Programme

May 2024

24 May
Friday

Touching the Hem of His Garment

Leader: Carol Bostock and the Beauty from Ashes team

Jesus said He came to heal the broken-hearted... This Healing Encounter day led byt he Beuty from Ashes team, offers opportunity to engage with Jesus the Healer through worship, short talks, time for stillness and reflection, and optional one to one prayer ministry.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £50.00

31 May - 2 June
Friday - Sunday

Praying In and Out

Leader: Val Freeman

To live well we need to be good both at breathing in and breathing out! And our life with God is the same. But it`s very human for us to over-focus on either praying in or praying out. This retreat looks at prayer in a broad sense and opens opportunity to find more balance in our life with God. We`ll explore how to receive from God as well as expressing ourselves to God; how to rest in as well as serving our loving Creator.

Residential price: £270.00
Non-residential price: £175.00

June 2024

3 June
Monday

Quarterly Day of Prayer for Mission

Do you have a heart for the nations? Do you know mission workers who need prayer support? Come and join us for a day of prayer for the worldwide mission community. No charge but donations towards the cost of a light lunch would be appreciated.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: TBC

14 June
Friday

Jonah - The Depth of God`s Grace

Leader: Rev Gary Cregeen

`Jonah and the Whale` could easily be viewed as a fairy tale or a fantasy - something that sits outside the main thrust of the Old Testament. But of course, it isn`t! It speaks of a sovereign God, who is rich in mercy, whose compassionate love for the lost then, remains the same today. Join us as we `plumb the depths` of this short but significant Old Testament book.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £45.00

14 - 16 June
Friday - Sunday

Well-being weekend (June 2024)

Leader: Jason and Vicki Cottingham

A well-being weekend is a safe and supportive space for people who feel or have felt overwhelmed, providing tools for self-management in a facilitated peer mentoring style setting. This weekend will cover subjects of perfectionism, shame and anger, using material from Kintsugi Hope. The sessions include group and individual activities designed to help participants accept themselves, understand their value and worth, and grow towards a more resilient and hopeful future.

Residential price: £270.00
Non-residential price: £175.00

21 June
Friday

Daring to Talk about Grief

Leader: Shirley Skrentny

A space for you to connect with your grief in a supportive environment. The day includes input about common themes of the grieving process; opportunities to speak about your own experience in a small and safe group and some quiet time for reflection.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £45.00

24 - 28 June
Monday - Friday

Draw and Paint the Beauty of Penhurst

Leader: Viv Walkington

A week or drawing and painting the beauty in and around Penhurst. Draw what you see, without pressure, and paint what you have seen in any water based medium of your choice. Come and be surprised by your achievements, fins joy and peace in your activities and relaxation in your surroundings. Suitable for anyone who loves to draw and paint, with little experience or a lot... let`s experience a creative week together!

Residential price: £490.00
Non-residential price: £295.00

July 2024

1 - 5 July
Monday - Friday

Valley Paths

Leader: Gill Hancock

We all go through difficult experiences in life (the death of a loved one, doubts, fears, depression, trauma, ongoing physical pain, past mistakes holding us back to name but a few). The temptation can be to `grit our teeth` to get through those tough times, pick ourselves up and carry on. We may not have had opportunity or permission to work through any emotional, spiritual or mental impact the crisis has left us with. The Valley Path`s course enables us to take time with God, to reflect on those past events, seek a better understanding and more importantly to go deeper with Him and gain new layers of healing.

Residential price: £490.00
Non-residential price: £295.00

9 July
Tuesday

One Day in Jesus` Ministry

Leader: Carol Bostock and the Beauty from Ashes team

Jesus said He came to heal the broken-hearted... This Healing Encounter day led byt he Beuty from Ashes team, offers opportunity to engage with Jesus the Healer through worship, short talks, time for stillness and reflection, and optional one to one prayer ministry.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £50.00

15 - 19 July
Monday - Friday

4 Night IGR with Susan Oakes

Leader: Susan Oakes

Come and deepen your relationship with God on this silent IGR. An individually guided retreat offers you the time and opportunity to pay attention to God and to be more aware of God`s work in your life. It also gives the space to pray and to reflect on your life, to consider the decisions you have to make, and the priorities you want to set.

