Outdoor Applied Theatre

« A unique, life transforming experience. Peaceful nature, stunning village and delicious food! » Isameldin

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A retreat for group facilitators and theatre makers to recharge, try stuff, and find support and inspiration. 4 1/2 days to explore clowning and visual poetry to stimulate your directing, devising, facilitating and acting flow in the big, wild nature!

 Immerse yourself into PSYCHEdelight's approach.  

A retreat in the French Dordogne, surrounded by a bamboo forest and a river, 5 minutes away from one of France's most beautiful medieval villages.

19-24 October 2022.


What to expect

- A place to explore, find support and get inspired as a facilitator, community leader and/or theatre maker/artist.

- A moment to let your wild thing breath, explore nature, and find poetry & natural theatre set out there.

- An introduction to Clowning: Laughter is our favourite antidote to stress, exclusion and isolation and such an empowering tool! As a theatre company, we address serious matters and work with actors who experienced trauma but always with a cheeky smile…

- Games and ensemble work. One of our specialities is community building with very diverse people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We have developed many games accessible to all.

There is no strict daily program, we are also here to share our approach of facilitation with you: We adapt our workshops to the specificity of each group we work with, and to what participants might need or bring.

No previous experience required, your difference is our chance! No need to speak good English.


About Us

PSYCHEdelight is a Theatre Company of Sanctuary. We celebrate diversity and promote social inclusion by bringing marginalised communities and local people together through our creations and workshops.

We create new work engaging those least involved in arts, giving them an opportunity to express themselves and a platform to be heard.

Most recent productions: Borderline, Welcome to the U.K., Mohand & Peter.

“We believe theatre should open up doors to the world, and help us understand the lives of others. PSYCHEdelight is doing just this” - Young Vic

"The work of PSYCHEdelight is smart, nuanced and important. They create work that shines with authenticity, that does all the great things theatre should do - Entertain, move, provoke and motivate." - Theatre Delicatessen

"PSYCHEdelight is one of the leading creators of theatre with refugees, exploring new ways to embed genuine participation that can lead to professional performance and artistic development". - Counterpoints Arts, Tom Green


Your Stay

In an old mill in beautiful Dordogne, 35 min drive from Bergerac Airport and 5 min walk from Monpazier, a medieval village classified as one of France's most beautiful villages. All-inclusive.

Shared bedrooms in wooden chalets away from all noise except for the river nearby and the birds.

2 people per room + 1 bedroom suitable for 3 people.

You will also find


- A beautiful medieval village 5 min walk away.

- A huge garden and a bamboo forest.

- A small river and a swimming pool.

-Barbecues and live music

Reviews from previous participants

« A unique, life transforming experience. Peaceful nature, stunning village and delicious food! » Isameldin

« Great retreat, never had such a complete experience. Unforgettable » Margarita

« Feeling very grateful for a week like this full of images and poetry. » Daisy

« Such a special time. Missing it already! » Elena

About the Facilitator

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Facilitator: Sophie Bertrand Besse AD of PSYCHEdelight. Sophie directed our shows and facilitates our north London Together Workshops since their creation in 2016. Sophie is both trained in drama and therapy and developed an expertise in physical theatre, ensemble work and clowning (Among other trainings: Lecoq, LISPA, John Wright, Lucy Hopkins, Frank Wurzinger.) She is specialised in participatory theatre directing and devising. She creates shows with mixed casts involving communities who experienced a traumatic life journey. She is a diversity advocate and expert at holding a space with different ages, languages and abilities in the room. She worked with young offenders and women in prison for 7 years and  is the founder of PSYCHEdelight's  Together Workshops welcoming local people and refugee communities.



Total for 4 1/2 days: £350 (flight tickets not included).

The fee includes the cost of food, accommodation, workshop and transport from and to the airport with selected flights, see below:

19 October: Ryanair FR8592 (arriving at 2:35 pm at Bergerac from London Stansted)

24 October: Ryanair FR8593 (arriving at 11.45 am at London Stansted from Bergerac)