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View our 2017 Programme

 

Starts: 28th February, 2017

Ends: 28th February, 2017

One day course: £23.00

Refereshing Day For Carers 2017

Led by: Various Therapists

Those who are for others need themselves to be nutured and cared for, and these days at Ammerdown are designed to do just that. Each day includes one session of complementary therapy such as Reiki,...

Starts: 14th March, 2017

Ends: 16th March, 2017

Non-residential: £180.00

Make Your Own SIlver Jewellery 2017

Led by: Pauline Payne

Pauline Payne is a freelance designer jeweller who studied at Portsmouth College of Art and Design and who has gained a number of prestigious awards for her work. She has also been a popular tutor...

Starts: 14th March, 2017

Ends: 16th March, 2017

Residential: £270.00

Make Your Own SIlver Jewellery 2017

Led by: Pauline Payne

Pauline Payne is a freelance designer jeweller who studied at Portsmouth College of Art and Design and who has gained a number of prestigious awards for her work. She has also been a popular tutor...

Starts: 21st March, 2017

Ends: 21st March, 2017

One day course: £23.00

Refereshing Day For Carers 2017

Led by: Various Therapists

Those who are for others need themselves to be nutured and cared for, and these days at Ammerdown are designed to do just that. Each day includes one session of complementary therapy such as Reiki,...

Starts: 3rd April, 2017

Ends: 5th April, 2017

Residential: £285.00

Enneagram - An In-depth Introduction

Led by: Karen Webb

The Enneagram is an ancient, extraordinarily accurate, model of human personality and spirit. Describing nine personality types and their interactions, it enables us to look deeply into our own...

Starts: 3rd April, 2017

Ends: 5th April, 2017

Non-residential: £190.00

Enneagram - An In-depth Introduction

Led by: Karen Webb

The Enneagram is an ancient, extraordinarily accurate, model of human personality and spirit. Describing nine personality types and their interactions, it enables us to look deeply into our own...

Starts: 8th April, 2017

Ends: 8th April, 2017

One day course: £45.00

Guided Quiet Day - Journey of the Heart - Rooted and Grounded in Love

Led by: Libby Dobson & Sarah Chabowska

Ammerdown’s Guided Quiet Days offer an opportunity to take time out from our busy lives to pray, reflect and meditate with the help of Libby Dobson and Sarah Chabowska. There will be five days...

Starts: 10th April, 2017

Ends: 13th April, 2017

Non-residential: £277.00

Printmaking and Collage - Techniques and Experimentation

Led by: Jos Blake

This unusual course, led by qualified art teacher Jos Blake, will be friendly and informal, and suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience. The idea is to learn about both...

Starts: 10th April, 2017

Ends: 13th April, 2017

Residential: £415.00

Printmaking and Collage - Techniques and Experimentation

Led by: Jos Blake

This unusual course, led by qualified art teacher Jos Blake, will be friendly and informal, and suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience. The idea is to learn about both...

Starts: 21st April, 2017

Ends: 23rd April, 2017

Residential: £240.00

Just Passing Through

Led by: Sue Brayne

It is easy to become ensnared by life’s dramas and forget who we are. This means we can lose perspective about what really matters. Being willing to acknowledge that we are ‘Just Passing...

Starts: 21st April, 2017

Ends: 23rd April, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

Just Passing Through

Led by: Sue Brayne

It is easy to become ensnared by life’s dramas and forget who we are. This means we can lose perspective about what really matters. Being willing to acknowledge that we are ‘Just Passing...

Starts: 22nd April, 2017

Ends: 22nd April, 2017

One day course: £45.00

Wild Weaving Workshop

Led by: Jess Tanner

Weaver and experienced art tutor Jess Tanner held this holistic and hands-on workshop at Ammerdown for the first time last year, and her ‘pupils’ absolutely loved it – beginners and...

Starts: 24th April, 2017

Ends: 28th April, 2017

Residential: £420.00

Challenged by Life's Transition - A Guided Retreat

Led by: Sr Germaine O'Neill

This retreat will be led by Sr Germaine O’Neill. She writes: “All of us go through numerous transitions in our lives - leaving home, changing jobs, experiencing separation/loss of one...

Starts: 24th April, 2017

Ends: 28th April, 2017

Non-residential: £280.00

Challenged by Life's Transition - A Guided Retreat

Led by: Sr Germaine O'Neill

This retreat will be led by Sr Germaine O’Neill. She writes: “All of us go through numerous transitions in our lives - leaving home, changing jobs, experiencing separation/loss of one...

Starts: 28th April, 2017

Ends: 30th April, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

Learning to be at Home Part One and Part Two

Led by: Sr Monica Butler

Given the popularity of this retreat last year, we are delighted to be able to repeat it again in 2017. The full retreat is offered over two separate weekends (Part two will be held on 20 to 22...

