Programme

To see the full list of events planned for 2021 and book your place, click on this link to browse Our On-line Shop 

Note: We’re beginning to add certain talks offered during events and other occasions, onto our Youtube Channel.    To have a look at these just click on this link Holland House Retreat YouTube

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017
    10:00 amHolland House

    Experiences of Angels
    Arrive at 10am for a day of quietness in the House and gardens with guidance from the retreat leader. The day usually ends at 4pm. Click here for more information

    Cost per day £30 inc. morning coffee, two course lunch and afternoon tea.

  • Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017
    10am - 4pmHolland House

    A day spent considering how the Bible expresses prayer, and how we might move from it being something we do to something we experience.

    The day concludes with a 'minimum words' Eucharist

    Cost £30 including lunch and refreshments

  • Wed
    12
    Apr
    2017
    10:00 amHolland House

    Fruits of Spiritual Experience
    Arrive at 10am for a day of quietness in the House and gardens with guidance from the retreat leader. The day usually ends at 4pm. Click here for more information

    Cost per day £30 inc. morning coffee, two course lunch and afternoon tea.

  • Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017
    Holland House

    The theme for the Quiet Garden Day in 2017 is ‘Trees'.

    The day is from 10am - 4pm and includes morning coffee and afternoon tea. £10

    (Participants are welcome to bring their own packed lunch or to pre-order a two course lunch for an additional £10)

    Please book on-line or telephone 01386 860330

    email: enquiries@hollandhouse.org

  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017
    Conference Room

    Yoga for deepening Christian faith

  • Wed
    16
    Aug
    2017
    Holland House

    Quiet Day with Marianne Rankin

    Arrive at 10am for a day of quietness in the House and gardens with guidance from the retreat leader. The day usually ends at 4pm. Click here for more information

    Cost per day £30 inc. morning coffee, two course lunch and afternoon tea.

    Thursday August 16th 2017

     

  • Wed
    13
    Sep
    2017
    Holland House

    Quiet Day with Marianne Rankin

    Arrive at 10am for a day of quietness in the House and gardens with guidance from the retreat leader. The day usually ends at 4pm. Click here for more information

    Cost per day £30 inc. morning coffee, two course lunch and afternoon tea.

    Thursday September13th 2017

  • Tue
    17
    Oct
    2017
    Holland House

    Quiet Day with Marianne Rankin

    Arrive at 10am for a day of quietness in the House and gardens with guidance from the retreat leader. The day usually ends at 4pm. Click here for more information

    Cost per day £30 inc. morning coffee, two course lunch and afternoon tea.

    Thursday 17 October 2017

  • Thu
    02
    Nov
    2017
    09.30 - 16.30Holland House Chapel

    Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher who will lead the group in a day of Yoga within the framework of Christian spirituality. Many Christians go to yoga or pilates but have yet to connect their practice with their faith. Whether your new to yoga or not, come along and enjoy the experience. The day consists of two practices, some chanting, short meditation - and of course lunch.  Cost £30. To book your place at this special event, just click on this link Yoga for Christians

  • Tue
    21
    Nov
    2017
    12:00 amConference Room

    Jonathan Sutton, CEO of St Paul's Hostel will give a talk on homelessness and his vision for the work and ministry of St Pauls in Worcester.

    This is a "friendly lunch" event that includes a two-course meal and refreshments. £15 per person.  To book your place, just click on this link Friendly Lunch

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017
    12 noonConference Room

    Rebecca Day will tell us about her beautiful new line of aromatherapy products for both men and women, how she began her successful business and the process of designing and making them.

    Aromatherapy is well attested as a means to relieve stress and anxiety, and promote both physical and mental well-being, Ayuroma products make lovely presents for Christmas or other occasions. You might even like to buy some for yourself ! A wide range are for sale in Holland House gift shop.

    This event is one of the regular series of "Friendly Lunch" events at Holland House which includes refreshments, a two-course lunch and a speaker on a topic of

    interest. Cost £15.  To book your place just click on this link   Friendly lunch

     

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    Sun
    03
    Dec
    2017
    12 noonHolland House

    Using Richard Rohr's book "everything belongs" as a key text, along with Cynthia Bourgeaults latest work "The heart of Centering Prayer", we will explore together what it means to be living "in awareness of the Presence, to see how everything fits, and know everything belongs"

    Talks, discussion, prayer & meditation, liturgy, video's and free time make up this unique opportunity to discover and experience how and why everything belongs.

    Cost: £295 per person

    Includes accommodation and meals

    The retreat is led by Revd Ian Spencer, Mr Urs Mattman Acc. MBACP with guest speaker Revd Dorothy Littlewood (graduate of Richard Rohr's "Living School")

    To book your place just click on this link Richard Rohr – Everything belongs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017
    9:30 amChapel

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Revd Ian Spencer is leading a day on "Contemplating Christmas", that is, how might we experience the incarnation of God as man ? What does the nativity of Christ tell us about how we might experience "God with us - Emmanuel" for ourselves ?

    The emphasis will be on experiencing this, rather than having a theological discussion, and is part of the "practice experiencing prayer" (pep) days Ian has been leading during the year.

    The day includes all refreshments and a two-course lunch. As these days are increasingly popular it's best to book early. Cost £30  To book your place click on this link  Contemplating Christmas

  • Fri
    15
    Dec
    2017
    Sun
    17
    Dec
    2017
    12 noonHolland House

    During this weekend we will discover what the message of Advent and Christmas can mean in the context of our lives as gay, lesbian, bisexual men & women or transgendered people. Our colours of the Rainbow may lead us to this Christ event.  

    We remember that Christ was born in the midst of outcasts of his time. As queer men and women of faith we also experience that the religions of our time do not necessarily want us in their midst, yet we find our place, trust our journey and are blessed.  Like the Magi in the Nativity story we have gifts to bring,  and we are invited to consider what these gifts mean as LGBT people both for ourselves and the world.

    Our time together will consist of talks and discussions, liturgy and meditation, prayer and visualisation with time for quiet reflection and rest. Wherever you are on your faith journey or whatever spiritual background you are from, you are welcome to participate.

    Residential retreat: £180 includes accommodation, meals and refreshments.

    Retreat led by Urs Mattmann Acc. MBACP www.ursmattmann.com -  Author of COMING IN – Gays and Lesbians reclaiming the spiritual journey www.ionabooks.com     To book your place just click on this link Christ in the Rainbow 

  • Thu
    11
    Jan
    2018
    12 noonHolland House

    Arrive from 12 noon where, if you choose, you can enjoy a drink from the bar, then a 2 course set lunch to be served at 12.30pm followed by a talk by Tim Porter on Evesham Abbey, its appearance, disappearance and its legacy.

    Cost is £15 per person (drinks not included).

    If you would like to book a place at this Friendly Lunch, please click on the link Friendly Lunch - Evesham Abbey.

  • Tue
    06
    Feb
    2018
    10 - 4pmHolland House

     

    Are you someone who has drifted away from formal religion, but would admit to being spiritual? This is a day is to explore just how religion and spirituality are understood and practised today, and what that means for you.

    If you would like to book a place on this Quiet Day please on the link Spiritual but not Religious .

    Cost per day £32 including morning coffee, two course lunch and afternoon tea.

     

     

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018
    Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018
    4pm arrivalHolland House

    The theme of this Retreat is 'Nothing Personal - Being Sangha'.

    The Retreat is being led by Sensei Chris Collingwood from York, a member of the Wild Goose Zen Sangha.  This is a silent retreat for those who would like to deepen or simply get to know Zen. It is a chance to take each moment as an opportunity to open to life itself and to appreciate our lives, in silence and stillness.

    The Sesshin will run as usual with registration from 4:00 pm on 9th February, supper at 6:30 pm and the first period of zazen beginning at 8:00 pm.

    The cost of the weekend is £190 which includes all meals, accommodation and teaching.

    If you would like further information or to book a place on this retreat please email Karen Spencer at karen.spencer01@gmail.com. All meals will be vegetarian, please also advise of any dietary requirements to enable accommodation and meals to be booked accordingly.

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreat's on offer throughout 2018,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer these retreats carry on from the very popular 2017 series "Practice Experience Prayer days (PEP) - one day retreats on the history and practice of Christian contemplative prayer.

    Theme for today is "Inner Experience" - taken from "A Spring Within Us" - meditations by Richard Rohr.

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we've learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £35 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    Click on this link to book your place on-line: Richard Rohr Meditation: 15 February 2018

     

     

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018
    Thu
    22
    Feb
    2018
    12 noonHolland House

    Whether you're a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this short Lent retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer will introduce Yoga as a practice Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, and meditation to explore the Lenten season.  Biblical scripture, chanting and times of silence and stillness are combined to create three days of a very special Lenten practice.

    Cost is £185, fully inclusive  To book your place, click on this link...  https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/yoga-for-christians-in-lent/

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018
    09.30 - 4.00pmHolland House

    Whether you're a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offered individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, and meditation to help us explore what St Paul meant when he said "do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  (1 Cor 6.19)   This is one of five days on offer this year - check the programme or shop for other dates. Lunch will be vegetarian.

    Cost £35  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    If you would like to book a place on this course please click on the link Yoga for Christians: 15th March 2018

  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018
    12 noonHolland House

    In collaboration with very successful Evesham Festival of Words,  Nathen Amin will be speaking about the House of Beaufort and The Battle of Tewkesbury. Arrive at Holland House from 12 noon when you can enjoy a pre-lunch drink from the bar before sitting down to a two course set meal followed by Nathen's fabulous talk.

    If you would like to book a place at this Friendly Lunch, please click on the link The House of Beaufort and The Battle of Tewkesbury.

    Cost: £15 per person (drinks not included).

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018
    Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018
    10am arrivalHolland House

    The first of the new residential Quiet25 Retreats for the Quiet Garden Movement will take place from 10am on Wednesday 28 March until 4pm on Thursday 29 March 2018, at Holland House, near Evesham, Worcestershire, UK.  Open to anyone, they are an opportunity to rest and explore contemplative and meditative practices from our Quiet25 Exploring Silence Course and connect with others involved in Quiet Gardens.

    Drawing on different aspects of Christian contemplative tradition, the retreat is intended to be inclusive, flexible and accessible to a wide range of participants. We are an ecumenical Movement and the retreat is open to everyone, those of faith or none. The retreat will include space for individual reflection and silence, as well as group time where we will explore a variety of exercises and practices that nurture our relationship with silence

    The retreat will be led by Matt Freer and Tina Jefferies, both experienced retreat facilitators and authors of the Quiet25 course.

    Contact:  info@quietgarden.org,  call 01494 578909  or visit http://quietgarden.org for more information and to book.

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018
    10 - 4pmHolland House

     

    Hosted by CARM (The Creative Arts Retreat Movement) and Holland House this day retreat is an exploration of darkness and light in the spiritual life and how we reflect this in art.

    This day comes just after Easter during which many of us will have travelled along the darkness of the way of the cross to the light of the resurrection. Light and dark are great themes in the Christian faith and in the Christian life. All of us experience times of darkness and light, sorrows and joys, ups and downs.  Life teaches us that they are an inevitable part of our humanity.

    What does it mean to discover God in both the light and the dark?  Can our darkness “dazzle” with the light of God even in difficult times and can we experience the light of God when our prayer seems dry and dark?

    This day will explore these two elements using times of silence, times of input and time to pray.  We will use paint and pastel as a way of expressing our prayer in a different way.  You do not need to bring anything (though if you have some art materials it would be helpful to bring them) and you do NOT have to be good at art – just to have a desire to let go, pray and see what comes.

