Creativity & Interests

Growing In Contemplative Awareness Through Art

31st May - 2nd Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This weekend we want to: Encounter and collaborate with our Creator God through the process of making. Explore how this can nurture our awareness of and relationship with Him. All art supplies will be provided to work on a variety of projects. No previous artistic experience needed.

Small-Stitched Collage

3rd Jun - 6th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

During this workshop we will explore the possibilities of using a random collection of textiles and stitches to build up a collage piece. Sometimes it is useful to work without a clear idea of what you intend to create and discover processes by chance and develop ideas by experimenting with colour, surface, texture and design. […]

Journeying with Jonah

10th Jun - 13th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

We invite you… to take a walk on the wet side(!) with the reluctant prophet Jonah. Bring your wellies; bring your wetsuits; bring your imagination and join us as we dive into this classic fishy tale and have a whale of a time exploring it together. [Editor’s note – okay, so the wellies and wetsuits […]

Through the Year with Charles Wesley

14th Jun - 16th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In this retreat, we will be using the hymns and life of Charles Wesley as a doorway to prayer, as a way to deepen our faith and relationship to God.  Charles Wesley (not to be confused with his brother John) was a fine poet and wrote well over 7000 hymns and poems, many of which […]

For Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also

17th Jun - 20th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will focus on trust as a key aspect of our faith journeys.  We’ll be using a creative project to help us consider what trust means for us and in what/whom we put our trust.  So, the retreat will combine times of led reflection, creative exploration, and time alone with God.

Prayer Drumming

21st Jun - 23rd Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Join with some seasoned prayer drummers to listen to God’s heartbeat and to one another as we learn to express our praise, prayer and lament through one of the most ancient and universal of instruments. Bring a drum if you have one.  No previous drumming experience required.

The Courage of Vulnerability

15th Jul - 18th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the centre of meaningful human experiences…. It is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity.  If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.  ~Brené Brown […]

The Seven Sacred Spaces

19th Jul - 21st Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

The monastic tradition, as lived out through its diverse buildings, offers us a lens to glimpse a richer way ‘to be church’ as well as insights into quality community and even the nature of being human.  Come and explore what are called The Seven Sacred Spaces in a setting that offers windows into all of them.

The Wonder of the Woods

29th Jul - 1st Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

An opportunity to explore our long held fascination with trees, woods and forests. Using science, story-telling and a sense of curiosity we will discover together what trees might have to say about God, faith and Community. The retreat may also include an opportunity to explore further afield from Nether Springs.

Where The Wild Salmon Swims

29th Nov - 1st Dec 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

The salmon was a Celtic symbol for wisdom and knowledge. This retreat is an opportunity to follow the life cycle of the salmon and discover what wisdom it still holds today to teach us about our journey with God.