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    Worship, Spoken Ministry and Afterwords

    What's going on when people speak during silent, waiting worship? What's the difference between things said in ministry and things said during afterwords – and what is this 'afterwords' business anyway? This course uses Rhiannon Grant's research into the many forms of 'afterwords' in Britain Yearly Meeting and around the world to explore what it is, how it used, and what effects – positive and negative – it can have. There will be space for discussion, disagreement, and experiment with worship and afterwords.

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please 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.

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    The Devotional Path – Spiritual Practices to Free the Heart

    In the beautiful, countryside setting of Swarthmoor Hall, we will draw on the writings and spiritual experiences of Christian and other mystics, including Thomas Kelly, to lead us into practices that draw us closer to God/Spirit/Divine. Times of peace and solitude, alongside devotional practices and worship will give us time to explore and deepen our own spiritual connection to all that is. Open to all, this will be an opportunity to refresh and enliven our spiritual lives.

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    Walking into Worship

    In the lovely surroundings of Swarthmoor Hall – indoors and out – we’ll explore different approaches to walking, enjoying time to awaken our senses and deepen our awareness and appreciation of the beauty around us. We’ll create and walk a labyrinth; discover and share hidden riches through a team approach, ‘Dérive’ (drifting and noticing); walk mindfully, and take at least one walk through the local countryside. Through quietness, awareness and thankfulness – we’ll travel together, ‘walking into worship’.

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    Spiritual Roots and Wisdom of the Quaker Way in Plainsong

    Music has a way of opening us up to deeper levels of understanding. This is what people say occurs when they hear Paulette Meier’s Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong. Each song is a quotation from the writings of George Fox and other early Friends. We will sing the “chant-songs” together, exploring the rich insight into the Quaker way that each offers, becoming enlivened and enlightened to the radical, mystical understanding of Christianity that our 17th century founders discovered.

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    Early Friends and the Quaker Peace Testimony

    How did the Quaker peace testimony evolve amongst early Friends? The course will consider the roles played by George Fox, Margaret Fell, William Penn and others, the historical context of their witness, and the theological basis of the peace testimony. Did some Friends have significantly different understandings of the place of peace witness in their lives? To what extent was the peace testimony a key part of the Quaker message? What does all this mean for our peace witness today?

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    Time Set Aside: An Individually Guided Retreat

    This silent, individually guided retreat will be held in the peaceful setting of Swarthmoor Hall. Each day will include meeting for worship and epilogue, one short talk and one-to-one time with Ginny or Annique. Meals will be held in silence. This retreat offers participants the opportunity to spend an extended period of time in silence, prayer and reflection, with the support of a retreat guide

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    Early Christianity

    Christianity spread rapidly throughout the first century. While communities were in contact with each other through letters and travelling teachers, they nevertheless each developed in distinctive ways. They preserved their own memories of Jesus but, more importantly, they came to different understandings about him. Scripture provides clear evidence of a significant level of conflict between these groups. It is a fascinating and lively picture which we will explore by focusing on particular examples that can reveal what was at stake.

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    The Quaker Jesus: the Life and Writings of James Nayler

    During this course we will get to know James Nayler who was a significant early Quaker leader, seen by many as an equal to George Fox. This will include an overview of his life and writings, detailed consideration of a number of his tracts, an assessment of his contribution to the development of the peace testimony, and an examination of what was going on in Bristol in October 1656, when he re-enacted Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204