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October 2016

Using Humour and Story-telling to share our Christian Faith with Canon John Sinclair

October 3, 2016-5:00 pm - October 5, 2016-1:00 pm
£149

Why not join us for an inspiring couple of days with Canon John Sincliar, as he explores how we can share our faith using humour and story-telling? The course begins at 5pm on Monday 3rd October and ends after lunch on Weds 5th October and includes all meals, coffee, tea and our celebrated cakes and biscuits! The price is £149 (and we can offer a hardship bursary - please contact the warden, Jane Easterbyto discuss this further). John is Redidentiary…

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Coming Home to Ourselves: the challenge of Christian Meditation in a confusing world

October 8, 2016-9:30 am - 3:30 pm
£35

Bridget Hewitt leads this day, which will focus on Christian meditation: we will think about the context of our lives in today's world and how the prayer of silence may help to restore a sense of harmony in life that often feels out of control. Christian meditation has been the backdrop of Bridget's life for the past 25 years and she is particularly interested in the contemplative tradition within Christianity. No previous experience of silent prayer is necessary - we are…

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November 2016

Christmas Study Day a

November 25, 2016-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
£20

A day aimed at those working with young children. Ruth has spent many years exploring and sharing meaningful ways of celebrating Christmas.

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Light in the Shadow of Bereavement – Sharing the Journey

November 28, 2016-5:00 pm - November 30, 2016-2:00 pm
£165

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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December 2016

Regional Gathering for Retired Clergy

December 6, 2016-11:00 am - 2:00 pm

An opportunity to meet with our Bishop and Archdeacon, to listen, discuss, question, worship and eat together. If you can't make one date, book in with your diary for another. A formal invitation will be sent as the date approaches. Tues 29 Nov 11.00am - 2.00pm Alnwick: St Michael's Hall Tues 6 Dec 11.00am - 2.00pm Shepherds Dene Thurs 15 Dec 11.00am - 2.00pm at Church House in Percy Main

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February 2017

Following the Green Heart of the Snowdrop

February 8, 2017-5:00 pm - February 10, 2017-2:00 pm
Free

{title:linked} In this retreat, we will look at what is green and growing in our hearts as the earth re-awakens. We will spend silent time with earth air wind and fire, using the elemental outside spaces and the warmth of the house. You may bring your own creative materials eg paints, writing etc. There will be time in the Chapel which will be Celtic, contemplative and embodied. Tess is an Anglican priest and writer of prayers and liturgies, including her…

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Felt Labyrinth-Making day

February 11, 2017-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
£30

Explore the spirituality of the Labyrinth by walking the Shepherds Dene Labyrinth with Miranda and make your own felt labyrinth. Materials provided Miranda is Area Dean and Vicar of  St Mary Magdelene, Belmont and St Laurence, Pittington.

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Clergy reading week

February 20, 2017-5:00 pm - February 24, 2017-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£185

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

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March 2017

Quiet Fridays in Lent

March 3, 2017-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

Revd Lesley Chapman Adviser for Spirituality, Newcastle Diocese £20 day or £95 for all 6

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‘Lent through Hymns and their Authors’ – Silent Lent Retreat

March 6, 2017-5:00 pm - March 10, 2017-10:00 am
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£285

John Packer has been an honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Newcastle since retiring as Bishop of Ripon and Leeds in 2014. He writes, ‘Hymns are an underrated spiritual resource in the church. We sing them frequently and have our favourites, but rarely pay close attention to their origin and what they are saying. In this week we will explore, sing and pray through hymns often sung in Lent, to renew our own spirituality through their message and the…

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Quiet Fridays in Lent

March 10, 2017-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

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

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Refreshing Preaching Day

March 11, 2017-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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, Durham University.

