A series of three weekend retreats for women to journey deeply with other women
who desire to live fully.
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?
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
will balance time for reflection and creative expression with time to breathe deeply and enjoy the beauty of our surroundings. Over the three 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 the lens of feminist theology and spirituality 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 a way of looking at life and faith which asks: What enables women to flourish and what holds them back?
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 all three weekends, but this may not be possible for everyone.
Valerie Allen is a retreat leader and spiritual companion who is passionate about people, wholeness and justice. She dabbles in music, photography, poetry and movement. She loves mountains, wild places and Munro bagging with her husband and Flat Coated retriever. Story, symbol, stillness, creativity, colour and sunlight feed her spirit. She is a member of the Iona Community.
27th-29th October 2017 HerStory
We will reflect on our own stories and women who have influenced us.
9th – 11th March 2018 HerPower
We will explore our power and how to be true to ourselves.
1st—3rd June 2018 HerBeauty
We will celebrate our beauty and goodness as those who embody the image of God.
Per retreat/Full board: £158 – ensuite room with sea view
£155 – Ensuite bedroom with garden view
£150 – Standard room with seaview
Non -residential:£75 – Includes lunch & dinner
– Deposit due at booking £50 (non refundable)
Balance: Due four weeks before retreat