A Journey Into Silence

  • Leaders: Rev Peter Doodes and Fiona Bower
  • Start Date: Monday 25th October, 15:00
  • End Date: Thursday 28th October, 14:00
  • Residential Price: £ 260.00 per person
  • Non-Residential Price: TBC

This retreat has already started, if you would still like to take part then please contact us.

It`s not totally silent(!) but please read on. Silence is a rare commodity in today`s world, but the need for silence in order to contact and communicate with God is a fact, and here that opportunity will arise. You will be doing all of this without the constant pressures of an ever-nagging news media doing their calculated level best to wrench your thoughts and minds from what is really important in your life. Therefore, so we can all take advantage of what we have learned, each day of this retreat will be a separate journey into silence.

The opportunity to communicate with God will happen at a prayer service, perhaps you will be sitting, reading, in the warmth of the fire in the quiet of the main room, or decide to visit the church nearby. You may choose to be accompanied by the sound of birdsong while relaxing in the garden or walking the lanes and footpaths.

So many simply cover their ears with headphones and shut out the world with even more noise, and so often they also shut out a thing of great importance. And that is giving God the time and the space to reach out to you and for you to discover the person that you really are, and that God means you to be.

However, as retreat leaders, Fiona and Peter have learned from experience that there is a time when silence is not really golden, and that is at the time of the main midday meal. This has been described to us by one person as feeling emotionally confusing, and another as oppressive.

We both found that much is shared and learned when silence is lifted at the last meal, but some have to leave before the final meal, some have taxis calling and others leave quickly due to long journeys. When this happens, often the group`s shared, valuable and important insights are cut short and we all lose out.

There will be a short Celtic worship service after breakfast with a daily reflection on one of the four parts of creation: the creation of the natural world, the creation of ourselves combined with the creation of our Christian journey and the creation of our Christian aims. There will also be a suggested activity that is related to our retreat. The morning Celtic service will always be at a specific time after breakfast and in the evening there will be a Celtic evening prayer service.

All the breakfast and evening meals will, like the rest of the day, be in silence. However, any that wish to do so can choose to eat alone, whether in their rooms or outside.

At the midday meal however, silence will be lifted after grace and then there will be a time of discussion and fellowship regarding the daily reflection and suggested activity, and the discussion and conversation may continue, for those that wish. It is in this way that what has been experienced and learned can be shared with all. Silence for all will be resumed after the evening prayer service.

On the final morning there will be retreat group communion service.

Fiona and Peter will be available for daily individual meetings as a listener and companion to accompany you through the retreat as you slow down and experience a time of listening to God, who will be with you in your prayer and daily living.

God has already been at work in your life and this will be your chance to reflect on that and contemplate your future actions.

If you wish to stay longer, or start your stay earlier, please contact us about availability.