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Quiet Fridays in Lent

March 17, 2017-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

Revd Canon Clare Maclaren Canon for Music and Liturgy, Newcastle Cathedral £20 day or £95 for all 6

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Quiet Fridays in Lent

March 24, 2017-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

Revd Canon Judy Hirst Local Church Growth and Development Adviser, Durham Diocese £20 day or £95 for all 6

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The Pilgrimage of the Suffering Soul

March 25, 2017-10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

On the feast of the Annunciation and at the heart of Lent you are invited to join Peter and Anne for this day of prayerful and poetic reflections. Peter will reflect on the journey of Mary to the cross of her Son. Anne will present personal and poetic reflections from her recent book ‘Bread and Stones: Genesis of a soul’. There will be opportunities for silence, journalling and contemplative conversations around the theme of the suffering soul. At the heart…

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Relax with Colour

March 31, 2017 - April 2, 2017
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£210

A relaxing weekend with Fiona and Barbara, reflecting on how colour and essential oils can be used for any problem whether, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual and for relaxation therapy. Holistic therapies will also available at an additional cost, to be booked in advance.

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Quiet Fridays in Lent

March 31, 2017-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

The Venerable Peter Robinson Archdeacon of Lindisfarne £20 day or £95 for all 6

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April 2017

Northern Saints Pilgrimage

April 2, 2017-5:00 pm - April 7, 2017-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£495

Follow in the footsteps of the Northern Saints, visiting Heavenfield, near Hexham (the site of Oswald’s battle), Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Bamburgh to see the castle of St Oswald and the shrine of St Aidan and Durham Cathedral, the shrine of St Cuthbert. Join Jane Easterby, Warden of Shepherds Dene and local experts, on this fascinating exploration of our Christian heritage.

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Quiet Fridays in Lent

April 7, 2017-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

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

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Spring Ramble

April 26, 2017-9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£15

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.

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May 2017

‘Reclaiming the Bible’

May 17, 2017-5:00 pm - May 18, 2017-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£245

John Bell reflects on how to enable lay people to feel comfortable with the Bible. He will explore and develop strategies of reading and sharing the Bible, which are different from more ‘cerebral’ approaches. John Bell is a member of the Wild Goose Resource Group. He is a renowned hymn-writer and broadcaster, working for the renewal of congregational worship at grass-roots level.

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Knitting, Crochet and Felting Retreat

May 29, 2017-5:00 pm - June 1, 2017-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£220

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 (lizzieegg@hotmail.co.uk 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…

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July 2017

Cross stitch week

July 2, 2017 - July 6, 2017
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom

The 22nd 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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Individually Guided

July 17, 2017-5:00 pm - July 21, 2017-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£365

Our team of experienced spiritual directors will accompany you on a silent, guided retreat, meeting with you daily in a one-to-one session. This individually guided retreat is tailored to provide personal direction: each day your retreat director meets with you to help reflect on and examine the ways in which God is working in your life. There will be time for quiet reflection in the peaceful surroundings of Shepherds Dene. Revd Stephen Herbert is Vicar of Byker, Newcastle and Co-ordinator…

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Art and Photography week

July 23, 2017-5:00 pm - July 27, 2017-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£310

Another opportunity to relax, with time to explore drawing, painting and photography at any level. Expert help available should you need it. Paul Judson is former Director of Communications for Durham Diocese and is an accomplished artist and photographer. Mary Judson is a retired vicar from Durham Diocese and will be chaplain for the week.

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August 2017

Friends weekend

August 4, 2017 - August 6, 2017
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
Free

A weekend of volunteering in the house and grounds. Free of charge.

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Week in the Country

August 7, 2017-5:00 pm - August 13, 2017-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£345

A chance to chill and relax or explore Hadrian’s Wall country. We will spend time walking a section of Hadrian’s Wall and will travel through the scenic Tyne Valley to the city of Carlisle, established by the Romans, primarily to serve the forts on Hadrian’s Wall. In the 12th century, King Henry I allowed the founding of a religious establishment, later making the town a diocese, and thus making the Priory into a Cathedral. Audrey is House-for-duty priest at St…

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September 2017

Godly Play Weekend

September 15, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
Free

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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Autumn Ramble

September 27, 2017-9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£15

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.

