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January 4, 2019


A Welsh floral retreat on the 18th Century Penrice estate

Gower 13th-16thMay 2019

In the heart of the Gower Peninsular with sweeping views to the sea, lies the beautiful and historic Penrice castle estate. Unchanged by time, the castle is the epitome of wild and romantic Wales and the perfect escape for our floral retreat. Inspired by the secret archways and undiscovered trails, the walled gardens and castle towers, we will spend a magical few days of inspiring creativity and friendship.

This is the perfect retreat for those wishing to learn new techniques and develop their floristry skills. Enjoy home cooked meals using locally sourced ingredients, join in a group installation on the beautiful Oxwich beach, enjoy the peace and beauty of the estate, with the company of like minded designers, florists and creatives.


“The great park around Penrice Castle, the deep woodlands that encircle it, and the strange marshlands at its foot are still intact and form a landscape composition that is hard to beat in the whole of South Wales. If you add glimpses of the prow of Oxwich Head and the rich brown background of Cefn Bryn, the whole area lying at the back of the dunes of Oxwich Bay takes on an Arcadian quality”.

 Wynford Vaughan Thomas 1976

The team

Brigitte Girling @mossandstonefloraldesign

Growing up in rural Suffolk, floral artist Brigitte’s love of flowers and nature began as a small child whilst roaming the local country lanes, woods and coastal paths with a faithful Labrador by her side. Her designs draw on the traditions of beautiful, rambling, overgrown gardens, the ever changing seasons and the wild beauty of the Suffolk countryside she still hails from.

Brigitte Girling

Brigitte will lead the group installation and teach bouquet and centrepiece theory.

Brigitte Girling

Leigh Chappell @leigh.chappell.flowers

Welsh born Leigh knows the wild beaches and romantic valleys better than anyone. Growing up within a stones throw of the Penrice estate, it has been a dream to introduce this beautiful part of the world to us all. Her floral style is romantic and wild, reflecting the seasons. With a background in design before co owning a Flower shop she has an in depth knowledge of the business. She creates the most stunning floral arrangements for her London clients and her knowledge of texture, colour and form shines through every beautifully crafted design.

Leigh Chappell

Leigh will lead the colour theory discussion and teach bouquet and centrepiece theory and design

Janne Ford @jannelford


Freelance floral photographer and stylist Janne is passionate about creating the perfectly styled image for my clients. She helps brands create stories through compelling imagery for social media. With a background in design she loves colour and creating beautiful scenes to display floral arrangements at their best.

Janne Ford

She will lead a group discussion on social media and why it is so important to tell your story through photography.

Janne will lead the social media discussion and teach styling for photographs

Rachael Smith @ourbeautiful_adventure

Based in South Wales, Rachael is a busy wedding and family portrait photographer with a love for the outdoors and sweeping welsh beaches. Her beautiful imagery captures the stunning Welsh landscapes and coastline through all seasons. She is a master story teller through her photography, which are always full of love, laughter and joy. She will document the retreat and workshops so that you have some stunning imagery for your portfolio.

Rachael will document the retreat and create stunning images for your portfolio

Investment: £1800

The cost of the retreat includes the following:

3 nights accommodation on the Penrice estate (own room, shared bathroom)

All meals and refreshments

All flowers, ribbons and vessels

Professional images for your portfolio

Spaces on the retreat are limited and there is a non refundable deposit of £500 with the balance payable 6 weeks before the retreat date.


Monday 13thMay

Arrival at Penrice from 3pm

Welcome dinner

Tuesday 14thMay


Centrepiece demonstration and design


Bouquet demonstration and design

Tour of the estate


Social media discussion

Wednesday 15thMay

Beach Installation (weather permitting)

Beach picnic lunch (weather permitting)

Photography of bouquets

Table arrangement styling session


Colour theory discussion

Thursday 16thMay

Farewell breakfast

Free morning to explore Penrice

Checkout by 2pm

Please contact me @igjannelford@gmail.com to book or if you have any questions about the retreat




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