Retreats & Courses 2019/2020

To make a booking, please download a Booking form for Retreats. 2019

For general notes about charges, children and suggestions you may have about retreats, please see below, after the listing of the retreats.

For further information about each retreat, click on the title of the retreat. Please note that for some retreats the further information page is not written yet.

2019

18 – 20 January:       Exploring Community

Join us for work, worship and exploration of the whys and hows of community living. £50 – £80

1 – 3 February:      Gamelan Orchestra

The hypnotic spiritual music of Java and Bali given a Derbyshire twist. With nature as our guide we will assemble a range of simple instruments and create music inspired by the rhythms of the Peak District.  £100 – £165

28 February – 3 March:      Meditation and Buddhism

Meditation can enable us to acquire equanimity, peace and happiness.  Our attitude and actions, can help or hinder this.  Buddhism provides many practical tools to take the stillness and composure we find in meditation into everyday life.  £145 – £245

15-17 March:    Exploring Community

Share a weekend with us finding out how we live, worship and work together as a Quaker community and exploring what community means for you.  £50 – £80

13 – 19 May:  Gardening in Spring

Come and help us prepare our vegetable gardens on this working retreat. Opportunities to reflect through meditation, yoga and poetry. £185 – £300

7 – 9 June: Exploring Community

Share a weekend with us finding out how we live, worship and work together as a Quaker Community and exploring what community means for you. £50 – £80

26 – 30 June:  Walking with Art

Guided walks in the beautiful Hope Valley interwoven with creative sessions. We will be exploring our spiritual connection with nature using a variety of art material, poetry and language.  £220 – £380

17 – 21 July: The Sacred Art of Well Dressing

” communion of living water, we will be one in the Spirit” Quaker Faith and Practice 29.16

Celebrating the ancient and mystical  local tradition of honouring the life giving energy of water, we will design and create a well dressing made from natural materials on a soft bed of clay.  £220 – £380

2 – 11 August: Family Summer Camp

Campfire, sing-songs, walks, bouldering, crafts, laughter and loving, old friends and new. School-age families welcome, rooms in house if needed.

Daily rates including food   Camping: Adults £25, Teens £20, under 12s £10.     In House: Adults £35, Teens, £30, under 12s £20

9 – 15 September: Mowing the Meadow

A working week of scything, sickling, foraging, harvesting and all the tasks to prepare the land and ourselves for winter. Sharing our skills in practical and reflective sessions.  £185 – £300

20 – 22 September:  Exploring Community

Share a weekend with us finding out how we live, worship and work together as a Quaker community and exploring what community means for you. £50 – £80

3 – 6 October:  Living in Stillness

Time out just to be…….Extended periods of silence. mindful walking. Guided contemplation and contemplative prayer. A chance to step in to stillness. £165 – £285

11 – 17 November:  Woodland Working Week

Reflect on our commitment to sustainability and species diversity in the community woodlands. Learn about habitat creation along side traditional practical skills and woodland management.  £185 – £300

2020

17 – 19 January: Exploring Community

Share a weekend with us finding out how we live, worship and work together as a Quaker community and exploring what community means for you. £50 – £80

17 – 21 February: Food 4 the Soul

4 family friendly days of cooking, eating and storytelling. £220 – £380

9 – 13 March: Your Spiritual Journey

A Retreat to support you in exploring your personal spiritual journey, through reflection, art and writing. We will use a range of guided exercises offering different approaches. There will also be space for individual exploratory work.  £220 – £380

NOTES

Our charges

The cost of our retreats is set on a sliding scale with the aim that they will be affordable for those on low income.  “Sliding scale” means you decide what to pay based on what you think is the right and fair amount to pay and what your income is. Some bursary help beyond the stated charges may be available – please apply.

Children and young people

  1. Family Summer Camp: families with children are particularly welcome for this event.
  2. Please enquire about bringing children at other times. There are different rates for children and young people.

Your suggestions for our programme

Is there something else you would like to see in our programme? Please contact us to suggest or offer a course.