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April 2017

Quiet Fridays in Lent

April 7, 2017-10:30 am - 5:00 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, 2017-10:00 am - 4:30 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, 2017-6:00 pm - May 18, 2017-3:00 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, 2017-6:00 pm - June 1, 2017-3:00 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 7, 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, 2017-6:00 pm - July 21, 2017-3:00 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 7, 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, 2017-6:00 pm - August 13, 2017-3:00 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 18, 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, 2017-10:00 am - 4:30 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, 2017-3:00 pm - October 20, 2017-3:00 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 27, 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, 2018
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, 2018 - February 9, 2018
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, 2018-9:30 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, 2018 - February 23, 2018
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, 2018-9:30 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, 2018 - March 4, 2018
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, 2018-9:30 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, 2018-9:30 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, 2018-9:30 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, 2018-9:30 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, 2018 - April 13, 2018
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, 2018 - April 26, 2018
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, 2018-7:00 pm - May 16, 2018-2:30 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, 2018 - May 19, 2018
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, 2018 - June 1, 2018
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, 2018 - June 13, 2018
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, 2018-10:30 am - 5:00 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, 2018 - June 29, 2018
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, 2018 - July 6, 2018
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, 2018 - July 27, 2018
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, 2018 - August 18, 2018
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, 2018 - August 20, 2018
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, 2018 - August 25, 2018
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, 2018 - August 27, 2018
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, 2018-6:30 pm - August 31, 2018-1:00 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, 2018 - September 27, 2018
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, 2018 - October 13, 2018
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, 2018 - November 9, 2018
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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Advent Preparation Time

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

Eucharist

December 4, 2018-9:15 am - 9:45 am
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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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January 2019

Individually guided retreat (silent)

January 28, 2019-5:00 pm - February 1, 2019-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£295

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.

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February 2019

Knitting and Crochet retreat

February 5, 2019-5:00 pm - February 7, 2019-4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£185

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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Clergy & Readers Reading week

February 25, 2019 - March 1, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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FULLY BOOKED Quiet time for preparation and reflection. Email info@shepherdsdene.co.uk to be added to the waiting list.

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March 2019

Lent Quiet Day 8th March

March 8, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Attend all 6 Quiet Days for £110

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Silent Lent Retreat: Journeying into the heart of God

March 11, 2019 - March 15, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£295

This silent Lenten retreat will provide an opportunity for people to reflect on the often-challenging journey towards life in all of its fullness. The retreat will offer a number of practical and creative ways to engage with, and express, the 'inner' life of the heart and the 'outer' life in the world within a framework of worship and prayer.

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Lent Quiet Day 15th March

March 15, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Attend all 6 Quiet Days for £110

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Lent Quiet Day 22nd March

March 22, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Attend all 6 Quiet Days for £110

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Lent Quiet Day 29th March

March 29, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Attend all 6 Quiet Days for £110

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Calming Relaxation Weekend

March 29, 2019-4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£250

A weekend of deep relaxation using meditation, Reiki or reflexology, yoga and massage to improve your wellbeing.

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April 2019

Lent Quiet Day 5th April

April 5, 2019 - April 6, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Attend all 6 Quiet Days for £110

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Godly Play Weekend

April 5, 2019 - April 8, 2019
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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Lent Quiet Day 12th April

April 12, 2019 - April 13, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

Attend all 6 Quiet Days for £110

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May 2019

Spring Ramble

May 1, 2019-10:00 am - 4:45 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£15

See autumn ramble

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Pray with the birds

May 5, 2019-6:00 pm - May 7, 2019-5:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£165

Jesus told his followers to 'look at the birds' and learn about God's love by seeing how they are provided for. This retreat combines quiet Christian worship and biblical reflections about birds with gentle walks around Shepherds Dene to spot and identify singing birds. Mark has over 20 yearsÕ 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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Knitting and Crochet retreat

May 27, 2019-5:00 pm - May 30, 2019-5:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£245

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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June 2019

Exploring the second half of life: Tools, Tasks and Stories.

