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Autumn Ramble

September 27-9:00 am - 3:30 pm

A 6-8 mile country walk, led by Jeremy, starting and finishing at Shepherds Dene and with prayerful reflections along the way. Breakfast, packed lunch and afternoon tea included. Sturdy footwear is advisable! Jeremy Chadd is Vicar of St. Chad’s, Sunderland.

Refugees Welcome?

September 29

A day of reflection and discussion that focuses on the reality of the refugee crisis and the church’s and society’s response. The Rt Revd Paul Butler is Bishop of Durham and co-chair of the National Refugee Welcome Board.

Creating the Freehand Celtic Knot and using it in prayer

October 9 - October 12

Learn how to create the Freehand Celtic Knot, using a technique developed over 20 years by Mary. Learn also how to use it in prayer and meditation. No experience necessary; all materials provided, but bring along favourite pencils, pens and papers if you wish. Mary Fleeson is a Christian and well-known visual artist. Her workshop, the Lindisfarne Scriptorium, is on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Mary’s creative expressions show the influence of early manuscripts and ancient calligraphy; her exuberant, bright…

Knitting, Crochet and Felting Retreat

October 18-2:00 pm - October 20-2:00 pm

Come along for chat and crafting, times of quiet and worship. There will be a swap-shop, rummage bin and informal skills-sharing. Early booking advised. For an application form and to book, please contact Revd Elizabeth Brown directly ( or on 01670 515556). Revd Elizabeth Brown serves as an NSM priest in the United Benefice of Bedlington, Cambois & Sleekburn in Newcastle Diocese. She is an experienced workshop and retreat leader and this will be her third crafting retreat at Shepherds…


October 23 - October 26

Follow in the footsteps of Jesus during this Autumn retreat, looking afresh at the Gospel stories in the Scriptures, in art, and in their setting in the Holy Land. There will be plenty of time to pray, to walk, to write, and to make your own art too (bring your own materials). David has been Bishop of Huntingdon since 2008, and has written on the Gospels and art and guided tours in the Holy Land.

Advent Preparation Time

November 20-5:00 pm - November 22-2:00 pm

A chance to spend a few days at Shepherds Dene, with time for personal reflection and study at your own pace. This retreat is aimed at working and retired clergy.

Light in the Shadow of Bereavement – Sharing the Journey

November 27-2:00 pm - November 29-2:00 pm

Time and space to remember, reflect and share; time for YOU and time to relax - an opportunity to meet other bereaved people in a beautiful and peaceful setting. There will be optional opportunities to be creative and to join in worship. Suitable for those who have been bereaved for six months or longer. Revd Janet Jackson is an Anglican priest and retired hospice Chaplain; Irene Mothersill is a retired hospice bereavement services coordinator and practitioner.

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