Starts: 28th April, 2017

Ends: 30th April, 2017

Residential: £240.00

Learning to be at Home Part One and Part Two

Led by: Sr Monica Butler

Given the popularity of this retreat last year, we are delighted to be able to repeat it again in 2017. The full retreat is offered over two separate weekends (Part two will be held on 20 to 22...

Starts: 2nd May, 2017

Ends: 5th May, 2017

Residential: £339.00

Hand Embroidery

Led by: Annette Bolton

Annette Bolton is a gifted Textile and Bead artist who loves to share her art with others. She first came to Ammerdown in 2013 and impressed everyone with the stunning pieces of artwork she...

Starts: 2nd May, 2017

Ends: 5th May, 2017

Non-residential: £226.00

Hand Embroidery

Led by: Annette Bolton

Annette Bolton is a gifted Textile and Bead artist who loves to share her art with others. She first came to Ammerdown in 2013 and impressed everyone with the stunning pieces of artwork she...

Starts: 5th May, 2017

Ends: 7th May, 2017

Residential: £250.00

Believing in Butterflies

Led by: Margaret Silf

Much loved retreat leader Margaret Silf recalls seeing a cartoon showing a butterfly driving a sports car. A policeman is inspecting the butterfly’s driving licence, looking suspiciously at the...

Starts: 5th May, 2017

Ends: 7th May, 2017

Non-residential: £167.00

Believing in Butterflies

Led by: Margaret Silf

Much loved retreat leader Margaret Silf recalls seeing a cartoon showing a butterfly driving a sports car. A policeman is inspecting the butterfly’s driving licence, looking suspiciously at the...

Starts: 5th May, 2017

Ends: 7th May, 2017

Residential: £240.00

Alexander Technique and Centering Prayer

Led by: Jacqueline Evans

This highly unusual weekend workshop is offered by Jacqueline Evans, an Alexander Technique teacher for whom Alexander principles profoundly deepen the experience of Centering Prayer. It is intended...

Starts: 5th May, 2017

Ends: 7th May, 2017

Non-residential: £167.00

Alexander Technique and Centering Prayer

Led by: Jacqueline Evans

This highly unusual weekend workshop is offered by Jacqueline Evans, an Alexander Technique teacher for whom Alexander principles profoundly deepen the experience of Centering Prayer. It is intended...

Starts: 8th May, 2017

Ends: 12th May, 2017

Residential: £410.00

Growing into Tomorrow

Led by: Margaret Silf

Celebrated retreat leader Margaret Silf is offering to take you on a journey into the future. She explains: “There are times in our lives, and in the life of our world, when...

Starts: 8th May, 2017

Ends: 12th May, 2017

Non-residential: £273.00

Growing into Tomorrow

Led by: Margaret Silf

Celebrated retreat leader Margaret Silf is offering to take you on a journey into the future. She explains: “There are times in our lives, and in the life of our world, when...

Starts: 17th May, 2017

Ends: 21st May, 2017

Residential: £240.00

The Path to Wholness through Sound, Movement and Nature

Led by: Matthew Heyse-Moore

This experiential course offers participants the opportunity to go deeper within and to connect with others through sound, movement and nature. The course is about creating a healthy and authentic...

Starts: 17th May, 2017

Ends: 21st May, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

The Path to Wholness through Sound, Movement and Nature

Led by: Matthew Heyse-Moore

This experiential course offers participants the opportunity to go deeper within and to connect with others through sound, movement and nature. The course is about creating a healthy and authentic...

Starts: 21st May, 2017

Ends: 26th May, 2017

Residential: £489.00

Chinese Brush Painting

Led by: Maggie Cross

This week is one of two longer courses which our expert Chinese painter Maggie Cross is leading at Ammerdown this year. During the week, suitable for all abilities, Maggie will demonstrate the...

Starts: 21st May, 2017

Ends: 26th May, 2017

Non-residential: £326.00

Chinese Brush Painting

Led by: Maggie Cross

This week is one of two longer courses which our expert Chinese painter Maggie Cross is leading at Ammerdown this year. During the week, suitable for all abilities, Maggie will demonstrate the...

Starts: 22nd May, 2017

Ends: 26th May, 2017

Residential: £399.00

Ammerdown Breaks 2017

Led by: Revd Anna Garvie

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: 26th May, 2017

Ends: 28th May, 2017

Residential: £240.00

Praying with Music 2017

Led by: Euan Tait

“The course was inspirational and life affirming”, “Euan’s personality and his style, compassion, integrity and yet light touch have made it a memorable weekend, the best ever...

Starts: 26th May, 2017

Ends: 28th May, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

Praying with Music 2017

Led by: Euan Tait

“The course was inspirational and life affirming”, “Euan’s personality and his style, compassion, integrity and yet light touch have made it a memorable weekend, the best ever...

