I'm not terribly keen on the word retreat. In this sort of context, the word silent seems tag along. Also, it suggests a withdrawal, a getting away from something – whereas I prefer the idea that we are going to or into something. That said, I'm not sure how else to describe these events, and Retreats is in the menu because an alternative may be less self-evident. For now, I'm going with Encounter, but suggestions welcome!
I offer a variety of Encounters. So far they have been in or fairly near Cambridge, but if you'd like to do this somewhere else, let me know and we'll see what might be possible.
Each day or part-day usually includes both time indoors and time outside, time for conversation and time for being on our own. Here's an example programme, but any Encounter can be tailored to the setting and to the needs and interests of the group. Although I am working from within my own Christian experience, I make no assumption about the faith or experience of others, and the retreats are offered for people of all faiths or none.
The art of attending
God, creation and us – learning from Job
Awakening our senses and other ways of nurturing attention
Attending through art
Seeing through the work of nature poets, writers and artists
Discovering through making
Finding insight through our own words and pictures
Attending and connecting through walking
The cost of the day or part-day depends on the nature of the venue and arrangements. But I aim to work it out so it's acceptable for everyone.
"… an atmosphere of deep peace and listening"