The Eden Project is planning to reopen on 17 May 2021, subject to the latest Government guidance. Timed entry tickets for 17 May onwards are available to pre-book online. Our online shop remains open.

HotHouse invites you to a women’s retreat crafted to evoke and cultivate the power of being a woman. This transformational experience is facilitated by an all-female team of local and international expertise.

Together we’ll guide you on a four-day journey into the natural world, aligning your inner wisdom and power with the purpose of becoming a courageous and authentic leader and change-agent.

'Quite simply the best leadership deep dive I have ever done.' 
Participant, NHS

This programme, set within the stunning landscapes of the Eden Project, provides a remarkable setting in which to connect deeply with yourself and nature. It is an unrivalled place to learn, from the treetop canopy of the vast indoor rainforest to the citrus groves of the Mediterranean – you’ll be immersed in a unique global venue.  

You will experience

  • Transformation: Harnessing inner power for outer transformation by finding your authentic voice
  • Connection: By exploring the natural world at Eden, you will connect with your inner nature
  • Commonality: As womankind there is more that unites us than what separates us, encouraging us to recognise the power of being a woman, together

It is a place to share stories, to incubate ideas, to explore our relationship with each other and the natural world, and to ultimately inspire current and future leaders to do things (even if just a little bit) better.

Who is it for?  

This leadership retreat has been carefully crafted for influential women who see themselves, or are seen by others, as leaders and change agents. It's for all those women who wish to harness their personal power to become more authentic, courageous, and effective within their communities, organisations, and spheres of influence. 

We expect this special programme to be very popular, so will assemble participants with rich stories to share from diverse backgrounds and a range of sectors. Diversity is welcomed, whether that be through race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or life experiences. Finding your unique style of leadership is key, with support to bring that more fully into the world

'A beautiful week of reflective learning and sharing.'
Janelle, Culture Matters, Australia

Meet the team


Sue Milner 
Sue is a practicing UKCP accredited psychotherapist based in Devon. She has a deep interest in issues of diversity, rank and power issues and how these manifest in the body as well as in the world and has worked in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She is committed to ecological and social change, developing new models for sustainability with local community groups and is trained in an earth-based dance movement practice. Her passion is for authenticity, in relationship to each other as well as in connection to the natural world.

Pam Horton 
With a background in environmental education and conservation, and extensive experience designing and delivering the Eden Project's experiential learning programmes, Pam has a passion for helping people learn from nature. Having worked with everyone from schoolchildren to CEOs, she loves to explore new, innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and believes that engaging the head and the heart is key to motivating people to embrace change – whatever their age or walk of life!

June McGuire 
With a background in risk and change management, June synthesises more than 25 years of operational and corporate experience within leading global organisations, with her work as counsellor, coach and catalyst for individual and social change. Her work with third sector organisations has included developing and piloting new community models for health and wellbeing, based on self-care, peer support and prevention with reference to new science and technology, as well as ancient wisdoms. June’s particular passions are developing resilience and resolving individual and collective trauma, promoting of personal and global peace.

'An inspiring journey like no other. This course doesn't tell you how to be a better leader, what it does goes deeper and beyond that. '
Participant, Pukka Herbs 

How to join us

Our next Women's leadership retreat (10-14 May 2021) is now fully booked, but if you’re interested in hearing more about our next programme in autumn, please get in touch below.

The cost is £1,950 plus VAT for individual participants*, which includes:

  • accommodation, food and materials
  • exclusive membership to the HotHouse Alumni
  • ongoing support and contact with Eden staff
  • a discount on further HotHouse programmes

To speak to the team, call us on 01726 818579 or get in touch via our enquiry form.

Practical information

How we’re keeping you safe

We’ve made a few changes to the way we run our creative leadership programmes, so that we still enable you to experience the intimacy and atmosphere of your stay experience, while creating a COVID-secure environment. For example, we are running the programmes in smaller groups, much of the programme is spent outdoors (weather dependent), we’re spending our indoor time together in more spacious, well-ventilated learning spaces, we’re following new one-way routes around the Eden Project site. Plus, you'll have the whole of the Eden Project to yourselves, as we plan open to the public from 17 May only. Do get in touch with us directly if you have any specific concerns or questions.


Participants stay at a local accommodation with individual rooms, bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities, the price of which is included in the cost of the programme.


We serve hearty, home-made food cooked by our incredible Eden chefs who can cater for all dietary requirements and allergies. We serve vegetarian meals to ensure we can all share in the same meal together. All meals are served individually on separate tables, spaced accordingly to allow eating together.


During the programme you’ll be based at the inspirational Eden Project, in Cornwall, and we can guarantee that you’ll not be stuck in a boardroom! We’ll be making full use of the site, including the Biomes – to which you’ll have exclusive out-of-hours access – the Core education centre, the gardens and the wild outer estate. 

For some sessions, we may also venture into the surrounding Cornish countryside… Be prepared for muddy walks, campfires and stunning scenery.


Please visit our directions page for information on reaching the Eden Project. Please contact us with any specific queries about your travel to Eden. 


The programme runs from check-in on the Monday at 5pm and will end after lunch on the Friday, around 2pm. 

Programme and activities

Without giving too much away you can expect:

  • Exclusive access to the Rainforest Biome
  • Walks in the woods
  • Plenty of time for discussion
  • A cosy bed
  • Warm, nourishing food in abundance

… to have fun and leave refreshed.


This an open programme and individuals from any background, sector and role are invited to take part. Expect to share time with social entrepreneurs, change agents, and leaders from the public, private, and third sectors.

*Please talk to us about a discount on our standard rate for self-employed, NHS, and charity employees.