Residential price: £490.00
Non-residential option is not available

19 - 21 July
Friday - Sunday

Painting the Story of Jonah

Leader: Carol Morgan

We will take time to immerse ourselves in the story of Jonah, to listen to where the Holy Spirit may be speaking to us. We will spend time drawing and painting as a way of allowing the story to speak to us. This retreat is for anyone, no artistic skill or particular talent is required. It is about listening through our drawing and painting.

Residential price: £270.00
Non-residential price: £175.00

22 - 26 July
Monday - Friday

Restore, Refresh, Recharge! For Mission & Ministry

Leader: Jack and Sandra Telfer

This is an opportunity to lean back into the Lord - meet him where we are and receive his love, grace and strength as we continue our journey with him. We will reflect on our connectedness to Jesus, our receptivity and our capacity to engage with him and his call for our lives.

Residential price: £490.00
Non-residential price: £295.00

29 Jul - 2 August
Monday - Friday

Refilling Whilst We Pour Out

Leader: Hilary Murdoch

Do you sometimes feel like you are pouring out of an empty cup? Well, this is an opportunity to refuel and refresh. The retreat is for people who work in Christian charities, missions, ministries or churches and also those in caring professions and roles such as medics, teachers, social workers and parents - people who spend their lives pouring out to others and sometimes forget to look after themselves.

Residential price: £490.00
Non-residential price: £295.00

August 2024

5 - 9 August
Monday - Friday

Contemplative Slow Stitching

Leader: Elizabeth Scott

On this retreat, we will take time to reflect on Scripture; to listen to what the Lord is saying, and to deepen our communication with him. Using pre-loved fabric, colourful threads and simple running stitches, we will quietly think and pray to allow the Lord to speak to us personally.

Residential price: £470.00
Non-residential price: £295.00

9 - 11 August
Friday - Sunday

Well-being weekend (August 2024)

Leader: Jason and Vicki Cottingham

A well-being weekend is a safe and supportive space for people who feel or have felt overwhelmed, providing tools for self-management in a facilitated peer mentoring style setting. This weekend will cover subjects of forgiveness, self-acceptance and healthy relationships, using material from Kintsugi Hope. The sessions include group and individual activities designed to help participants accept themselves, understand their value and worth, and grow towards a more resilient and hopeful future.

Residential price: £270.00
Non-residential price: £175.00

12 - 15 August
Monday - Thursday

Mission Debrief - Singles and Couples

Leaders: Wania Honman and Sandie Reeves

An opportunity for mission partners to process their transitions to the UK. Come and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the retreat centre as part of your home assignment or re-entry to the UK and take the opportunity to receive a personal debrief.

Residential price: £425.00
Non-residential price: £295.00

16 - 18 August
Friday - Sunday

Reigniting your Creative Spark

Leaders: Val Freeman and Dan Freeman

If God is the Great Creator and we are made in God`s image, why is being creative sometimes so hard? Why is painting, writing, playing an instrument... any sort of creative expression so difficult to prioritise and protect? How do we cope with doubt and self-criticism in our artistic life? Over this weekend we will look together at the spirituality of using our unique creativity... and how to revive it when it`s gone cold, whether for a few weeks or for many years.

Residential price: £270.00
Non-residential price: £175.00

27 - 30 August
Tuesday - Friday

Running the Race - Preparing for `Retirement`

Leaders: Anne de Reybekilll and Evan Winter

This course will seek to help those who have been involved in full-time Christian ministry (UK and overseas) prepare for retirement and the years beyond. It will look at what we understand by `retirement`, the Biblical approach to old age, and in particular at the spirituality of ageing.