Starts: 31st May, 2017

Ends: 2nd June, 2017

Residential: £269.00

Jazzy Jewellery - Beaded, Knitted, Crocheted, Wired!

Led by: Sally Boehme

Sally Boehme has been working with beads for almost 30 years, and has been teaching beadwork and polymer clay techniques since 2009 all around the country. Sally’s ‘Jazzy Jewellery’...

Starts: 31st May, 2017

Ends: 2nd June, 2017

Non-residential: £179.00

Jazzy Jewellery - Beaded, Knitted, Crocheted, Wired!

Led by: Sally Boehme

Sally Boehme has been working with beads for almost 30 years, and has been teaching beadwork and polymer clay techniques since 2009 all around the country. Sally’s ‘Jazzy Jewellery’...

Starts: 2nd June, 2017

Ends: 4th June, 2017

Residential: £240.00

The Happiness Journey

Led by: Andy Parnham

It is a given: everyone wants to be happy. But… what exactly is happiness, and what enables us to grow in it? Is happiness really what we should aim for, or does it come as a by-product of...

Starts: 2nd June, 2017

Ends: 4th June, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

The Happiness Journey

Led by: Andy Parnham

It is a given: everyone wants to be happy. But… what exactly is happiness, and what enables us to grow in it? Is happiness really what we should aim for, or does it come as a by-product of...

Starts: 3rd June, 2017

Ends: 3rd June, 2017

One day course: £45.00

Guided Quiet Day - Journey of the Heart - Rooted and Grounded in Love

Led by: Libby Dobson & Sarah Chabowska

Ammerdown’s Guided Quiet Days offer an opportunity to take time out from our busy lives to pray, reflect and meditate with the help of Libby Dobson and Sarah Chabowska. There will be five days...

Starts: 9th June, 2017

Ends: 11th June, 2017

Residential: £240.00

John Main, Desert Father and Celtic Monk

Led by: Kim Nataraja

One of the greatest challenges that Christianity faces today is the practical rediscovery of its age-old traditions of prayer and contemplation, and one of the principle attempts to do this in recent...

Starts: 9th June, 2017

Ends: 11th June, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

John Main, Desert Father and Celtic Monk

Led by: Kim Nataraja

One of the greatest challenges that Christianity faces today is the practical rediscovery of its age-old traditions of prayer and contemplation, and one of the principle attempts to do this in recent...

Starts: 9th June, 2017

Ends: 11th June, 2017

Residential: £240.00

Isaiah the Prophet: Seer and Prophet for His Time

Led by: Rabbi Rachel Montagu

During the weekend we will study Isaiah, what we know about him (all three of him?) and his era, what he tells us about the prophet’s call to prophesy, about worshipping God, about the Sabbath,...

Starts: 9th June, 2017

Ends: 11th June, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

Isaiah the Prophet: Seer and Prophet for His Time

Led by: Rabbi Rachel Montagu

During the weekend we will study Isaiah, what we know about him (all three of him?) and his era, what he tells us about the prophet’s call to prophesy, about worshipping God, about the Sabbath,...

Starts: 16th June, 2017

Ends: 18th June, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

The Art of Memoir Writing - How to start writing your own life story

Led by: Rosie Jackson

Writing your own story is a wonderfully healing and fulfilling process. Whether it is for your children and grandchildren or just for yourself, for publication or self-publishing, a memoir will help...

Starts: 16th June, 2017

Ends: 18th June, 2017

Residential: £240.00

The Art of Memoir Writing - How to start writing your own life story

Led by: Rosie Jackson

Writing your own story is a wonderfully healing and fulfilling process. Whether it is for your children and grandchildren or just for yourself, for publication or self-publishing, a memoir will help...

Starts: 16th June, 2017

Ends: 18th June, 2017

Residential: £260.00

Nature and Spirituality

Led by: Liz Christie and Sue Glanville

“What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” June is a wonderful time of early summer when warmth and light provides the opportunity to flourish and grow....

Starts: 16th June, 2017

Ends: 18th June, 2017

Non-residential: £173.00

Nature and Spirituality

Led by: Liz Christie and Sue Glanville

“What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” June is a wonderful time of early summer when warmth and light provides the opportunity to flourish and grow....

Starts: 19th June, 2017

Ends: 22nd June, 2017

Residential: £350.00

Lettering on Board

Led by: Josie Brown

This busy three-day course led by expert calligrapher and gifted tutor Josie Brown will explore ways of covering boards or treating them so as to turn them into suitable surfaces for lettering  ...

Starts: 19th June, 2017

Ends: 22nd June, 2017

Non-residential: £233.00

Lettering on Board

Led by: Josie Brown

This busy three-day course led by expert calligrapher and gifted tutor Josie Brown will explore ways of covering boards or treating them so as to turn them into suitable surfaces for lettering  ...

