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January 2020

Individually Guided Retreat

January 27 - January 31
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£299

A silent retreat with a 1:1 each morning with your spiritual guide for the week. An opportunity to reflect on how God is at work in your life. Starts 5pm on Monday, ends Friday after lunch. Clare is a Residentiary Canon at Newcastle Cathedral and Stephen is Priest in Charge of St Martin, Byker and St Anthony, Byker

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February 2020

Knitting and Crochet retreat

February 10-4:00 pm - February 12-4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£195

Come along for a chat and crafting, times of quiet and worship. There will be a swap-shop, rummage bin and informal skills-sharing. Early booking advised. Elizabeth is a popular and experienced workshop and retreat leader and her current ministry is as a hospital chaplain.

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Language Matters

February 15
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£25

A day with Kate Bruce for Preachers to reflect on their craft. Revd Kate Bruce is an RAF Chaplain. She was Deputy Warden and tutor in Homiletics at Cranmer Hall from 2013-18, and still teaches and researches in the area of preaching

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Clergy & Readers Reading week

February 17 - February 21
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£225

Quiet time for preparation and reflection.

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Lent Quiet Days

February 28-9:30 am - 3:45 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

Revd Judith Grieve £20 day or £100 for all 6

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Centering Prayer

February 29-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£25

This workshop is for those who may already be practising Centering Prayer, and also for those who are drawn to silent prayer and would like to explore further. Centering Prayer prepares us to awaken to the gift of contemplation and to Rest in God. Mel is a priest in the Diocese of York. She leads Quiet days and provides spiritual accompaniment to individuals. Mel is the Regional Contact for Contemplative Outreach in North Yorkshire and the North East.

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March 2020

Silent Lent retreat: Through all the changing scenes

March 2 - March 6
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£295

Join Bishop Mark as we reflect on lessons from the life of David as we journey through Lent.

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Lent Quiet Days

March 6-9:30 am - 3:45 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

Canon Peter Kenney£20 day or £100 for all 6

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Lent Quiet Days

March 13-9:30 am - 3:45 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

Canon Charlie Allen£20 day or £100 for all 6

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Lent Quiet Days

March 20-9:30 am - 3:45 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

Canon Christine Brown£20 day or £100 for all 6

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Lent Quiet Days

March 27-9:30 am - 3:45 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

Canon David Kennedy£20 day or £100 for all 6

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April 2020

Feed the Soul

April 3 - April 5
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£275

Allow yourself time and space to nurture your soul in beautiful surroundings. Enjoy delicious fully vegan cuisine during this relaxing weekend. Meditation, yoga, exploring essential oils and more. 1-1 Treatments can be arranged. An additional night’s stay is available if you would like to stay a little longer after the retreat. Led by Fiona Cox. Both Fiona and Barbara are experienced practitioners in health and wellbeing.

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Lent Quiet Days

April 3-10:30 am - 4:45 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

Revd Jeremy Chadd£20 day or £100 for all 6

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The Spirituality of the Psalms

April 14 - April 16
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£255

The Psalms, which we often see as an intermission between two Sunday readings, have a more profound significance. They were, and still are, one of the foundations of Jewish spirituality. In this retreat we will explore how they can enliven our own devotional life and belief. John Bell is a member of the Wild Goose Resource Group and Iona Community. He is a world recognised hymn writer and broadcaster working for the renewal of congregational worship at grass roots level.

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Spring Ramble

April 29-8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom

Join us for a 6-8 mile gentle ramble around the countryside surrounding Shepherds Dene. Starting with a bacon butty at 9am, we will stop for a short eucharist before a packed lunch, finishing back at Shepherds Dene for afternoon tea. Jeremy Chadd is Vicar of St Chad’s Sunderland .

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May 2020

Godly Play Weekend

May 1 - May 3
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£230

Time and space to reflect and explore, through the media of story, wondering, creative resources and silence. Trained spiritual direction available. Mary and Rachel are both trainers for Godly Play UK. For further details,contact Mary on cooper.mary@blueyonder.co.uk

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Knitting and Crochet retreat

May 25-5:00 pm - May 28-5:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£255

Come along for a chat and crafting, times of quiet and worship. There will be a swapshop, rummage bin and informal skills-sharing. Starts 4pm Monday ending Thursday 4pm. Early booking advised. Elizabeth is a popular and experienced workshop and retreat leader; she works halftime as a hospital chaplain.

