5th June 2015

This time last week, a group of like-minded women travelled to Loveland Farm in North Devon, to spend a weekend camping beneath the stars. Sisterhood with TOAST was dreamt up by Bristol based lifestyle blogger Lou Archell. A venture designed to re-connect with the outdoors, share stories, passions and skills…

sisterhood with toast

Image credit: Xanthe Berkeley

Being a blogger, my job is to create beautiful content to share on social media, it is laughable, as I feel it is anything but ‘social’. Sitting at my kitchen table most days, tapping away on my laptop, I needed to connect, to reach out to people and get back to nature.

Taking part were twenty-five women, most of whom I had met at blogging events over the years. We had only ever had a few hours of rushed conversation before running to catch trains and heading back to our families. There was never enough time to connect.

Now, they were here, at Loveland Farm with a weekend stretching out before us, sharing the secrets of our past and planning collaborations in our future.

kantha gowns

TOAST Kantha Gowns made from recycled saris – £185. Image credit: Lou Archell

During the weekend we were treated to many workshops; yoga, shibori, leather craft, flower crown making – delicious food and sunshine. Yes the sun shone!


Image credit: Xanthe Berkeley

shibori workshop

Image credit: Xanthe Berkeley

flower dress

Image credit: Xanthe Berkeley

Saturday evening as the dusk fell and the rain set in, we gathered in the large pod. A beautiful space styled by the talented Hannah Bullivant. Festoons of lights, draped linen and jars of greenery decorated the tables. A delicious moroccan feast was served by Two Birds Kitchen and there we sat until the wee hours, talking, laughing and making memories.

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Image credit: Xanthe Berkeley

This weekend exceeded any expectation I may of had. My mind is brimming with ideas and most of all I have made true friends with these brilliant, creative and talented women.

Sisterhood – to support, nurture and share creativity.  The antithesis of the everyday competitive world.

Plans are hatching for next year – will you join us?

Words by Lou Archell – visit her blog Little Green Shed here

Lead image by Xanthe Berkeley