Events calendar

(PAGE UPDATED 1/10/19)

2019


PENHURST CHRISTIAN CENTRE – Sussex

LIVING WITH LOSS FOLLOWING BEREAVEMENT

THIS EVENT IS ALMOST FULL. THERE ARE NO MORE RESIDENTIAL PLACES BUT THERE ARE SPACES FOR DAY GUESTS. 

  • 25 – 27 October 2019
  • Weekend retreat near Battle in East Sussex, England
  • Cost: £150 (non-residential) or £220 (residential)

A supportive weekend retreat of activities, led sessions and quiet reflection.

Penhurst Retreat Centre is a small, friendly Christian retreat centre, situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 10 miles from the coast in the Sussex High Weald. The beauty, peace and comfort of this place create an ideal setting in which to draw closer to God and experience his love. Comfortable full-board accommodation is available for up to 15 guests.

Phone: 01424 892088
Email: info@penhurst.org.uk

LEE ABBEY – Devon

LIVING WITH LIFE-CHANGING LOSS FOLLOWING BEREAVEMENT

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

  • Monday 4 – Friday 8 November 2019 
  • 5 day retreat in Exmoor, Devon
  • Cost: £225 (some discounts available)

A supportive week retreat of activities, led sessions and quiet reflection.

Lee Abbey is set on a 280 acre estate in Exmoor National Park on the West Devon coast. The estate includes woodlands, streams, fields, and a private beach. Lee Abbey is a vibrant busy place, with lots going on besides our retreat. In order to have peace and quiet, we will be housed and running the retreat in the Beacon, a separate building away from the main house. We do go to the main house for some meals.

◊ Link to this event at Lee Abbey, with booking information


2020

LAUNDE ABBEY – Leicestershire

Living with life-changing loss following bereavement

  • 17 – 21 February 2020 (Monday – Friday)
  • 5 Day retreat in the East Midlands
  • Cost: £405.00 – £425.00

Launde Abbey is a Christian Retreat House and Conference Centre in the East Midlands. Set in beautiful parkland of 450 acres on the borders of Leicestershire and Rutland, the Abbey has 39 en-suite bedrooms which can accommodate up to 78 people; full conference facilities; comprehensive dining facilities; extensive cultivated gardens and a wonderful twelfth century Chapel (part of the original Augustinian priory).

Phone: 01572 717254
Email: info@launde.org.uk

LEE ABBEY – Devon

LIVING WITH LOSS PART 2: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

  • Monday 20 – Friday 24 April 2020
  • 5 day retreat in Exmoor, Devon
  • Cost: £TBC

A supportive week retreat of activities, led sessions and quiet reflection, only open for those who have already attended a Living with Loss retreat (at Lee Abbey or elsewhere).

Lee Abbey is set on a 280 acre estate in Exmoor National Park on the West Devon coast. The estate includes woodlands, streams, fields, and a private beach. Lee Abbey is a vibrant busy place, with lots going on besides our retreat, and lots of possibilities for activities both within the context of our retreat and those that are organised by Lee Abbey.

 

THE BRIERY RETREAT CENTRE – Ilkley, Yorkshire

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LIVING WITH LOSS

  • Friday 22 – Sunday 24 May 2020
  • Weekend retreat (Friday late afternoon-Sunday afternoon)
  • Cost: £155

This retreat is only open to those who have already attended a first “Living with Loss” retreat, either at the Briery or elsewhere. During this follow up to the first retreat, we look into some of the deeper areas of grief such as anger, guilt, regret and complicated grief. There will be time in the schedule for a nice walk into Ilkley on Saturday afternoon.

The Briery Retreat and Conference Centre is in a beautiful location in Ilkley, in the Yorkshire Moors. (The Centre is run by Catholic sisters, however the retreat is a non-denominational event and Abi is not a Catholic.)

Briery brochure download
BOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE BRIERY or contact: briery@btconnect.com

Further events in 2020 will be announced later.


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MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THE RETREATS

Grief following bereavement can feel overwhelming, particularly if we have lost a partner or child, or if our loved one’s passing was sudden or traumatic, or if we have suffered multiple losses. The aim of this supported retreat is to better equip us to deal with our life-changing loss. The focus of our retreats is on making the best of our life in the present. We will face up to some of the spiritual, emotional and practical challenges of our grief, and then look at ways to cope with our life as it is now.

We have 2-3 led sessions every day, depending on the duration of the retreat. These include explanations, reflection prompts, craft & creative activities, discussions, times of reflection and prayer, and listening to music or inspirational readings.

Besides the led sessions, there is time for personal reflection, handouts to work on individually, as well as the opportunity for participants to have individual prayer with retreat leaders if you wish. A selection of relevant books are made available to read during the retreat.

The topics we cover (depending on the duration of the retreat and the needs of the participants) include:

  • Understanding grief, the physical, practical and emotional impact of loss, and a Christian perspective on grief.
  • Living with loss, models of recovery, complicated grief, crises of faith, dealing with our emotions.
  • Honouring the memories of our loved ones, reflective activities, digital legacy.
  • Survival strategies for our life today, being kind to ourselves, getting through difficult times.

RETREAT FAQs – visit this link

WHAT HAPPENS AT A RETREAT?

This post from our retreat at Launde Abbey in February 2018 gives a fairly good idea.

COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS

It wasn’t what I thought it would be – it was BETTER.

The sessions were very helpful and gave me hope.

“I thought Abi led the sessions with sensitivity and compassion. It was obvious she had ‘been there’. I liked how she shared her story.

The sessions were well researched, delivered and well paced.

This was a first class retreat which I found extremely helpful. I will definitely do part 2.

A bit of crafting – with a focus on process rather than product.

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The view from our meeting room at Lee Abbey. Spectacular!
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Candlelighting remembrance and prayer
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The reason for these cups becomes evident during the retreat

2019 – COMPLETED RETREATS

It is possible that any of the following retreats may be repeated in 2020, depending on demand. So if you see a topic and/or location that you’d like to visit, drop us a line and we can add that into our decision-making about further retreats.

CHRISTIANS BEREAVED BY SUICIDE


A Living with Loss retreat at the Greenhouse Christian Centre, Poole, Dorset

  • Friday – Sunday – 18 – 20 January 2019
  • Weekend retreat in Poole, Dorset
  • LAUNDE ABBEY – Leicestershire

Living With Loss

  • 18 – 22 February 2019
  • 5 Day retreat in the East Midlands

THE BRIERY RETREAT CENTRE – Ilkley, Yorkshire

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LIVING WITH LOSS

  • Friday 22 – Sunday 24 March 2019
  • Weekend retreat (Friday late afternoon-Sunday afternoon)

WEEKEND DAY WORKSHOP – Ashtead, Surrey

  • 29 and 30 June 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Non-residential 2-day workshop – starts 10:00 am, finishes 4:30 pm each day
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