This April, Pause for Effect has teamed up with Home Farm to launch the first in a series of Pause Weekends designed to help people to reset, reconnect and refresh. Set within 100 acres, only an hour from central London (10mins from Stanmore tube station), Home Farm Glamping is the perfect sanctuary to do this.
According to research conducted by Pause for Effect in October 2016, a third of us rate ourselves below 5 out of 10, in terms of our ability to cope with everyday life. Our research also showed that whilst half our respondents still love tech, they find it overwhelming at times, 1 in 5 respondents reported they’d recently ‘broken up’ with tech and social media.
When your mac or PC goes into melt down, IT always tells you to ‘turn it on and off again’. To take a short reprieve. A deep breath prior to reconnection. And goddarn it, it inevitably works. The Pause experiences (pauseforeffect.co/homefarm) were set up in response to this feeling of being overwhelmed and provide people with the opportunity to take time away from everyday life, fully reset, and be themselves.
Aimée Bryan, Founder of Pause for Effect says: “We won’t be asking for your phones at the farm gate. We’ve designed experiences that encourage our guests to reconnect to each other and nature, to be comfortable with being bored, day dreaming and to embrace JOMO – the joy of missing out.
“We encourage our guests to learn how to be less dependent upon tech, naturally. We don’t believe an either, or situation helps in the long run. Tech is part of our lives. We just need to decide what role we each want it to play and how to set the best example for the younger generation. Over-use of tech is leading to shorter attention spans, less natural problem solving and creative abilities.”
Each Pause experience is based around a timetable of physical and creative activities designed to reignite and inspire your passions. Our research showed a direct correlation between those who engage in physical and creative activities and those better able to ‘cope’ with the pressures of every day life.
At Home Farm, we offer a combination of communal and individual activities; you choose how much or how little to join in. The types of activities you could take part in include:
Dawn and dusk yoga
Den building and wood chopping
Only real beds and real home cooked fare is on offer, because compromising on how you fuel your body is not an option. Beautiful bell tents and yurts set in a meadow. Pop up restaurants under the stars. Organic food you learn to cook over the campfire. Hampers to help you wander free. It’s all included.
There are 3 types of Pause experience:
Grown up pauses: adult only experiences over May bank holiday (28th April – 1st May and 8-10th September)
Family pauses: designed to make it easy for single parents or couples with primary school age children, during the holidays (30th May – 1st June and 25th-27th July)
Land girl pauses: women only experiences that build practical skills, camaraderie and confidence for life. Think this girl can, and we will. (2nd-4th May and 16th-18th June).
For women only, we’ve re-created the opportunity to play ‘land girl’ in order to combat the pressure many women feel to hold it all together and be all things to all people. A great mum, cook, wife, employee, leader, PTA member… but with no time to be you. As a land girl, we give you the freedom to turn your hand to the land. To learn new skills, free up headspace, laugh, fail and grow back into yourself. To walk away more confident in your own capabilities and abilities, and with a better sense of who you are.