Residential price: £395.00
Non-residential price: £245.00

September 2024

2 September
Monday

Quarterly Day of Prayer for Mission

Do you have a heart for the nations? Do you know mission workers who need prayer support? Come and join us for a day of prayer for the worldwide mission community. No charge but donations towards the cost of a light lunch would be appreciated.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: TBC

2 - 5 September
Monday - Thursday

The Cup of Our Life

Leader: Richard and Storm Hann

Using themes and daily practices from Joyce Rupp`s book, we invite you to focus on spiritual awareness and growth through the imagery of ordinary cups that are used in everyday life. This well known book has accompanied a wide range of people on their spiritual journeying and the retreat will be of benefit to those seeking to revitalise and enrich their experience of the Divine. We hope that the retreat is a cup of blessing filled to the brim for all who come with open minds and hearts.

Residential price: £395.00
Non-residential price: £245.00

6 - 8 September
Friday - Sunday

A Taste of Silence

Leader: Dawn Pointing

A taste of silence - all are welcome to this weekend, particularly those new to silent retreats. It will give you a brief pause in life to breathe in the country air, rest and be refreshed. Your time of peace and solitude will be punctuated by four short times of reflection and prayer together, and you will be offered ideas for creative and quiet prayer if you want, and an opportunity to meet with Dawn.

Residential price: £270.00
Non-residential option is not available

14 September
Saturday

Tell me more... Storytelling as spiritual...

Leader: Steve Gurr

In our being alongside others we often give space for people`s personal stories to be told and heard. The act of telling these stories, and our careful attention to them, is often the context for a person`s `knocking on the door` of the deeper questions of meaning and purpose, spirituality and faith. How might attentive listening and sensitive curiosity unlock these doors? How can we work in a more spiritually informed way to enable those we accompany to discover truth around meaning and purpose?

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £60.00

19 September
Thursday

Deeper into God`s Heart *FULLY BOOKED*

Leaders: Marilyn Baker and Tracy Williamson

Draw close to God through hearing His voice in our everyday lives, with music and teaching from Marilyn Baker and Tracy Williamson. There will be teaching, worship and times for 1-1 prayer with the team. Drinks will be available, but no lunch will be provided so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £15.00

19 - 22 September
Thursday - Sunday

Behold Your God (Sept 2024)

Leader: Tony and Jilly Horsfall

Isaiah is packed with good things! Not only is it full of Jesus, with many passages pointing to him at the Servant of the Lord and coming Messiah, but it also calls us to enlarge our view of God so that we see him as the Sovereign Lord whose purposes are being worked out despite the opposition of the nations. As we read his beautiful words, hope rises within us as we are reminded that `the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (11:9).`

Residential price: £425.00
Non-residential price: £295.00

24 September
Tuesday

Pastoral Open Day

Leader: Christopher Chapman

This `Taste and See` day is for pastoral leaders, Spiritual Directors and Christian Counsellors. An opportunity to experience what this very special retreat centre has to offer - good food, beautiful surroundings, a `thin place` to meet with God. Come and experience this unique resource for yourself and those in your ministry setting to come and be refreshed, renewed and restored. Free of charge but booking essential.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: TBC

27 - 29 September
Friday - Sunday

Working Party weekend (Friday - Sunday)

Leader: The Penhurst team

An opportunity to get your hands dirty! Whether you are a regular guest or new to Penhurst, come and join us in some practical projects around the house and grounds. Come and enjoy the beauty and fellowship of Penhurst, while also helping maintain and develop the centre together. If you cannot make the whole weekend, there is also the option to come for Saturday only - see separate event listing.

