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Coronavirus Update

7th July 2020

We hope this finds you well! The government has made some recent changes to Covid restrictions so that the hospitality industry has begun to reopen. At Ammerdown, we continue to follow the government's guidelines but are still not able to open to welcome course participants and our group bookings. As a consequence, we cannot run Sue Brayne's course: Just Passing Through in July as planned. However, this course is postponed, date TBC and is also being run as a Zoom course over two mornings - details below - at the end of July. We await the government's next announcement in the hope that we can run some of our courses in August. Meanwhile, we are joining with our Ammerdown friends for weekly Friday morning prayers at 9am. Follow this link to join us. If you are looking for a family holiday, Aldrich Cottage in the Ammerdown garden can be rented through Sykes Cottages.

For all enquiries about courses and bookings please contact us by email

We hope to welcome you back soon!

Keep well and stay safe!

Ammerdown Morning Prayers

Join us each Friday morning at 9am (or later) as we pray together

Traditionally, at Ammerdown, we join together for morning and afternoon prayers. In these unusual times, we have begun to share our prayers via the Ammerdown You Tube Channel.Please join us as we pray and reflect together.



Welcome to Ammerdown

Imagine a Conference and Retreat Centre nestling in woods next to a Stately Home, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and parkland, with an exquisitely beautiful chapel in its midst. The whole place is steeped in peace and tranquillity. No traffic noise, only birdsong! Yet, it is only 12 miles from Bath and is easy of access, with ample free car parking on site.

This amazing place is the Ammerdown Centre!

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Throughout the year, we run an extensive programme of courses and retreats appealing to mind, body and spirit. With both day and residential courses on offer in 2020, we hope that everyone will find something that suits! You will find details in our 2020 brochure. Look out too for the Ammerdown Quarterly Supplement, with details of our weekly courses, talks and events which evolve organically. We hope to see you soon!

Pentecost Greetings from Ammerdown




May, 2020

Dear Friends

We hope this finds you well! We are all missing Ammerdown and the folks who come through our doors, the conversations and the stories that we share. As one of our course leaders said, despite all the virtual contact at our disposal, you can’t replace ‘the lived experience in the room.’

Once again, as we write, it is a time of feast days in a number of our faiths.

Wesak is the biggest of the Buddhist Festivals, when the birth, enlightenment and final passing of their founder Gautama Buddha is remembered.

Our Baha’i friends mark the anniversary of the Declaration of the Báb in 1844.  The Báb was the fore-runner of Baháʼu'lláh, their Persian religious leader, who founded the Baháʼí Faith - which advocates universal peace and unity among all races, nations and religions.

Eid Mubarak! – to our Muslim friends, as they celebrate the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. This is usually celebrated with family gatherings and making gifts to the poor.

Seven weeks after the Passover, our Jewish friends celebrate the Festival of Shavout when God gave the Torah to his people at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. 

And in the Christian faith, we celebrate Pentecost, the birth of the church, when the disciples of Jesus first proclaimed the Gospel after receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Themes of lockdown resonate in all of these festivals: enlightenment; peace and unity for all people; the poor and our response; the truth of our scriptures for this time; and the definition of our good news.

The disciples of Jesus had been in lockdown from the time of Jesus’s death until Pentecost. After Jesus’s death, we hear of the disciples staying behind closed doors, plagued by fear, unbelief and doubt. Into this dark place Jesus comes – ‘Peace be with you’ – and the bread is broken - so that hearts are strangely warmed and their next step is made clear. After weeks of being on their own, in one place, the disciples go out into the busy streets of Jerusalem and, receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, proclaim the gospel to all people.

As lockdown begins to ease, we want to shout the good news of Ammerdown – that this is a place where all are welcome, where you will find the warmth of our hospitality, the peace of our beautiful grounds, a safe place to explore spirituality and creativity, discover good disagreement and the opportunity to celebrate diversity. Hospitality, Peace and Reconciliation.

In June, we welcome you to engage with the virtual experience of Ammerdown.

On Friday 5 June, we have our first weekly online Ammerdown Morning Prayers, accessed through this link which will go live on Friday at 9am (  Join us in prayer, each Friday morning at 9am. Our Morning Prayer liturgy is available on request.
Our first Ammerdown Zoom takes place on Saturday 6th June with Alison Murdoch: Awakening a Wise and Gentle Heart: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, 10-11.45am.                                                           
Refugee Week 15-21 June takes the theme ‘Imagine’. Ammerdown is holding two events. Watch in your own time, the film ‘For Sama’ FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. Join us for a Zoom discussion about the film on Tuesday 16th June, 7-8pm.
On Saturday 20th June, 10-11am, Meet a Refugee and hear their refugee story, through Zoom. This conversation is organised through Na Takallam (We Speak – in Arabic) and is sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.    

