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Residential Retreats 2020

Residential Retreats £130 Full Board


Mon 27th – Wed 29th January

‘Ageing with Grace: Spiritual Growth and the Second Half of Life’

Led by Katherine Froggatt and Hugh Kidd

During this retreat we will look at ageing as an opportunity to re-orientate and deepen our inner journey by exploring ‘What is God’s invitation as I get older?’ and ‘How might spiritual practices support my ageing?’. There will be input, space for reflection and prayer and an opportunity to share with others.


Mon 17th – Wed 19th February

‘A Long Obedience in the Same Direction’

Led by Ruth Hassall

As a society, we have become obsessed with our quest for the quick fix. But the time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same – a long obedience in the same direction. On this retreat come and be encouraged as 21st Century pilgrims as we learn to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community and blessing. (Based on the work of Eugene Peterson)


Mon 23rd – Wed 25th March

‘A Stay at Home Pilgrimage to the Holy Land’

Led by Archdeacon Mark Ireland

Have you ever longer to go to the Holy Land and see the sights that Jesus saw and walk in his footsteps, but couldn’t afford the cost or the time? Drawing on his recent pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan and Palestine, Archdeacon Mark invites you to share a virtual pilgrimage in words, pictures and music, all in the beautiful surroundings of Whalley Abbey.


Mon 11th – Wed 13th May

‘An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality’

Led by Donna Worthington

We will explore the life of the remarkable Saint Ignatius, enter into Ignatian discernment through film, experience Ignatian imaginative prayer and the Examen. We will also practise a contemplative way of the seeing the natural world through the poetry of the Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins.


Mon 8th – Wed 10th June

‘Journey in God’

Led by Rt Revd Cyril Ashton

Frances de Sales says, ‘After the journey to God there is a journey in God.’. A retreat to explore what it means to grow up into Christ, to continue the journey we have begun.


Mon 6th – Wed 8th July

‘Invitation to Retreat’

Led by Ruth Hassall

If you’ve never been on a retreat before, this retreat is designed for you! You’ll be guided through what a framework for retreat can look like, whilst having the opportunity to put it into practice.


Mon 14th – Wed 16th September

‘The Practise of the Presence of God’

Led by Donna Worthington

The delightful and humble Brother Lawrence gave us wonderful wisdom on prayer as part of our daily lives – we will explore his accessible and profound spirituality.


Mon 5th – Wed 7th October

‘Life after Death: Living well after bereavement’

Led by Mandy Stanton

Losing a spouse or a partner is hugely traumatic. Books and support may help with the immediate issues and feelings – but what happens later on? On this retreat we will explore together how to choose to live fully without the person we expected to grow old with.

NB The emphasis of this retreat is on moving forward after bereavement, so if your bereavement is recent (less than a year) this retreat may not be helpful to you.


Mon 9th – Wed 11th November

‘Through the Looking Glass’

Led by Canon Dr Patricia Impey

Kingdom reflections using pictures and icons.


Mon 7th – Wed 9th December

‘Waiting, waiting …’

Led by Revd Nick McKee and Ruth Hassall

A retreat exploring Advent as a season of waiting.

What's on

‘The Practise of the Presence of God’
14 September 2020

‘From a Garden to a City’
24 September 2020

‘Life after Death: Living well after bereavement’
5 October 2020

‘Authentic Christian Ministry from 2 Corinthians’
15 October 2020

‘Through the Looking Glass’
9 November 2020

‘Cross-Shaped Calling’
19 November 2020

‘Waiting, waiting …’
7 December 2020

‘Hearts Ready to Greet the Lord’
17 December 2020