Gurkha Getaway

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Gurkha activity weekend
Fri 21May
Sun 23May

Outdoor practical & cultural weekend

Facilitator: Zara Balfour & Phil Briggs

The world’s first Gurkha activity weekend gives you the chance to experience the lifestyle of a Nepalese Gurkha in the great outdoors, learn about their culture and history, take part in fun physical activities. Eat Nepalese curry cooked by the Gurkha chefs around our campfire!

Booking & More Information

Event time: Fri 21st May 2021 at 5:30pm - Sun 23rd May 2021 at 5:30pm

At a Glance

  • Energising, inspiring weekend with a difference
  • Camp fire living and outdoor experiences
  • Team challenges, talks and sharing about Gurkha culture and mindset

What participants will gain

  • Build resilience in practical skills outdoors
  • Challenge yourself physically
  • Spend time with like-minded people and  skilled facilitators

Proceeds from the Gurkha Getaway support the work of Snowland Journeys, enabling young people in Nepal to maintain contact with their families alongside their education, and developing livelihoods in Himalayan communities.

So, not only do you get to enjoy an extraordinary experience, you will be helping Nepalese children at the same time. Adventure meets social value!

Gurkha Activity Weekend

The weekend will be located on our Hawkwood grounds! With exclusive use of our ‘outdoor classroom’ which has views over the rolling Cotswold valleys. There are extensive grounds to explore including an orchard, biodynamic farming land, natural spring and gardens with an array of beautiful flowers.  

With a field base set up with a communal roundhouse, outdoor kitchen and camping ‘village’, set in woodlands.

There are two options for accommodation: 

  1. Camping is included in the course price for those wishing to bring their tents
  2. You may prefer to book a bedroom in the converted 19th-century Grade II listed building

How to Book

To book your tickets, click here (scroll to the bottom for the option to book a room!)

Booking & More Information

Guru, Zara & Phil


Practical Information

Moderate fitness level required. Camping gear and outdoor clothing and footwear required.

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Zara Balfour

Zara Balfour is CEO of Snowland Journeys , whose mission is to help children of the Himalayan communities of Nepal to maintain contact with their families, communities and culture alongside their right to education.

Zara is also a motivational speaker, having given lecture tours and been featured on BBC Woman’s Hour, BBC World, Talk Radio and by the Royal Geographical Society, of which she is a Fellow. She is currently studying for Nature Facilitation Leader qualifications.​

Phil Briggs

Phil Briggs helped develop Snowland Journeys and works alongside Zara. A former Royal Marines Commando, Phil has worked as a professional in the outdoor sector for nearly 30 years and specialises in wilderness based personal and social development programmes, geared towards helping some of the most disengaged and marginalised members of society.

Phil is also a passionate conservationist for wildlife and the environment.


​"We spent the weekend living the fascinating life of a Gurkha"