Programme

June 2024

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

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

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

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

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

October 2024

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

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

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

Mary`s Heart

Leader: Vicki Cottingham

Learn from the faith and character of Mary, the mother of Jesus. We will read about Mary`s encounter with the Angel Gabriel, her song of praise and spend some time meditating on God`s Word as Mary did. There will be opportunity during the day for quiet reflection, and to make the most of the beautiful grounds at Penhurst. For those who enjoy knitting or crocheting prayer shawls (or want to learn about prayer shawls) there will be space for this in the afternoon.

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