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Beginners’ Retreat: A retreat for first time retreatants

19th July, 6:00 pm to 21st July, 2:00 pm


Cathy Davies


A retreat for first time retreatants led by Cathy Davies and Helen Newman.

Going on retreat for the first time can feel like a daunting experience. What am I letting myself in for? Will I enjoy it? What about the silence? Will I cope with it? What do I do with it? This semi silent retreat is for those who have never been on retreat before, or certainly not on a silent retreat.

You may have experienced a Quiet Day or been away on a parish weekend, but this is your first residential on your own, and your first try at being silent over a prolonged time. If that is your experience so far, this retreat will be an ideal next step! The aim of the weekend is to help you enter the world of silent retreats gently and with plenty of support. There will be guidance on how to use the time; periods on your own and with the other retreatants and the opportunity to share your experience with others if you wish to do so. During your stay at Launde you can join in with the community’s rhythm of prayer and worship; walk, write, paint, potter or simply rest, as the spirit takes you.

Helen Newman

Cathy is Assistant Warden at Launde Abbey where she lives with her husband, Hadyn. Cathy’s passion is prayer and exploring Christian Spiritual traditions, which has involved leading retreats in Italy, France and the UK. Cathy’s other passion is young people and previous roles have included a chaplaincy role in secondary education.


Helen came to Launde in March 2017 as Chaplain. She is joined by her husband, David, who is now Warden. Before that she was Chaplain at LOROS, a renowned hospice in Leicestershire. She has led many retreats and quiet days at Launde Abbey over recent years and is now an established member of the Community.

Early bird price: £205 if booked before 31st May 2019.


19th July, 6:00 pm
21st July, 2:00 pm
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