    This day is for everyone who would like to explore how spirituality and creativity can go together.

    The cost is £32 per person which includes refreshments and lunch.

    If you would like to come on this Quiet Day, please click on the following link Dazzling Darkness.

     

  • Wed
    11
    Apr
    2018
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreat's on offer throughout 2018,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer these retreats carry on from the very popular 2017 series "Practice Experience Prayer days (PEP) - one day retreats on the history and practice of Christian contemplative prayer.

    Theme for today is "In the Beginning" - taken from "A Spring Within Us" Meditations by Richard Rohr.

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we've learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £35 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    Click on this link to book your place on-line: Richard Rohr Meditations: 11 April 2018

     

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018
    2pm arrivalHolland House

    A wonderful opportunity to step aside, take a prayerful look at the ministry of healing and wholeness, and relax together.

    The Reverend Steve Clark, who has great experience in this ministry and was formerly Chaplain at Burrswood, and Crowhurst, will guide our reflections. We will cover the following topics:

    • Exploring the Jesus way: How did He touch peoples’ lives?
    • What is our model for prayer ministry?
    • The truth that heals – being gently honest
    • The self-awareness of the wounded healer
    • The healed church – functioning as the Body of Christ.

    There will also be a Eucharist at 10am on Sunday.  President: The Venerable Nikki Groarke, Archdeacon of Dudley.

    A very warm welcome awaits all engaged in the ministry of healing and wholeness in their church; and those interested in doing so (with their Minister’s endorsement).

    LIMITED SPACE: BOOK SOON! Cost: £150 inclusive.

    Limited bursary assistance may be available.

    Contact Peter Perry: 01386 861791 or email peterandsue@gmail.com

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018
    09.30 - 4.00pmHolland House

    Whether you're a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offered individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, and meditation to help us explore what St Paul meant when he said "do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  (1 Cor 6.19)   This is one of five days on offer this year - check the programme or shop for other dates. Lunch will be vegetarian.

    Cost £35  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    If you would like to book a place on this course, please click on the link Yoga for Christians: 3rd May 2018

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    Sun
    06
    May
    2018
    4pm arrivalHolland House

    FRIENDS of HOLLAND HOUSE WEEKEND

     

    From 4pm Friday 4th May to 11am Sunday 6th May and the cost £125 per person.

    ‘A Weekend in Harmony with Creation’

    Additional accommodation is available on Thursday 3rd May for those travelling a distance.

    Guests are welcome to stay for dinner, bed and breakfast on Sunday in return for help at the ‘Cropthorne Walkabout’.

    If you would like to book a place on this weekend please click on the link Friends Weekend 2018

     

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018
    4pm arrivalHolland House

    This retreat will be led by Revd Clive Harper and Ann Parker.

    'Some blessed Hope’

    ‘We stand on the shoulders of giants’; in our time together at this weekend retreat we shall attempt to stand on the shoulders of Thomas Hardy; not the sometimes gloomy talented story teller but the inspired poet. From our vantage point we shall try to see with his eyes the things he saw and find ‘some blessed hope’ to cheer us on our way.

    ‘We follow in the footsteps of them that have gone before’; to this end, as we discern the direction of Thomas Hardy we shall also recall the leadership of Diana Walls over the years and give thanks for all she has given us and trust that the ‘blessed hope’ which she had is now a reality for her.

    Do take the time to read some Hardy poetry; and if you wish, do contact either of us in advance of the retreat. You can do this through Holland House. We look forward to joining with fellow pilgrims on 1st to 3rd June. 

    The cost is £190 per person which includes accommodation and meals.

    If you would like to book on this retreat, please click on the link CARM Retreat: Poetry and Prayer

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreat's on offer throughout 2018,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer these retreats carry on from the very popular 2017 series "Practice Experience Prayer days (PEP) - one day retreats on the history and practice of Christian contemplative prayer.

    Theme for today is "Leaving the Garden" - taken from "A Spring Within Us" Meditations by Richard Rohr.

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we've learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £35 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    To book your place on this Retreat please click on the following link: Richard Rohr Meditations: Thursday 14 June 2018

  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018
    12:30 pmHolland House, Cropthorne

    Friendly lunch followed by a talk from Simon Sterling

  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018
  • Thu
    26
    Jul
    2018
    09.30 - 4.00pmHolland House

    Whether you're a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offered individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, and meditation to help us explore what St Paul meant when he said "do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  (1 Cor 6.19)   This is one of five days on offer this year - check the programme or shop for other dates. Lunch will be vegetarian.

    Cost £35  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    If you would like to book a place on this course please click on the link Yoga for Christians: 26 July 2018

  • Thu
    09
    Aug
    2018
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreat's on offer throughout 2018,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer these retreats carry on from the very popular 2017 series "Practice Experience Prayer days (PEP) - one day retreats on the history and practice of Christian contemplative prayer.

    Theme for today is "Open heart, mind and body" - taken from "A Spring Within Us" Meditations by Richard Rohr.

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we've learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £35 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    If you would like to book a place on this Retreat please click on the following link: Richard Rohr Meditations: Thursday 9 August 2018

  • Mon
    13
    Aug
    2018
    12:30 pmHolland House

    Join us at 12.30pm for a two course lunch (to be served at 1pm), followed by a piano recital by Chris Long in the Chapel.

    The cost is £15 per person.

    If you would like to join us, please book by clicking on the following link Chris Long: Lunch and Piano Recital: Monday 13th August 2018

  • Thu
    16
    Aug
    2018
  • Mon
    10
    Sep
    2018
    10 - 4pmHolland House

    How about taking a Quiet Day at home on your own?  Marianne will guide you through and will suggest some imaginary journeys of reflection in nature.

    Cost per day £32 including morning coffee, two course lunch and afternoon tea.

    If you would like to book a place on this Quiet Day, please click on the following link Quiet Days at home and experiencing nature.

     

     

     

  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018
  • Fri
    28
    Sep
    2018
    Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    5pm arrivalHolland House

    Holland House is delighted to welcome the world renowned Sufi and Aramaic scholar Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz for a very special weekend retreat.

    "Chanting and meditating with the words of Jesus in his native Aramaic language...... (either aloud or silently) offers one a direct connection through vibration, sound and breath to the spirituality of a person. Predating the Western creeds and original sin-based theology, in the same way that Eastern mantra can, it bypasses the overly-busy, conceptual mind and allows one to enter deeply into feeling and body.This meditative art combines simple chanting with contemplative, body-based awareness, either sitting in silence or with gentle circle dance movement. It can also be used as a retreat process of spiritual renewal. This retreat will offer an experience with its originator, who will also offer suggestions for starting and leading one’s own group".   Early booking essential.

    Cost is £255 per person which includes all meals and accommodation.

    If you would like to book a place on this retreat, please click on the link Breathing Life of All Retreat - Neil Douglas-Klotz

     

  • Thu
    18
    Oct
    2018
    09.30 - 4.00pmHolland House

    Whether you're a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offered individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, and meditation to help us explore what St Paul meant when he said "do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  (1 Cor 6.19)   This is one of five days on offer this year - check the programme or shop for other dates. Lunch will be vegetarian.

    Cost £35  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    If you would like to book a place on this course please click on the link Yoga for Christians: 18th October 2018

  • Fri
    19
    Oct
    2018
    12:30 pmHolland House

    Join us at 12.30pm for a two course lunch (to be served at 1pm), followed by a piano recital by Chris Long in the Chapel.

    The cost is £15 per person.

    If you would like to join us, please book by clicking on the following link Chris Long: Lunch and Piano Recital: Friday 19th October 2018

  • Wed
    24
    Oct
    2018
    9:30 amHolland House

     

    "PRAYING DIFFERENTLY" is for folk looking for a richer experience of prayer. Many of us find prayer either difficult, less than satisfying or have grown bored with it. The Christian faith however has a very rich heritage of prayer, for example prayer ropes, Icons, meditation, rosary, nature-based, chanting, scripture-based, and more. The day is for 1 to 4 people to allow for personal discussion time in the afternoon. If your prayer- life isn't as rich as you'd like - see what other forms are available to you. Come and see / experience prayer afresh.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, Warden of Holland House.

    To book your place on this limited numbers retreat, click on this link:Praying differently October 2018

  • Thu
    01
    Nov
    2018
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreat's on offer throughout 2018,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer these retreats carry on from the very popular 2017 series "Practice Experience Prayer days (PEP) - one day retreats on the history and practice of Christian contemplative prayer.

    Theme for today is "Life as participation" - taken from "A Spring Within Us" Meditations by Richard Rohr.

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we've learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £35 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    If you would like to book a place on this Retreat please click on the link: Richard Rohr Meditations: Thursday 1 November 2018

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018
    Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018
    4pm arrivalHolland House

    Holland House is delighted to welcome the Internationally renowned musician, author, speaker and spiritual teacher of the Iona Community, Revd John Bell.

    John will lead a weekend of preparing to do Advent differently - "reflections on the midwinter seasons before they begin, avoiding Christmas carols, nativity plays, mistletoe and partridges in pear trees!".   As this retreat will be very popular early booking is recommended.

    Cost is £255 per person which includes accommodation and meals.

    If you would like to book a place on this retreat, please click on the link 'In Advance of Advent' Retreat - John Bell

  • Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018
    9:30 amHolland House

    "PRAYING DIFFERENTLY" is for folk looking for a richer experience of prayer. Many of us find prayer either difficult, less than satisfying or have grown bored with it. The Christian faith however has a very rich heritage of prayer, for example prayer ropes, Icons, meditation, rosary, nature-based, chanting, scripture-based, and more. The day is for 1 to 4 people to allow for personal discussion time in the afternoon. If your prayer- life isn't as rich as you'd like - see what other forms are available to you. Come and see / experience prayer afresh.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, Warden of Holland House.

    To book your place on this limited numbers retreat, click on this link:Praying Differently December 2018

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018
    9:30 amHolland House

    Whether you're a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offers individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, chant and meditation. Ian cross-references ideas and text from the Yoga Sutra with Biblical ideas and text to provide new insight and a different theme for each retreat across the year.

    Cost £35  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    If you would like to book a place on this course please click on the link Yoga for Christians December 6th

  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018
    10am - 4pmHolland House, Cropthorne
  • Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018
    Mon
    17
    Dec
    2018
    12 noon arrivalHolland House

    For several years Holland House has been offering four day retreats based on the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr OFM and the faculty of the Centre for Action and Contemplation (CAC). This years retreat will be focusing on 'scripture as spirituality', using the books The Wisdom Jesus (Bourgeault),  Scripture & Spirituality (Rohr) and Jesus' Plan for a New World (Rohr).  As these retreats are booked-out quickly with waiting lists, it's advisable to book early.

    Only 25 places available. The retreat is led by Revd Ian Spencer, Urs Mattman and Dorothy Littlewood (graduate of the Rohr "Living School").  Richard Rohr no longer travels outside the USA and will not be present.

    Cost per person £295 which includes accommodation and meals.

    If you would like to book a place on this retreat, please click on the following link The Wisdom Jesus - Scripture as Spirituality - The Richard Rohr Retreat

  • Wed
    19
    Dec
    2018
  • Thu
    20
    Dec
    2018
    12:30 pmHolland House, Cropthorne

    Sold Out

  • Fri
    18
    Jan
    2019
  • Mon
    21
    Jan
    2019

    Pop-up Retreat Day: Monday 21st January

    Follow the link to book on-line, Special offer price £10

     

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreat’s on offer throughout 2019,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Rev'd Ian Spencer these retreats are based on themes from Rohr's book of daily meditations "A Spring within us".