Starts: 19th June, 2017

Ends: 23rd June, 2017

Residential: £299.00

Understanding Islam 2017

Led by: Dr Chris Hewer

 Dr Chris Hewer has been leading courses on Understanding Islam at Ammerdown since 2011.  His courses have, until now, always taken place over three intensive days of teaching to help those...

Starts: 19th June, 2017

Ends: 23rd June, 2017

Non-residential: £199.00

Understanding Islam 2017

Led by: Dr Chris Hewer

 Dr Chris Hewer has been leading courses on Understanding Islam at Ammerdown since 2011.  His courses have, until now, always taken place over three intensive days of teaching to help those...

Starts: 23rd June, 2017

Ends: 25th June, 2017

Residential: £275.00

Creative Connections

Led by: Jess Tanner and Barbara Butler

A chance to have a go at a basket full of crafts with two experienced and dedicated tutors at hand to provide help and encouragement. The crafts on offer will include, amongst others, making natural...

Starts: 23rd June, 2017

Ends: 25th June, 2017

Non-residential: £183.00

Creative Connections

Led by: Jess Tanner and Barbara Butler

A chance to have a go at a basket full of crafts with two experienced and dedicated tutors at hand to provide help and encouragement. The crafts on offer will include, amongst others, making natural...

Starts: 24th June, 2017

Ends: 24th June, 2017

One day course: £45.00

Meditation in the Christian Tradition

Led by: Jeanne Blowers and Roger Layet

“Meditation is not just a way of doing something but is a way of becoming someone - becoming yourself: created by God, redeemed by Jesus, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.” (John Main OSB)...

Starts: 27th June, 2017

Ends: 29th June, 2017

Residential: £265.00

Jacobean Crewelwork, Traditional Hand Embroidery

Led by: Clare Clensy

Clare Clensy trained on a three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework and has been teaching hand embroidery for more than fifteen years, gaining much experience and a wealth of...

Starts: 27th June, 2017

Ends: 29th June, 2017

Non-residential: £177.00

Jacobean Crewelwork, Traditional Hand Embroidery

Led by: Clare Clensy

Clare Clensy trained on a three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework and has been teaching hand embroidery for more than fifteen years, gaining much experience and a wealth of...

Starts: 27th June, 2017

Ends: 27th June, 2017

One day course: £23.00

Refereshing Day For Carers 2017

Led by: Various Therapists

Those who are for others need themselves to be nutured and cared for, and these days at Ammerdown are designed to do just that. Each day includes one session of complementary therapy such as Reiki,...

Starts: 3rd July, 2017

Ends: 7th July, 2017

Residential: £385.00

Sensing God Through Creativity

Led by: Revd Anna Garvie

Using creative skills can be an adult way of playing as children play - a way of relaxing, being refreshed and renewed, learning about ourselves and finding out things we didn’t know, maybe...

Starts: 3rd July, 2017

Ends: 7th July, 2017

Non-residential: £257.00

Sensing God Through Creativity

Led by: Revd Anna Garvie

Using creative skills can be an adult way of playing as children play - a way of relaxing, being refreshed and renewed, learning about ourselves and finding out things we didn’t know, maybe...

Starts: 7th July, 2017

Ends: 9th July, 2017

Residential: £0.00

Living Theology - I was a stranger

The Ammerdown Centre is delighted to welcome again this Living Theology weekend event on the theme of ‘I was a stranger’ – a topic very much at the heart of Ammerdown’s...

Starts: 10th July, 2017

Ends: 14th July, 2017

Residential: £429.00

A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Led by: Hilary Armstrong

Let’s reclaim the truly human! Free yourself from being a data-set, a social media presence, a consumer or a technology-driven multi-tasker. This retreat offers a foundation for your own...

Starts: 10th July, 2017

Ends: 14th July, 2017

Non-residential: £286.00

A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Led by: Hilary Armstrong

Let’s reclaim the truly human! Free yourself from being a data-set, a social media presence, a consumer or a technology-driven multi-tasker. This retreat offers a foundation for your own...

Starts: 10th July, 2017

Ends: 14th July, 2017

Residential: £0.00

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: 10th July, 2017

Ends: 14th July, 2017

Non-residential: £320.00

Jane Austen Study Week - Sense and Sensibility

Led by: Hazel Jones

Jane Austen once again features in Ammerdown’s programme thanks to Jane Austen’s devotee Hazel Jones. This year, Hazel will lead an in-depth study on Jane Austen’s novel...

Starts: 10th July, 2017

Ends: 14th July, 2017

Residential: £480.00

Jane Austen Study Week - Sense and Sensibility

Led by: Hazel Jones

Jane Austen once again features in Ammerdown’s programme thanks to Jane Austen’s devotee Hazel Jones. This year, Hazel will lead an in-depth study on Jane Austen’s novel...

