Courses at Swarthmoor Hall

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    Mothers of Israel: exploring the writing of early Quaker women: at Swarthmoor Hall


    The early Quaker movement was unusual in its time for the freedom it afforded women to be preachers, prophets and writers. This course will enable you to explore the lives, and writings of a number of important seventeenth century Quaker women. This will include Margaret Fell, Martha Simmonds, Sarah Blackborow, Dorothy White and Elizabeth Bathurst. In our sessions we will get to know these women using short talks, the reading of texts and group discussion within a safe and friendly atmosphere.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.

    Writing Retreat


    Set in the beautiful and quiet surroundings of Swarthmoor Hall, this retreat is open to anyone looking for space and time for writing, whether starting a new project, or to take forward or finish off a current piece. There will be the opportunity to hear from the tutors about their experience of writing and one to one time with them, but the emphasis will be on creating a supportive environment to devote to the craft itself.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.

    Note: This course was priced incorrectly in the brochure. As this this course is longer than our standard course the cost is £545.00 residential, £380.00 non-residential.

    Talking about God


    God – mysterious, ineffable, spiritual, (for some) experienced, (for some) an absence, a short word and a big idea – is not an easy topic for discussion. Can we say anything? In this course we will explore the importance of both silence and speech as we engage with a wealth of possibilities: metaphors, paradoxes, creating new language, learning and borrowing, and reclaiming old words for our own purposes. Based on Rhiannon Grant's book, Telling the Truth about God (Christian Alternative, 2019).

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.

    Practicing Presence


    During this retreat we will come together to explore and experience spiritual practices and ways of being present from a variety of faith traditions; particularly those that encourage us to connect more deeply with ‘that of God within’. We will be invited to try some things that are perhaps different from our usual practices, all in the beautiful historic spaces at Swarthmoor Hall. There will be opportunities for individual work, group sharing and the freedom to go where each one of us is led.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.

    Quaker Nominations at Swarthmoor Hall


    How can we root ourselves in good practices of discernment whilst responding to the particular issues that face us? Nominations are at the quiet heart of the way we live together as Friends, when we listen faithfully to the Spirit. We will include the practical aspects of being 'on nominations'. Friends can expect a renewed insight into the potential of nominations to strengthen meetings and enabling them to flourish. This event is for members of Quaker nominations committees.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.

    Freeing the Imagination: creative and devotional writing


    This weekend will offer chance to immerse ourselves in the creative process of writing. The focus is on creative and devotional writing so we will be led by the heart rather than head, as we explore how to use the imagination to help people feel and see the world in new ways. We will offer short guided exercises to inspire creative flow, plenty of writing time and the opportunity to share together if you choose.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.

    Women in Early Christianity: liberation and suppression


    In the very last texts of the New Testament to be written, women are ordered to keep silent when the community meets and their role as teachers and pastoral workers is mocked. Yet the earliest writings show women in substantial leadership roles, enjoying a new freedom from male authority. We will chart this change step by step, acknowledging its tragic consequences, but also gaining clarity about the nature of the liberation many women experienced in the earliest Christian communities.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.