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Silent Hollywood stars would have loved Diocesan retreat
Lead actors from Star Wars and The Amazing Spider-Man, who recently struggled with an eight day silent retreat, would have loved the short version planned by the Diocese of Chester.
The ‘taster’ silent retreat, called Breathing Space, includes two whole days of silence at Foxhill House and Woodlands, located in Cheshire.
Revd Anne Samuels, who is part of the organising team, said; “People might find eight days of silence a bit daunting so we thought we would try and make it more manageable. Breathing Space is for anyone seeking to live within the Christian Faith. It would also be fine for people in different kinds of ministry or service who would like to lighten the load or become less busy.”
There will be plenty of space for rest and relaxation - including walking in the 70 acres of rolling woodlands and using the dedicated art space. People will be allocated to a prayer guide, whom they meet each day for about 30 minutes, and who will suggest ways to relax and ways to pray (perhaps with a passage of Scripture). Everyone will be encouraged to set aside particular times for private prayer. There will also be worship together in the chapel.
The retreat runs from 9 to 12 May 2017 and includes two whole days of silence. There is an introduction on the Tuesday night, then silence on the Wednesday and Thursday ending with breakfast and communion on the Friday morning.
The cost is £195 per person and includes three nights’ single en-suite accommodation and all meals. A bursary is available.