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    Mindfully Together


    For 13 years, Woodbrooke has hosted retreats drawing on the Zen Buddhist teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh. We will welcome back Sister Annabel Laity supported by members of the Community of Interbeing. Discover how mindfulness of the present moment can bring peace and happiness. While the practice is accessible and guidance will be offered to those with little or no experience, it is not without demand.  You will enjoy times of silence, walking meditation in Woodbrooke’s beautiful grounds and specially prepared vegetarian food.

    We are offering a limited number of places (including all meals and accommodation) on this course at a heavily discounted rate for Friends aged 18 - 35 years, if you would like to know more or take advantage of one of these places, please contact learning@woodbrooke.org.uk or call 0121 415 6785.

    A quiet day with Experiment with Light


    This will run for 24 hours from lunch on day one to lunch on day two. This day is suitable for those who are familiar with the Experiment with Light practice and those who are new to it. It will allow people to use the Experiment with Light practice in a retreat like atmosphere. Participants will be given an introduction to the practice if needed. Experiment with Light will be practiced on the afternoon of the first day and the morning of the second day.

    Seeking Sanctuary and Stillness – October


    A time set aside to enjoy spaciousness and quiet in your own home and join with others online to share a sense of connection. Different spiritual practices will be offered on each of the days, to help you to focus, and to settle into a place of deep peace and openness to all that is; the flowing vastness of presence. We will join together for silent worship and reflection during the day.

    Participants have the option to join the remaining three retreats running throughout 2019 at a total discounted cost of £35.  Click here to book all three retreats.

    Seeking Sanctuary and Stillness – November


    A time set aside to enjoy spaciousness and quiet in your own home and join with others online to share a sense of connection. Different spiritual practices will be offered on each of the days, to help you to focus, and to settle into a place of deep peace and openness to all that is; the flowing vastness of presence. We will join together for silent worship and reflection during the day.

    Participants have the option to join the remaining three retreats running throughout 2019 at a total discounted cost of £35.  Click here to book all three retreats.

    Resting in Presence – Individually Guided Retreats


    Woodbrooke's individually guided retreats 'Resting in Presence' offer you an opportunity for a few days of individual reflection and stillness.

    This will be a chance to pay attention to your inner wisdom, to become more aware of your true self, and perhaps to explore more deeply the role of Spirit in your life.  You will have space to ‘just be’ and to reflect; perhaps considering decisions you want to make or changes you want to work towards.

    Remaining dates for 2019

    We are holding space for Resting in the Presence on the following dates in the remainder of 2019:

    Sunday 27 October - Friday 1 November 2019

    You can choose to come for between two and five nights. Please indicate how long you would like to stay on your booking form.

    Format

    You will meet each day with your own spiritual guide who will help you to focus, reflect and discern. The beautiful space that is Woodbrooke’s house and gardens provide a place of nurture and an open Quaker welcome.  The retreats are open to those of all faiths and none.

    We encourage you to hold your own personal silence during your time here and a quiet space is set aside for retreatants’ exclusive use.  At Woodbrooke days begin with a Quaker Meeting for Worship, which is based in silence, from 8:30 am – 9:00am and end with ‘epilogue’ which is a short time of reflection at 9:30pm  both are open to everyone staying at Woodbrooke.

    The retreat begins at 6.15pm, with dinner on the first evening followed by a short introduction to your time here (bedrooms are available from 4.00pm). Please try to arrive between 4.00pm and 5.00pm to have time to settle in and set aside the busyness of life.  You may choose to come for between two and five nights. The retreat finishes with breakfast on your final day.  You are asked to clear your bedrooms by 9.30am.

    Please be aware that other guests will also be staying at Woodbrooke while you are on retreat so whilst we aim to offer a place of stillness, nurture and calm, we cannot guarantee that the whole building will be silent.

    Cost

    Two nights: £245.00
    Three nights: £345.00
    Four nights: £445.00
    Five nights: £545.00

    These prices are inclusive of ensuite accommodation and all meals.