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A Green Christian retreat weekend
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July 2018
“A Heart for the Earth”
Minsteracres Retreat Centre
The retreat: A Heart for the Earth
What do our hearts ask of us in these extraordinary times?
This weekend we will listen. We know the facts – and how easy they are to deny. We know what has to be done – and how hard that can be. It is in the heart that we find the peace and the passion to live well and wisely
This weekend will be a time of prayer and reflection, an exploration of a closer connection to the earth, nature and creation. We will meet Christ in
the Earth, and in our own experience of its beauty and travail.
Anyone who would value a weekend with companions on their ecological journey is very welcome to book.
The weekend is hosted by members of Green Christian, whose Way of Life Community seek to integrate prayer, livelihood, witness and mutual encouragement. We will explore how these gentle disciplines can help us live today, whether we are members of the community or not.
The venue: Minsteracres Retreat Centre
Minsteracres is in Northumberland, and owned by the Passionists, whose members have included the writer Thomas Berry. For more about the community see http://www.minsteracres.org/about-us/passionists
Protection and care for the environment is one of the three key aims of the Minsteracres Retreat Centre charity, established in 2012. Our hosts tell us that they are “renowned for peace, tranquillity and the feeling of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of life. The first thing our visitors notice when they come up the drive is our awe inspiring avenue of giant redwoods – one of the largest collections in the UK. Our 110 acre estate comprises parkland, ancient woodland, gardens, lakes and walks suitable for all abilities.”
There are frequent train and bus services to the nearest train station four miles away in Riding Mill village (on the Carlisle-Newcastle line. Minsteracres is easily accessible by car just off the A68, 40 minutes from Newcastle and 40 minutes from Durham. Directions are available on the Minsteracres website.
The total cost of the retreat is £150. A deposit of £30 will be payable to secure your booking. We are hoping to offer a limited number of reduced-price places at £95 to students and young adults under 30 – please let us know if these are of interest.
Arrival and Departure
You are welcome you any time after 4pm on the Friday and the weekend ends with lunch on Sunday. A minibus can pick you up from Riding Mill station, but please tell us beforehand what time you are expecting to arrive there, so that we can inform the Centre.