Kate is an experienced art tutor annually running a comprehensive programme of private art courses. She has taught groups internationally for painting holiday specialist Authentic Adventures, Solo’s Holidays and P & O Cruises.
She has also taught for Adult Education Colleges in Kendal and South Lakes, lectured at Blackburn and Carlisle FE Colleges and taught as a summer school tutor at Marlborough College.
Kate’s work has shown in a number of larger respected venues including The Royal Institute of Watercolour Artists, The Royal Watercolour Society, The Affordable Arts Fair, The Society of Women Artists and The Lakes Artists Society.Kate’s awards include:
2010 – The Rheged Award – The Lakes Artists Society.
2008 – The Windsor and Newton Choice Award – The Society of Women Artists
2005 – Portrait Award- Granada TV. Finalist-for TV programme “A Brush with Fame”
Read reviews from Kate’s courses at http://www.katebentley.co.uk/painting-workshops.
See testimonials on Kate’s courses at http://www.katebentley.co.uk/testimonials
|Linda Birch M.S.I.A.D.
Linda trained as a painter and book illustrator and has worked freelance on over 150 published books. She has also worked for BBC’s Jackanory series and also Bagpuss and The Clangers series. She is the author of several books on painting including The Indoor Artist (pub Harper Collins), Dynamic Watercolours (pub. David & Charles), You can paint Oils (pub Harper Collins) illustrator/co-author: Journey to Jerusalem, (with Trevor Pitt, pub. John Hunt) Drawing and Painting Animals ( pub. David & Charles). As a painter she has had numerous one-person shows and has exhibited at The Royal Watercolour Society (RWS)
She writes for, and reviews regularly, Leisure Painter magazine.
Linda teaches courses at The Bowes Museum Co. Durham and residential courses in The Lake District.
She is married to Trevor Pitt and is a Franciscan tertiary.
|The Revd Canon Trevor Pitt
Canon Trevor Pitt is an experienced parish priest and theologian. He studied in England and New York before ordination in 1970, since when, after parish ministry in Sheffield and Kent, he taught theology and liturgy at university level for thirty years in Canterbury and Durham. He has written and spoken widely on worship, preaching and spirituality in theological education. He published Journey to Jerusalem in 2001 in collaboration with Linda Birch, having led many study visits to the Holy Land. He now works ecumenically, in retirement, as a priest and Associate Methodist minister in his local parish and ecumenical partnership in County Durham.
|The Revd Christopher Perrins
Christopher Perrins is originally from Southport, and after reading Geology at Durham, had a career in accountancy in Liverpool.
He then went to St Stephen’s House theological college in Oxford and was ordained priest in 2003 and deacon in 2004, serving his title at Warrington Parish Church of St Elphin with St John’s Mission.
Following this he was been Team Vicar at St Aidan’s in the Walton-on-the-Hill Team, Liverpool.
Having always liked art in one form or another, he first painted an icon in 2005 at a course in Liverpool being given by Christi Paslaru, a Romanian iconographer. Since then he has been on a number of other courses and is currently in the third year of a Diploma in Iconography and Wall Painting run by The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
|The Revd Cameron Butland
Cameron has a lifelong interest in spirituality and relating this to everyday living. He is the author of ‘Work in Worship’, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1994, and the series of annual prayer books, ‘Our Daily Bread’ from 1990 to 2005. As a tutor and leader of contemplative prayer in the traditions of St Anthony of Egypt through to John Main, he has lead many groups in exploring spirituality. As a speaker and teacher, Cameron has had a considerable role in education. He is invited to speak regularly on topics relating to spirituality, church history and regularly runs courses on Celtic Spirituality. Presently he is parish priest of Grasmere and Rydal in Cumbria, as well as Chaplain to Rydal Hall.
Sue lives in the beautiful surroundings of the North Yorkshire Moors coastal villages of Staithes and Whitby. Fantastic scenery and contrast provides inspiration for Sue’s paintings. Working in contemporary/traditional styles, she likes to experiment with different subjects and effects, using strong use of colours and play of light. She exhibits in London and solo exhibitions at Washington Wild Life Centre, Danby Visitor Centre and the Pannett Gallery in Whitby.Sue has written several painting articles for Leisure Painter and The Paint magazines and is a professional member of Art Profile and Teaching Arts (SAA)
She teaches weekly art classes for Further Education, weekend workshops and residential holidays at Balmoral Castle, Scarborough, Missenden Abbey, Sardinia and Corsica. 2012 painting holidays include Menorca and Corsica. Sue also does demonstrations to Art Societies.
Visit: www.sueford.co.uk for more information.
|The Revd Canon Robert Williamson
Robert has been leading walking retreats at Rydal Hall for the past fourteen years. He is married to Sheilagh and has a son. Robert was a priest in the Diocese of Carlisle for many years and is now Vicar of St Cuthbert’s, Darlington. His hobbies are poetry, mountains, food and football. The first three are major parts of his walking retreats.
|The Revd John Dixon
John Dixon was born in Cumbria and has lived in the Lake District for a good part of his life. He is vicar of Hawkshead, Sawrey, Rusland and Satterthwaite, and lives in Hawkshead with his family. He has been involved in this Rydal Hall walking retreat for thirteen years.
David Burbidge has led harmony singing and community choirs in the Lake District for almost 20 years, including the Kendal community choir Lakeland Voices, the hillwalking singing group Lakeland Song line (which includes summer evening singing walks through the Lake District and longer 4 day mountain hikes doing concerts en route), and the Keswick Folk Chorale. He also runs a series of weekend and weeklong singing events through the year including Singing Settle-Carlisle with singing on trains and in stations, Folk Carols in the village of Dent, and a week on the island of Jura singing songs from Scotland in Gaelic and English. His passion for folk carols derives from many trips to Sheffield where he joins the pub carol sessions in villages surrounding the city. He lives on the banks of the river Clough near Sedbergh with his wife and 5 year old daughter – and also arranges choir tours in the Lake District and Slovenia where visiting singers from Sedbergh’s twin town meet local choirs and groups for workshops, song swaps, concerts, ceilidhs, walks and pub singing. Details of his community choirs can be found on his website www.lakelandvoice.co.uk