June 14, 2019-6:00 pm - June 16, 2019-3:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£180

The second half of life is rich with potential for discovery, growth and integration. In this weekend workshop, we will explore the experience of living in the second half of life, drawing on tools, tasks and stories which will help us to open up this area to deeper reflection and possibly lead to action and change. There will be opportunities for reflection, conversation, journalling and the sharing of stories and experiences. A favourite quotation of Peter’s is from Jung: ‘All…

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In the Steps of St Cuthbert

June 17, 2019-6:00 pm - June 20, 2019-3:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£385

Bishop David Thomson (recently retired Bishop of Huntingdon) is returning to Shepherds Dene from Monday 17th – Thursday 20th June  to lead an interesting and reflective retreat using photography to follow in the footsteps of St. Cuthbert. He will be joined by Revd. Steve Radley (Priest/Photographer) and the retreat will include a visit to Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Alnmouth, where tradition has it that Cuthbert was consecrated as Bishop of Lindisfarne), and Durham Cathedral.

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Clergy Spouses silent retreat

June 24, 2019-6:00 pm - June 26, 2019-5:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£210

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

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Cross stitch

June 30, 2019-6:00 pm - July 4, 2019-3:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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The 24th year for this popular creative cross stitch course. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills in a supportive and relaxing atmosphere. To book, please e-mail Barbara: barbatwoodlands@hotmail.co.uk

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July 2019

Revisiting the Miracles

July 15, 2019 - July 18, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£245

Some people believe them, some avoid them and some say they don't matter. But the miracles featured prominently in Jesus life. In discerning the differences between them, we may be able to see how they nurture rather than confuse our faith. Time TBC

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Art Week with Alan Reed

July 21, 2019-6:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£450

A chance to spend a relaxing week painting and drawing in and around the grounds of Shepherds Dene. This year, professional local artist Alan Reed and his wife, Susan, will be in residence to give helpful advice and to support the week through prayer for those who wish to attend.

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August 2019

A Week in the Country: Houses and Gardens of the North East.

August 5, 2019-6:00 pm - August 12, 2019-11:00 am
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£450

Join us on a relaxing week exploring houses and gardens in the North East of England. Visit Wallington House, Bowes Museum and the magnificent garden and water feature at the Alnwick Garden. Revd Dr. Sue Wilson will act as chaplain for the group.

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Rest and Relax

August 16, 2019-5:00 pm - August 19, 2019-5:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£315

Another opportunity to join this popular weekend. Indulge yourself in a range of activities designed to take away the strain and stress, in the beautiful surroundings of Shepherds Dene.

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September 2019

Autumn Ramble

September 25, 2019 - September 26, 2019
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£15

A chance to join a 6-8 mile gentle ramble around the countryside immediately surrounding Shepherds Dene. Starting with a bacon butty at 9am, we will stop for a short eucharist before a packed lunch, and finish back at Shepherds Dene for afternoon tea.

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October 2019

Time Wisdom – Quiet Day

October 16, 2019-10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£25

"Time management" is big business. This day is for those who want to gain a theological and spiritual perspective on time. We will look at what it means to be "busy" and how to prioritise amid the contested demands of ministry. Michael served as Dean in Sheffield and Durham Cathedrals before retiring in 2015. He has been a theological educator, a canon residentiary, and a parish priest in the Diocese of Newcastle. He lives with his wife in Northumberland and…

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Knitting and Crochet retreat

October 16, 2019-3:00 pm - October 18, 2019-5:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£185

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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Autumn Retreat – ‘Let the Rivers Flow  – finding ways to thrive when things feel dry.’

October 28, 2019-5:00 pm - November 1, 2019-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£295

We all experience arid patches in our life. These are not just moments of crisis but times when everyday life can feel hard, the going tough and our faith all too perfunctory. Looking back at these can sometimes be moments of real growth, even though at the time they were not easy to experience. It would be crass to suggest there are simple solutions or easy escape routes but maybe some reflections are worth having in our personal survival toolkits.  This retreat will…

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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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