The Good Life


Humanity has subdued the natural world, mastering our surroundings, genetically modifying our food and building gleaming towers and trade networks. We have on-demand food and entertainment from the furthest corners of the globe. But are we any happier and fulfilled?


We desire and accumulate material comforts, not realising that freedom from such desire and the requisite need to keep earning more, is what can ultimately bring peace, happiness and freedom.


Reducing our cost of living is even more effective than earning more, but it’s definitely harder, at least at first. We believe that becoming self-sufficient and getting off the treadmill of the modern world, is the only path to real and lasting happiness, leading to the “Good Life“. Leaving you to concentrate on the really important things in life, like the quality of your relationships.


Make no mistake, the Good Life can be tough and physically demanding, but there are no better rewards… for your health, your bank balance, your happiness and that of your friends and family. The only question is, when are you going to start living the Good Life?


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Shinrin Yoku, or the Japanese practice of “forest bathing“, leads to reduced stress and blood pressure, as well as improved mood and energy levels. It’s also been known to boost the immune system over time. 


At Thrive Centre our ethos is rooted in genuine, old-world values. We offer comfortable accommodation and a harmonious retreat in Hogsback’s ancient forests, mountains and waterfalls. Here your soul will find the space to discover your purpose in life whilst you can learn practical, nature-based techniques to start living the Good Life and become self-sufficient.


Hogsback itself is a well-known tourist mecca. Whether it’s fly fishing, horse riding, mountain biking, abseiling or idly strolling in lush gardens or forests, mountains and waterfalls. It is also a gourmet’s paradise with local chefs taking huge pride in their creations, as food is one of life’s true pleasures. At Thrive we too create some of the most sensational and wholesome food products, continually experimenting with the abundance that nature offers.