And we continue to offer a home to rough sleepers during lockdown, working with Mendip District Council.                                                                         

In July, we hope to open our doors for the first time. One of our Ammerdown courses will go ahead as planned, with safe distancing and heightened cleanliness in place, following the government’s guidelines.

Just Passing Through with Sue Brayne, Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July.  Explore the impact Covid-19 is having on our relationship with life and death. Confronting our fear of death and accepting our physical mortality, Sue believes, helps us develop a much more conscious way of living. This empowers us to build connection and communion within ourselves, with our community and with the wider world. Sue’s latest book  Living Fully, Dying Consciously is now available on Amazon.

Annette Bolton’s course: Embroidered Felt Needle Roll has been postponed to 14-17 December, 2020. Just four places remaining!


to book your place for the courses and events above.


It’s good to be back in touch and we look forward to connecting with you again over the weeks to come. We will bring you more news of our activities at the end of June.

with all good wishes to you from Ammerdown

Christine and Debbie

Christine Clinch, Education and Spiritual Manager, and Debbie Tutchell, Finance Manager           

Refugee Week, 15-21 June, 2020

3 Ways to Join Ammerdown for Refugee Week

Refugee Week 15-21 June, 2020, takes the theme ‘Imagine’

3 Ways to join Ammerdown for Refugee Week!


A Film;

a Zoom Film Discussion;

a Conversation with Rafah, a Syrian Refugee living in Jordan.

Watch in your own time, the film ‘For Sama’ FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.


Join us for a Zoom film discussion about ‘For Sama’ on Tuesday 16th June, 7-8pm. Email for the Zoom link.


On Saturday 20th June, 10-11am, Meet a Refugee and hear their refugee story, through Zoom. Yesterday morning, I met Rafah, who is a Syrian refugee living in Jordan, on Zoom. She will join us for our Ammerdown Zoom on Saturday 20th June. Hear her story and ask questions – learn a few words of Arabic! Some questions I am sending ahead of time. If you want your questions included, please email them to me. This conversation is organised through Na Takallam (We Speak – in Arabic) and is sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.    For the Zoom link, please email


NEW for 2021 Soul Of Leadership Course

Offered in Partnership with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation

Facilitated by Margaret Benefiel PhD and Mary Buchanan-Smith

Soul of Leadership is an inspiring and enriching 18 month programme for anyone in a leadership role who wishes to deepen their inner resources to lead with long-term effectiveness and integrity.

Leaders today face particularly difficult challenges. The commitment to inspire others while also increasing productivity and balancing the needs of their organisation can leave leaders feeling depleted. Long hours and countless demands often result in a deep need for renewal.

This programme is for anyone facing difficult leadership challenges, and for those who are looking for a fresh approach to leadership amidst longer working hours and increasing demands.

January and May 2021; January and June 2022.

Contact for booking information.

Ammerdown 2020 Brochure

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If you are having trouble viewing the online brochure then please contact the centre at or 01761 433709 to request a printed version.

The First Ammerdown Quarterly Supplement

Courses, Talks and Events that are not in the 2020 brochure


Ammerdown Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of Ammerdown!

Do your or a family member or friend need space away from your usual environment to relax, reflect, reconcile or rest? A visit to the Ammerdown Centre is sure to equip and inspire - we're specialists in reconciliation and meditaion, offer a comfortable and homely welcome and our beautiful grounds ensure you'll find the space and quiet you need and we now offer gift vouchers, making it even easier to give the gift of Ammerdown!

They come in denominations of £10, £20, £30, £40 and £50 and can be redeemed towards any of our Ammerdown courses, making them the perfect gift for any friend or family member! 

The venue with a difference

Why do so many organisations and charities choose to come back again and again once they have had a taste of the unique 'Ammerdown experience'? They tell us that it is not one, but a combination of factors, which, together, make Ammerdown such a special venue.

With 24 hour residential rates starting from £84.00 + VAT per adult, Ammerdown is excellent value for money. Ring or email us today to get a quote and check availability.

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