Starts: 14th July, 2017

Ends: 16th July, 2017

Residential: £240.00

Simplicity

Led by: Jennifer Kavanagh

This weekend course by Jennifer Kavanagh will explore what a simple life is, and how we can lead one. At heart, simplicity is a focus on what matters most. Reducing clutter, whether in material...

Starts: 14th July, 2017

Ends: 16th July, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

Simplicity

Led by: Jennifer Kavanagh

This weekend course by Jennifer Kavanagh will explore what a simple life is, and how we can lead one. At heart, simplicity is a focus on what matters most. Reducing clutter, whether in material...

Starts: 4th August, 2017

Ends: 7th August, 2017

Residential: £345.00

The Secrets of Singing

Led by: Jenny Peplow

Professional singer and choir director Jenny Peplow has already led this highly enjoyable course several times at Ammerdown and has received superb feedback each time. Participants tell us that Jenny...

Starts: 4th August, 2017

Ends: 7th August, 2017

Non-residential: £230.00

The Secrets of Singing

Led by: Jenny Peplow

Professional singer and choir director Jenny Peplow has already led this highly enjoyable course several times at Ammerdown and has received superb feedback each time. Participants tell us that Jenny...

Starts: 7th August, 2017

Ends: 11th August, 2017

Residential: £425.00

Watercolour Drawing and Painting

Led by: Dawn Oliver

Artist and tutor Dawn Oliver has already led two ‘Drawing and Painting’ courses at Ammerdown and received superb feedback each time. This is due in no small part to her fun approach to...

Starts: 7th August, 2017

Ends: 11th August, 2017

Non-residential: £283.00

Watercolour Drawing and Painting

Led by: Dawn Oliver

Artist and tutor Dawn Oliver has already led two ‘Drawing and Painting’ courses at Ammerdown and received superb feedback each time. This is due in no small part to her fun approach to...

Starts: 7th August, 2017

Ends: 13th August, 2017

Residential: £609.00

Bobbin Lacemaking Summer School

Led by: Pompi Parry

This Summer School offers a rare opportunity for a time of total lace making indulgence in which like-minded students come together to extend their bobbin lace skills and knowledge in a relaxed but...

Starts: 7th August, 2017

Ends: 14th August, 2017

Non-residential: £406.00

Bobbin Lacemaking Summer School

Led by: Pompi Parry

This Summer School offers a rare opportunity for a time of total lace making indulgence in which like-minded students come together to extend their bobbin lace skills and knowledge in a relaxed but...

Starts: 14th August, 2017

Ends: 17th August, 2017

Residential: £345.00

Brusho Techniques - Creative Vibrant Images

Led by: Jean Lee

Brusho is a unique water-based paint medium which helps create visually stunning artwork. Because it is loose and expressive, it is much easier and faster to learn to paint with Brusho than...

Starts: 14th August, 2017

Ends: 17th August, 2017

Non-residential: £230.00

Brusho Techniques - Creative Vibrant Images

Led by: Jean Lee

Brusho is a unique water-based paint medium which helps create visually stunning artwork. Because it is loose and expressive, it is much easier and faster to learn to paint with Brusho than...

Starts: 14th August, 2017

Ends: 18th August, 2017

Residential: £455.00

Thomas Hardy's Heroines

Led by: Joan Wiles

Specialist Hardy tutor Joan Wiles has always been fascinated by Thomas Hardy’s evident passion for the ‘fair sex’. She writes: “Hardy’s female characters are invariably...

Starts: 14th August, 2017

Ends: 18th August, 2017

Non-residential: £303.00

Thomas Hardy's Heroines

Led by: Joan Wiles

Specialist Hardy tutor Joan Wiles has always been fascinated by Thomas Hardy’s evident passion for the ‘fair sex’. She writes: “Hardy’s female characters are invariably...

Starts: 18th August, 2017

Ends: 20th August, 2017

Residential: £275.00

Inner Path, Outer Journey

Led by: Ian and Gail Adams

“One of the most striking, original and fresh voices in contemporary Christian spirituality” (a reviewer commenting on Gail and Ian Adams’s work) Ian and Gail Adams co-founded and...

Starts: 18th August, 2017

Ends: 20th August, 2017

Non-residential: £183.00

Inner Path, Outer Journey

Led by: Ian and Gail Adams

“One of the most striking, original and fresh voices in contemporary Christian spirituality” (a reviewer commenting on Gail and Ian Adams’s work) Ian and Gail Adams co-founded and...

Starts: 18th August, 2017

Ends: 20th August, 2017

Residential: £250.00

Self Awareness and Personal Enlightenment

Led by: Mike George

Best-selling author and spiritual teacher Mike George has become a regular retreat leader at Ammerdown. His aim is to help every person who journeys with him to discern a deeper sense of meaning and...

