Retreats

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If you’re looking for a safe space to explore your grief, then you may find it helpful to come to one of the Living with Loss Retreats that I am leading.

These are gentle retreats for people of all ages who have suffered loss through bereavement. They are faith-based from a Christian perspective, but not theological. We journey together for a few days, exploring our loss and how we can continue our life’s journey.

(So far all the retreats are in the UK although I am open to new venues elsewhere, if invited)

Page down or Click here for more details about the content of the retreats

Download a printable PDF with list of Retreats 2017-2018

 

THE GREENHOUSE CHRISTIAN CENTRE

Monday September 18 – Friday Sep 22, 2017  

5 DAY RETREAT IN POOLE, DORSET

Price: £245-£370
The Greenhouse Christian Centre is located in a quiet residential area between Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset, just 2 hours by train from London Waterloo. The house is a 20 minute walk to 13 miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Facilities include an art room and swimming pool.

LEE ABBEY

Monday 30 October – Friday 4 November 2017
5 DAY RETREAT IN EXMOOR, DEVON

Grief following bereavement can feel overwhelming, particularly if we have lost a partner or child, or if our loved one’s passing was sudden or traumatic, or if we have suffered multiple losses. The aim of this supported retreat is to better equip us to cope with our life-changing loss. We will explore practical and creative ways to live with our loss, as well as the comfort that Jesus offers in the midst of sorrow

This course is recommended for those who have been bereaved for at least 6 months and are struggling with loss following bereavement.

Price: £270-£330 (some discounts available)

Lee Abbey is set on a 280 acre estate in Exmoor National Park on the West Devon coast. The estate includes woodlands, streams, fields, and a private beach. 

BOOKING

THE BRIERY RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTRE

17th-19th November 2017

WEEKEND RETREAT (Friday late afternoon-Sunday afternoon) in Ilkley, Yorkshire

LIVING WITH A LIFE-CHANGING LOSS THROUGH BEREAVEMENT

Retreat led by Abi May, author “A Valley Journal” (www.avalleyjournal.co.uk)

Grief following bereavement can feel overwhelming.  The aim of this retreat is to better equip us to deal with our life-changing loss.  We will face up to some of the spiritual, emotional and practical challenges of our grief, and then look at the practical and creative ways to cope with our life as it is now, as well as the comfort that Jesus offers in the midst of sorrow.

Appropriately taking place in the month of Remembrance, this retreat is intended for those who have experienced bereavement, rather than those who would wish to understand and support the bereaved.

The Briery Retreat and Conference Centre is in a beautiful location in Ilkley, in the Yorkshire Moors. 

BOOKING AND CONTACT INFORMATION

LAUNDE ABBEY

Mon 19 Feb 2018 – Fri 23 Feb 2018

5 Day retreat in the East Midlands

Living With Loss

Grief following bereavement can feel overwhelming, particularly if we have lost a partner or child, or if our loved one’s passing was sudden or traumatic, or if we have suffered multiple losses.

The aim of this supported retreat is to better equip us to deal with our life-changing loss.  We will face up to some of the spiritual, emotional and practical challenges of our grief, and then look at practical and creative ways to cope with our life as it is now, as well as the comfort that Jesus offers in the midst of sorrow.

Price:  £385.00 – £405.00

Launde Abbey is a Christian Retreat House and Conference Centre in the East Midlands. Set in beautiful parkland of 450 acres on the borders of Leicestershire and Rutland, the Abbey has 39 en-suite bedrooms which can accommodate up to 78 people; full conference facilities; comprehensive dining facilities; extensive cultivated gardens and a wonderful twelfth century Chapel (part of the original Augustinian priory).

Phone: 01572 717254
Email: info@launde.org.uk


MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THE RETREATS

Grief following bereavement can feel overwhelming, particularly if we have lost a partner or child, or if our loved one’s passing was sudden or traumatic, or if we have suffered multiple losses. The aim of this supported retreat is to better equip us to deal with our life-changing loss. We will face up to some of the spiritual, emotional and practical challenges of our grief, and then look at practical and creative ways to cope with our life as it is now, as well as the comfort that Jesus offers in the midst of sorrow.

The focus of our retreats is on making the best of our life in the present. We will have one or two led sessions every day. These will include explanations, reflection prompts, creative activities, discussions, times of reflection and prayer, and listening to music or inspirational readings.

Besides the led sessions, there will be plenty of time for personal reflection, handouts to work on individually, as well as the opportunity for participants to have individual prayer with retreat leaders if you wish. A selection of relevant books will be made available to read during the retreat.

The topics we will cover (depending on the duration of the retreat) include:

  • Understanding grief, the physical and emotional impact of loss, and a Christian perspective on grief.
  • Living with loss, models of recovery, complicated grief, crises of faith, dealing with our emotions.
  • Honouring the memories of our loved ones, reflective activities, digital legacy.
  • Survival strategies for our life today, being kind to ourselves, getting through difficult times.

 

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