(October 1999) Quiet garden day at Handywater Farm


The last of this year’s series of quiet retreat days at Handywater will take place at Handywater on Monday 4th October. It will be led by John Edmonds-Seal from Beckley near Oxford, who has been recommended to us by Bishop Anthony Russell. The Rev Edmonds-Seal will base the day’s reflections on “Praying with Scripture”, involving two prayer experiences using scripture in silent prayer and meditation.

Do come as usual at any time from 9 – 9.30am ready for a 10am start, and if you are staying for the whole day until 4.30pm, don’t forget to bring yourself something for lunch. With luck the weather may still be kind so that you can spend the time in the garden, but in case it is cooler it would be wise to bring a rug with you. Don’t let inclement weather put you off. The fires are easily lit, and chairs can be put by the windows so that you can look out at the view even if you don’t want to be outside.

Last month’s quiet day led by Barbara Doubtfire was well attended. An increasing number of people are beginning to appreciate these regular opportunities to step aside from the world to meditate and refresh the spirit. Do come and try it out if you haven’t experienced a quiet day yet. Anybody is welcome for all or part of the day. Sue would be glad to know if you are thinking of coming .