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Starts: 26th August, 2019

Ends: 30th August, 2019

Residential: £555.00

Individually Guided Retreat

Led by: Sr Felicity Young

This Individually Guided Retreat offers the opportunity for up to five people to spend several days in silence with Sr Felicity Young, an experienced Spiritual Director, who will guide them in their...

Starts: 26th August, 2019

Ends: 30th August, 2019

Non-residential: £305.00

Jesus and the Jews

Led by: Prof Sr Maureena Fritz

It is now generally understood that Jesus was and always remained an observant Jew. From the New Testament we learn that he was trained in the Law’s observance and had respect for it, and that...

Starts: 26th August, 2019

Ends: 30th August, 2019

Residential: £455.00

Jesus and the Jews

Led by: Prof Sr Maureena Fritz

It is now generally understood that Jesus was and always remained an observant Jew. From the New Testament we learn that he was trained in the Law’s observance and had respect for it, and that...

Starts: 2nd September, 2019

Ends: 6th September, 2019

Residential: £440.00

Autumn Break

Led by: Gwyneth Evans and Lynn Douglas

This week is especially designed for senior citizens looking for a break in lovely surroundings and good company. Great care is taken to devise a programme that offers something for everyone: a...

Starts: 9th September, 2019

Ends: 13th September, 2019

Residential: £555.00

Individually Guided Retreat

Led by: Judy Holyer

This Individually Guided Retreat offers the opportunity for up to five people to spend several days in silence with Judy Holyer, who will accompany them in their praying, reading and reflecting in...

Starts: 9th September, 2019

Ends: 13th September, 2019

Non-residential: £295.00

Chinese Brush Painting: China in Blue, Green and Gold

Led by: Julia Martin

On this course we will explore four beautiful subjects using wonderful deep mineral colours and gold ink. Subjects include: Bronze Vessels - a variety of different shaped and patterned vessels can be...

Starts: 9th September, 2019

Ends: 13th September, 2019

Residential: £440.00

Chinese Brush Painting: China in Blue, Green and Gold

Led by: Julia Martin

On this course we will explore four beautiful subjects using wonderful deep mineral colours and gold ink. Subjects include: Bronze Vessels - a variety of different shaped and patterned vessels can be...

Starts: 9th September, 2019

Ends: 13th September, 2019

Non-residential: £295.00

Playing in the Presence of God

Led by: Anna Garvie

In the busyness of life where time is often spent serving others, it is all too easy to forget the childlike delight and wonder essential to appreciating the gift of the Kingdom of God. Stepping away...

Starts: 9th September, 2019

Ends: 13th September, 2019

Residential: £440.00

Playing in the Presence of God

Led by: Anna Garvie

In the busyness of life where time is often spent serving others, it is all too easy to forget the childlike delight and wonder essential to appreciating the gift of the Kingdom of God. Stepping away...

Starts: 10th September, 2019

Ends: 10th September, 2019

One day course: £50.00

Life Drawing

Led by: Pauline Palmer

Enjoy a day of fun exercises to get you back into or begin the practice of drawing from life. We will incorporate techniques and methods that have been used for 100s of years, together with more...

Starts: 14th September, 2019

Ends: 14th September, 2019

One day course: £50.00

Quiet Day - the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus

Led by: Jan Ladhams and Andy Ladhams

These three Quiet Days, led by Jan and Andy, are focused on three of the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus. Take time out from busy lives to pray, reflect and meditate and discover how these words...

Starts: 21st September, 2019

Ends: 21st September, 2019

One day course: £60.00

Screen Printing Just like Andy Warhol

Led by: Shelagh Hetreed

Screen printing is an ancient technique of printing an image by placing a stencil under a mesh screen and forcing ink through, printing your image colour by colour. Andy Warhol’s vivid images...

Starts: 24th September, 2019

Ends: 27th September, 2019

Non-residential: £240.00

Spiritual Gifts and the Enneagram: Subtypes and Soul

Led by: Karen Webb

Within each of the nine types are three subtypes, also called instincts as they describe basic survival behaviours in the three main arenas of life: self-preservation, social belonging, and...

Starts: 24th September, 2019

Ends: 27th September, 2019

Residential: £360.00

Spiritual Gifts and the Enneagram: Subtypes and Soul

Led by: Karen Webb

Within each of the nine types are three subtypes, also called instincts as they describe basic survival behaviours in the three main arenas of life: self-preservation, social belonging, and...

