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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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 8-5:00 pm - February 10-2:00 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 11-9:30 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 20-5:00 pm - February 24-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 3-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 6-5:00 pm - March 10-10:00 am
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 10-9:30 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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Refreshing Preaching Day

March 11-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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, Durham University.

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Quiet Fridays in Lent

March 17-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 24-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 25-10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 - April 2
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 31-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 2-5:00 pm - April 7-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 7-9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£20

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

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Spring Ramble

April 26-9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 17-5:00 pm - May 18-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 29-5:00 pm - June 1-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 - July 6
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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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 17-5:00 pm - July 21-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 23-5:00 pm - July 27-2:00 pm
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 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 - August 6
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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Free

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

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Week in the Country

August 7-5:00 pm - August 13-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 - September 17
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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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 27-9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 - October 12
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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 18-2:00 pm - October 20-2:00 pm
Shepherds Dene, Shepherds Dene
Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF United Kingdom
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£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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