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June 2020

Clergy Spouses Silent Retreat

June 22 - June 24
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£230

A chance for spouses of clergy to rest, reflect, worship and pray together on this silent retreat. Starts Monday 5pm ends Wednesday 4pm.

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Finding Value – for what I’m worth

June 30-10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£15

A reflective retreat day in a week of anniversaries of ordination for many. We will consider our calling afresh in the light of the value of our ordinations. Revd Rachel Hudson is Advisor in Counselling and Wellbeing for Newcastle Diocese and passionate about helping others integrate their life and ministry in a healthy way.

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July 2020

Cross Stitch Week

July 12 - July 16
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£315

The 25th year for this popular creative course. It is a great opportunity to develop your skills in a supportive and relaxing atmosphere. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced. Barbara is a long-established cross stitch designer and teacher based in Riding Mill.

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Art Week

July 20 - July 23
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£460

Spend a relaxing week painting and drawing in and around the grounds of Shepherds Dene. Weather permitting, there will be a painting trip out to nearby Corbridge. This year, professional local artist Alan Reed will be in residence to give helpful advice and to support the week through prayer. Alan Reed is a watercolour artist. His paintings have been exhibited worldwide: in the UK, Italy, the US and Middle East.

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August 2020

Nurture the Spirit

August 14 - August 16
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£275

Join us to explore spirituality and what it means to you personally. Another opportunity to enjoy delicious vegan cuisine. Take part in various exercises to identify what nurtures and lifts your own spirit. meditations, yoga and more. Ends Sunday 4pm. Led by Fiona Cox. Fiona and Barbara are experienced practitioners in health and well-being. 1-1 treatments can be arranged.

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Northern Saints Pilgrimage

August 16 - August 22
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£495

Over four days of coach tours we visit Roman Wall country and Vindolanda, Lindisfarne and Bamburgh, Inner Farne and Beadnell, Bewcastle, Ruthwell and Hexham. In visiting these beautiful sacred sites we explore the early church in the North and its saints. There are linking talks and commentaries as we travel. All meals, including packed lunches, are provided and the price includes entry and boat fees. John and Gina McManners have led many pilgrimages in the North and in Scotland. John…

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A Week in the Country: Cathedrals and churches of the North East

August 21 - August 28
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£465

Join us for a relaxing week in the country and visit England’s most northerly cathedrals of Carlisle, Durham and Newcastle. Revd Dr Sue Wilson will act as chaplain for the group. She is a theological educator and retired priest.

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September 2020

Autumn Ramble

September 30-9:00 am - 3:45 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£15

Join us for a 6-8 mile gentle ramble around the countryside surrounding Shepherds Dene. Starting with a bacon butty at 9am, we will stop for a short eucharist before a packed lunch, finishing back at Shepherds Dene for afternoon tea. Jeremy Chadd is Vicar of St Chad’s Sunderland .

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October 2020

Knitting and Crochet retreat

October 12-5:00 pm - October 15-5:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£190

Come along for a chat and crafting, times of quiet and worship. There will be a swapshop, rummage bin and informal skills-sharing. Starts 4pm Monday ending Thursday 4pm. Early booking advised. Elizabeth is a popular and experienced workshop and retreat leader; she works halftime as a hospital chaplain.

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The Theology of Priesthood

October 20-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£25

Austin Farrer once asked, ‘when we come down to the essentials what is a priest?’ During the day we will engage with this question drawing upon the rich theologies of our Anglican tradition and its liturgies. The Revd Dr Jennifer Cooper is Director of IME2 in the Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham and was for 10 years Academic Dean and Tutor in Theology at Mirfield.

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November 2020

‘Moving on in faith and love’

November 9 - November 13
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£295

Sometimes it feels as if our faith is marking time, ok but not particularly exciting. In this week we'll be looking at how to go further and deeper in prayer, using the Bible, belonging to a church, and living well before God. We'll be using talks, stories, poetry, music, art and more. Bishop John Pritchard was Bishop of Jarrow and then Bishop of Oxford before retiring to North Yorkshire in 2014. He is now an Honorary Assistant Bishop in Durham…

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