraged to join in the making – whether picnic, bbq, breakfast or feast – and Carole’s focus will be on taking seasonal, local produce and creating WOW factor dishes that are easy to prepare, packed full of flavour and served on tables set, styled and foraged by us all. The conversation and the wine will flow.

beautyFULL food that is easy to prepare and packed full of flavour

Hands-on Sessions: time well spent!

Sessions will be ongoing across the 3 days but there will also be much time to explore your own ideas. We encourage this.

  • Journal Making – as a way to nurture your creative thinking, Ali will help you to craft your own journal that over the course of the 3 days with us can become anything you want it to be.

Techniques shared will include:

            • Using wax to create stunning imagery (this is magical!)
            • Creative printing onto ribbon, feathers, wood and fabric
            • Calligraphy basics
            • Using gesso and old book pages to create layers in your work
  • Styled shoot – Carole will lead you through the basics of setting and styling the beautiful tables around which we shall eat, using foraged materials and beautiful props.
  • Photography – With your mobile phone or dslr camera, Carole will show you how to use your camera to take the photos that will tell a visual story. So bring your camera so that we can beautyFULLY capture the moments you want to remember and record
  • Time out – We don’t plan to overfill your days. Long walks, slow meals and drinks around the fire will all gently feed your creativity and your inspiration. And if you would like time out alone, to read books or to catch up, or to wander and explore, that’s fine too.
creating your personal journal to nurture your creative thinking…

A very rough schedule – and like all the very best schedules – with a good bit of room for spontaneity, laughter and anything else that springs to mind!

And last but not least

We have decided for this, our first and very exciting year, to offer our Retreat called Nourish and Nurture for a special price.

£625 for a room on your own

£550 for sharing with one other

You will arrive early evening on Monday 16th September and leave after breakfast on Friday 20th September. 3 whole days and 4 gorgeous nights and yes….we’re very aware that we’re asking you to take time out during your week!

We’ve no fancy booking systems – it’s just us. We’re proper old style and believe in comunicating rather than clicking. Spaces are very limited,(only eight in total) so if this gets your heart fluttering, grab your place at our rather gorgeous table now.

We are:

Ali Ferguson

Carole Fitzgerald

Give us a shout to claim your place at the table.

We look forward to welcoming you!