Residential price: £140.00
Non-residential option is not available

28 September
Saturday

Working Party (Saturday only)

Leader: The Penhurst team

An opportunity to get your hands dirty! Whether you are a regular guest or new to Penhurst, come and join us in some practical projects around the house and grounds. Come and enjoy the beauty and fellowship of Penhurst, while also helping maintain and develop the centre together. This booking option is for Saturday day participants, but there is also the option to come for the whole weekend - see separate event listing. No charge for Saturday only but donations towards the cost of a light lunch would be appreciated.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: TBC

October 2024

4 - 6 October
Friday - Sunday

Mission Debrief - Families

Leaders: Wania Honman and Rebecca de Vos

An opportunity for the mission family to process their transitions to the UK together. There will be joint family sessions and then sessions for the children and parents separately too. This IS a residential weekend but online booking is not available - please contact the office to book.

Residential price: TBC
Non-residential option is not available

7 - 10 October
Monday - Thursday

Christian Writers` Workshop and Retreat

Leader: Andrew and Seren Boyd

Workshop-based training and mentoring - suitable for intermediate-level writers wanting to improve their craft and seriously seeking publication. Covering writing books, feature articles, sermons, messages and blogs. Vocational, rather than hobbyist in its approach, for those who feel a clear call to write and have examples of prior work that they can bring to bring to discuss.

Residential price: £395.00
Non-residential price: £245.00

15 October
Tuesday

Mission Open Day

Leader: Tony Horsfall

A `Taste and See` day for overseas mission organisations, church mission teams and/or mission partners. An opportunity to experience what this very special retreat centre has to offer - good food, beautiful surroundings, a `thin place` to meet with God. Come and experience this unique resource for yourself and those you are responsible for in your ministry setting to come and be refreshed, renewed and restored. Free of charge but booking essential.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: TBC

17 October
Thursday

You Spread A Table Before Me

Leader: Carol Bostock and the Beauty from Ashes team

Jesus said He came to heal the broken-hearted... This Healing Encounter day led byt he Beuty from Ashes team, offers opportunity to engage with Jesus the Healer through worship, short talks, time for stillness and reflection, and optional one to one prayer ministry.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £50.00

18 - 20 October
Friday - Sunday

Divorce Recovery Workshop - October 2024

Leader: Mandy Callf

Have you been through divorce or separation? Or has your relationship irretrievably broken down? Are you asking yourself why it all happened? Why me? Struggling with the trauma? Feeling rejected? Feeling that nobody understands? At whatever stage of separation or divorce you find yourself, this workshop helps you make some sense of it all and find ways of moving forward.

Residential price: £270.00
Non-residential price: £175.00

25 - 27 October
Friday - Sunday

The Hidden Life of Trees

Leader: Brigid Main

Researchers see and hear trees communicating, helping and supporting each other via root systems and fungi. How can the trees help us deepen our prayer life and our own support systems? Come and spend a weekend in the beauty of autumn at Penhurst, discovering together how we can experience some of the underlying connectedness of all things in God`s creation and being open to God`s wild hospitality.

Residential price: £240.00
Non-residential price: £135.00

28 Oct - 3 November
Monday - Sunday

6 Night IGR with Maureen and Chris

Leaders: Maureen Stringer and Chris Doust

Come and deepen your relationship with God on this silent individually guided retreat (IGR). An IGR offers you the time and opportunity to pay attention to God and to be more aware of God`s work in your life. It also gives the space to pray and to reflect on your life, to consider the decisions you have to make, and the priorities you want to set.

Residential price: £690.00
Non-residential option is not available

November 2024

4 November
Monday

And Jesus had Compassion on them

Leader: Carol Bostock and the Beauty from Ashes team

Jesus said He came to heal the broken-hearted... This Healing Encounter day led by the Beuty from Ashes team, offers opportunity to engage with Jesus the Healer through worship, short talks, time for stillness and reflection, and optional one to one prayer ministry.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £50.00

8 - 10 November
Friday - Sunday

Singing for the Soul (Friday - Sunday)

Leader: Mike Leigh

Come for a joyful, harmonious and praise filled weekend of song, led by Mike Leigh, chaplain of the Scargill Community. Mike will teach us songs from around the world which are easy to learn, create community, build self-confidence and open the channels of our awareness of God, other people and the beauty of creation. If you cannot make the whole weekend, there is also the option to come for Saturday only - see separate event listing.

