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Travel and retreats: Any advance?

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30 January 2015

Christine Miles picks some themed retreats in 2015

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Desert Fathers and Mothers

Shepherd's Dene, Northumberland, has "Light Touch, Deep Wisdom - Learning from Desert Fathers and Mothers", 11-15 May (www.shepherdsdene.co.uk).

Douai Abbey, Reading, Berkshire, is running a retreat on the Desert Fathers and Mothers, 15-17 May (www.douaiabbey.org.uk).

The Tŷ Croeso Centre, in Cwmbran, Torfaen, is running a preached retreat on the wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, 9-18 July (www.tycroesocentre.co.uk).

Belmont Abbey, in Hereford, has "Bandits and Camel Drivers: Meeting those extraordinary Desert Fathers", 20-23 July (www.belmontabbey.org.uk).


Supporting family life

The Chemin Neuf Community is hosting a CANA weekend for couples (children are looked after), from 28 February to 1 March at The Priory, Storrington, West Sussex, and a CANA week at Sclerder Abbey, Looe, Cornwall, from 2 to 8 August (www.chemin-neuf.org.uk).

Minsteracres Retreat Centre, near Consett, Co. Durham, is running a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend for married couples who wish to enrich their relationship, 8-10 May (www.wwme.org.uk).

Douai Abbey, Reading, Berkshire, is running a retreat for mothers, 18-20 September (www.douaiabbey.org.uk).

Green Pastures, Poole, Dorset, is running a family week from 27 July to 1 August, and 17-22 August (www.green-pastures.org).

Marygate House, Holy Island, Northumberland, hosts a young-explorers family retreat, sharing various all-age activities, prayers, and meditations, 2-7 August (www.marygatehouse.org.uk).

St Beuno's Ignatian Spirituality Centre, St Asaph, Denbighshire, is running a marriage enrichment weeekend 18-20 September (www.beunos.com).


Literature

Mill House Retreats, Tiverton, Devon, is planning a creative-writing weekend from 6 to 8 February, and a creative-writing week from 31 May to 4 June (www.millhouseretreats.co.uk).

Otley Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk, has a one-day retreat, "Mariner! A voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge", on 11 April; the poetry of Christina Rossetti, on 28 April; Betjeman (and Brideshead) revisited, on 11 September (www.otleyhall.co.uk).

Charney Manor, Wantage, Oxfordshire, has "Experiencing Shakespeare", 15-19 June (www.charneymanor.com).

Minsteracres Retreat Centre, near Consett, Co. Durham, is running a weekend retreat that explores the life and writings of Etty Hillesum, a Dutch Jewish woman whose letters and diaries describe life in Amsterdam during the Second World War, 26-28 June (www.minsteracres.org).

The Well at Willen, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, has "The Screwtape Letters and the banality of Evil: An exploration of C. S. Lewis's work", on 27 June; and a retreat, "'Musick at midnight': The poetry of George Herbert", 26 September (www.thewellatwillen.org.uk).

Green Pastures, Poole, Dorset, hosts a writers' retreat, 10-12 July (www.green-pastures.org).

Cockfosters Centre for Spirituality, Oakwood, London, is putting on "A Word in Your Ear: Poets reflect on prayer", on 6 November (www.benedictinecentreretreats.org.uk).

House of Prayer, East Molesey, Surrey, is running a poetry workshop on 10 October (www.christian-retreat.org).

Penhurst Retreat Centre, near Battle, East Sussex, is running a writers' weekend workshop, 13-15 November (www.penhurst.org.uk).


Icons

The House of Prayer, in East Molesey, Surrey, is planning "The Holy Icon", on 28 February, and an icon-painting course, 25-30 May (www.christian-retreat.org).

The Monastery of Our Lady of Hyning, in Lancashire, is running an icon-making workshop (intermediate/advanced level), 16-20 March; and for beginners, 1-5 June, and 5-9 October (www.hyning.org).

Minsteracres Retreat Centre, near Consett, Co. Durham, will run an icon-painting workshop from 27 April to 1 May (www.minsteracres.org).

Launde Abbey, Leicestershire, is running an icon-painting retreat, 27-31 July, and 7-11 September (www.laundeabbey.org.uk).

The Well at Willen, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, is running an icon workshop for beginners and experienced iconographers, "St Francis: Humility, love, and joy", 3-7 August (www.thewellatwillen.org.uk).

Worth Abbey, in West Sussex, has "Writing in Gold: Icons of Christ, a way to prayer", 18-20 September (www.worthabbey.net).

St Beuno's Ignatian Spirtuality Centre, St Asaph, Denbighshire, is running a retreat on praying with icons, 25-28 September (www.beunos.com).

The Society of Mary and Martha, in Exeter, Devon, is planning a workshop, "Intrigued by icons?", 21-22 October (www.sheldon.uk.com).


Clergy retreats

Launde Abbey, Leicestershire, is running a retreat for clergy who are about to retire, or who have retired in the past year, 9-12 February (www.laundeabbey.org.uk).

Penhurst Retreat Centre, near Battle, East Sussex, hosts "Finishing well", for those in full-time ministry who are preparing for retirement and beyond, 12-15 February (www.penhurst.org.uk).

Marygate House, Holy Island, Northumberland, has a directed retreat for clergy, 23-27 February (www.marygatehouse.org.uk).

The Society of Mary and Martha, Exeter, Devon, is running its "12,000-mile Service", for ministers and/or their spouses to recharge their batteries, 8-13 February, and again in 10-15 May, 5-10 July, 4-9 October, 15-20 November; a "Biology bites" workshop, looking at stress, on 2 March, 24 June, and 19 October; and a holiday week for families in ministry, 2-8 and 9-15 August (www.sheldon.uk.com).

St Columba's House Retreat and Conference Centre, Woking, Surrey, hosts an "Introducing the Enneagram" day for clergy (and others in Christian leadership), on 16 July (www.stcolumbashouse.org.uk).

The House of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, is running a clergy pre-Advent retreat, 16-20 November (www.mirfieldcommunity.org.uk).

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