Starts: 18th August, 2017

Ends: 20th August, 2017

Non-residential: £167.00

Self Awareness and Personal Enlightenment

Led by: Mike George

Best-selling author and spiritual teacher Mike George has become a regular retreat leader at Ammerdown. His aim is to help every person who journeys with him to discern a deeper sense of meaning and...

Starts: 4th September, 2017

Ends: 8th September, 2017

Residential: £445.00

Tikkun Olam- ('Mending the World' in Hebrew) - Called to be a prophet

Led by: Sr Maureena Fritz

Sr Maureena Fritz, from the Bat Kol Institute in Jerusalem, is rated by our guests as an exceptional teacher and retreat leader, who has the rare gift of bringing the Word of God to life and making...

Starts: 4th September, 2017

Ends: 8th September, 2017

Non-residential: £297.00

Tikkun Olam- ('Mending the World' in Hebrew) - Called to be a prophet

Led by: Sr Maureena Fritz

Sr Maureena Fritz, from the Bat Kol Institute in Jerusalem, is rated by our guests as an exceptional teacher and retreat leader, who has the rare gift of bringing the Word of God to life and making...

Starts: 4th September, 2017

Ends: 6th September, 2017

Residential: £265.00

‘The Prayer of the Heart' – An introduction to the ancient method of contemplation known as the Hesychastic Way’

Led by: Sr Monica Butler

The Hesychastic Way is a tradition practised by the Desert Fathers and is deeply rooted in Biblical tradition. According to these early Christians the effectiveness of this method is not so much...

Starts: 4th September, 2017

Ends: 6th September, 2017

Non-residential: £177.00

‘The Prayer of the Heart' – An introduction to the ancient method of contemplation known as the Hesychastic Way’

Led by: Sr Monica Butler

The Hesychastic Way is a tradition practised by the Desert Fathers and is deeply rooted in Biblical tradition. According to these early Christians the effectiveness of this method is not so much...

Starts: 8th September, 2017

Ends: 8th September, 2017

One day course: £45.00

Guided Quiet Day - Journey of the Heart - Rooted and Grounded in Love

Led by: Libby Dobson & Sarah Chabowska

Ammerdown’s Guided Quiet Days offer an opportunity to take time out from our busy lives to pray, reflect and meditate with the help of Libby Dobson and Sarah Chabowska. There will be five days...

Starts: 18th September, 2017

Ends: 21st September, 2017

Residential: £289.00

Sacred Circle Dance - Breath of Life

Led by: Judy Harvey

As the name suggests, the form of the dance is a circle. This is in fact the oldest form of dance on earth - an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions and the...

Starts: 18th September, 2017

Ends: 21st September, 2017

Non-residential: £193.00

Sacred Circle Dance - Breath of Life

Led by: Judy Harvey

As the name suggests, the form of the dance is a circle. This is in fact the oldest form of dance on earth - an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions and the...

Starts: 19th September, 2017

Ends: 19th September, 2017

One day course: £23.00

Refereshing Day For Carers 2017

Led by: Various Therapists

Those who are for others need themselves to be nutured and cared for, and these days at Ammerdown are designed to do just that. Each day includes one session of complementary therapy such as Reiki,...

Starts: 24th September, 2017

Ends: 29th September, 2017

Residential: £525.00

Finding Fulfilment - Centering Prayer, the Law of Three and Alexander Technique

Led by: Gill and Antonio Benet and Jacqueline Evans

This unique experience, described as “marvellous and inspiring” by a past participant, will offer an opportunity to see the complementary nature of the relationship between mind, body and...

Starts: 2nd October, 2017

Ends: 6th October, 2017

Residential: £399.00

Ammerdown Breaks 2017

Led by: Revd Anna Garvie

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: 3rd October, 2017

Ends: 5th October, 2017

Residential: £270.00

Polymer Clay: Millefiori Buttons and Beads

Led by: Sally Boehme

Sally Boehme has been working with beads for almost thirty years, and has been teaching beadwork and polymer clay techniques since 2009 across the country. Polymer clay is a material available in a...

Starts: 3rd October, 2017

Ends: 5th October, 2017

Non-residential: £180.00

Polymer Clay: Millefiori Buttons and Beads

Led by: Sally Boehme

Sally Boehme has been working with beads for almost thirty years, and has been teaching beadwork and polymer clay techniques since 2009 across the country. Polymer clay is a material available in a...

Starts: 9th October, 2017

Ends: 13th October, 2017

Residential: £429.00

Chinese Brush Painting

Led by: Maggie Cross

This week is one of two longer courses which our expert Chinese painter Maggie Cross is leading at Ammerdown this year. During the week, suitable for all abilities, Maggie will demonstrate the...