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Refugees Welcome?

September 29, 2017
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

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.

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October 2017

Creating the Freehand Celtic Knot and using it in prayer

October 9, 2017 - October 12, 2017
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£325

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…

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Knitting, Crochet and Felting Retreat

October 18, 2017-2:00 pm - October 20, 2017-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£175

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 (lizzieegg@hotmail.co.uk 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…

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Footsteps

October 23, 2017 - October 26, 2017
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£250

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.

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November 2017

Advent Preparation Time

November 20, 2017-5:00 pm - November 22, 2017-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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, 2017-2:00 pm - November 29, 2017-2:00 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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December 2017

Eucharist

December 5, 2017-9:15 am - 9:45 am
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom

On Tuesday 5th December at 9.15 am, in the chapel at Shepherds Dene and is followed by coffee and biscuits. The celebrant in December is Revd Lesley Chapman, Area Dean and Priest-in-charge of St. James, Riding Mill.  All are welcome to attend.

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January 2018

Refreshing Preaching Day

January 25
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - February 9
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 16-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - February 23
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 23-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - March 4
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 2-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£20

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

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Lent Quiet Day

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

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

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Lent Quiet Day

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

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

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Lent Quiet Day

March 21-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - April 12
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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

‘Look at the Birds’ 3 day retreat organised by Even Sparrows

May 14-6:00 pm - May 16-1:30 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom

2 spaces left

10% discount for last minute bookings for this retreat

Jesus told his followersto‘look at the birds’ and learn about God’s love by seeing how they are provided for. 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 identify singing birds at the best time of year for enjoying birdsong.

Mark has been watching birds in Northumberland for more than 30 years, has over 20 years local experience as a bird guide and 15 years of running birdwatching retreats. He is currently writing a book about birds in the Bible

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The Strange Silence of Biblical Women

May 16 - May 18
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - May 31
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - June 12
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 – Discover the Invitation

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

We live in a world which attaches great value to achievement. But those who love us, including God, love us for who we are, not what we do. This quiet day provides time to be with the One who loves us and brought us to life. It might be a time to do absolutely nothing. Or to sleep. Or to play. Perhaps it could be a time to discover the invitation? Come and see! 1:1 discussion time with Jonathan will…

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Silent Retreat for Clergy Spouses

June 25 - June 28
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - July 5
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom

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 - July 26
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - August 17
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - August 19
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom

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

available for our Individually Guided Retreat from Monday 20th August to Friday 24th August. Limited places available at a price of £180 (full board), to those who would not necessarily be able to afford to pay the full price of £375.  Retreat leaders will spend 30-40 minutes on a 1:1 with retreatants every morning and the retreat will take place in silence from mid-evening Monday until Friday morning. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time on your relationship with God…

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Rest and Relax

August 24 - August 26
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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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Northern Saints Pilgrimage

August 26-5:30 pm - August 31-12:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£499

Have you ever wanted to explore the fascinating Christian heritage of the Northern Saints? Why not join experienced guide, writer and theologian, Revd. John McManners, and discover Oswald, Aidan, Cuthbert and Bede for yourself? Visit the beautiful holy island of Lindisfarne, Durham Cathedral, Oswald’s castle and Aidan’s shrine at Bamburgh and stay in the peaceful surroundings of Shepherds Dene, in the Northumbrian countryside, near Hexham. Transport will be provided for visits and there will be some quiet time to relax and refl ect at Shepherds Dene. Places are…

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September 2018

Autumn Ramble

September 26
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - October 12
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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 - November 9
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
£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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Eucharist

November 6-9:15 am - 9:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 9:15am on day First of the month, repeating until December 4, 2018

Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom

Eucharist in the chapel at Shepherds Dene and is followed by coffee and biscuits.  All are welcome to attend.

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