Two weekend retreats for women to journey deeply with other women who desire to live fully.
April 24th to 26th, & December 4th to 6th, 2020
with Facilitator Valerie Allen
What opens us to embracing life? What prevents us? What in the
Christian tradition leads us to wholeness and well being? What
reinforces our experiences of brokenness or oppression?
HerSpace is for women who long for creative community, who yearn to better integrate all aspects of their lives, who are open to fresh perspectives, who seek inclusive ritual and who want to tap into their deeper spiritual selves
Each Weekend will balance time for reflection and creative expression with time to breathe deeply and enjoy the beauty of our surroundings. Over the two retreats we will use different creative media, wellness practices or simple movement to explore the themes – integrating body, mind and spirit. We will draw wisdom and inspiration from biblical, historical and contemporary women.
A Woman’s Eyes Using a feminist lens we will ponder afresh the personal and sacred stories that have shaped our lives, seeking that which is life-giving. Feminism, in this context, is simply looking at life and faith through a woman’s eyes.
Often in our patriarchal world men’s voices are privileged over women’s. In these retreats we will privilege women’s poetry, stories, theology and creative expression. We will draw wisdom and inspiration from
biblical, historical and contemporary women.
Journeying Together HerSpace is an invitation to journey with others so that we can build relationships that allow us to go a little deeper. We will hold each other gently and compassionately. Our desire is for each weekend to become a space in which we feel safe and able to trust one another with our stories and experiences. The hope is you will want to participate in both weekends, but this may not be possible for everyone.
Valerie Allen Facilitator:
Valerie is a retreat leader and spiritual companion. She has a particular interest in women’s spirituality and creating spaces in which women can meet, share and be spiritually nurtured and empowered.
Valerie is committed to wholeness and justice, She dabbles in music and photography, and loves mountains and wild places. Story, symbol, stillness, creativity, colour and sunlight feed her spirit. She is a member of the Iona Community.
24th—26th April 2020 Life’s inevitable knocks or inner voices that cause you to question yourself: What helps cultivate resilience? We will explore our inner resources. We will listen to wisdom from the Bible and the Desert Mothers.
4th—6th December 2020 What new song is stirring in your heart? How does your soul magnify God?
In this Advent season we will ponder these questions with Mary’s Magnificat as our companion.
For retreat including full board:
£186: single ensuite bedroom, with sea view
£180 : single ensuite bedroom, with wood land view
£176: standard single bedroom with sea view
£92: Includes all lunches & dinners
Deposit due at booking £50 (non refundable)
Balance: Due four weeks before retreat