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by Michael Ford last modified 31 Jul, 2017 10:06 AM

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 3 to 7 July Sensing God through Creativity led by Revd Anna Garvie.
This course is about providing an opportunity to sense God’s presence through creative exploration. The focus is not on the end result, but rather on the act of creating and being with the process - rather like doodling on a scrap of paper or watching a feather float to the ground. By taking time to reflect on such experiences, we can become increasingly aware of our feelings, our desires and our direction in life. Revd Anna Garvie will be there as you guide throughout the week.

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14 to 16 July Simplicity led by Jennifer Kavanagh
This weekend course by Jennifer Kavanagh will explore what a simple life is, and how we can lead one.

At heart, simplicity is a focus on what matters most. Reducing clutter, whether in material objects, use of time or money, or in our religious practices, leads to an increased clarity of vision and focus: a view of life and its priorities that is in itself simple. Together and alone, we will consider how, step by step, we can move towards a state in which our attitudes and life are all of a piece, integrated and made one.

Updated Listing 18 to 20 August Inner Path, Outer Journey led by Ian and Gail Adams  who’s weekend retreat at Ammerdown, entitled ‘Inner Path, Outer Journey’, will draw on wisdom and experience from contemplative Christianity, on the gift of the landscape, and on insights around human possibility and becoming.

They write: “Our desire to help shape a better world has to be rooted in our inner life. The inner path shapes the outer journey. And when the inner path and outer journey come into alignment, wonderful things may begin to happen. This weekend retreat will be an opportunity to rediscover your deep inner sense of belonging, of peace and of purpose; and then to explore how we might bring good to the world.”

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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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