Starts: 25th September, 2019

Ends: 25th September, 2019

One day course: £60.00

Batik - Go with the flow

Led by: Shelagh Hetreed

Immerse yourself in the delightful flowing art medium of Batik. Learning to use the tjanting (wax pen) you will experience the flowing lines and the wax ‘resisting’ the vibrant dyes,...

Starts: 25th September, 2019

Ends: 25th September, 2019

Talks: £20.00

Theres No Place for Hate! What is hate crime? How big a problem is it? What can we do about it?

Led by: Alex Raikes

Alex Raikes is Strategic Director of Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI), the charity dedicated to tackling hate crime and promoting equality and community cohesion across Avon and...

Starts: 26th September, 2019

Ends: 26th September, 2019

TLC DAYS: £12.00

TLC Days

The TLC (Tender Loving Care) Day gives Senior Citizens in the local community an opportunity to have a day out at Ammerdown once a month. Each TLC Day includes a delicious, two course, cooked lunch...

Starts: 29th September, 2019

Ends: 4th October, 2019

Residential: £550.00

Finding Fulfilment

Led by: Jill Benet, Antonio Benet and Jacqueline Evans

…Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance and there is only the dance. How can we reach the Unknowable? What are the obstacles within us? In this retreat we’ll be...

Starts: 1st October, 2019

Ends: 1st October, 2019

A 6 week course of 1.5 hour sessions: £5.00

Fun Singing Workshops

Led by: Helena Softley

A professional singer/songwriter for over 30 years, she covers all styles of music; from Folk and Blues, Rock and Gospel, to pop songs you know and love. Her relaxed style of teaching is easy to...

Starts: 5th October, 2019

Ends: 5th October, 2019

One day course: £50.00

Mindfulness

Led by: Veronica Sheasby

A perfect introduction to Mindfulness for anyone facing difficult challenges in their life, for those who would like to improve their well-being generally or who are simply curious about why the...

Starts: 8th October, 2019

Ends: 8th October, 2019

A 6 week course of 1.5 hour sessions: £5.00

Fun Singing Workshops

Led by: Helena Softley

A professional singer/songwriter for over 30 years, she covers all styles of music; from Folk and Blues, Rock and Gospel, to pop songs you know and love. Her relaxed style of teaching is easy to...

Starts: 8th October, 2019

Ends: 8th October, 2019

Talks: £5.00

Poetry as a Vital Spiritual Exercise

Led by: Peter Chave

Poetry can be used as a spiritual exercise – entering the world of a particular poem and seeing what happens there and how you react to it. The argument will be made that Poetry really matters...

Starts: 11th October, 2019

Ends: 13th October, 2019

Non-residential: £175.00

Lift up your Voice with Jane Harris

Led by: Jane Harris

A weekend of song in the Ammerdown chapel led by accomplished choir leader, Jane Harris. Learn vibrant songs from a wide range of harmony singing traditions and develop your voice and singing styles....

Starts: 11th October, 2019

Ends: 13th October, 2019

Residential: £260.00

Lift up your Voice with Jane Harris

Led by: Jane Harris

A weekend of song in the Ammerdown chapel led by accomplished choir leader, Jane Harris. Learn vibrant songs from a wide range of harmony singing traditions and develop your voice and singing styles....

Starts: 12th October, 2019

Ends: 12th October, 2019

Free Event: £0.00

Book Club Day

Led by: Moestak Hussein & Christine Clinch

...Small Great Things by Jodi Picoultand Why I am no Longer Speaking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

 

Starts: 15th October, 2019

Ends: 15th October, 2019

A 6 week course of 1.5 hour sessions: £5.00

Fun Singing Workshops

Led by: Helena Softley

A professional singer/songwriter for over 30 years, she covers all styles of music; from Folk and Blues, Rock and Gospel, to pop songs you know and love. Her relaxed style of teaching is easy to...

Starts: 17th October, 2019

Ends: 18th October, 2019

Non-residential: £110.00

Listening and Gathering: Holding Space with Spirit

Led by: Katie Evans and Meredith Freeman

Do you hold space for others? Or feel drawn to try? Perhaps you’re someone who listens and accompanies; gathers and grows community; or facilitates conflict resolution. This course invites you...

Starts: 17th October, 2019

Ends: 18th October, 2019

Residential: £165.00

Listening and Gathering: Holding Space with Spirit

Led by: Katie Evans and Meredith Freeman

Do you hold space for others? Or feel drawn to try? Perhaps you’re someone who listens and accompanies; gathers and grows community; or facilitates conflict resolution. This course invites you...

