Overview

At the Coach House we provide a range of residential and non residential retreats, also occasional courses, workshops and quiet days.

Individual retreats

Come to enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful setting to make a retreat, or simply to reflect, recuperate and be refreshed. There are many periods across the year when you may arrange to do this.

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Themed retreats

There are 4 retreats with different themes on certain dates across the year.

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WORKSHOPS
& COURSES

From half day sessions to weekend courses, there are a variety to choose from.

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Small Group Retreats

Small groups who share our ethos are welcome to come and make use of our facilities at certain times of the year.

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Meditation Group

A meditation group meets at the Coach House once a month in the afternoon. We usually meditate in our sanctuary which has beautiful views across the water.

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spiritual accompaniment

Spiritual Accompaniment is available for individuals by members of the team who have completed recognised training in this ministry.

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supervision

Supervision is available for those engaged in the ministry of Spiritual Accompaniment, for clergy and for pastoral workers.

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Individual retreats

Over the years many individuals from across the world have stayed with us for an individual retreat. Sometimes our guests simply want to enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful place and the hospitality that we can provide, to reflect, recuperate and refresh. They may choose to spend part or all of their time in silence. They might ask for some “listening time” with a member of the team. The choice is theirs, and we do our best to accommodate what is needed, including offering resources or materials to help them make best use of their time.

For other visitors their individual retreat time might follow a particular structure or programme that will normally be arranged in discussion with a team member in advance of their visit. Again, this more structured retreat might be partly or wholly in silence, depending on individual choice. It is more common however, for individuals who opt for this kind of retreat to meet with a team member on a regular basis during their stay.

Our small staff and volunteer team members come from a variety of traditions and have a wealth of life experience and training amongst them. Every team member shares a passion for the ethos and work of the Coach House and a deep commitment to his or her ongoing spiritual journey. Some members of the team are trained in providing spiritual accompaniment or a “listening ear” when required. Those members of the team who provide these specialised services engage in regular supervision and continuing personal development.

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It is a wonderfully nurturing and healing place….I always come away feeling restored.A guest's comment

Ignatian Individually guided retreat

Whatever length of stay you choose, you may be looking for a specifically Ignatian Retreat, which is based on the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises. Ignatian spirituality celebrates the divine love for creation and every individual. It offers prayerful ways of discernment and attentiveness to the Spirit of God’s love and grace at work within each individual. Resources offered on retreat usually include praying with Biblical Scriptures, and with the life of Jesus in particular, but poetry, other writings, dreams, art or clay may also be included if you so choose.
Please let us know if you require this type of retreat when you book so that your Spiritual Accompanier will be someone with appropriate training.
It is sometimes possible for the full Spiritual Exercises, which usually require 30 days on retreat, to be made in several shorter blocks of retreat time spread across one or two years. We also offer the retreat in daily life (19th Annotation) by arrangement with individuals.

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Themed retreats

At various times of the year we offer retreats on a particular theme.

Easter Retreat

April 13th to 16th, 2017
‘Looking at Love with Fresh Eyes’ Journeying with Jesus through the significant events of his Passion, Death and Resurrection. Led by Ruth Flockhart and Ian Bonner-Evans

Her space Retreat

October 27th to 29th ,
The first of three weekend retreats for women to journey
deeply with other women who desire fullness of life.
Facilitated by Valerie Allen

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Advent Retreat

December 8th to 10th

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Christmas

December 23rd to 27th
An opportunity for a quiet and peaceful Christmas, with an optional programme reflecting the true meaning of this festival.

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Small Group Retreats

Small groups who share our ethos are welcome to come and make use of our facilities at certain times of the year. In the past we have hosted events such as “Quiet Days” for clergy, and small group retreats for church congregations. On some occasions our team may lead or help support the retreat through providing particular input or offering a “listening ear”. On other occasions we may only be required to provide hospitality thereby allowing the small group leader(s) to concentrate on leading the group. Please contact us to discuss your particular requirements.
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WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

Ways to
Well Being

June 24th
A half day session led by Ian Bonner-Evans

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DYING HAPPENS
BE PREPARED

Sept 1st to 3rd
A workshop led by Nancy Adams

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Inviting Inspiration

October 14th to 15th
Some words and music for our Journey. A weekend led by Michael Hickford

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Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living

Facilitated by the Epiphany Group
4 residential weekends. November 2017 – May 2018
This course aims to help participants develop and deepen their experience of prayer and live more reflectively.

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