    Theme for today is "yes and...."  a chance to begin the new year by practicing an "open mind" - what is it ? what does it see ? is it the same as "the mind of Christ" ?

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we’ve learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £38 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    These days fill up quickly in advance, to be assured of your place click this link to book on-line: Rohr meditation January 24th

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019
    09.30 - 4.00pmHolland House

    Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offers individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, chant and meditation. Ian cross-references ideas and text from the Yoga Sutra with Biblical ideas and text to provide new insight and a different theme for each retreat day across the year.

    The day is suitable for those who are exploring spirituality as well as those established in a faith tradition.

    Cost £38  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    Click on this link to book and look forward to your day of Yoga    January Yoga

     

  • Wed
    06
    Feb
    2019
  • Mon
    18
    Feb
    2019
    Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019
  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    "PRAYING DIFFERENTLY" is for folk looking for a richer experience of prayer. Many of us find prayer either difficult, less than satisfying or have grown bored with it. The Christian faith however has a very rich heritage of prayer, for example prayer ropes, Icons, meditation, rosary, nature-based, chanting, scripture-based, and more. The day is for 1 to 4 people to allow for personal discussion time in the afternoon. If your prayer- life isn't as rich as you'd like - see what other forms are available to you. Come and see / experience prayer afresh.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, Warden of Holland House.

    To book your place on this limited numbers retreat, click on this link: Praying Differently February 2019

  • Wed
    06
    Mar
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreat’s on offer throughout 2019,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Rev'd Ian Spencer these retreats are based on themes from Rohr's book of daily meditations "A Spring within us".

    Theme for today is  “Dualistic thinking”  Rohr writes…. “dualistic thinking is the well-practiced pattern of knowing most things by comparison, and then very quickly by competition …. what the Recovery Movement call “stinkin thinkin”.  How does it arise in us, what are the consequences, what is its relationship to suffering, can we break out of it ?

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we’ve learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £38 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    These days fill up quickly in advance, to be assured of your place click this link to book on-line: Rohr meditation March 6th

  • Mon
    11
    Mar
    2019
  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019
    Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    An ideal opportunity to begin Lent with a spiritual practice that unites body, mind and spirit.  Christians have always understood Lent to be a time of preparation for Easter, a time of focusing our attention on the ultimate moment of faith. However, we all struggle in our efforts to be focused over long periods of time, and so this retreat will introduce the yoga practice of "pratyahara" - a very practical method we can use to help us get focused and stay focused (and healthy !)

    This retreat will engage us in asana (postures), pranayama (breath-work), chanting, meditation and discussion. Revd Ian Spencer will use passages from the yoga sutra along with Biblical passages as a way of illuminating our path during the retreat.

    In addition, Ian will provide all participants with a short yoga practice to use at home during Lent.

    Meals will be vegetarian

    The retreat is suitable for experienced and non-experienced in yoga.   Click on this link to book your place and enjoy looking forward to a great start to Lent:   Yoga for Lent

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019
  • Mon
    18
    Mar
    2019
    Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019
    Holland House

    In the contemplative and beautiful setting of Holland House, Simon Parke offers the chance to reflect more deeply on this profound understanding of personality types. This retreat is both for beginners, and for those who have dabbled a little, but would like to give the teaching more time to permeate their lives.

    Places are limited to 16 maximum as Simon will offer one-to-one meetings with individuals should they want it.

    Simon Parke has taught the Enneagram for over 20 years is a former Anglican Priest, a published author and writes regularly for the Church Press.

    Arrivals from 3pm on Monday 18th March and concludes after breakfast on Friday 22nd March 2019

    Price £390 fully inclusive.

    To secure your place on this limited numbers retreat and look forward to a wonderful event, click on this link   Enneagram with Simon Parke

     

     

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    2pm - 5pmAfternoon Tea

    We will be serving Afternoon Tea with £5 from each ticket sold going to Worcestershire Breast Unit.

    Afternoon Tea 2pm

    Afternoon Tea 2.30pm

    Afternoon Tea 3pm

     

  • Mon
    01
    Apr
    2019
    6:30 pm

    The Bishop of Ludlow, Rt Revd Alistair Magowan will be in conversation with Bishop Robert Paterson (Rtd Sodor and Man) covering among many things Bishop Alistair's interest in art, and particularly Titian's last work of the Madonna and Child.  The conversation happens after an enjoyable meal in the dining room of Holland House which also offers a well stocked-bar of local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Click on this link to purchase your ticket......   Alistair Magowan, Bishop of Ludlow

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    "PRAYING DIFFERENTLY" is for folk looking for a richer experience of prayer. Many of us find prayer either difficult, less than satisfying or have grown bored with it. The Christian faith however has a very rich heritage of prayer, for example prayer ropes, Icons, meditation, rosary, nature-based, chanting, scripture-based, and more. The day is for 1 to 4 people to allow for personal discussion time in the afternoon. If your prayer- life isn't as rich as you'd like - see what other forms are available to you. Come and see / experience prayer afresh.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, Warden of Holland House.

    To book your place on this limited numbers retreat, click on this link:Praying Differently April 2019

  • Mon
    15
    Apr
    2019
    Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019
  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2019
  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019
  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019
    Sun
    05
    May
    2019
  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreat’s on offer throughout 2019,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Rev'd Ian Spencer these retreats are based on themes from Rohr's book of daily meditations "A Spring within us".

    Theme for today is  “The True Self”  Rohr writes “I think the only and single purpose of religion is to lead you to an experience of your True Self in God”,  or as the Zen Masters would say to experience “the face you had before your parents were born”. The key word here is experience (not “know” – in terms of empirical or rational knowledge). So, how do we experience who “I am” ?

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we’ve learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £38 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    These days fill up quickly in advance, to be assured of your place click this link to book on-line: Rohr meditation May 9th

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019
    09:30am - 4pmHolland House

     

    Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offers individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, chant and meditation. Ian cross-references ideas and text from the Yoga Sutra with Biblical ideas and text to provide new insight and a different theme for each retreat day across the year.

    The day is suitable for those who are exploring spirituality as well as those established in a faith tradition.

    Cost £38  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    Click on this link to book and look forward to your day of Yoga   May Yoga

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019
  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    "PRAYING DIFFERENTLY" is for folk looking for a richer experience of prayer. Many of us find prayer either difficult, less than satisfying or have grown bored with it. The Christian faith however has a very rich heritage of prayer, for example prayer ropes, Icons, meditation, rosary, nature-based, chanting, scripture-based, and more. The day is for 1 to 4 people to allow for personal discussion time in the afternoon. If your prayer- life isn't as rich as you'd like - see what other forms are available to you. Come and see / experience prayer afresh.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, Warden of Holland House.

    To book your place on this limited numbers retreat, click on this link: Praying Differently June 2019

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019
  • Wed
    19
    Jun
    2019
  • Thu
    04
    Jul
    2019
  • Thu
    11
    Jul
    2019
  • Fri
    12
    Jul
    2019
    10am - 4pmHolland House, Cropthorne
  • Thu
    18
    Jul
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreats on offer throughout 2019,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Rev'd Ian Spencer these retreats are based on themes from Rohr's book of daily meditations "A Spring within us".

    Theme for today is   “discharging your loyal soldier”. There are times when soldiers are needed, but when the war ends what next for the loyal soldier ?  We all have an internal loyal soldier for whom without a war life appears frustrating and meaningless. Rohr’s “gateway to silence” for this meditation is “the war has ended – go in peace”.  What might this mean for us, and for the wider community ?  How is this connected to healing and peace ?

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we’ve learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £38 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    These days fill up quickly in advance, to be assured of your place click this link to book on-line: Rohr meditation July 18th

  • Thu
    25
    Jul
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offers individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, chant and meditation. Ian cross-references ideas and text from the Yoga Sutra with Biblical ideas and text to provide new insight and a different theme for each retreat day across the year.

    The day is suitable for those who are exploring spirituality as well as those established in a faith tradition.

    Cost £38  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    Click on this link to book and look forward to your day of Yoga:  July yoga

  • Thu
    01
    Aug
    2019
    5pm - 9pm

    Ian, Warden and Bishop Robert, Chair of the Friends will be completing their 3rd row in aid of the Anniversary Appeal, please come along to welcome them back and enjoy an evening of music in the garden, ticket £15 in aid of the Anniversary Appeal

    A Summer Evening – Thursday 1st August

  • Thu
    15
    Aug
    2019
  • Mon
    02
    Sep
    2019
    Fri
    06
    Sep
    2019
    4pm - 2pmHolland House, Cropthorne
  • Mon
    09
    Sep
    2019
  • Wed
    11
    Sep
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreats on offer throughout 2019,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Rev'd Ian Spencer these retreats are based on themes from Rohr's book of daily meditations "A Spring within us".

    Theme for today is  “Going down is going up – the path of descent”   Rohr writes – Christians call this “the way of the Cross”, the Desert Fathers & Mothers called it “the way of the Desert”, St Paul called it kenosis (self-emptying),  the Buddhists echo that theme in their philosophy of “emptiness” & “nirvana”.   Clearly counter-intuitive, how might we also follow the path of descent, that is, follow Christs command to shoulder our cross and follow him ?

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we’ve learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £38 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    These days fill up quickly in advance, to be assured of your place click this link to book on-line: Rohr meditation September 11th

  • Thu
    12
    Sep
    2019
  • Tue
    24
    Sep
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offers individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, chant and meditation. Ian cross-references ideas and text from the Yoga Sutra with Biblical ideas and text to provide new insight and a different theme for each retreat day across the year.

    The day is suitable for those who are exploring spirituality as well as those established in a faith tradition.

    Cost £38  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    Click on this link to book and look forward to your day of Yoga:  September yoga

  • Fri
    18
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    20
    Oct
    2019
    6:00 pmHolland House

    THE GREENING OF GOD

    John Bell's  credentials as a Christian with a deep connection to the Celtic tradition, are second to none.

    Many of his songs, poems and writings touch on God's love of what God has made, and his many years of work with the Iona community and  Wildgoose publishing speak eloquently of his love for the natural world. Holland House too has a deep desire to honour and appreciate the natural world, hence our strapline "in harmony with Creation", and our 2011 Footprints Award for sustainability. This is more than a weekend retreat,  it's a collaboration on the sacredness of the earth that anyone who loves the planet will not want to miss.

    Johns synopsis reads:  A review of why ecology and faith were together in the  beginning, were torn asunder, and now desperately need to find each other again IF God really loves the world

     

    To book (early booking advisable due to over-subscriptions at the 2018 retreat)    https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/john-bell-retreat-friday-18th-sunday-20th-october-2019/

     

  • Mon
    21
    Oct
    2019
  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    "PRAYING DIFFERENTLY" is for folk looking for a richer experience of prayer. Many of us find prayer either difficult, less than satisfying or have grown bored with it. The Christian faith however has a very rich heritage of prayer, for example prayer ropes, Icons, meditation, rosary, nature-based, chanting, scripture-based, and more. The day is for 1 to 4 people to allow for personal discussion time in the afternoon. If your prayer- life isn't as rich as you'd like - see what other forms are available to you. Come and see / experience prayer afresh.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, Warden of Holland House.