Starts: 19th October, 2019

Ends: 19th October, 2019

One day course: £50.00

A Modern Embroidery Sampler

Led by: Barbara Butler

Come for a stitch day. Find out how to make a quick background for your work. Then enjoy trying out lots of different stitches. Perhaps you will meet some old stitch favourites but with an unusual...

Starts: 20th October, 2019

Ends: 20th October, 2019

Free Event: £0.00

Meet Our Jewish Neighbours

Come and join in the celebration of the Festival of Sukkot, celebrating the harvest. Help make a ‘sukkah’, a shelter where farmers would traditionally sleep and eat during the harvest....

Starts: 21st October, 2019

Ends: 25th October, 2019

Residential: £495.00

Calligraphy for all Levels

Led by: Josie Brown

This course, across 5 days, will introduce beginners to the art of writing beautifully – covering the basics of using a broad-edge pen, using colour, principles of layout and design and also...

Starts: 21st October, 2019

Ends: 25th October, 2019

Non-residential: £330.00

Calligraphy for all Levels

Led by: Josie Brown

This course, across 5 days, will introduce beginners to the art of writing beautifully – covering the basics of using a broad-edge pen, using colour, principles of layout and design and also...

Starts: 21st October, 2019

Ends: 23rd October, 2019

Residential: £280.00

Silver Jewellery

Led by: Pauline Payne

An opportunity to learn traditional silversmithing techniques such as saw piercing, soldering and polishing so you can develop your own ideas into beautiful pieces of jewellery. Suitable for complete...

Starts: 21st October, 2019

Ends: 23rd October, 2019

Non-residential: £167.00

Silver Jewellery

Led by: Pauline Payne

An opportunity to learn traditional silversmithing techniques such as saw piercing, soldering and polishing so you can develop your own ideas into beautiful pieces of jewellery. Suitable for complete...

Starts: 22nd October, 2019

Ends: 22nd October, 2019

A 6 week course of 1.5 hour sessions: £5.00

Fun Singing Workshops

Led by: Helena Softley

A professional singer/songwriter for over 30 years, she covers all styles of music; from Folk and Blues, Rock and Gospel, to pop songs you know and love. Her relaxed style of teaching is easy to...

Starts: 24th October, 2019

Ends: 24th October, 2019

Two 3 hour sessions: £35.00

Colograph

Led by: Pauline Palmer

We will make interesting and textural collograph printing blocks using objects or materials either brought by the students or provided by the tutor, which we will then print onto a variety of papers...

Starts: 24th October, 2019

Ends: 24th October, 2019

TLC DAYS: £12.00

TLC Days

The TLC (Tender Loving Care) Day gives Senior Citizens in the local community an opportunity to have a day out at Ammerdown once a month. Each TLC Day includes a delicious, two course, cooked lunch...

Starts: 25th October, 2019

Ends: 25th October, 2019

Two 3 hour sessions: £35.00

Colograph

Led by: Pauline Palmer

We will make interesting and textural collograph printing blocks using objects or materials either brought by the students or provided by the tutor, which we will then print onto a variety of papers...

Starts: 28th October, 2019

Ends: 31st October, 2019

Residential: £375.00

The Art of Memoir Writing

Led by: Rosie Jackson

Following on from a very successful weekend in 2017, Rosie Jackson is back to lead a longer course in 2018. Rosie says: “Writing your own story is a wonderfully healing and fulfilling process....

Starts: 28th October, 2019

Ends: 31st October, 2019

Non-residential: £250.00

The Art of Memoir Writing

Led by: Rosie Jackson

Following on from a very successful weekend in 2017, Rosie Jackson is back to lead a longer course in 2018. Rosie says: “Writing your own story is a wonderfully healing and fulfilling process....

Starts: 28th October, 2019

Ends: 28th October, 2019

A six week course of three hour sessions: £10.00

Winter Painting in the Park

Led by: Barry Wills

Come and paint in the beautiful grounds of Ammerdown Park during the winter months! A 6 week course of 3 hour sessions. The group will explore the park, making basic studies and sketches of chosen...

Starts: 29th October, 2019

Ends: 29th October, 2019

Refreshing Days for Carers: £25.00

Refreshing Days for Carers

Those who care for others need themselves to be nurtured and cared for. The Refreshing Days for Carers are designed to do just that. Each day includes one session of complementary therapy such as...

Starts: 4th November, 2019

Ends: 7th November, 2019

Residential: £360.00

Applique Embroidery

Led by: Annette Bolton

Applique has been, and still is, carried out in many rural and industrialized communities, following traditional styles that have not changed for centuries. Applique design can be inspired by many...

