Retreats and events up to the end of 2017 are listed below. Among those who have kindly offered to lead retreats at Shepherds Dene in 2017 are: John Bell, Bishop John Packer, Bishop David Thomson and many of our regular retreat leaders.





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November 2017

Advent Preparation Time

November 20-5:00 pm - November 22-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£130

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.

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Light in the Shadow of Bereavement – Sharing the Journey

November 27-2:00 pm - November 29-2:00 pm
£170

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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January 2018

Refreshing Preaching Day

January 25, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£25

Stuck in a preaching rut? Lost for words? Feeling stale? This is your solution: a day designed to refresh, inspire and renew your preaching. Revd Dr Kate Bruce is Deputy Warden of Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham University.

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February 2018

Clergy Reading Week

February 5, 2018 - February 9, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£190

A week to catch up with your reading and preparation, to take time in a quiet space, become refreshed, revitalised and renewed. This week is aimed at working and retired clergy.

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Lent Quiet Day

February 16, 2018-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Revd Canon Vince Fenton, Area Dean, Stanhope Deanery£20 day or £95 for all 6

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Silent Lent Retreat: Lent with the Psalms

February 19, 2018 - February 23, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£299

The Psalms are a centuries-old travelling companion, showing how people of faith have longed and trusted, wondered and lamented, hoped and prayed. This retreat is designed to get to know them better and to discover how they can inspire us today. Michael was a parish priest and theological educator before spending nearly 30 years in cathedral ministry. He retired as Dean of Durham Cathedral in 2015 and is now Dean Emeritus of Durham.

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Lent Quiet Day

February 23, 2018-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Revd Canon Dagmar Winter, Rector of Hexham Abbey.£20 day or £95 for all 6

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March 2018

Relax with Colour

March 2, 2018 - March 4, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£225

You will reflect on how colour and essential oils can benefit you physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Individual treatments are available at additional cost. Barbara is an experienced practitioner in health and wellbeing treatments; Fiona is a well-regarded practitioner in colour therapy.

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Lent Quiet Day

March 2, 2018-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Revd Rupert Kalus, Advisor for Spirituality, Durham Diocese.£20 day or £95 for all 6

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Lent Quiet Day

March 9, 2018-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Revd Sue Wilson, Associate Tutor with Lindisfarne RTP.£20 day or £95 for all 6

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Lent Quiet Day

March 16, 2018-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Father Jeroen Hoegland, Minsteracres.£20 day or £95 for all 6

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Lent Quiet Day

March 21, 2018-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Revd Mark Wroe, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Jesmond.£20 day or £95 for all 6

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April 2018

In the Footsteps of the Northern Saints

April 6, 2018 - April 12, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£545

A fascinating week, enjoying the beauty and spirituality of the North-East’s most sacred sites. We will spend a day at Romano-British sites on Hadrian’s Wall and also explore the rich heritage of the Northern Saints (Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald and Hilda), visiting Lindisfarne, Bamburgh, Whitby and Durham Cathedral.  Includes all transport. Please bring your National Trust/English Heritage cards with you, if you are a member. John, a retired Anglican priest, has led many tours to sacred sites in Northumberland and Scotland with his wife, Gina.  He is the author of ‘Cuthbert and the animals’.

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Spring Ramble

April 25, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£15

A chance to ramble through country lanes and vales surrounding Shepherds Dene. Usually a 6 - 8 mile ramble, we start the day with a bacon butty, and stop for a short Eucharist before our packed lunch. Prayerful reflections along the way. Sturdy footwear is advisable! Jeremy Chadd is Vicar of St Chad’s, Sunderland.

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May 2018

The Strange Silence of Biblical Women

May 16, 2018 - May 18, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£245

Despite God making men and women in the divine image, a common presumption of many believers is that it's really just the men that matter. Hence we know or hear a fair amount regarding Abraham, Moses, David, Pet Abraham, Moses, David, Peter and Paul, but not quite so much about the women in the Old and New Testaments. Their stories, in many cases, are much better but often untold. We'll correct the imbalance in this retreat. John Bell is a…

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Knitting and Crochet Retreat

May 28, 2018 - May 31, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£225

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. 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 fourth crafting retreat at Shepherds Dene.

