Here are some of the highlights that we would like to share with you.
A New Year with New Opportunities
Nancy Adams is returning in June to provide a 5 day Workshop on ‘Weathering Well: Growing Older gracefully into Spiritual Elderhood’. Following last Autumn’s successful ‘HerSpace’ weekend retreat for women, Valerie Allen will be leading two further retreats:
‘HerPower’ in March and ‘HerBeauty’ in June.
Please look at our website for more information about all the events on our programme, and don’t delay in getting in touch if something appeals to you – some of our really organised friends have already booked to stay with us in 2018, and we are also seeing an increase in new enquiries from people!
The Challenges Ahead
Whilst we are grateful for all the blessings that we have received – and continue to receive – we are also very mindful of the various challenges we continue to face in keeping our small retreat house open and available to everyone. It is a constant struggle for us to keep our costs at a reasonable level – we want as many people as possible who want to come here to be able to do so – but financial viability remains an ongoing concern. We are very grateful to many of you who support us through regular giving, both financially and otherwise, however the Board of Trustees will need to spend a significant part of this year addressing our financial future and staffing needs. We hope to develop our “Friends of the Coach House” network, and produce a leaflet to encourage some of our supporters to think about leaving a legacy where possible. A major item on the agenda will be to look at how we might be able to develop The Steadings. We will endeavour to keep you informed of ongoing developments as they progress, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you think that you can help us.
We firmly believe that our world needs places such as the Coach House, and it is a privilege and a delight for us to be able to play a small part in
what this “Thin Place” seeks to offer. We offer you our sincere thanks for your ongoing support of the Coach House and its essential work, and we hope that we are able to welcome you here in the months to come.
we offer you this inspiring piece sent to us by a friend recently:
*Adapted from “The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear”, edited by Paul Rogat Loeb.
With blessings, David Sutton (Chairman) on behalf of the Board of Trustees