Starts: 4th November, 2019

Ends: 7th November, 2019

Non-residential: £240.00

Applique Embroidery

Led by: Annette Bolton

Applique has been, and still is, carried out in many rural and industrialized communities, following traditional styles that have not changed for centuries. Applique design can be inspired by many...

Starts: 4th November, 2019

Ends: 4th November, 2019

A six week course of three hour sessions: £10.00

Winter Painting in the Park

Led by: Barry Wills

Come and paint in the beautiful grounds of Ammerdown Park during the winter months! A 6 week course of 3 hour sessions. The group will explore the park, making basic studies and sketches of chosen...

Starts: 5th November, 2019

Ends: 5th November, 2019

A 6 week course of 1.5 hour sessions: £5.00

Fun Singing Workshops

Led by: Helena Softley

A professional singer/songwriter for over 30 years, she covers all styles of music; from Folk and Blues, Rock and Gospel, to pop songs you know and love. Her relaxed style of teaching is easy to...

Starts: 11th November, 2019

Ends: 11th November, 2019

A six week course of three hour sessions: £10.00

Winter Painting in the Park

Led by: Barry Wills

Come and paint in the beautiful grounds of Ammerdown Park during the winter months! A 6 week course of 3 hour sessions. The group will explore the park, making basic studies and sketches of chosen...

Starts: 12th November, 2019

Ends: 12th November, 2019

A 6 week course of 1.5 hour sessions: £5.00

Fun Singing Workshops

Led by: Helena Softley

A professional singer/songwriter for over 30 years, she covers all styles of music; from Folk and Blues, Rock and Gospel, to pop songs you know and love. Her relaxed style of teaching is easy to...

Starts: 15th November, 2019

Ends: 17th November, 2019

Non-residential: £175.00

Hand Embroidery Workshop

Led by: Clare Clensy

This is a hand embroidery class for students to finish off some of those UFO’s- Un Finished objects!  You can bring kits and samples from previous classes or work of your own for expert...

Starts: 15th November, 2019

Ends: 17th November, 2019

Residential: £260.00

Hand Embroidery Workshop

Led by: Clare Clensy

This is a hand embroidery class for students to finish off some of those UFO’s- Un Finished objects!  You can bring kits and samples from previous classes or work of your own for expert...

Starts: 15th November, 2019

Ends: 17th November, 2019

Residential: £280.00

Stitch Textiles Artists

Led by: Siân Martin

This weekend workshop is suitable for experienced textile artists and is part of a continuous series of weekends (two weekends per year) to help participants develop confidence and an adventurous...

Starts: 15th November, 2019

Ends: 17th November, 2019

Non-residential: £190.00

Stitch Textiles Artists

Led by: Siân Martin

This weekend workshop is suitable for experienced textile artists and is part of a continuous series of weekends (two weekends per year) to help participants develop confidence and an adventurous...

Starts: 18th November, 2019

Ends: 18th November, 2019

A six week course of three hour sessions: £10.00

Winter Painting in the Park

Led by: Barry Wills

Come and paint in the beautiful grounds of Ammerdown Park during the winter months! A 6 week course of 3 hour sessions. The group will explore the park, making basic studies and sketches of chosen...

Starts: 19th November, 2019

Ends: 19th November, 2019

a five week course of one hour sessions: £5.00

Movement for Wellbeing and Joy

Led by: Helena Softley

Would you like to de-stress, have fun and meet new people? Would you like to move to vibrant eclectic music in an informal andfunway?Come to Helena Softley’s ‘Movement for Well being and...

Starts: 21st November, 2019

Ends: 21st November, 2019

TLC DAYS: £12.00

TLC Days

The TLC (Tender Loving Care) Day gives Senior Citizens in the local community an opportunity to have a day out at Ammerdown once a month. Each TLC Day includes a delicious, two course, cooked lunch...

Starts: 22nd November, 2019

Ends: 24th November, 2019

Residential: £260.00

Quiet Weekend – Transitions of Life

Led by: Rev Narinder Tegally, Dr Jan Mojsa and Christine Clinch.

A weekend to be still and reflect on times of transition in our ordinary lives: new beginnings, joys and sorrows, death and dying. We gather together in the quiet space of Ammerdown to reflect on our...

Starts: 22nd November, 2019

Ends: 24th November, 2019

Non-residential: £175.00

Quiet Weekend – Transitions of Life

Led by: Rev Narinder Tegally, Dr Jan Mojsa and Christine Clinch.