Starts: 9th October, 2017

Ends: 13th October, 2017

Non-residential: £286.00

Chinese Brush Painting

Led by: Maggie Cross

This week is one of two longer courses which our expert Chinese painter Maggie Cross is leading at Ammerdown this year. During the week, suitable for all abilities, Maggie will demonstrate the...

Starts: 10th October, 2017

Ends: 12th October, 2017

Residential: £270.00

Make Your Own SIlver Jewellery 2017

Led by: Pauline Payne

Pauline Payne is a freelance designer jeweller who studied at Portsmouth College of Art and Design and who has gained a number of prestigious awards for her work. She has also been a popular tutor...

Starts: 10th October, 2017

Ends: 12th October, 2017

Non-residential: £180.00

Make Your Own SIlver Jewellery 2017

Led by: Pauline Payne

Pauline Payne is a freelance designer jeweller who studied at Portsmouth College of Art and Design and who has gained a number of prestigious awards for her work. She has also been a popular tutor...

Starts: 13th October, 2017

Ends: 15th October, 2017

Residential: £260.00

Living Free - A Weekend Guided Retreat

Led by: Libby Dobson & Sarah Chabowska

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18:19) This weekend will be a chance to reflect on ways in which we can move into greater freedom in our...

Starts: 13th October, 2017

Ends: 15th October, 2017

Non-residential: £173.00

Living Free - A Weekend Guided Retreat

Led by: Libby Dobson & Sarah Chabowska

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18:19) This weekend will be a chance to reflect on ways in which we can move into greater freedom in our...

Starts: 13th October, 2017

Ends: 15th October, 2017

Residential: £240.00

Developing the Sensitive Within - Learning to trust your inner knowing

Led by: Sue Brayne

We all possess the ability to be become a Sensitive. It's about connecting to our innate sixth sense - the part of us that ‘just knows’. Since Neanderthal times, this inner knowing or...

Starts: 13th October, 2017

Ends: 15th October, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

Developing the Sensitive Within - Learning to trust your inner knowing

Led by: Sue Brayne

We all possess the ability to be become a Sensitive. It's about connecting to our innate sixth sense - the part of us that ‘just knows’. Since Neanderthal times, this inner knowing or...

Starts: 20th October, 2017

Ends: 22nd October, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

Learning to be at Home Part One and Part Two

Led by: Sr Monica Butler

Given the popularity of this retreat last year, we are delighted to be able to repeat it again in 2017. The full retreat is offered over two separate weekends (Part two will be held on 20 to 22...

Starts: 20th October, 2017

Ends: 22nd October, 2017

Residential: £240.00

Learning to be at Home Part One and Part Two

Led by: Sr Monica Butler

Given the popularity of this retreat last year, we are delighted to be able to repeat it again in 2017. The full retreat is offered over two separate weekends (Part two will be held on 20 to 22...

Starts: 21st October, 2017

Ends: 21st October, 2017

One day course: £45.00

Mindfulness Meditation

Led by: Hilary Armstrong

Suitable for Mindfulness Meditation beginners, and a ‘refresher’ for those more experienced. Hilary Armstrong has studied with many distinguished meditation teachers, especially at Samye...

Starts: 23rd October, 2017

Ends: 27th October, 2017

Residential: £455.00

Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers

Led by: Josie Brown

This very popular course is led by expert tutor Josie Brown whose teaching abilities have been described as “beyond the excellent!” by one of our guests. Josie has been a professional...

Starts: 23rd October, 2017

Ends: 27th October, 2017

Non-residential: £303.00

Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers

Led by: Josie Brown

This very popular course is led by expert tutor Josie Brown whose teaching abilities have been described as “beyond the excellent!” by one of our guests. Josie has been a professional...

Starts: 24th October, 2017

Ends: 26th October, 2017

Residential: £225.00

Understanding Islam 2017

Led by: Dr Chris Hewer

 Dr Chris Hewer has been leading courses on Understanding Islam at Ammerdown since 2011.  His courses have, until now, always taken place over three intensive days of teaching to help those...

Starts: 24th October, 2017

Ends: 26th October, 2017

Non-residential: £150.00

Understanding Islam 2017

Led by: Dr Chris Hewer

 Dr Chris Hewer has been leading courses on Understanding Islam at Ammerdown since 2011.  His courses have, until now, always taken place over three intensive days of teaching to help those...

Starts: 30th October, 2017

Ends: 1st November, 2017

Non-residential: £177.00

Hand Embroidery - Landscapes

Led by: Clare Clensy

Clare Clensy trained on a three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework and has been teaching hand embroidery for more than fifteen years, gaining valuable experience and a wealth of...

Starts: 30th October, 2017

Ends: 1st November, 2017

Residential: £265.00

Hand Embroidery - Landscapes

Led by: Clare Clensy

Clare Clensy trained on a three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework and has been teaching hand embroidery for more than fifteen years, gaining valuable experience and a wealth of...