    To book your place on this limited numbers retreat, click on this link: Praying Differently October 2019

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019
  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019
  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019
    Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019
    4:00 pmHolland House

    Following on from the hugely successful retreat in September 2018, Holland House has been able to secure Neil Douglas-Klotz for another very special weekend. In Neil's words the weekend involves " Heartsong, Silence and Movement  with the Aramaic Words of Jesus"
    "The Aramaic words of Jesus provide a direct pathway to his experience of contemplative prayer, healing and the sacred. During this workshop, we will learn and chant together selected short phrases from his prayer, the Beatitudes, and other sayings in the Gospels. We will  then use them in contemplative prayer and silence as well as experience simple body prayers in the form of Dances of Universal Peace linked to his Middle Eastern way of experiencing Alaha--Sacred Unity--as a force that moves through every aspect of our everyday lives".

    The old adage "book early to avoid disappointment" most certainly applies !

    For more information and to book

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    One of a series of day retreats on offer throughout 2019,  working with the teachings of Fr Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, author and leader of the Centre for Action and Contemplation.

    Led by Rev'd Ian Spencer these retreats are based on themes from Rohr's book of daily meditations "A Spring within us".

    Theme for today is   “Image of God – let God be who God is”   As Christmas begins to loom on the horizon, what does it mean to realise the “image of God” in our lives ?

    Rohr writes “for most of human history, God was not a likable, much less a lovable character – which is why so much Biblical narrative begins “do not be afraid”.  What have humans done to the image of God ? How did it become such an angst-filled image for so many ?  And what can we do to restore its truth in both our own lives, and in the lives of others ?

    Each day will include a short act of worship, teaching, discussion and free time to practice/consider what we’ve learned.

    The day will conclude at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.

    Cost £38 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    These days fill up quickly in advance, to be assured of your place click this link to book on-line:Rohr meditation November 7th

  • Tue
    19
    Nov
    2019
    9:30 amHolland House

    Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offers individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, chant and meditation. Ian cross-references ideas and text from the Yoga Sutra with Biblical ideas and text to provide new insight and a different theme for each retreat day across the year.

    The day is suitable for those who are exploring spirituality as well as those established in a faith tradition.

    Cost £38  including refreshment and two course lunch. Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    Click on this link to book and look forward to your day of Yoga:  November yoga

  • Mon
    25
    Nov
    2019
  • Mon
    02
    Dec
    2019
    12noon - 4pm

    Monday 2nd, 9th & 16th December

    Tea will be served between 12 noon and 4pm

    £14 per person Pre-booking essential

  • Fri
    06
    Dec
    2019
    Mon
    09
    Dec
    2019
    12.00 noon startHolland House

    The Centre for Action and Contemplation in the U.S.A.  has offered Holland House some exclusive video and other resource to help make this retreat a fabulous experience, and they're aware and supportive of this particular event - the only one of its kind in the UK this year.

    The retreat will focus on Fr Richards latest (and some say greatest) of his works, which looks deeply into what we mean and understand by the "Christ" .

    "The union of matter and spirit, of human and divine, is revealed in the cosmos as Christ and in human history as Jesus. Richard Rohr’s long-awaited book paints a portrait of God’s infinite love, offering a healing vision of wholeness at the heart of the universe"

    We're delighted to be working in collaboration with Rohr's Retreat Centre (CAC) for the first time - come and be a part of something very special. Follow this link to book your place, before someone else does !      The-rohr-retreat-the-universal-christ/

  • Mon
    09
    Dec
    2019
    12noon - 4pm

    Monday 2nd, 9th & 16th December

    Tea will be served between 12 noon and 4pm

    £14 per person Pre-booking essential

  • Wed
    11
    Dec
    2019
    1:00 pm

    Two Course Traditional Christmas dinner. Enjoyed with carols accompanied by a pianist.

    Booking essential on-line via our website or by telephone, full payment required at the time of booking Arrive from 12.30pm, lunch will be served at 1pm.

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    2019
    10am - 4pm

    With Bishop Michael Hooper
    Thursday 12th December

    10am—4pm £30 per person to include lunch and refreshments

  • Mon
    16
    Dec
    2019
    12noon - 4pm

    Monday 2nd, 9th & 16th December

    Tea will be served between 12 noon and 4pm

    £14 per person Pre-booking essential

  • Tue
    17
    Dec
    2019
    1:00 pm

    Two Course Traditional Christmas dinner. Enjoyed with carols accompanied by a pianist.
    Booking essential on-line via our website or by telephone, full payment required at the time of booking Arrive from 12.30pm, lunch will be served at 1pm.

  • Mon
    13
    Jan
    2020
    12:30 pmHolland House

    Booking essential on-line via our website or by telephone, full payment required at time of booking. Arrive from 12.30pm, lunch will be served at 1pm.

    This friendly lunch is in connection with Evesham Festival of Words & is £18pp.

    ‘The Chamberlains and the Birmingham Civic Gospel’ with Andrew Reekes

    Late 19th century Birmingham was renowned both as the ‘best governed city in the world’ and as ‘the most artistic town in England’. It was also the progenitor of the ‘civic gospel’, which sought to elevate and improve its citizens. Two unrelated Chamberlains, Joseph and John Henry, were above all others responsible for practically implementing the ideals of this gospel. This lecture tells their inspiring story.

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020
    10am - 4pm

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, Ian is an Anglican Priest and member of Christians practicing yoga. He received his yoga training through the Sadhana Mala Teacher Training School, affiliated to the Association for Yoga Studies (AYS). The day includes asana (postures), some theory & discussion, chanting and a contemplative Holy Communion service to which all are welcome. Refreshments and vegetarian lunch also included. Postures are suitable for beginners.

     

    £40pp - please book online in advance

  • Mon
    24
    Feb
    2020
    10am - 4pm

    £30 to include lunch & refreshments.

    A day to set aside in the company of Bishop Michael Hooper and fellow pilgrims as we begin the journey of contemplation and prayer that is at the heart of the Lenten season.

  • Mon
    02
    Mar
    2020
    12:30 pm

    Monday 2nd March 2020
    Following a two-course lunch, enjoy this illustrated talk on the friendship between Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells and F.W. Harvey, and how their work was stimulated by Gloucestershire, the Severn, and the Malvern Hills. The talk covers their early lives and their years of close friendship before World War I. Each of the three would find an artistic outlet in music and poetry but their futures would be very different.
    £18pp. Arrive at 12.30pm, lunch served at 1pm.

    Buy on-line

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2020
    10am-4pm

    Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offers individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, chant and meditation. Ian cross-references ideas and text from the Yoga Sutra with Biblical ideas and text to provide new insight and a different theme for each retreat day across the year.

    The day is suitable for those who are exploring spirituality as well as those established in a faith tradition.

    Cost includes refreshments and two course lunch.

    Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    Buy on-line

  • Thu
    16
    Apr
    2020
    10am - 4pm

    Quiet Garden Days (Run by the friends of Holland House)

    £18pp to include a sandwich lunch and refreshments

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2020
    10am - 4pm

    Come and spend a peaceful day at Holland House with Marianne. We will focus on experiences of light - in religion, in art and in our own lives. There will be time to listen, to share and to enjoy silence as well as a delicious lunch.

    An opportunity to consider experiences of light in the major religious traditions, in works of art and in the experiences of ordinary people.Whether in abstract visions or in the form of angelic beings, light has a transformative effect. There will be time for silent reflection and also the opportunity to share our own experiences.

    Marianne enjoys leading Quiet Days. She has written on religious and spiritual experience and on Dame Cicely Saunders and the hospice movement. She is currently studying for a PhD on the ‘fruits of spiritual experience’.

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2020
    Sun
    03
    May
    2020
    5pm - 5pm

    Inside Out – Outside In – exploring our spirituality and our place in the world.

    The Friends of Holland House will be hosting a weekend, arrivals from 5pm on Friday 1st May and concluding with afternoon tea on Sunday 3rd May, all welcome.

    Programme:

    Friday evening – ‘Getting to know you’

    Saturday – a varied programme of Retreat tasters, including art and music and a film in the evening

    Sunday – 3 sessions led by experienced Spiritual Director Nick Helm on ‘Spirituality and Life: Spiritual practices that can energise and shape our living’

    Residential

    Non-residential

    Taster Day

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2020
    10:00 amon-line at The Vicarage
  • Thu
    07
    May
    2020
    10am-4pm

    Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offers individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, chant and meditation. Ian cross-references ideas and text from the Yoga Sutra with Biblical ideas and text to provide new insight and a different theme for each retreat day across the year.

    The day is suitable for those who are exploring spirituality as well as those established in a faith tradition.

    Cost includes refreshments and two course lunch.

    Mats and other equipment can be provided.

    Book on-line

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2020
    10am - 4pm

    Quiet Garden Days (Run by the friends of Holland House)
    £18pp to include a sandwich lunch and refreshments

  • Thu
    18
    Jun
    2020
    10am - 4pm

    Quiet Garden Days (Run by the friends of Holland House)
    £18pp to include a sandwich lunch and refreshments

  • Thu
    16
    Jul
    2020
    10am - 4pm

    Quiet Garden Days (Run by the friends of Holland House)
    £18pp to include a sandwich lunch and refreshments

  • Sun
    09
    Aug
    2020
  • Mon
    10
    Aug
    2020
  • Thu
    13
    Aug
    2020
  • Thu
    20
    Aug
    2020
    10am-4pm

    Revd Peter Knight will lead our first Quiet Garden Day since restrictions were eased and we're looking forward to guests enjoying the gardens and grounds once again.

    Peter will be offering some reflections and a Eucharist (in line with C of E guidelines), and there's plenty of time to relax away from the "same-four-walls" of the last four months

    Run by The Friends of Holland House, the day begins at 10am and concludes at 4pm and includes a sandwich lunch and refreshments (prepared and offered within Govt guidelines for restaurants).

    Book on-line

  • Sun
    23
    Aug
    2020
  • Tue
    25
    Aug
    2020
  • Thu
    27
    Aug
    2020
    10am-4pm

    We're delighted to be able to offer the first Yoga for Christians day since restrictions were eased !

    Working within Govt guidelines we're restricted to 8 people only - please bring your own Yoga mats and any other equipment you like to have with you. We'll be practicing in the Conference room which has enough space, and we'll be opening windows and indeed to doors into the lovely garden if weather permits. We may even be able to practice on one of our beautiful lawns if the Sun shines a little.

    Whether you’re a Christian who already goes to a yoga class, have an interest in how yoga can support your faith, or would simply like to experience yoga within a Christian framework, this retreat is for you. Revd Ian Spencer is a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and has taught both classes and offers individual (one to one) tuition.  Ian will introduce Yoga as a practice that Christians can use to deeply connect with faith, working with body practice, breath, chant and meditation. Ian cross-references ideas and text from the Yoga Sutra with Biblical ideas and text to provide new insight and a different theme for each retreat day across the year.

    The day is suitable for those who are exploring spirituality as well as those established in a faith tradition.

    Cost includes refreshments and two course lunch - all offered within Govt Guidelines for restaurants

    Looking forward to seeing you soon.

    Book on-line

  • Wed
    09
    Sep
    2020
    10.30am - 4pm
  • Tue
    15
    Sep
    2020
    10:00 amHolland House Chapel

    The freedom from "lock-down" feels to many of us like its created more problems than it's resolved - life just got even more complicated.

    Juggling family responsibilities and work commitments while looking after our own health (mental and physical) is getting increasingly difficult.

