THE WISDOM OF ST BENEDICT: 15th-17th February 

Led by Fr Martin McGee OSB

Fr Martin will explore the riches of St Benedict’s Rule, a guide to living out the Christian life in all its fullness. The following topics will be covered:

Stability – Becoming rooted in Christ;

Humility – Learning how to become oneself;

Lectio Divina – Finding nourishment in God’s Word;

Christian leadership – Serving Christ in others.

Opportunities for meeting a monk are also available.

COST:   £220 per person, single occupancy         £210 per person, sharing

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TIME OUT:  21st-25th February

Individual retreats with the opportunity to meet with a member of the Monastic Community.

Start the new year by getting away and having time to process, to reflect and to pray.  This is a week set aside from the normal retreat programme to offer time for a bit of sanctuary so you can do whatever you need to do with plenty of being time in between.  There will be no set programme other than the usual monastic services and the regular St Bruno meal times.  You must book for a minimum of 2 nights between Mon – Sun.

Meal times:  Breakfast 8-9am, Lunch 1:15pm and Supper 7:15pm and Divine Office timetable

COST:  £90 per person, per night (minimum 2 nights / maximum 4 nights).  Please contact us to check availability of your preferred dates.

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LENT RETREAT:  1st-3rd March 

Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB

Don’t let Lent catch you out, at the start of this new season.  Take time out to make the break from worldly busyness, and use silence and reflection to enter into Lent with a mindful and open way.  Adopt a Lentern discipline with joy and purpose rather than with a sense of guilt and having to play catch up.  A good opportunity to reflect and to pray for God’s guidance at this key time in the Christian year.

COST: £220 per person, single occupancy         £210 per person, sharing

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FINDING STILLNESS:  14th-17th March

Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB

Come away to a quiet place to find stillness and God’s presence.  Discover in the Benedictine tradition, how stillness and stability can be ways of opening up to God and living life at a deeper level.

COST:   £330 per person, single occupancy         £315 per person, sharing

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LENT RETREAT:  29th-31st March

Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB

A chance to take stock in the second half of Lent, Fr Peter uses the writings of John Cassian and the desert tradition to help reflect and understand why I think and act like I do, and how I might change to allow for something new to happen.

COST: £220 per person, single occupancy        £210 per person, sharing

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CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM FRIENDSHIP: 5th-7th April
Learning from the Monks of Tibhirine and the Algerian Church

Led by Fr Martin McGee OSB

How can we grow closer to our Muslim neighbours? The following topics will be covered:

Setting the Scene – how I discovered the riches of the Algerian Church;

Friendship – the key to Dialogue;

A Love Stronger than Death – the witness of Msgr. Pierre Claverie, O.P;

Crossing the Boundaries of Difference – leaving our fears behind; Of Gods and Men – the monks of Tibhirine & their Muslim Neighbours; and

Four Different Kinds of Dialogue – dialogue is not just for the professionals.

COST:  £220 per person, single occupancy         £210 per person, sharing

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A SERIES OF RETREATS ON PRAYER:

Praying the Liturgy: The Eucharist – 19th-21st April

Led by Fr David Jarmy OSB

Since the Second Vatican Council enormous time and energy has been put into renewal of the liturgy – mainly through encouraging active participation.  In recent years we seem to have reached another stage – where emphasis has changed to ask the question, How do I pray the Mass ?  What difference does this make to my life?  This retreat will help you ask some of these questions and more importantly move into a deeper prayerful way of celebrating the Eucharist.  We will be re-discovering some of the major teaching of the early Church Fathers and becoming more aware of the richness of symbolism which brings the Eucharist to life.  “ I am increasingly aware that the decisive question is not so much how believers experience the liturgy, but whether believers live from the liturgy” – Goffredo Boselli

The retreat will help you understand the eucharist more fully , interiorise it more effectively and live it more authentically.

COST:  £220 per person, single occupancy         £210 per person, sharing

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Praying the Liturgy: The Divine Office – 17th-19th May

Led by Fr David Jarmy OSB

The regular prayer of the Church called the Divine Office is usually thought to be a form of prayer only suitable for monks, nuns or  priests. Our experience in giving retreats with lay people at the Monastery, is that this experience of regular prayer becomes one of the most important experiences that people take away with them. The purpose of this retreat is to focus on this experience – to explore the ‘why’ and the ‘ how’ of praying with the Church and to explore how this might be possible  in an ordinary ‘secular’ context.

COST:  £220 per person, single occupancy         £210 per person, sharing

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FINDING STILLNESS: 6th-9th June

Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB

Come away to a quiet place to find stillness and God’s presence.  Discover in the Benedictine tradition; how stillness and stability can be ways of opening up to God and living life at a deeper level.  The retreat will include: teachings in Lectio Divina, stilling the mind and also an opportunity to have a 1:1 meeting with a monk.

COST:  £330 per person, single occupancy         £315 per person, sharing

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FINDING STILLNESS: 22nd-24th April

Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB

Come away to a quiet place to find stillness and God’s presence.  Discover in the Benedictine tradition; how stillness and stability can be ways of opening up to God and living life at a deeper level.  The retreat will include: teachings in lectio divina, stilling the mind and also an opportunity to have a 1:1 meeting with a monk.

COST:  £220 per person, single occupancy         £210 per person, sharing

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TAI CHI & CHRISTIAN MEDITATION:  25th-28th April

Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB

A retreat that was last run 20 years ago by Fr Peter makes a come back!  Fr Peter uses the practise of tai chi as a way into the contemplative and spiritual life.  A blend of east and west (of mind, body and spirit) which is both healing and deeply Christian.  Open to people with experience and no experience, all that is really necessary is an open mind.

COST:  £330 per person, single occupancy         £315 per person, sharing

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INDIVIDUAL GUIDED RETREAT:  11th-17th July

This is an opportunity to take time out for silence and reflection while at the same time having a daily meeting with a monk / spiritual director. This would ideally suit someone who is at key point in their life, to really get in touch with how God is speaking to them through this challenge and help discern the way the spirit is working to bring about life in a new way.  This retreat would have a maximum of 10 participants, it would largely be held in silence and it would also follow the daily rhythm of the monastic office.

COST:  £110 per person, per night (minimum 2 nights / maximum 6 nights). Please contact us to check availability of your preferred dates. 

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ICON PAINTING COURSE:  25th-31st July

Facilitated by Hanna Ward:  Hanna is a Finnish born, British educated professional iconographer and illuminated manuscript painter, based in  Surrey.  www.hannaward.com 

The course will provide an introduction to all aspects of traditional icon painting:  drawing an image of Christ onto gessoed board and painting with natural and semi-precious pigments with egg tempera and using clay and lose leaf gold leaf for gilding.

The aim is to understand the history, symbolism and meaning of icons and to gain the basic skills to be able to draw and paint them. The emphasis will be on copying and tracing an old image correctly and carefully onto the icon board and learning to paint from dark to light in a traditional iconographic way. Participants will be given a step-by-step guide through the various disciplines of this nearly 2000-year-old tradition.

The aim is to paint six full days from Monday to Saturday and finish the icons during this six day retreat, and have them blessed in the church on Sunday.

COST: £675 per person – Residential guest                £375 per person – Day guest

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