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.

  • 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
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    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

  • Thu
    08
    Oct
    2020
    9:30 am

    One of a series of day retreat’s on offer throughout 2020,  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 "Letting go". Rohr writes "to paraphrase Meister Eckhart, the spiritual life has much more to do with subtraction than it does addition. All great spirituality is about letting go........ we tend to think at almost every level that more is better .... [however]  .... "less is more" and Zen has come to prominence in the West as we have now come to realise this". We will be exploring the theme of "letting go",  including letting go of the need to be right !

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

    The day will conclude with a contemplative Holy Communion service (optional but all invited) followed by afternoon tea at 4pm.

    Cost £40 and includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.

    To book your place on this popular retreat click here

  • 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
    17
    Oct
    2020
    Sun
    18
    Oct
    2020
    10:00 amHolland House

     

    Through-out the Covid 19 pandemic Holland House has reached-out to many through it's email-based "Comfort in Crisis" series of reflections.

    The author of the Comfort in Crisis series, Revd Ian Spencer, is offering a short weekend (10.00am Saturday 17th Oct - 4.00pm Sunday 18th Oct) for anyone who'd like to take an extended break from the stress and strain of it all and find some comfort within the continuing crisis that is Covid 19.

    This short weekend is especially helpful for those involved in the Front-Line of care, whether professionally or personally - a time to relax, re-charge, encounter "that peace which the world cannot give".

    During the weekend Ian will offer some short reflections, yoga postures (accessible to everyone - all body-shapes / sizes), and meditation and times of peacefulness.

    Opportunities  for one-to-one discussion with Ian will be available during the weekend.

    Click here to book your place Comfort in Crisis short weekend

  • Wed
    21
    Oct
    2020
    10:00 am

    “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.However the Christian faith has a very rich heritage of prayer, for example prayer ropes, icons, meditation, rosary, nature-based, chanting, scripture-based, and more. This one day retreat explores a variety of prayer practices, and can be booked by individuals with a maximum of 4 people at any one time (more by prior appointment). It's not necessary to come as a group. This allows for personal discussion time with the tutor in the afternoon.If your prayer life isn’t as rich as you’d like it, "praying differently" offers other ways and practices. See and experience prayer afresh, and regain your enthusiasm and commitment to the sacred and transforming practice of prayer.

    To book click here ...https://www.hollandhouse.org/product/praying-differently-wednesday-21st-october/

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, Warden of Holland House.

  • Fri
    30
    Oct
    2020
    Sun
    01
    Nov
    2020
    5:00 pmHolland House

    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.

    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. Email Revd Ian Spencer if you have any queries (ian.spencer@hollandhouse.org)

    To book your place, visit the shop on this link  Bede Griffiths - Going Beyond

    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. 

  • Sat
    07
    Nov
    2020
    10:00 amOn line

    Holland House is thrilled to announce a wonderful opportunity to hear international retreat leader, priest, author and social psychologist Diarmuid O'Murchu  speaking on the subject of the "coming of age"  of Christian spirituality.

    Based on his recent book, When the Disciple Comes of Age, Diarmuid O'Murchu, priest and social psychologist, will explore the spiritual challenges of our time as more people seek adult ways to engage and express their search for a deeper spirituality. 

    "Embracing an adult perspective of faith requires adjustments to inherited wisdom. For some it means discarding a great deal of what no longer feels credible or useful. For others it means reworking the tradition to make it relevant for the 21st century......."

    The event will provide an opportunity to ask Diarmuid questions and also take-part in both plenary and "meeting room" conversations.

    Begins 10.00am, finishes 3.30pm

    After booking a place via our online shop we will later send you the itinerary for the day, along with Zoom link.

    To book your place follow this link........ Diarmuid O'Murchu - Being more adult in Living our Faith today

     

  • Thu
    19
    Nov
    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 no longer be provided due to Covid restrictions - please bring your own mat on this occasion - many thanks.

    Buy on-line

  • Fri
    27
    Nov
    2020
    Mon
    30
    Nov
    2020
    12noon-2pm

    A weekend retreat based on the teachings of Richard Rohr, more information to follow

  • Wed
    02
    Dec
    2020
    1:00 pm

    "Thomas Merton's Legacy to Interfaith Dialogue"

    Thomas Merton OCSO (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 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.

    Revd Dr Bonnie Thurston is a New Testament scholar who held the William F. Orr Professorship in the New Testament at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2002. She is the author or editor of twenty two theological books and six books of poetry, and wrote one of the first PhD dissertations on Merton.

    Dr Thurston is a spiritual director and experienced retreat leader, and a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society.

    Due to Covid, Bonnie's trip to the UK has been cancelled this year, however we're delighted to announce that she'll be offering Holland House  an one-line day on the principles of Interfaith Dialogue as espoused by Thomas Merton. This is an exciting one-off opportunity for anyone interested either in Merton or Interfaith work. An expert in Merton, Dr Thurston will lead us in a day of both learning and discussion regarding how we also might go about the critical work of Interfaith dialogue in the 21st century.

    Start time 1pm completion 5.00pm latest, to account for the time difference: Includes Bonnie's address, discussion time, Q&A,

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

     

     

  • Thu
    10
    Dec
    2020
    10:00 am

    “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.However the Christian faith has a very rich heritage of prayer, for example prayer ropes, icons, meditation, rosary, nature-based, chanting, scripture-based, and more. This one day retreat explores a variety of prayer practices, and can be booked by individuals with a maximum of 4 people at any one time (more by prior appointment). It's not necessary to come as a group. This allows for personal discussion time with the tutor in the afternoon.If your prayer life isn’t as rich as you’d like it, "praying differently" offers other ways and practices. See and experience prayer afresh, and regain your enthusiasm and commitment to the sacred and transforming practice of prayer.

    Led by Revd Ian Spencer, Warden of Holland House.