Starts: 10th November, 2017

Ends: 12th November, 2017

Residential: £250.00

The Happiness Journey

Led by: Andy Parnham

It is a given: everyone wants to be happy. But… what exactly is happiness, and what enables us to grow in it? Is happiness really what we should aim for, or does it come as a by-product of...

Starts: 10th November, 2017

Ends: 12th November, 2017

Non-residential: £167.00

The Happiness Journey

Led by: Andy Parnham

It is a given: everyone wants to be happy. But… what exactly is happiness, and what enables us to grow in it? Is happiness really what we should aim for, or does it come as a by-product of...

Starts: 10th November, 2017

Ends: 12th November, 2017

Residential: £285.00

Making Your Own Stained Glass Window

Led by: Sarah Finch

Teaching people of all abilities, including complete beginners, how to make a stained glass window and ensuring that everyone leaves with a hand-made masterpiece of their own design is undoubtedly a...

Starts: 10th November, 2017

Ends: 12th November, 2017

Non-residential: £190.00

Making Your Own Stained Glass Window

Led by: Sarah Finch

Teaching people of all abilities, including complete beginners, how to make a stained glass window and ensuring that everyone leaves with a hand-made masterpiece of their own design is undoubtedly a...

Starts: 10th November, 2017

Ends: 12th November, 2017

Residential: £240.00

Life Coaching - How to live life to the full

Led by: Sue Glanville

Life-Coaching is a process of transformation. It is about choosing to live life positively, to live life to the full – which in turn means being prepared to envision and embrace change. To get...

Starts: 10th November, 2017

Ends: 12th November, 2017

Non-residential: £160.00

Life Coaching - How to live life to the full

Led by: Sue Glanville

Life-Coaching is a process of transformation. It is about choosing to live life positively, to live life to the full – which in turn means being prepared to envision and embrace change. To get...

Starts: 13th November, 2017

Ends: 17th November, 2017

Residential: £425.00

Making Friends with the Bible

Led by: John Bell

How does one introduce John Bell? A spiritual leader, a preacher, a music-maker, a broadcaster? Yes, he is all this, but he is also so much more, as those who have taken part in one of John’s...

Starts: 13th November, 2017

Ends: 17th November, 2017

Non-residential: £283.00

Making Friends with the Bible

Led by: John Bell

How does one introduce John Bell? A spiritual leader, a preacher, a music-maker, a broadcaster? Yes, he is all this, but he is also so much more, as those who have taken part in one of John’s...

Starts: 20th November, 2017

Ends: 22nd November, 2017

Non-residential: £190.00

Enneagram - An In-depth Introduction

Led by: Karen Webb

The Enneagram is an ancient, extraordinarily accurate, model of human personality and spirit. Describing nine personality types and their interactions, it enables us to look deeply into our own...

Starts: 20th November, 2017

Ends: 22nd November, 2017

Residential: £285.00

Enneagram - An In-depth Introduction

Led by: Karen Webb

The Enneagram is an ancient, extraordinarily accurate, model of human personality and spirit. Describing nine personality types and their interactions, it enables us to look deeply into our own...

Starts: 1st December, 2017

Ends: 3rd December, 2017

Residential: £250.00

Advent Retreat with Daniel O'Leary 2017

Led by: Fr Daniel O'Leary

Fr Daniel O’Leary is one of our best loved and most enlightened retreat leaders. Those who have had the privilege to hear him at Ammerdown have used words such as “Simply...

Starts: 1st December, 2017

Ends: 3rd December, 2017

Non-residential: £167.00

Advent Retreat with Daniel O'Leary 2017

Led by: Fr Daniel O'Leary

Fr Daniel O’Leary is one of our best loved and most enlightened retreat leaders. Those who have had the privilege to hear him at Ammerdown have used words such as “Simply...

Starts: 5th December, 2017

Ends: 5th December, 2017

One day course: £23.00

Refereshing Day For Carers 2017

Led by: Various Therapists

Those who are for others need themselves to be nutured and cared for, and these days at Ammerdown are designed to do just that. Each day includes one session of complementary therapy such as Reiki,...

Starts: 8th December, 2017

Ends: 8th December, 2017

One day course: £45.00

Guided Quiet Day - Journey of the Heart - Rooted and Grounded in Love

Led by: Libby Dobson & Sarah Chabowska

Ammerdown’s Guided Quiet Days offer an opportunity to take time out from our busy lives to pray, reflect and meditate with the help of Libby Dobson and Sarah Chabowska. There will be five days...

Starts: 22nd December, 2017

Ends: 27th December, 2017

Residential: £545.00

Ammerdown Christmas Houseparty 2017

Led by: Ammerdown Team

“Thank you once again for a magical Christmas.” “Christmas at Ammerdown was as wonderful as ever, thanks to the love and dedication of all who helped make it happen – plus the...