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Our Venue

‘A space for people to flourish’

Emerson College is an ideal place to hold retreats, festivals, courses and meetings in self-development, arts, movement, spirituality, and land-based themes. 

Our College sits within a 22 acre Botanic Garden with beautiful ponds, lawns and flower beds, a vegetable garden, an apple orchard and a wood full of blue bells in spring.  It has many rare trees and over 100 medicinal plants.  This creates a very relaxed environment for all our course participants.

Our Venue Hire

Our clients range from local people holding short meetings or regular events, to organisations offering weekend workshops and international organisations looking for an inspirational venue for conferences or retreats.

Our venues are simple, natural, with a lot of light. We have a wide range of classrooms available, ranging in size from Ruskin Hall which can seat 150 people, to the Pixton meeting room for 8 people. Free WIFI is available in designated areas. We have ample free parking.

Our Estate & Gardens

All our land is managed biodynamically and is fully Demeter Certified.

We encourage you to wonder around our 22 acre estate with ponds, small woodland full of bluebells in spring, a medicinal herb garden and many sculptures and flow forms created by our students.

Our kitchen garden supplies our kitchen with fresh vegetables, salads and herbs as well as hundreds of bouquets of flowers to decorate classrooms. What we can’t grow ourselves we source locally and organically to create our vegetarian meals. We also offer vegan and gluten free options. For those with special diets we provide self catering facilities.

Our Accommodation & Meals

For your participants, we offer three different types of accommodation: we have a campsite space for 30 people, 43 single rooms and 7 twin rooms – all with shared toilets and showers.  One of our student houses is fitted with a wheelchair toilet and shower. 

All meals are freshly prepared every day in our kitchen. Our meals are vegetarian and we can also cater for gluten free*, dairy free* and vegan diets. We support agricultural practices that renew and sustain the soil rather than depleting it.  We have a Kitchen Garden (small biodynamic vegetable garden) here on campus, providing us with fresh greens, lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, flowers and much more! And Tablehurst farm – a community owned biodynamic farm – is just next door to us.