Our vision is to re-establish an abundant relationship with nature so that all may flourish. To be a resource for healing through a dynamic mix of ancient wisdom, experiential workshops, nature connection and celebration.
To be a place of exploration where we endeavour to discard dogma and seek with an open mind a new way of relating both to each other and the natural world, to be part of the solution.
The team behind the ongoing nurturing and harmonious development of The Clophill Centre is headed by the owners and guardians Richard and Katarina Diss along with their family Edward, Max and Jacob, as well as their animal helpers, Hogan and Kitty.
Enhancing the environment with true devotion is the resilient force of energy, James whose creative touch has underpinned the development of Clophill.
The creation of the flower and herb garden by Alex and Kim Mcfadden has created practical ways for people to enjoy a deeper connection with nature. Su Bear’s Womb Space is an area dedicated to the exploration and healing of the feminine.
We would also like to acknowledge the support and input from many others over the years, as without the continued help and dedication the centre could not be the place it is today and will be in the future.
Situated to the north of the Clophill Centre is the old church, St Mary’s, formerly known as The Church of St Mary The Virgin. This ruin sits at the crest of the Greensand Ridge in Bedfordshire and, as with many such old churches, it was built on an ancient sacred site with the surrounding fields believed to have been set aside for healing. Now this ancient sacred site has come full circle, and the surrounding fields are once again being set aside for healing here at the Centre.
The connection between Richard Diss and the land of the Centre stretches back to a time when as a young man, Richard was travelling around the world seeking adventure, inspiration, and direction. Finding the Clophill land over 40 years ago started a journey of discovery, though the purpose and vision for the land has changed over the years. Whether by running a PYO fruit farm or to selling dried flowers, Richard has always had a strong connection to the land with a conviction that there was a higher meaning to this link.
While training to be a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Richard met and married his wife Katarina, who has shared the love and passion for the land including the interest in ancient sacred traditions from around the world. So, with a family of three boys, friends and helpers Richard and Katrina have focused on creating a haven for people to come, teach, share, and transform their lives. They have a desire for the land to be honoured, respected, and cherished thereby allowing Mother Earth to share her bounty and vitality for humans to enjoy.
Since the vision for the Centre became clearer as a place for sacredness and connection to nature, Clophill has been lucky enough to attract a wide variety of teachers and healers from all over the world of many traditions.