Belisama’s Wilderness Decompression Programme

Everybody knows that “getting some fresh air” is good for you but there’s more to it than that…

At Belisama’s we have been working away behind the scenes to develop a bespoke wilderness intervention targeted at helping members of the armed forces community improve their mental well-being.. Your suffering may be attributable to your service, or the service of your partner, or the person you care for. We know how much an armed forces family can suffer and want to reach out to the whole community.

Our programme is designed to:

  • Give you respite from the stressors of the modern world
  • Help you become more self-aware and self-reliant
  • Help you understand why you feel the way you feel and why you do what you do
  • Offer you a way of decompressing after military service
  • Make sure you get lot’s of fresh air!

As a member of the armed forces community you do not have to pay for your place on the programme. It’s free. All we ask of you is a commitment to engage over four separate Saturdays at Belisama’s, show up for parade with an open mind and the desire to improve your mental well-being in a safe and private environment. What’s said and done at Belisama’s stays here.

92% our visitors feel that we produce a significant improvement in their mental well-being. “Wilderness Decompression” is designed to take it to the next level. Join the Belisama’s Legion.

Register your interest

What is your connection with the armed forces community?

Your health

The terrain at the Retreat is steep, rough and can be slippy. If you think you may struggle please let us know so we can do our best to help.


What three things would you most like to achieve in terms of your mental well-being?

Your privacy

Research & Collaboration

Belisama's Retreat is funded by charitable organisations. In order to ensure continued funding we are obliged to report demographic data for research purposes.

Acknowledgement of risk

1. Risks are inherent in all forms of adventurous activity. Belisama’s Retreat CIC have assessed the locations we use and the activities we offer and consider the level of risk to be low. However, we believe that participation in any activity should be at the participant’s discretion and you must personally decide if you consider the risks to be acceptable.

2. Accidents can happen without negligence by Belisama’s Retreat CIC accept no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property or for personal injury not arising as a result of its own act or default.

3. This does not absolve Belisama’s Retreat CIC of its “Duty of Care” and other legal responsibilities.

4. A risk assessment has identified the following hazards: Rough and steep terrain, water, fire, deadfall, adverse weather and the use of the hand tools required for some activities.

I have read and understand the above statement and I declare that to the best of my knowledge the
information I have given is correct.