Retreats & Courses 2015

To make a booking, please download a Booking form for retreats

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

9-11 January 2015: Enquirers/Exploring Community

Working and worshipping with the Community, sharing food and fellowship and discussing approaches to community living.     £60-£40

6-8 February: Meditation and Mindfulness

A gentle and relaxing weekend led by an experienced meditation teacher who is both Quaker and Buddhist. We will practise and reflect on two ancient kinds of meditation: Mindfulness and Pure Awareness.     £140-£90    This course is now full.

20-24 March: Spring Openings and Leadings

What has given Quakers the strength to respond to the needs of their time? How can we recognise, act on and uphold such promptings now?     £240-£150              There are still places on this retreat

11-17 May: Walking with Friends

Stretch your legs, refresh your mind and feed your soul with a varied programme of led walks and related reflective sessions.     £340-£210

25-29 May: Planting Week (all ages)

Enjoy earthing up potatoes, hoeing onions, planting out beans and cabbages, and sowing seeds. How do we nurture the earth that feeds us? Time for relaxation, conversations, games and learning.     £150-£100

We welcome you to stay on for the following work & worship weekend.

18-22 June: Human Dimensions of Climate Change

How can our Quaker spiritual practice and insight into psychology, community and relationships help us respond to climate change?     £240-£150

13-19 July:   Gardening Working Retreat

Part of the Quaker Voluntary Action programme exploring truth and transformation. Mowing the meadow and tending the organic vegetable garden at the community.     £170

27 July-5 Aug: Family Summer Camp

Back by popular demand. 10 days just for families, camping in our woods, sharing food preparation, outings, art sessions, campfires, adventures and fun. Particularly suitable for families with school-age children.     Camping: £10-20 per day, children: £5-10; Food: £6 per day. Charges negotiable.

18-23 September: Autumn Reflections

What does it mean to be rooted? What are the connections which make a difference in our lives? We will explore what gives us a sense of belonging and how that prepares us for and supports us through change and growth.     Weekend: £140-£90; £50-£30 per extra day.

 

9-11 October:  Meditation and Mindfulness

A gentle and relaxing weekend led by an experienced meditation teacher who is both Quaker and Buddhist. We will practise and reflect on two ancient kinds of meditation: Mindfulness and Pure Awareness.     £140-£90    

 

23-30 October: Real Food (all ages)

The opening week-end will look at how we can create good meals in line with our concerns. Then follow 4 days when we will offer family-friendly activities such as bread-making, chutney-making, etc. We welcome you to either or both parts of “Real Food.”     Weekend: £140-90; £50-£30 per extra day.

cancelled

9-15 November: Woodland Working Week

Continuing the sustainable management of the Community woodlands, with logging, hedging and coppicing. We will learn and use traditional methods, and end with a bonfire night.     £220-£155

4-6 December: Creativity and Spirituality

Please note changes to this retreat. Date: 4-6 December. Content: mainly drawing and painting . Led by Norman Anderson a painter resident in the community, whose work is about this connection.                £140-£90

30 December to 3 January: New Year Retreat

A peaceful informal gathering to reflect on the old and let it go, prepare for and welcome the new, and celebrate the turn of the year.     £290-£180

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.  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. All age events: Spring Planting Week and Real Food: activities at these events will be adapted to children and young people who attend.
  3. 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.