Finding ways to get outside and connect with nature have never been more important. Fresh air and exercise can improve your mental health, offer respite from your busy life, and improve physical well-being. Time for meditation and prayer help you to be attuned to the Spirit and attentive to the Divine. All of our programs offer close encounters with green spaces and opportunity for healing and joy. Have a look below at what we are offering this season!
Christmas at Crieff Hills!
December 4 - Christmas Market & Open House
Crieff Hills will be opening its doors for a Christmas Open House and Market. Sip a cup of cider while you browse a wide variety of locally-made holiday items in our schoolhouse. Staff will be on hand to say hello and answer questions about our history, and you are welcome to visit the animals or hike one of our wooded trails. There is no cost and no registration required.
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
December 10 - Wreath Making Class with Botanica Green Florals
Last year’s Wreath Making Class was so much fun we are hosting another one this year! Join us for an evening in Maclean Hall learning to make a beautiful one-of-a-kind wreath. All materials are provided, including fresh greenery from the Crieff Hills property. Kelly of Botanica Green Florals will offer easy to follow instructions so that even complete beginnings will create a gorgeous wreath. Plus, you can enjoy tea, coffee and holiday sweets from our kitchen while you work.
$65.00 per person (+HST). Registration through Eventbrite.
December 13 - 15: Christmas Lunches
We are thrilled to finally host Christmas Lunches again! From Tuesday December 13 to Thursday December 15, celebrate the holiday with a locally-inspired feast The beautiful buffet prepared by Chef Matthew includes Crieff Maple Brined Roast Turkey, Slow Roasted Beef Striploin, Sweet and Spicy Greens and holiday treats including Sticky Toffee Pudding, Classic Shortbread and Ginger Cookies. It’s the perfect meal to share with a few close friends or a group of colleagues. 12:30 - 2:30 PM - $35.00 per person.
Reserve your table today by calling 519-824-7898 or email [email protected]
December 16 - On Farm Dinner: Christmas Edition
Join us for the holidays and enjoy seasonal gifts of farm and forest. Before dinner, learn about the winter greenery that grows on our 250 acre property with staff member Jason Dodge and create your own centerpiece with Kelly of Botanica Green Florals. Then tuck into a five-course winter feast by Chef Matthew Foote featuring vegetables, meat, fruit and herbs harvested at Crieff Hills this summer. Live music and candlelight will fill the evening with warmth and beauty. Tickets are $75 (wine and beer at additional cost). No substitutions, please.
December 21 - Lantern Winter Solstice Walk
Join us for our Annual Lantern Winter Solstice Walk. Mark the longest night of the year with a quiet candlelight experience. All outdoors. Lanterns provided. Wednesday, December 21, 2022. $10.00 per person. Registration required through Eventbrite.
Community Christmas Lunch
Monday, December 12 is our first ever Community Christmas Lunch: We know that many local leaders work tirelessly to serve others through foodbanks, hospices and children’s programs. That’s why we are inviting staff from local charities and non-profits to bring their staff members for lunch on this special day at no cost to them. We hope that good food and relaxed time together will offer encouragement and hope to up to 60 selfless people this holiday season. If you know an organization that would embrace this opportunity, please contact our office (pre-registration and a charitable number are required). And if you would like to join us in our mission to serve those most in need of rest and renewal, please consider making a donation to our Wellness Fund through our website or by contacting the office.
519-824-7898 or [email protected]
Cooking Class with Chef Matthew Foote
January 17, 2023
Low & Slow: Come to learn recipes and techniques for warm, comforting winter meals! Spend the evening with Chef Matthew learning how to make nourishing food that will carry you through to spring. Sip a glass of wine or beer (one per person is included) as the chef regales you with stories from the kitchen and teaches tips for success. Enjoy sampling each dish and ask questions in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
$60.00 per person (+HST)
Quiet Days in Dove House
Join us for a quiet day in historic Dove House. This day is set aside to help those needs space to disconnect, clear their head or just rest. Spend the day curled up with a good book, explore the wintery trails, or nap the day away. A locally inspired lunch is included, served in the Dove House kitchen. Each person will receive their own bedroom and have access to the common areas of the house during the day. A host will be present to welcome you and offer suggestions on how to use your day.
January 21, 2023
February 10, 2023
March 11, 2023
$35.00 (+HST) per person – email [email protected] to reserve your spot!