    This day is for anyone that needs some space to re-collect themselves, sooth body and mind, and enjoy some "me" time - a time to re-balance.

    The yoga postures will be accessible to everyone (all body-shapes and sizes) and meditation / mindfulness practice suitable for all.

    The day will be led by the Warden of Holland House, Revd Ian Spencer - a trained Hatha Yoga teacher and Zen meditator, inlcudes lunch and refreshments and concludes at 4pm

    Here's the link to book your place....  Gentle Yoga and meditation

     

     

  • Thu
    17
    Sep
    2020
    10am - 4pm

    Quiet Garden Days (Run by the friends of Holland House)

    £18pp to include a sandwich lunch and refreshments

    Book on-line

  • Fri
    18
    Sep
    2020
    4pm-6pm

    This is your chance to enjoy some refreshments and the wonderful gardens of Holland House, and to welcome back Bishop Robert Paterson, Bishop Martin Gorick, and Revd Ian Spencer (Warden) after their epic 24 mile row down the river Avon in "Maria".. There's no charge for the event, however if you've not been able to donate to the row itself it will be possible to make a donation for the tea on the day. If the weather is inclement the tea will be held in the House - please bring a face-covering just in case (only needed when walking along corridors). See you soon  - thank you for your support.

  • Mon
    21
    Sep
    2020
  • Tue
    22
    Sep
    2020
  • Sat
    26
    Sep
    2020
  • Fri
    02
    Oct
    2020
    10:00 amHolland House

    The freedom from "lock-down" feels to many of us like its created more problems than it's resolved - life just got even more complicated.

    Juggling family responsibilities and work commitments while looking after our own health (mental and physical) is getting increasingly difficult.

    This day is for anyone that needs some space to re-collect themselves, sooth body and mind, and enjoy some "me" time - a time to re-balance.

    The yoga postures will be accessible to everyone (all body-shapes and sizes) and meditation / mindfulness practice suitable for all.

    The day will be led by the Warden of Holland House, Revd Ian Spencer - a trained Hatha Yoga teacher and Zen meditator and includes lunch and refreshments

    The day concludes at 4pm

    Here's the link to book your place ......Gentle Yoga and meditation

  • Fri
    09
    Oct
    2020
    10:00 amHolland House

    Autumn - the time of "mists and mellow fruitfulness" has always been a time of quietening down after the frenetic months of summer

    This Autumn perhaps more than any other for a long time is a welcome time for such peace - its been a long and difficult summer for us all.

    Holland House is delighted to welcome back Revd Peter Knight to lead us in one of our Autumn Quiet days on October 9th - a lovely day to find some peace and relaxation - to get in tune with the  mellow season of rest and quietness.

    If you'd like such a day, along with a lovely lunch and refreshments - here's the link to book your place....Autumn Quiet Day

    The day starts at 10.00am  concluding at 4pm with tea.

  • Sat
    10
    Oct
    2020
  • Sat
    10
    Oct
    2020
  • Sun
    11
    Oct
    2020
  • Wed
    14
    Oct
    2020
  • Fri
    30
    Oct
    2020
    Sun
    01
    Nov
    2020
    4:00 pm

    This retreat is for anyone interested in the work of Benedictine Monk Fr Bede Griffiths, or in how the experience of India can help illuminate the Christian tradition in new ways.

    The in-person retreat is now fully booked, however if you'd like to join us On-line real-time, follow this link. If after reading the information you'd like to book your place, we'd love to see you!   Going Beyond: On -line

    John Ryder writes "Many Christians have struggled to find the Christ we know in our hearts in the churches where we grew up.  We imbibed an image of God delivered in dualistic terms, excluding perspectives from other spiritual traditions. 

    Jane Lichnowski and John Ryder, along with Revd Ian Spencer, will offer a weekend to facilitate a deepening process of spiritual understanding through an exploration of the Katha Upanishad. This accessible Hindu scripture opens up questions of life and death, and invites us to journey into the ultimate nature of who we are. It provides an opportunity to hear and reflect on the Katha Upanishad, held within the Benedictine rhythm of the day as at Shantivanam (Bede's Indian monastery), with times of meditation and prayer, silence and sharing.  Also, opportunities for yoga, contemplative walking in the beautiful grounds, and an Indian-style Eucharist.

    This is a unique opportunity rarely offered in the UK, do book early to secure your place.

     

    Jane Lichnowski and John Ryder are founder-members of the Bede Griffiths Sangha, a loosely - knit community of people formed 25 years ago after the death of Father Bede. (see www.bedegriffithssangha.org.uk)

    Revd Ian Spencer is an Anglican Priest, Warden of Holland House, and yoga teacher. 

  • Tue
    03
    Nov
    2020
    10am - 3.30pm
  • Wed
    11
    Nov
    2020
  • Wed
    02
    Dec
    2020
    1:00 pm

    Holland House is delighted to welcome Revd Dr Bonnie Thurston to lead our on-line retreat, looking into the wonderful legacy of Interfaith Dialogue that Thomas Merton pioneered.

    The retreat begins 1pm and closes at 5pm GMT (9am - 1pm EST), and comprises of two talks by Bonnie, time for discussion, Q&A and with comfort breaks in-between.

    This is a unique opportunity to hear a leading expert on Merton's spirituality and thinking on a subject that is surely of growing importance in our multi-cultural yet increasingly fragmented world.

    Cost is just £20 - once booked a link and programme will be emailed to you.

    Thomas Merton OCSO (13/01 1915 – 10/12 1968) was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. Merton was deeply committed to Interfaith dialogue, corresponding with Monks and Religious Leaders all over the world. Indeed it was on such a trip to engage with the Buddhists of Thailand that he tragically died on December 10th 1968.

     

    Bonnie Thurston is a native of southern West Virginia,  lives quietly near Wheeling, WV,  having resigned the William F. Orr Professorship in New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2002. She earned the B.A. in English (First Honors) from Bethany College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.

    She was ordained in 1984 and has served as co-pastor, pastor, or interim of five churches and twice in overseas ministries. She is an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader. Her poetry frequently appears in religious periodicals, and she has authored six volumes of verse.  Bonnie is a widow, an avid walker, reader, gardener and cook, enjoys classical music (especially the opera and liturgical music) and loves the West Virginia hills.

    Thomas Merton Connection: Bonnie wrote her doctoral dissertation on Thomas Merton and is particularly interested in his poetry and his inter-religious thought. She was a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society, served as its third president, and received a “Louie” award for service to the Society. She has written over 50 articles or contributions to books on Merton and given retreats and lectured on Merton widely in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe

    To secure your place on this fabulous one-off event, click on this link  https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/2496/

     

     

  • Fri
    04
    Dec
    2020
    10:00 am

    Get out of the House without going to the shops!

    Come and have a lovely day at the beautiful Holland House in Cropthorne - 4 acres of gardens and cosy rooms to relax in.

    Come on your own or bring a friend -  bring a book, bring your sketchpad, bring your knitting, do a puzzle, start the novel you've been meaning to write!

    Whatever makes you happy.

    Refreshments and lunch include   -  dont miss the opportunity, places limited due to Covid-security (relax in a safe place!)

    Here's the link to the shop to purchase your quiet day....  Pop-Up Quiet Day

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2020
    Fri
    18
    Dec
    2020
    10:00 amOn Line

    This is an on-line retreat lasting 7 days (Dec 8,9,10, 15,16,17,18)  but carried out in your own time within a loose framework. It's not necessary to come to every day, just pick the days you can come.

    Run via Zoom this retreat is designed to fit into peoples busy and now even more complex lives - allowing us to make the most of having to live more solitary lives and yet being together to contemplate the wonder of Christmas.

    This is Holland House's gift to all those who'd normally come here during the Christmas season, and all who are suffering separation or loneliness due to the Covid pandemic. Do join us for this very special retreat.

    Here are the days and the stations:

    Dec 8: Zecharia & The Annunciation.   Dec 9: The Visitation & The Birth of The Baptist    Dec 10:Josephs Dream & The Nativity   Dec 15: Shepherds and Angels & Adoration of the Shepherds  Dec 16th:  Naming of Jesus & Visit of the Magi    Dec 17th: Presentation of Christ & Flight into Egypt   Dec 18th:  Massacre of the Innocents & The Return to Nazareth. 

    Each day we will look at 2 Stations of Advent (Pictures), one in the morning and one in the afternoon, such that over 7 days we will have journeyed through all 14 stations.

    The retreat is just £10 per day - when you purchase the item just change the "quantity" in your "basket" to reflect how many days you'd like to purchase. Or you can offer more than £10 in the same way, even if you only come to (say) one day. You will receive the Zoom link (which will valid for all the days) once your purchase has been verified.

    A typical day is explained below.....

    10.00am Registration

    10.15 Prayer

    10.30 Introduction to first Station (Picture)

    10.45 Quiet time

    1.30pm – Introduction to Second station (picture)

    1.45pm Quiet time

    3.00pm – Plenary (sharing time - reflections on the stations)

    3.30pm – Prayer

    4.00pm (latest) End

    Click here to be taken to the shop if you'd like to purchase one or more days .....Stations of Advent On-line

  • Wed
    09
    Dec
    2020
    6:30 am

    Join us for a delicious traditional two course mid-week roast dinner (roast pork, roast potatoes, fresh cooked seasonal vegetables all the trimmings), followed by pudding and coffee / tea: Service is at 6.30pm.  These book-out very quickly to follow this link to get your place at the table! Delicious mid-week Roast!

    Tables to be booked in accordance with current Government Guideline

  • Thu
    10
    Dec
    2020
    10:00 am

    A Quiet Day in Advent: “Who and what is coming?”

    Two short addresses, a simple seasonal Eucharist and at least three and a half hours of quiet time for you to spend as you wish.

    9.30 coffee for 10.00 start; lunch; closing with tea at 16.00.

    Peter will lead us in a seasonally inspired quiet day to help us engage more thoughtfully and richly as we enter the mid-point of Advent.

    The day includes refreshments (tea / coffee / home-made biscuits & cake) as well as a two course lunch

    The House itself will be decorated for the season too, so come and enjoy a lovely day as we approach the wonder of Christmas....

    Here's the link to book your place on this inspiring Advent Retreat:   Who and what is coming?

     

  • Fri
    11
    Dec
    2020
    10:00 am

    A beautiful day at Holland House designed to combine body, mind & spirit in a restful and enjoyable way, through chanting, breath-work and meditation.

    The benefits of chanting have been understood for millennia as the vibrational element releases tensions, knots and anxieties throughout the body, and calms noisy erratic minds.

    Likewise, working with our breath provides a way of routing energy around our bodies, working with the autonomic nervous system to either calm us or provide more energy.

    Meditation harnesses the benefits of both chant and breath, bringing them together in an intentional way to heal and unify

    Led by Ian Spencer, (Warden of Holland House) the day will comprise of chants from a variety of traditions, along with gentle breath work and periods of meditation. The day includes refreshments and vegetarian lunch. Just 10 places available due to Covid-security, so book early!   Here's the link to the on-line shop:  chant, breathe, meditate

  • Sat
    12
    Dec
    2020
    10:00 am

    The freedom from “lock-down” feels to many of us like its created more problems than it’s resolved – life just got even more complicated.

    Juggling family responsibilities and work commitments while looking after our own health (mental and physical) is getting increasingly difficult.

    This day is for anyone that needs some space to re-collect themselves, sooth body and mind, and enjoy some “me” time – a time to re-balance.

