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Autumn retreats

16 May 2014

Need time with God? Christine Miles picks some autumn retreats for your diary

Launde Abbey

PAINTING and prayer is the theme of the Creative Arts Retreats Movement (CARM) retreat at Parcevall Hall, in Skipton, North Yorkshire, from 2 to 7 September. Held at the diocese of Bradford's retreat house, it will be led by a CARM tutor and professional artist, accompanied by a chaplain.

Cost: £295 pp.
Phone: 01756 720213.

DIP your toe into silence, or dive in deep with an individually guided retreat (IGR) at Ladywell Retreat and Spirituality Centre, in Surrey, from 10 to 19 September. Take your pick of a three-, five-, or eight-day IGR hosted by members of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood at the 80-acre site.

Cost: £190, £313, and £499 respectively.
Phone: 01483 419269.

TAKE part in an icons-and-prayer retreat at Epiphany House, in Truro, Cornwall, from 26 to 28 September. The retreat includes five practical workshops on icon writing, and a daily service, led by the iconographer and hermit Jacky Botterill.

Cost: £150.
Phone: 01872 272249.

ENJOY song, silence, and prayer over the weekend of 3 to 5 October in "A Time to Sing" at Minsteracres retreat centre, Northumberland. The liturgical-music workshop will be run by the award-winning Irish liturgical composer and Roman Catholic priest Fr Liam Lawton.

Cost: £130 pp full-board.
Phone: 01434 673 248.

RETREAT beginners might like the all-age open week at Bishop's House, Iona, from 4 to 11 October. The house offers a rhythm of meals and services in which guests can arrange prayer, activities, and relaxation.

Cost: £55 pppn (discounts for groups, students and youth) including all meals and afternoon baking.
Phone: 01681 700111.

THE suffering servant in Isaiah will be the focus of a retreat led by an Anglican priest at Llangasty Retreat House, in the Brecon Beacons, from 13 to 16 October. The film The English Patient, and the practice of novices of the Little Brothers of Jesus Christ in the Algerian desert will also be drawn on to meditate on Christ.

Cost: £225 pp.
Phone: 01874 6820.

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