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by Michael Ford last modified 11 Sep, 2017 03:11 PM

Our diocese is associated with a number of retreat houses and organisations throughout Wiltshire, Dorset and further afield. Upcoming events are listed here.


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Updated Listing The Ammerdown Centre

BRF Quiet Days 

Eggbeer Trust 
Hilfield Friary 
The Greenhouse Christian Centre  
Iona Community 
Simeon Centre 




The Ammerdown Centre

Radstock, Bath BA3 5SW
A well-established Christian Retreat and Conference Centre open to people of all faiths and none, with a special emphasis on dialogue, reconciliation and renewal.
Click here for the 2017 programme.

Updated Listing 24-28 September
Finding Fulfilment with Gill and Antonio Benet and Jacqueline Evans 
This unique experience, described as “marvellous and inspiring” by a past participant, will offer an opportunity to see the complementary nature of the relationship between mind, body and spirit in the evolution of consciousness. It will also offer practices that will open us to finding fulfilment in our daily life. Centering Prayer, sometimes known as the prayer of consent, is a way of opening our hearts and minds to the divine action within. The Law of Three enables us to discern the true nature of reality. The Alexander Technique will offer an easy gentle way of releasing physical tensions caused by our addiction to thought. For further information or to book a place go to or ring 01761 433709.

Updated Listing 29 September-1 October
John Main, Desert Father and Celtic Monk led by Stefan Reynolds
One of the greatest challenges that Christianity faces today is the practical rediscovery of its age-old traditions of prayer and contemplation, and one of the main attempts to do this in recent times was begun by the Benedictine monk and priest John Main. Bede Griffiths called him “the most important guide in the Church today”, for his teaching of a simple clear way of prayer that helps discover the Divine spark within as children of God. For further information or to book a place go to or ring 01761 433709.

Updated Listing 2-6 October
Ammerdown Autumn Break
Here is another opportunity to enjoy a relaxing break in excellent company, enhanced by the unique atmosphere of Ammerdown. Revd Anna Garvie and members of the Ammerdown team will once again be your devoted companions for a week which will offer the usual enjoyable mix of creative workshops, craft activities, entertainment, talks, prayer services and liturgy as well as quiet times. For further information or to book a place go to or ring 01761 433709.

Updated Listing 3-5 October
Polymer Clay with Sally Boehme
Polymer clay is a material available in a variety of lovely colours that can be shaped and then cured in a domestic oven. This course will provide a taster of its potentially addictive qualities when creating your own bespoke jewellery or decorative elements for your personal projects. For further information or to book a place go to or ring 01761 433709.

Updated Listing 24-26 October
Understanding Islam with Dr Chris Hewer
Chris writes: “A good understanding of Islam is a must in Britain today, where Muslims are by far the biggest religious group after British Christians. In many of our major towns and cities, they make up a substantial minority of the population. This should encourage us all to get to know Islam and Muslims better and to explore ways of building bridges of mutual respect and understanding – especially those among us involved with Muslims as neighbours, workplace acquaintances, or clients in the caring professions. For more information or to book a place go to or ring 01761 433709.

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BRF Quiet Days

BRF is based in Oxfordshire and runs a number of ministries, including Messy Church.
Click here for the 2017 Quiet Day programme.

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The Eggbeer Trust

The Trust was established to provide free holidays for “Ministers of Religion and Missionaries and their families of any colour and of any Christian Creed or Denomination.”
A six-berth caravan with mains water, electricity and nearby games room is available for holidays between March and October each year. Flyer here.

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Green Pastures Retreat Centre

The Greenhouse Christian Centre

17 Burton Road, Branksome, Poole, BH13 6DT
Formerly known as Green Pastures, this venue has Quiet and Art Days, chances to meet book authors and singer/ songwriters, and Worship and Healing Services open to all for no charge.
Click here for the 2017 programme and current Rhythm of Prayer.

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Hilfield Friary

The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE
Click here for the 2017 programme,
and here for details of monthly Lunch Clubs and Craft Days.

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Iona Community

For details about the Iona Community and the Abbey Centre, please click here.

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Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life

Ridley Hall, Ridley Hall Rd, Cambridge CB3 9HG
Click here for more details.

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The Sheldon Centre, Dunsford, Exeter EX6 7LE.
We're an open and welcoming Community with a specialist care for people in ministry.
Click here for the latest events.

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