    The yoga postures will be accessible to everyone (all body-shapes and sizes) and meditation / mindfulness practice suitable for all.

    The day will be led by the Warden of Holland House, Revd Ian Spencer – a trained Hatha Yoga teacher and Zen meditator and includes lunch and refreshments

    The day concludes at 4pm

    Here's the link if you'd like to book: Gentle yoga post lock-down peace

  • Sun
    13
    Dec
    2020
    1:00 pm

    Join us for a delicious  2 course Roast Pork Sunday lunch with all the trimmings followed by tea or coffee

    Lunch is served at 1pm but you are welcome to arrive from 12.30pm onwards to enjoy the gardens or a drink from the bar

    Maximum table of 6 to be booked in accordance with COVID guidelines

    Just click on this link to get your place at the table and enjoy a great pre-Christmas Sunday treat!   Sunday Lunch December 13th

  • Wed
    16
    Dec
    2020
    1:00 pm

    Head Chef Aimee is "pulling out all the stops" to create our only Christmas lunch event this year.

    Due to Covid restrictions and shut-down, Holland House can only offer one Christmas lunch event this year - so don't miss it!

    Come and enjoy lunch in our 17th century dining room with log fire, exposed beams, and fabulous atmosphere...

    Join us for a two course traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, followed by coffee and Holland House home-made mince pies.

    To help us celebrate the season, enjoy a glass of hot non-alcoholic fruit punch when you arrive - on us!

    Lunch will be served at 1pm

    Maximum table size of 6 in line with current government guidelines

    Here's the link to get your place booked ........Its Christmas Lunch!

  • Fri
    15
    Jan
    2021
    Mon
    18
    Jan
    2021
    4:00 pm

    Due to the enhanced Tier system now in place, and concerns about January restrictions becoming tighter,  we’ve moved to a new date at the end of April, hopefully things will be more settled.  The good news is, that means a few more places are available!

    For many years Holland House has hosted a residential retreat based on the books and spirituality of Fr Richard Rohr.

    Always popular, this year despite Covid we’re holding our 2020 retreat as planned but working within the safety guidelines set out by Government.

    The Warden (Revd Ian Spencer) will be hosting the retreat along with his colleague Urs Mattmann and will include talks, discussion, meditation, worship and free time.

    Using Rohrs book “Hope against Darkness: The transforming vision of St Francis in an Age of Anxiety”, and his latest book “The Wisdom Pattern”, we’ll be exploring  what Rohr see’s as the most pressing issue of our age, a  “crises of meaning … so many people have lost heart today feeling both confused and powerless – many have lost any over-arching meaning [to life]”.  Rohr turns to the life and vision of St Francis in order to articulate the problem, and then catch the vision (and practical application) of St Francis’s spirituality in order to redeem it (e.g. the pattern of “order – disorder – reorder”)

    If you’re looking at the world and feeling powerless to help heal it, or just feel hopeless – this retreat will put a spring in your step once again.

    Arrival from 4pm onwards,  retreat concludes at 11.00am Monday

    If you’re looking at the world and feeling powerless to help heal it, or just feel hopeless – this retreat will put a spring in your step once again!

    Arrival from 4pm onwards,  retreat concludes at 11.00am Monday

    Here's the link to book a place : Hope Against Darkness - the Rohr Retreat

     

     

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2021
    10:00 am

    Following on from Diarmuid O'Murchu's hugely successful debut for Holland House in November, a second on-line retreat is now available.

    In Diarmuid's words:

    Entering Springtime with Creation Spirituality

    "Spring 2020 marked the onset of Covid 19. Spring 2021 invites us to review the deeper meaning of this virus and the now indisputable link to our irresponsible interference in nature. While experts invest huge hope in a vaccine, people of faith also need to discern what an earth-centred spirituality would look like, and how it can enhance the well-being of person and planet alike".

    The day will run from 10.00am - 3.00pm, and as before will include your questions asked via the chat facility, break-out rooms for small group discussion, a plenary for wider discussion, and a time of meditation to close. Don't miss it!  Here's the link to purchase your place Entering Springtime with Creation Spirituality Minimum price is £25, normal "in-person" price would be £40.

  • Sat
    20
    Feb
    2021
    Sat
    20
    Mar
    2021
    On Line

              Living with Micah

    We’re delighted to announce three events to break-up the monotony of lock-down !  From 10.30am - 12.00noon on three fortnightly Saturdays, February 20th, March 6th  and March 20th, Trustee Revd Peter Knight will lead three inspiring online sessions prompted by the radical Old Testament Prophet Micah.

    What is it to "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly" - the world certainly needs all three -  what does Micah say, and how can we play our part......

    Follow this link for more details and to book   https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/on-line-with-revd-peter-knight-living-with-micah

  • Fri
    02
    Apr
    2021
    10:00 amOn Line

    Priest & Warden of Holland House Revd Ian Spencer, is offering two on-line events to mark Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The theme of both is "Covid & the Cross",  connecting our experience of the pandemic with the tragedy and triumph of Easter.  Both events last 2hrs, with an address, shared silent meditation, small group discussion and plenary time. These will be offered via Zoom, live from Holland House Chapel. There's no charge for these as they're offered as worship, however donations for the ministry of the House would be most welcome.

    The link to book your place Good Friday - Covid and the Cross

    Easter blessings,  Ian.


  • Sun
    04
    Apr
    2021
    10:00 am

    We have registered "Holland House CIO" for an ecorace via digital balloon!   This is a "virtual race" where you can buy one or more balloons and join a race that takes-off from Old Jerusalem on Easter day and lasts a week. You can track you balloon's flight and see where in the world the wind has blown it.  There's some very nice prizes to be won via the organisation that runs the race and Holland House is also offering vouchers for Full Afternoon Tea for three for the Holland House supporter that comes first.  It's a good company that runs these races, and they help raise a lot of money for charities.  Here's two links - one to the company home page, and one to our page so you can buy your balloon(s).  They cost £3.00 each, and once you've purchased them you can decorate them in your own style, and even decide how much helium you want to put in them (all virtual of course).
    We're hoping to raise £500,  generate interest in the House, and provide our lovely supporters with some fun at Easter.

    Please follow the link to purchase your balloon
    Home pagehttps://ecoracing.co/index.php
    Holland House page: https://ecoracing.co/user/page/1404

  • Sun
    04
    Apr
    2021
    10:00 amOn line

    Priest & Warden of Holland House Revd Ian Spencer, is offering two on-line events to mark Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The theme of both is "Covid & the Cross",  connecting our experience of the pandemic with the tragedy and triumph of Easter.  Both events last 2hrs, with an address, shared silent meditation, small group discussion and plenary time. These will be offered via Zoom, live from Holland House Chapel. There's no charge for these as they're offered as worship, however donations for the ministry of the House would be most welcome.

    The link to book your place Easter Day - Covid and the Cross

    Easter blessings,  Ian.

  • Sat
    17
    Apr
    2021
    10.30 - 12 o'clockOnline

    An opportunity to meet other Friends and get to know them a bit.  Also a chance to talk in small groups about yourself, who you are, where you live, why you became a Friend, and what you love and miss about Holland House in this strange time.

    Enjoy your own coffee and cake!

    Book on the website  (click here to go to the right page -   Friends Virtual Coffee Morning       to ensure you get the Zoom link.

    No charge, but please consider a donation.

  • Sat
    01
    May
    2021
    10am - 3pmOnline

    “Practical Spirituality: spiritual practices that can energise and shape our living.”

    Led by Nick Helm, spiritual director.*

    The day will include time for discussion in small groups, and time for personal reflection away from the screen.

    Please book via the website – click here for the link to the page  Friends On Line Retreat day cost £25

  • Thu
    20
    May
    2021
    10am - 4pm

    Join the Friends of Holland House for a Quiet Day in the gardens at Holland House. All welcome

    A short reflection will be followed by most of the day free for private reflection and enjoying the garden. A Communion service is offered before a sandwich lunch, and a plenary session at the end before tea.

    F  An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
  • Fri
    28
    May
    2021
  • Fri
    28
    May
    2021
    Sun
    30
    May
    2021
    5:00 pmHolland House

    “Try to praise the mutilated world …”

    If you're looking for a weekend of vital and thought-provoking poetry reading, writing and reflection, together with the wonderful hospitality of Holland House, this weekend retreat is for you. Led by published authors Rosie Miles and Nicola Slee, we will use the Being Alive anthology as the basis for considering how poems can help inspire, nourish, motivate and resource us as we live through challenging times and into new realities.  We may also occasionally delve into the other anthologies in this excellent series: Staying Alive, Being Human, and – most recently – Staying Human.

    Do please join us for an inspiring weekend in good company.  To book your place follow this link  Being Alive Poetry weekend

    For more information on this exciting weekend just email info@rosiemilespoet.com

  • Wed
    16
    Jun
    2021

    10:00 am

      In Person and On-Line

    The very popular Holland House Yoga Day's return on Wednesday June  16th with the theme "Mind follows Body"

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, we'll be exploring the possibility of changing our minds  (e.g.making them more peaceful and able to cope) by changing our body postures.

    The day will include some asana (posture practice) along with chanting and meditation practice. Price includes a delicious two course vegetarian lunch.

    Bring your yoga mat / cushion if you have one, or borrow one from Holland House (limited supply!)

    Arrive 09.30 for a 10.00am start - finishing at 4pm with tea.

    For further information and to book your place click on this link.  Numbers are limited due to Government Guidelines In Person participation

    NB.  This is a "blended" participation, which means if you can't physically get here you can join in via Zoom.  To book Zoom participation, go to the "Zoom event" - follow this link. Zoom participation

  • Thu
    17
    Jun
    2021
  • Fri
    18
    Jun
    2021
  • Fri
    18
    Jun
    2021
    10am - 4pm

    It has been a strange time for everyone, and different in each case. This Quiet Day will offer us the chance to chat about our experiences and to think about what we can take away from this period. Come and spend a peaceful day at Holland House with Marianne Rankin. There will be time for silent reflection and opportunities to share our own experiences.

    Marianne is the Director of Communications for the Alister Hardy Trust and the author of An Introduction to Religious and Spiritual Experience. She has also written on Dame Cecily Saunders and the hospice movement and illustrated a book on Zen. Currently she is studying for a PhD on the 'fruits of spiritual experience'.

    An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
    Bursaries: If you (or someone you know) are very keen to come but are unable to afford the cost there are limited bursaries available – please write to the Warden via reservations@hollandhouse.org
    Donate: If you would like to help someone who is unable to afford the cost to come to an event like this please add a Bursary Donation to your basket when booking.
  • Thu
    01
    Jul
    2021
    10:00 am

    The first Thursday of every month offers the chance to spend a lovely day working in one of the most beautiful gardens in Worcestershire.

    Holland House has over 3 acres of gardens;  formal area's created in the 1920's Edwardian style, wild area's left to natures own delightful designs, a large walled kitchen garden, herbary and rose garden, all bordered on one side by the River Avon. Head Gardener Patrick Swan (M.I.Hort) will be on site all day with a variety of tasks for us to carry out in order to keep these precious garden and grounds in tip-top condition.

    We begin at 10.00am and complete no later than 4.00pm, although any time you can offer in between is very much appreciated.

    Click here for more information and to book your place: https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/garden-volunteers-day-july-1st/

  • Tue
    13
    Jul
    2021

    Sold out !   Try July 14th instead  - be great to see you.

