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Lent Retreat: Treasure in the Wilderness

5th March, 4:00 pm to 8th March, 2:00 pm


Andrew Mayes takes us on a Lenten journey to outstanding deserts of the planet and an odyssey of the soul. This voyage of discovery takes us across five continents as we venture to places few pilgrims reach: the Gazan desert, the Sahara, the Australian outback, the Athos wilderness and the Ordos Desert of China, and the Syrian desert, among others.

Physicality leads to spirituality as we listen to compelling voices that speak to us poignantly across space and time—including spiritual writers long-forgotten or not well-known. These unearth for us the treasure we seek: we uncover the distinctive charism of each desert, offering us different and challenging ways of looking at the world and at the spiritual life. We discover the unpredictable desert to contain unexpected, priceless treasures of transformative wisdom that speak uncannily into our own contemporary spiritual search. We see how these gems can energise and inspire our discipleship or spiritual practice. As we embark on this spiritual quest, we may never be the same again!

Andrew D. Mayes

Andrew was formerly Spirituality Adviser both to the diocese of Chichester and the diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. He has worked for some years in Jerusalem, and is the author of 14 spirituality books. A Franciscan and Anglican priest, Andrew delights in imagery and metaphor that takes us into the deeper reaches of prayer.


Retreat price: £480 (standard room) or £525 (character room)
EARLY BIRD RATE: £450 (standard room) or £495 (character room) if booked by 5th January 2024!
Price includes en-suite accommodation, all meals, and all retreat resources.
It may be possible for you to extend your stay by arriving early.  Why not check on availability and ask for a quote when you contact us.


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    5th March, 4:00 pm
    8th March, 2:00 pm
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