Summer Working on the Land 18-24 July 2016

Scything the wild flower meadow, tending the organic vegetable gardens, looking after the pathways through the woods and exploring the QVA theme of Truth and Transformation.

Quaker Voluntary Action (QVA) has partnered with Bamford Quaker Community for several years in offering this retreat. Participants work on our community land, and we provide the accommodation and food. Booking for this retreat will be direct through ourselves. so please let us know of your interest by contacting us.

Edale valley Back Tor

Back Tor on the ridge from Mam Tor to Lose Hill –

This retreat offers . . .

an opportunity to combine practical work with time for spiritual reflection, enjoyment and fellowship. Work in the extensive grounds will include gardening and the annual meadow mow. The Quaker Community is in the heart of the Peak District and so there will be outing options to explore the beautiful environment of the surrounding area.

Our theme for reflection . . .

will focus on how all our life experiences can be seen in the light of an on-going spiritual quest for truth and transformation. We will draw on inspirational texts and other resources, sharing what we have discovered so far on our journeys. There will be an opportunity to look afresh at Early Friends testimony to truth of the heart and our current dilemmas around living sustainably, with integrity and open to transformational grace.

The event is open to . . .

Friends and those in sympathy with Friends or who wish to learn more about “the Quaker way.”

  • Each day has a balance of practical work, reflection sessions, social time, shared meals and some free time
  • There are Meetings for Worship each morning and the evenings close with a gathered Epilogue
  • Food is vegetarian and cooked communally
  • Accommodation is in simple, single and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities
  • Work activities vary to suit abilities and ages 18 to 80+
  • The facilitators are Linda Southwick and Zee Zee Heine

There are 12 places and the cost of the retreat is £170

Zee-Zee is an experienced facilitator with many years working with a variety of organisations, including Turning the Tide, Alternative to Violence Project, Kindlers and others. She is a lifelong Quaker and has been living in the Quaker Community since 2014.

Linda has worked and taught in Tai Chi, Yoga and therapeutic gardening in the Doncaster area before moving to the Quaker community in 2013. She has grown her own fruit and vegetables for 45 years.  Linda facilitated QVA retreats at Swarthmore and Bamford in recent years.

They will be assisted by other members of the Quaker Community.


For further details or for a booking form contact us.

For more information about QVA please go to their website.