  • Wed
    14
    Jul
    2021

     

    Contact Holland House on 01386 860330 (reservations)  or email reservations@hollandhouse.org to book your fabulous Afternoon Tea.

  • Thu
    15
    Jul
    2021
    10am - 4pm

    Join the Friends of Holland House for a Quiet Day in the gardens at Holland House. All welcome

    A short reflection will be followed by most of the day free for private reflection and enjoying the garden. A Communion service is offered before a sandwich lunch, and a plenary session at the end before tea.

     An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
  • Fri
    16
    Jul
    2021
    12.30 - 3pm

    Come by yourself or with a friend for a friendly two course lunch, served at 1pm, followed by coffee and a talk.

    The speaker will be Liz Ross - It's 60 degrees North ... and some other Quite Interesting things about the islands of Shetland .

    An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
  • Wed
    28
    Jul
    2021
    10am - 4pm

    The last year or so has been a time of loss in so many ways, family and friends, health and well-being, opportunities, relationships....... The day will be led by Alex Vaccaro and include time for personal reflection and sharing and learning from our experiences of bereavement.

    Revd Canon Alex Vaccaro is Associate Priest in the Kidderminster West Team and Dean of Self-Supporting Ministers in the Diocese of Worcester.

    An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
    Bursaries: If you (or someone you know) are very keen to come but are unable to afford the cost there are limited bursaries available – please write to the Warden via reservations@hollandhouse.org
    Donate: If you would like to help someone who is unable to afford the cost to come to an event like this please add a Bursary Donation to your basket when booking.

     

  • Thu
    05
    Aug
    2021
    10:00 am

    The first Thursday of every month offers the chance to spend a lovely day working in one of the most beautiful gardens in Worcestershire.

    We begin at 10.00am and complete no later than 4.00pm, although any time you can offer in between is very much appreciated.

    Click here for more information and to book your place:https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/garden-volunteer-day-august-3rd/

  • Tue
    17
    Aug
    2021
    10:00 am

    "Look up more often"  - Talking to the Divine in Poetry

    Led by Rosie Miles

    Come and spend four days at Holland House discovering new poems and writing your own, facilitated by poet and educator Rosie Miles.   Each day will feature morning and afternoon facilitated writing sessions, morning and afternoon coffee/tea and a great Holland House lunch. You’ll go away with some new drafts of poems and ideas for writing more.  All abilities are very welcome, whether you are new to poetry writing or a seasoned traveller!

    Follow this link for more details about the day: https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/look-up-more-often-talking-to-the-divine-in-poetry-august-17th/

     

     

  • Thu
    19
    Aug
    2021
    10am - 4pm

    Join the Friends of Holland House for a Quiet Day in the gardens at Holland House. All welcome

    A short reflection will be followed by most of the day free for private reflection and enjoying the garden. A Communion service is offered before a sandwich lunch, and a plenary session at the end before tea.

    An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
  • Tue
    31
    Aug
    2021
    10:00 am

     

    Led by Rosie Miles

    Come and spend four days at Holland House  discovering new poems and writing your own, facilitated by poet and educator Rosie Miles. Each day will feature morning and afternoon facilitated writing sessions, morning and afternoon coffee/tea and a great Holland House lunch. You’ll go away with some new drafts of poems and ideas for writing more.  All abilities are very welcome, whether you are new to poetry writing or a seasoned traveller!

    Click here to book your place  https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/something-understood-poems-of-gladness-31st-august/

     

  • Thu
    02
    Sep
    2021
    10:00 am

    The first Thursday of every month offers the chance to spend a lovely day working in one of the most beautiful gardens in Worcestershire.

    Holland House has over 3 acres of gardens;  formal area's created in the 1920's Edwardian style, wild area's left to natures own delightful designs, a large walled kitchen garden, herbary and rose garden, all bordered on one side by the River Avon. Head Gardener Patrick Swan (M.I.Hort) will be on site all day with a variety of tasks for us to carry out in order to keep these precious garden and grounds in tip-top condition.

    We begin at 10.00am and complete no later than 4.00pm, although any time you can offer in between is very much appreciated.

    Click here for more information and to book your place: https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/garden-volunteer-day-september-2nd/

  • Mon
    06
    Sep
    2021
    12:30 - 3pm

    Come by yourself or with a friend for a friendly two course lunch, served at 1pm, followed by coffee and a talk.

    The speaker will be Revd Alma Organ – The Spirit of Iona and Community

    An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
  • Sat
    11
    Sep
    2021
    10am - 4pm

    There is much about our everyday experience of life and faith that can leave us uncertain as to whether it is a gift of God, a co-incidence, an accident, or our own wish-fulfilment. In this day we’ll explore some wisdom from scripture, and the Christian tradition that can help us sift our experiences and gain greater confidence in discerning where the Spirit of God is moving in it all.

    Nick Helm is a priest in the Hereford Diocese and has long experience as a spiritual director, retreat and quiet day leader and in nurturing spiritual growth. He has written several Grove books in their Spirituality Series including ’Soul Spark’ a short course in prayer and spiritual growth. His website is www.soulspark.online

     An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
    Bursaries: If you (or someone you know) are very keen to come but are unable to afford the cost there are limited bursaries available – please write to the Warden via reservations@hollandhouse.org
    Donate: If you would like to help someone who is unable to afford the cost to come to an event like this please add a Bursary Donation to your basket when booking.
  • Tue
    14
    Sep
    2021
    10:00 am

     

    Led by Rosie Miles

    "Quiet Work": The poetry of Flowers and Gardens

    Come and spend four days at Holland House discovering new poems and writing your own, facilitated by poet and educator Rosie Miles.   Each day will feature morning and afternoon facilitated writing sessions, morning and afternoon coffee/tea and a great Holland House lunch. You’ll go away with some new drafts of poems and ideas for writing more.  All abilities are very welcome, whether you are new to poetry writing or a seasoned traveller!

    Click here to book your place !    https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/quiet-work-the-poetry-of-flowers-and-gardens-september-14th/

     

  • Tue
    14
    Sep
    2021
    10:00 am

     

    Art Journaling Retreat Day – part of the Holland House 2021 programme

    Holland House is delighted to offer the gifts and talents of a successful artist with a popular YouTube channel, Jenna Burne.

    Jenna will show you how to harness the power of your creative playfulness to deepen your relationship with God.

    Jenna writes ” I use mixed media art journaling as a form of prayer, praise and prophetic expression. This type of art is messy, fun, spontaneous and accessible to all ages and abilities -no need to be able to draw or even hold a paintbrush! I will be there to coach, guide and encourage all day”

    Check out Jenna's brilliant YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyLERLRblXI

    Then click here for more information and to book your place  - quickly!  (limited numbers...)  Art Journaling with Jenna Burne

  • Wed
    15
    Sep
    2021
    10:00 am

     

    Yoga for wisdom - Yoga understands wisdom as being more than the murmurings of the mind.  How do we actually experience life, the movement of our bodies, our breath, and our minds?  To come into conscious contact with these three and to understand the relationship between them is to tread the path of Jnana yoga - the yoga of wisdom.

    The day will comprise of asana (postures that everyone can access), breath-work and meditation practice, and will be lead by the Warden of Holland House and qualified Hatha Yoga teacher, Revd Ian Spencer.

    09.30am arrival for 10.00am start (prompt).  The day completes at 4pm.   Some yoga mats are available if required.

    Click on this link to head to the on-line shop to book a place: Yoga for wisdom

    Refreshment and vegetarian lunch included.

  • Thu
    16
    Sep
    2021
    10am - 4pm

    Join the Friends of Holland House for a Quiet Day in the gardens at Holland House. All welcome

    A short reflection will be followed by most of the day free for private reflection and enjoying the garden. A Communion service is offered before a sandwich lunch, and a plenary session at the end before tea.

    An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
  • Wed
    22
    Sep
    2021
    10.30am - 4pm
  • Sat
    25
    Sep
    2021
    10am - 4pm

     

    This autumnal reflective study day will ask the question - Where do we find ourselves in the Creation story and what should our response be?

    Revd Canon Alex Vaccaro is Associate Priest in the Kidderminster West Team  and Dean of Self-Supporting Ministers in the Diocese of Worcester.

    An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
    Bursaries: If you (or someone you know) are very keen to come but are unable to afford the cost there are limited bursaries available – please write to the Warden via reservations@hollandhouse.org
    Donate: If you would like to help someone who is unable to afford the cost to come to an event like this please add a Bursary Donation to your basket when booking.
  • Tue
    28
    Sep
    2021
    10:00 am

    Led by Rosie Miles

    Come and spend four days at Holland House in discovering new poems and writing your own, facilitated by poet and educator Rosie Miles.  Each day will feature morning and afternoon facilitated writing sessions, morning and afternoon coffee/tea and a great Holland House lunch. You’ll go away with some new drafts of poems and ideas for writing more.  All abilities are very welcome, whether you are new to poetry writing or a seasoned traveller!

    Here's the link for more information or to book  Nothing gold can stay

      “Nothing Gold Can Stay”: The Poetry of Loss and Grief

     

  • Fri
    01
    Oct
    2021
    10.30am - 4pm
  • Thu
    07
    Oct
    2021
    10:00 am

     

     

  • Fri
    08
    Oct
    2021
    10:00 am

    Yoga for devotion - Devotion involves the movement of the heart toward  the beloved, seeking closer and more intimate union. The root meaning of the word  yoga is "union" or "to join with",  and therefore yoga has always been used by those seeking to deepen their experience of the Divine - the path of Bhakti yoga.

    The day will comprise of asana (postures that everyone can access), breath-work and meditation practice, and will be lead by the Warden of Holland House and qualified Hatha Yoga teacher, Revd Ian Spencer.

    09.30am arrival for 10.00am start (prompt).  The day completes at 4pm.   Some yoga mats are available if required.

    To book your place follow this link....  Yoga for devotion

    Includes refreshments and vegetarian lunch.

  • Sat
    09
    Oct
    2021
    10:00 pm

    Ever since the dawn of humanity, gardens have played a critical part in the sustenance and well-being of human life. Not just a resource for growing food, gardens nurture our well-being in ways that go far beyond just physical needs, as the poet Dorothy Frances Gurney  put it  "one is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth".  Many major faith traditions place significant events in a garden, and spending time in gardens or green-spaces is becoming increasingly valued by health practitioners as at least complimentary to using pharmaceutical products

    Holland House is offering an on-line day exploring the spirituality of the garden with two fantastic garden designers, both of who are steeped in both the scientific and spiritual aspects of the garden.

    Kristina Fitzsimmons and Patrick Swan are award winning gardeners, and will be leading this special day, facilitated by Revd Ian Spencer - Warden of Holland House.    If gardens, green spaces, or even your window-sill or balcony with a potted plant or two, means something special to you - you'll love this retreat-at-home.

     

    Follow this link to book your place - https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/5027/

  • Mon
    18
    Oct
    2021
    10am - 4pm

    This meditative quiet day will focus on two paintings, William Holman Hunt's 'Light of the World and Salvador Dali's 'Christ of St John of the Cross'. We will meditate on the light of Christ in the world today, using the change of seasons to reflect on how light in the darkness gives us direction, hope and renewal as we head into Autumn and the season of Advent.

    Led by Julie Fay who is a Reader minister in the Diocese of Gloucester and Associate Tutor of at Cuddesdon Gloucester and Hereford where she teaches ordinands and Readers in training.  She is an Honorary Lay Canon of Gloucester Cathedral and a Friend of Holland House.