Residential price: £270.00
Non-residential price: £175.00

9 November
Saturday

Singing for the Soul (Saturday only)

Leader: Mike Leigh

Come for a joyful, harmonious and praise filled day of song, led by Mike Leigh, chaplain of the Scargill Community. Mike will teach us songs from around the world which are easy to learn, create community, build self-confidence and open the channels of our awareness of God, other people and the beauty of creation. This booking option is for Saturday day participants, but there is also the option to come for the whole weekend - see separate event listing.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £60.00

18 - 21 November
Monday - Thursday

New Directions - November 2024

Leader: Jack and Sandra Telfer

This retreat/workshop is for full-time Christian workers returning to the UK after ministry overseas or for an extended home assignment. It provides an opportunity to `unpack` the transition process and issues around adjustment in a context of group discussion, reflection and prayer within the beautiful setting of the retreat centre.

Residential price: £395.00
Non-residential price: £245.00

25 - 30 November
Monday - Saturday

5 Night IGR with Dawn Pointing

Leader: Dawn Pointing

This individually guided retreat (IGR) will be a silent retreat, giving you opportunity for solitude and time to really land, reflect and pray. You will have the opportunity to meet an experienced spiritual director and retreat guide, each day, who will also lead a short morning and evening time of meditation and prayer to bookend each day. There will be plenty of resources available for contemplative and creative prayer and reflection.

Residential price: £590.00
Non-residential option is not available

December 2024

2 December
Monday

Quarterly Day of Prayer for Mission

Do you have a heart for the nations? Do you know mission workers who need prayer support? Come and join us for a day of prayer for the worldwide mission community. No charge but donations towards the cost of a light lunch would be appreciated.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: TBC

9 December
Monday

Advent Quiet Day 1

This retreat is part of a series of Advent quiet days. Come and spend some time in the peaceful surroundings of Penhurst, contemplating all that the season of Advent means. Each day will have a theme, time together and time in solitude, space to be silent and still, and will include a homecooked Penhurst two-course lunch. Come for one or more individual days or stay overnight. Details will be updated and bookings opened nearer the time.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £45.00

10 December
Tuesday

The Unheard Voices

Leader: Rev Peter Doodes

The Bible stories often leave out the personal experiences of those most involved. In this retreat, Peter will lead us through and interpret some of those stories using the clues within the readings and then we will discuss them in the light of our own experiences. Just what could be behind the story of the Woman at the Well? Why did Jesus seem reluctant to perform his first miracle of Turning water into wine? What is the real lesson behind the story of Ananias curing Saul’s blindness? We will explore these, and others, interspersed with prayer and music, in the peaceful surroundings of Penhurst.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £45.00

11 December
Wednesday

Waiting

Leader: Fiona Bower

Pope Francis said "Advent is a time of waiting for our Lord who will visit us all in our own hearts. The Lord is coming! Let us wait for him!" This retreat explores what it means to wait in our daily lives and the waiting experiences recorded in the Bible. We will use Scripture, poetry and music. There will be plenty of opportunity during the day for quiet reflection.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £45.00

12 December
Thursday

Advent Quiet Day 4

This retreat is part of a series of Advent quiet days. Come and spend some time in the peaceful surroundings of Penhurst, contemplating all that the season of Advent means. Each day will have a theme, time together and time in solitude, space to be silent and still, and will include a homecooked Penhurst two-course lunch. Come for one or more individual days or stay overnight. Details will be updated and bookings opened nearer the time.

Residential option is not available
Non-residential price: £45.00