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June 2018

Look at the Birds

June 10, 2018 - June 12, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£165

This retreat is unusual in combining quiet Christian worship, biblical reflections about birds and gently paced guided walks around Shepherd's Dene. It is ideal for complete beginners and will be a great opportunity to enjoy and identify song birds. Mark has been watching birds in Northumberland for more than 30 years, with over 20 years local experience as a bird guide and 15 years running birdwatching retreats. He is currently writing a book about birds in the Bible.

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Quiet Day in June

June 15, 2018-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Start 9.30 with coffee, ends 4pm after tea. Jonathan is Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Priest in Charge at St Gabriel’s, Heaton.

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Silent Retreat for Clergy Spouses

June 25, 2018 - June 28, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£195

A chance for spouses of clergy to rest, reflect, worship and pray together on this silent retreat.

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July 2018

Cross Stitch Week

July 1, 2018 - July 5, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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The 23rd year for this popular creative cross stitch course.  Suitable for both beginners and the more experienced, this is a great opportunity to develop your cross stitch skills in a supportive and relaxing atmosphere.  Barbara is a long-established cross stitch designer and teacher based in Riding Mill. For bookings, e-mail barbatwoodlands@hotmail.com

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Art & Photography week

July 22, 2018 - July 26, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£310

Another opportunity to relax, with time to explore drawing, painting and photography at any level. Expert help available should you need it. Paul is a retired Anglican priest, accomplished artist and photographer. Mary is a retired vicar and will be chaplain for the week.

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August 2018

A Week in the Country

August 10, 2018 - August 17, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£435

‘Castles in the Kingdom’: this year, the focus of our week will be castles across the ancient kingdom of Northumbria. We will visit Carlisle, Alnwick, Lindisfarne and Bamburgh and, closer to home, Aydon Castle at Corbridge. Sue is a theological educator and retired priest. Jane is Warden of Shepherds Dene.

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Friends’ Volunteer Weekend

August 17, 2018 - August 19, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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A chance for friends to stay for the weekend in return for help in the house and grounds. A popular and sociable weekend!

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Individually Guided Retreat

August 20, 2018 - August 24, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£375

Experienced spiritual directors, Stephen and Bridget, will accompany you on a silent, guided retreat, meeting with you daily in a one-to-one session. There will be plenty time for quiet reflection in the peaceful surroundings. The retreat finishes after lunch on Friday 24th. Revd Stephen Herbert is Vicar of Byker, Newcastle and Coordinator of Mission Initiative Newcastle East (MINE). Bridget Hewitt has an interest in Christian Meditation and the contemplative tradition within Christianity.

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Rest and Relax

August 24, 2018 - August 26, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£210

Following last year’s success, we are holding another Rest and Relax weekend. Enjoy a variety of activities designed to help you relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings. Why not extend your stay until Monday afternoon for a total cost of £300? You’re worth it! Individual treatments also available at extra cost. Barbara is an experienced practitioner in health and wellbeing treatments; Fiona is a well-regarded practitioner in colour therapy.

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September 2018

Autumn Ramble

September 26, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£15

A chance to ramble through country lanes and vales surrounding Shepherds Dene. Usually a 6 – 8 mile ramble, we start the day with a bacon butty, and stop for a short Eucharist before our packed lunch. Prayerful reflections along the way. Sturdy footwear is advisable! Jeremy Chadd is Vicar of St Chad’s, Sunderland.

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October 2018

Knitting and Crochet Retreat

October 10, 2018 - October 12, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£180

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. 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 fourth crafting retreat at Shepherds Dene.

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November 2018

The Birth and Death of the Holy One

November 5, 2018 - November 9, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£299

In this retreat we’ll explore the power and the vulnerability of the incarnation and the cross. We will consider how we live them out in our own faith through the Bible, spiritual reflection, art, poetry, music, story and prayer, to be renewed in our appreciation of the 'wideness of God's mercy'. Some periods of silence. John is a well-known author, formerly Bishop of Jarrow and Bishop of Oxford. He is now retired and is Assistant Bishop of Durham.

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Advent Preparation Time

November 26, 2018 - November 28, 2018
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£130

A chance to spend time at Shepherds Dene for personal reflection and study at your own pace. This week is aimed at working and retired clergy.

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