18th – 22nd September
Linda Birch and Trevor Pitt: Painting and Reflection; Job Well Done: Interpreting the Book of Job *Now Fully Booked*
Monday 10.00am to Friday 10.00am: Full Board
This Retreat will investigate the character of Job as portrayed in the Bible and in the Quran, and will explore some of the many artistic and literary interpretations of the various stories associated with this mysterious figure. In particular we shall look at two artists who gave special attention to Job in their paintings, Roger Wagner and William Blake.
The wide range of motifs in the Book of Job relating to the creation, the natural world and the animal kingdom will provide plenty of opportunity to explore the countryside around Rydal Hall for walks and plein air painting.
As usual, the shared experience will consist of daily worship, illustrated talks on the theme and painting sessions with plenty of space for relaxation and social time. Everyone will be free to join activities as they wish.
9th – 13th October
Bill Merrington: ‘My journey with grief’
Monday 4.00pm arrival to after lunch on Friday: Full Board £415.00pp
A time to reflect and adjust to the losses in our lives. Bill is a priest, psychologist and bereavement specialist. He is author of a number of books on pastoral care, counselling and bereavement.
The retreat is focused on those who seek to work through issues relating to their loss. It is an opportunity to learn about how grief impacts on life, reflect upon the journey of grief, learn about how people get stuck and fail to move on. The retreat will provide a chance to safely share with others, explore creative ways to express grief, to have space to reflect and explore the beauty of the Lake District. There will also be the opportunity to talk to Bill one to one. ‘My hope is that in a safe environment, it will allow us to all to reflect, heal and take steps forward on our personal journey.’
16th October 2017
Developing Healing Ministry
The Father and His two Lost Sons – a Healed Relationship
10am-1pm *NOW FULLY BOOKED*
Jesus told the parable of the prodigal son to illustrate the extravagant love of God the Father. In this session we will explore what stops us and others from experiencing the Father’s love. And how can we feel secure in the Father’s love? We minister to others from that place of security and help others experience the Father’s heart of love.
This is one of a series of seminars for those who are involved in healing and pastoral ministry, including Readers, Local Lay Ministers, prayers ministry teams, pastoral carers and hospital visitors. The aim of these sessions is to increase your knowledge and understanding of healing and to help you to develop your skills and abilities in ministering healing to others in a variety of different contexts and situations.
The sessions will be led by Dr Alison Fleetwood, Diocesan Healing Adviser, and Dave & Judy Sharps.
Cost £10; £15 with sandwich and fruit lunch afterwards.
30th October – 3rd November
Painting Course by Robert Dutton using mixed media *NOW FULLY BOOKED*
2.30pm Monday to after breakfast Friday: Full Board
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6th- 10th November
Icon Painting with Revd. Chris Perrins
10.00am Monday to after lunch on Friday: Full Board and all course materials
24th – 26th November
Alison Adam: Songs and Worship of Iona
Friday 4pm to Sunday after lunch: Full Board
Christmas at Rydal Hall
23rd – 27th December
Fellowship, time for reflection and daily prayers and an optional series of short meditations.
Accommodation, dinner, bed and breakfast throughout your stay, and traditional full board on Christmas Day.
These days are held throughout the year on the first Thursday of each month, (except Jan and Aug).
They offer individuals a brief oasis of space in busy lives to reflect upon the spiritual life and to pray in the peace and beauty of Rydal. The day will commence with coffee at 9.30am and conclude with tea at 4.00pm. The cost per person, including a simple lunch and refreshments, is £25.00.
Karl Möller – Song of Songs Quiet Day
There was a time in the history of the church when the Song of Songs, understood as an allegory about the love between God and the believer, used to be one of the most popular books in the Bible. Modern readers are more likely to adopt a literal reading that finds in the Song a celebration of human love and sexuality. Ironically, however, this has relegated this fascinating and important book to the margins of the Bible.
On this Quiet Day, we will be exploring how we might pray with the Song of Songs, looking at how it helps us to awaken to the beauty of nature, delight in the beauty of the body, lament the widespread scorning of Eros in our Christian tradition, and cherish the desire that gives life. Apart from some input from Karl, there will be times for joint worship as well as for personal prayer and reflection at various times throughout the day.
Christine Pickering: ‘Praying with our whole selves’
A day of Maranatha Yoga offering time and space to reconnect with ourselves and with God. We will be guided gently through movements, postures and sequences that portray spiritual themes. They become the means to explore biblical teachings and to pray in ways that engage body, mind and spirit. The purpose is to prepare us for a period of silence together in Christian Meditation (in the tradition of The World Community for Christian Meditation, founded on the teaching of John Main).
Joan Wager: How many loaves are enough? –
The contemporary relevance of a well-known story for ourselves and our world. We are challenged daily by the immensity of need in our world – it can be overwhelming. What does the story of the feeding of the 5000 have to say that can help us? We shall spend some time reflecting together on the miracle, and how it – and the image of bread- can guide and enrich our reaction to the world around us. There will be times of space and silence in both morning and afternoon, with some material provided to stimulate our personal thinking and reflection. The day will conclude with a liturgy to reflect the concepts of ‘feeding’ and ‘sharing’.
This programme will be updated as and when we have more details.
If you would like further information on any of the events or to make a booking please contact the Bookings Team at Rydal Hall Tel: 015394 32050 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4