A weekend to be still and reflect on times of transition in our ordinary lives: new beginnings, joys and sorrows, death and dying. We gather together in the quiet space of Ammerdown to reflect on our...

Starts: 25th November, 2019

Ends: 25th November, 2019

A six week course of three hour sessions: £10.00

Winter Painting in the Park

Led by: Barry Wills

Come and paint in the beautiful grounds of Ammerdown Park during the winter months! A 6 week course of 3 hour sessions. The group will explore the park, making basic studies and sketches of chosen...

Starts: 26th November, 2019

Ends: 26th November, 2019

a five week course of one hour sessions: £5.00

Movement for Wellbeing and Joy

Led by: Helena Softley

Would you like to de-stress, have fun and meet new people? Would you like to move to vibrant eclectic music in an informal andfunway?Come to Helena Softley’s ‘Movement for Well being and...

Starts: 26th November, 2019

Ends: 26th November, 2019

Refreshing Days for Carers: £25.00

Refreshing Days for Carers

Those who care for others need themselves to be nurtured and cared for. The Refreshing Days for Carers are designed to do just that. Each day includes one session of complementary therapy such as...

Starts: 27th November, 2019

Ends: 27th November, 2019

Talks: £20.00

Things that Make for Peace...

...some reflections on conflict resolution and peace making.

Starts: 29th November, 2019

Ends: 1st December, 2019

Residential: £280.00

Advent Retreat

Led by: Rev Richard McKay and Mary Hooper

ADVENT - SEASON OF GROWING LIGHT; How do you grow light in the darkness. By listening to the pain of the world, the pain of our sisters and brothers, walking alongside them with a loving, listening...

Starts: 29th November, 2019

Ends: 1st December, 2019

Non-residential: £190.00

Advent Retreat

Led by: Rev Richard McKay and Mary Hooper

ADVENT - SEASON OF GROWING LIGHT; How do you grow light in the darkness. By listening to the pain of the world, the pain of our sisters and brothers, walking alongside them with a loving, listening...

Starts: 29th November, 2019

Ends: 1st December, 2019

Residential: £260.00

Making Personalised Christmas Cards

On this course we will be creating personalised Christmas Cards for special people in your life. We will use a wide range of techniques and mediums. Bring your own materials and Dawn will also supply...

Starts: 29th November, 2019

Ends: 1st December, 2019

Non-residential: £175.00

Making Personalised Christmas Cards

On this course we will be creating personalised Christmas Cards for special people in your life. We will use a wide range of techniques and mediums. Bring your own materials and Dawn will also supply...

Starts: 2nd December, 2019

Ends: 2nd December, 2019

A six week course of three hour sessions: £10.00

Winter Painting in the Park

Led by: Barry Wills

Come and paint in the beautiful grounds of Ammerdown Park during the winter months! A 6 week course of 3 hour sessions. The group will explore the park, making basic studies and sketches of chosen...

Starts: 3rd December, 2019

Ends: 3rd December, 2019

a five week course of one hour sessions: £5.00

Movement for Wellbeing and Joy

Led by: Helena Softley

Would you like to de-stress, have fun and meet new people? Would you like to move to vibrant eclectic music in an informal andfunway?Come to Helena Softley’s ‘Movement for Well being and...

Starts: 7th December, 2019

Ends: 7th December, 2019

One day course: £50.00

Quiet Days - Transitions of Life

Led by: Christine Clinch, Rev Narinder Tegally

A day to be still and reflect on times of transition in our ordinary lives: new beginnings, joys and sorrows, death and dying. We gather together in the quiet space of Ammerdown to reflect on our...

Starts: 10th December, 2019

Ends: 10th December, 2019

a five week course of one hour sessions: £5.00

Movement for Wellbeing and Joy

Led by: Helena Softley

Would you like to de-stress, have fun and meet new people? Would you like to move to vibrant eclectic music in an informal andfunway?Come to Helena Softley’s ‘Movement for Well being and...

Starts: 17th December, 2019

Ends: 17th December, 2019

a five week course of one hour sessions: £5.00

Movement for Wellbeing and Joy

Led by: Helena Softley

Would you like to de-stress, have fun and meet new people? Would you like to move to vibrant eclectic music in an informal andfunway?Come to Helena Softley’s ‘Movement for Well being and...

Starts: 22nd December, 2019

Ends: 27th December, 2019

Residential: £595.00

Christmas Houseparty

This is what came back to us from previous houseparties. ‘Christmas at Ammerdown was as wonderful as ever, thanks to the love and dedication of all who helped make it happen – plus the...