The View From The Hill – a personal retreat with Revd Ian Spencer, Warden



Need to step back for a while and take a view as to what has happened in your life, your faith, your health or work?  If there’s one certainty in life, it’s that things change – including long-held beliefs, aspirations or desires.  This has certainly been the experience of many people during the Covid pandemic, which has either highlighted or exacerbated a variety of feelings affecting our sense of well-being and security.

The View from the Hill is for anyone who needs to step back from their life-situation and have some time to take stock, and perhaps deepen their experience of the presence of the Divine in their life.

It’s an individually guided retreat (IGR) which lasts for three days, during which time we sit together on our (metaphorical) hilltop.

Day one involves asking “why have I come to this place?”  and remembering the journey.

Day two is about laying the past and the future down, and learning to become very aware of the present moment, and what the implications are for our lives when we do that.

Day three involves preparing to leave the hill, returning to the life-situation from whence we came, but perhaps better prepared for encountering it afresh.

I meet with the participant twice each day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon – to listen to and be a companion ‘on the hill’.

Dates for the retreat by appointment but are always either Tuesday – Thursday or Wednesday to Friday

Do get in touch if you’d like to find out more, please email me at

“For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land — a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills.”  Deuteronomy 8:7


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