    An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
    Bursaries: If you (or someone you know) are very keen to come but are unable to afford the cost there are limited bursaries available – please write to the Warden via reservations@hollandhouse.org
    Donate: If you would like to help someone who is unable to afford the cost to come to an event like this please add a Bursary Donation to your basket when booking.
  • Fri
    22
    Oct
    2021
    Mon
    25
    Oct
    2021

    October 22nd - October 25th

    For many years Holland House has hosted a residential retreat based on the books and spirituality of Fr Richard Rohr.

    Always popular, this retreat has moved from its 2020 date to 2021 with almost everyone booked on the original asking for a place on the new date.  That said,  there are still 4 places left, so do click on this link to read more and book your place asap! Rohr: Hope against darkness

    The Warden (Revd Ian Spencer) will be hosting the retreat along with his colleague Urs Mattmann and will include talks, discussion, meditation, worship and free time.

    Arrival from 4.00pm Friday 22nd,  retreat concludes at 1.00pm Monday October 25th

  • Mon
    25
    Oct
    2021
    12.30 - 3pm

    Come by yourself or with a friend for a friendly two course lunch, served at 1pm, followed by coffee and a talk.

    The speaker will be Duncan Cadbury (Holland House Trustee) - George Cadbury and the Bournville Village Trust

    To book your place for this lovely lunch and fascinating talk, follow this link - Cadbury & Bournville Trust

      An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
  • Thu
    04
    Nov
    2021
    10:00 am

    The first Thursday of every month offers the chance to spend a lovely day working in one of the most beautiful gardens in Worcestershire.

    Holland House has over 3 acres of gardens;  formal area's created in the 1920's Edwardian style, wild area's left to natures own delightful designs, a large walled kitchen garden, herbary and rose garden, all bordered on one side by the River Avon. Head Gardener Patrick Swan (M.I.Hort) will be on site all day with a variety of tasks for us to carry out in order to keep these precious garden and grounds in tip-top condition.

    We begin at 10.00am and complete no later than 4.00pm, although any time you can offer in between is very much appreciated.

    Click here for more information and to book your place: https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/garden-volunteer-day-november-4th/

  • Tue
    09
    Nov
    2021
    10:00 am

    Yoga for selfless action - The first and most important trait of yoga is that of "ahimsa" - non violence.  The path of selfless-action is a path of love that requires nothing less than a commitment to the welfare of others, whatever their nature. This is the path of Kriya yoga.

    The day will comprise of asana (postures that everyone can access), breath-work and meditation practice, and will be lead by the Warden of Holland House and qualified Hatha Yoga teacher, Revd Ian Spencer.

    09.30am arrival for 10.00am start (prompt).  The day completes at 4pm.   Some yoga mats are available if required.

    To book your place follow this link  Yoga for selfless action

    Includes refreshments and vegetarian lunch.

  • Sat
    13
    Nov
    2021
    10am - 4pm

    As we approach the time of Advent this reflective study day will focus on how we can learn the art of 'waiting' from nature. The day will be led by Alex Vaccaro.

    Revd Canon Alex Vaccaro is Associate Priest in the Kidderminster Ismere Parish  and Dean of Self-Supporting Ministers in the Diocese of Worcester.

    An event organised by the Friends of Holland House and open to ALL
    Bursaries: If you (or someone you know) are very keen to come but are unable to afford the cost there are limited bursaries available – please write to the Warden via reservations@hollandhouse.org
    Donate: If you would like to help someone who is unable to afford the cost to come to an event like this please add a Bursary Donation to your basket when booking.
  • Mon
    22
    Nov
    2021
    Fri
    26
    Nov
    2021

     

    It's been a few years since Holland House hosted a retreat based on the great spiritual quest that is the Enneagram, but now its back!

    It's our delight  to offer this five day retreat, which is becoming very popular all around the world,  arising in harmony with a growing interest in well-being and mental / spiritual health.  These retreats are in great demand in Retreat Houses around the country, so don't miss your opportunity to book a place on on this one especially commissioned for our 2021 programme. Only 18 places are available for this event so click here for more information and a chance to book  The Enneagram

    Arrive in time for dinner on Monday evening (from 4pm onwrds - dinner is at 6pm).

    The retreat ends after breakfast on Friday.

    "Enneagram (Greek for ‘9 points’) describes 9 personality types and is a powerful tool for
    personal and spiritual growth. The Enneagram helps us to see ourselves and others more
    clearly and compassionately and understand what might prevent us from living as fully as God
    intended".

  • Thu
    02
    Dec
    2021
    10:00 am

    The first Thursday of every month offers the chance to spend a lovely day working in one of the most beautiful gardens in Worcestershire.

    Holland House has over 3 acres of gardens;  formal area's created in the 1920's Edwardian style, wild area's left to natures own delightful designs, a large walled kitchen garden, herbary and rose garden, all bordered on one side by the River Avon. Head Gardener Patrick Swan (M.I.Hort) will be on site all day with a variety of tasks for us to carry out in order to keep these precious garden and grounds in tip-top condition.

    We begin at 10.00am and complete no later than 4.00pm, although any time you can offer in between is very much appreciated.

    Click here for more information and to book your place:https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/garden-volunteer-day-december-2nd/

  • Fri
    03
    Dec
    2021
    Sun
    05
    Dec
    2021
    5:00 pmHolland House

    Holland House is delighted to announce a weekend in person with Diarmuid O'Murchu this Advent

    We Await the Coming – Advent as Subversive Memory

    Advent recalls the birth of Jesus in our world, while also reminding us God’s future coming at the end time. In this weekend conference, Diarmuid O’Murchu will introduce new insights on the meaning of Advent, following the guideline of Scripture scholar, John. D. Crossan: While we are waiting for God’s intervention, God is actually waiting on our collaboration. The challenges to Christian faith are quite substantial and through input, reflection, and dialogue, will be explored over the weekend".

    With increasing numbers logging-on to Diarmuids on-line events for us, the weekend is sure to be a sell-out.
    Mark a space in your diary for what will be a great inspirational Advent retreat.
    Here's the link to a great weekend of inspiring wisdom......    Inspiration with Diarmuid OMurchu
    Diarmuid O'Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple's counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees. As a workshop leader and group facilitator he has worked in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, The Philippines, Thailand, India, and in several African countries, facilitating programmes on Adult Faith Development. His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 - revised in 2004),  Ancestral Grace (2008), Jesus in the Power of Poetry (2009), Christianity's Dangerous Memory (2011), In the Beginning was the Spirit (2012),  Incarnation: A New Evolutionary Threshold (2017), Beyond Original Sin: Recovering Humanity's Creative Urge (2018), When the Disciple Comes of Age (2019).   He now lives in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Wed
    08
    Dec
    2021
  • Wed
    15
    Dec
    2021
    10:00 am

    Yoga for deep discernment - The goal of all yoga is the realisation of unity, however we need to exercise our capacity for deeply discerning the truth which can only be done by quietening the mind. This is the path of Raja yoga - the "king" of yoga.

    The day will comprise of asana (postures that everyone can access), breath-work and meditation practice, and will be lead by the Warden of Holland House and qualified Hatha Yoga teacher, Revd Ian Spencer.

    09.30am arrival for 10.00am start (prompt).  The day completes at 4pm.   Some yoga mats are available if required.

    To book your place follow this link..... Yoga for deep discernment

    Includes refreshments and vegetarian lunch.

  • Thu
    16
    Dec
    2021
  • Fri
    17
    Dec
    2021
  • Sat
    18
    Dec
    2021
  • Sun
    19
    Dec
    2021
  • Tue
    21
    Dec
    2021
  • Thu
    06
    Jan
    2022
    10:00 am

    The first Thursday of every month offers the chance to spend a lovely day working in one of the most beautiful gardens in Worcestershire.

    Holland House has over 3 acres of gardens;  formal area's created in the 1920's Edwardian style, wild area's left to natures own delightful designs, a large walled kitchen garden, herbary and rose garden, all bordered on one side by the River Avon. Head Gardener Patrick Swan (M.I.Hort) will be on site all day with a variety of tasks for us to carry out in order to keep these precious garden and grounds in tip-top condition.

    We begin at 10.00am and complete no later than 4.00pm, although any time you can offer in between is very much appreciated.

    Click here for more information and to book your place:https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/garden-volunteer-day-january-6th-2022/

  • Fri
    07
    Jan
    2022
    Sun
    09
    Jan
    2022
    6:00 pm

     

    Many of us make new year's resolutions that start in good faith but soon fizzle out,  everyday-life just squeezes our good intentions off the map.

    Good physical and mental health is something that shouldn't be squeezed out of our lives, indeed they should be a priority , but making a resolution to be fit &well in body and mind has the same squeeze problem.

    This weekend is designed to get us off to the best of starts for the new year. Ian Spencer will lead us in a weekend of yoga practice that not only supports our bodies, but helps strengthen our breath and clear our noisy minds. No previous experience of yoga is necessary, and Ian will be adding regular dates across 2022 to support your intention - so no more "fizzle-out" problems!

    Click on this link for more information and to book a place to begin the new year well: Start the year Well !

  • Thu
    13
    Jan
    2022
  • Sat
    15
    Jan
    2022
    10:00 am

    Led by Revd Paul Hunt, this is a Holland House programmed event to help us all engage more deeply with the season of Epiphany.

    Follow this link for more information about the day and the chance to book...Poetry and the Epiphany

  • Thu
    03
    Feb
    2022
    10:00 am

    The first Thursday of every month offers the chance to spend a lovely day working in one of the most beautiful gardens in Worcestershire.

    Holland House has over 3 acres of gardens;  formal area's created in the 1920's Edwardian style, wild area's left to natures own delightful designs, a large walled kitchen garden, herbary and rose garden, all bordered on one side by the River Avon. Head Gardener Patrick Swan (M.I.Hort) will be on site all day with a variety of tasks for us to carry out in order to keep these precious garden and grounds in tip-top condition.

    We begin at 10.00am and complete no later than 4.00pm, although any time you can offer in between is very much appreciated.

    Click here for more information and to book your place:https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/garden-volunteer-day-february-3rd-2022/

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2022
  • Fri
    25
    Mar
    2022
    Sun
    27
    Mar
    2022

    " ‘Soul’ is a confusing term – commonly bandied about in religious circles but seldom defined or much understood. It’s also used in psychology, and popular culture where for example music, art, conversations, food, friendships, habits and rituals may be considered soulful. Perhaps the great dilemma of our times is a ‘loss of soul’ – a dislocation from our deepest selves, from compassion, from nature – ultimately, from the divine. Yet when soul is neglected, it doesn’t simply go away; it appears in obsessions, addictions, aggression, and loss of meaning."

    Drawing on music, art, poetry and biblical imagination, this weekend retreat will consider, not only the meaning of soul in theological and cultural terms, but importantly, explore tangible ways to foster soulfulness in ordinary everyday life, and in our world.

    Dave Tomlinson is an Anglican priest, and chaplain to the St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. He holds a Master’s degree in Biblical Hermeneutics, and is the author of many books including How to be a Bad Christian - and a better human being and Black Sheep and Prodigals – an antidote to black and white religion. Dave also regularly contributes to BBC Radio 2’s ‘Pause for Thought’ and currently invites all to his Holy Shed every Sunday evening.

    The retreat runs from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. All inclusive cost - £305

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    14
    Apr
    2022
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    06
    May
    2022
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    16
    Jun
    2022
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    2022
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    18
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    2022
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    15
    Sep
    2022

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