List of Events

Corona virus update: Holland House is committed to working within Government Guidelines along with Health & Safety best practice to ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests and staff. We have no plans to cancel events from the House Programme at present and are honouring our commitments to groups that are currently booked to come. We continue to encourage future bookings.

Cancellation Insurance: Please consider taking out cancellation Insurance before booking. One-off events can be insured for as little as £6 covering up to £3500 of cost – more than adequate for any event at Holland House. This does not affect our cancellation policy, which will be applied in 100% of cases. For more details go to the “About” tab on the home page.

The events listed on this page are those “coming-up” soon. To browse the full list click On line shop

  • 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!

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