For a long time I’ve felt that the ideal rhythm to a year would be a retreat in the spring, to wake up from the slumber of winter and really attune to the energies of the season, and then another retreat in the autumn, to prepare for the turning-in of our lives in the coming winter.
This year I’ve finally managed to organise this in two very special spots in the local landscape here in southern England. In the spring a group of us will be meeting in Bosham, a lovely village near Chichester, beside a village that floods twice a day with the tide. And for the autumn I’ve chosen an equally beautiful place: Fintry House in Surrey, which you can glimpse in the attached video.
There are a couple of places left on the spring retreat, 10 – 12 April, and you can find details here.
And there are plenty of places available on the autumn retreat, 4-7 October, which I’m calling ‘The Mystic Garden and the Sanctuary of the Heart.’ Fintry Retreat House is set in beautiful countryside in the Surrey Hills with woodland walks and extensive views across the landscape. The atmosphere of the house and grounds is perfectly suited to this contemplative retreat, during which there will be time for poetry and conversation about the spiritual life, and time for individual reflection, interspersed with healing and restorative meditations and exercises drawn from psychology and the wisdom traditions. You are warmly invited! More details here.