Running a retreat, I think a lot about rest, but I am not always so good at doing it. This week I was forced to take it easy having forgotten to check our oil and wondering why the heating didn't come on, then having a power cut. Suddenly I was both in the cold and the dark (my family had gone to London). So I decided to go down to the Hermitage and find out what it's like off-grid. I have to say it was wonderful. No phone to distract me, radio or TV, it was even too dark to read Poldark. So I was forced to sit in the rocking chair, staring at the fire and look for stars. I would really recommend taking some time out if you can. 'Time to stand and stare' as Davies wrote.
Thankfully we have just built a new kitchenette for the Hermitage, so I was able to cook up a storm, or at least some baked beans.
We also love our new twin beds, friends can now stay and share The Byre. Together they make a super-king size bed and here I am trying to change the new fair-trade duvet, no mean feat!
Thank you to our recent guest Anne for helping us with some much needed gardening. We are realising this is a big job. So if you enjoy pottering about in a garden or wielding power tools, we can work out a good discount.
Many people over the last 2 millennia have used labyrinths; as a mini pilgrimage, to bring calm, help with a decision or as an act of worship. A labyrinth is not a maze. There is nothing to be solved, no dead ends meant to entrap the walker, they have a clear way in and out. Yet the small amount of concentration required to stay on the path, combined with the repetitive nature of following the pattern, is said to produce a calming effect that can do everything from reduce anxiety to providing a sense of direction on a decision to be made. Hence they are now not only in churches but also hospitals, spas and prisons.
Group Retreats in Autumn
Do you have a group that you would like to take away; to help them retreat and take time out?
Or perhaps you would like to do an activity together whilst reflecting; some crafting, writing, photography?
We would love to host you here at Treargel; and now with the help of our neighbour Charlie, who runs Hendersick Farmhouse B&B, we can host up to 12 people. You can lead it yourselves or we can help. If interested, contact us for a chat.
Have a great Easter everyone!