The Retreats & Events Programme


Lindisfarne UK National and Regional International

 

Lindisfarne - Retreats at the Open Gate

You can download a PDF file with details of all retreats at the Open Gate for 2018 here.

The retreats below will be at the Open Gate, Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2SD

Telephone: 01289 389222

Please note that the Open Gate is a listed building with limited access, different levels and no bedrooms on the ground floor. If you have mobility or disability needs, please contact us before booking so that we can do our best to accommodate you. If necessary, we may well be able to find other accommodation on the island that will meet your needs, ensuring you can still take part in retreats at the Open Gate.

The retreat costs shown below exclude accommodation. To calculate total costs please take the B&B and room cost from the table, multiply it by the number of nights of your stay and then add the retreat cost listed below. The total cost will include all other meals.

Type of room and occupancy Cost per night including B&B
Double-bedded en-suite room 2 people £85
1 person £55
Twin-bedded en-suite room 2 people £85
1 person £55
Single room NOT en-suite, two people share bathroom 1 person £45
Double-bedded, en-suite bedsit with kitchenette 2 people £95
1 person £65
Full Members of the Community (Voyagers) £20 but additional donation welcome

Event ID: 221

Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March 2018

Contemplative Slow Stitching

Reflecting on the Apostles' Creed

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-02-26 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-03-02

Leadership: Elizabeth Scott

Theme: Listen to God while quietly hand-stitching on pre-loved materials and joining in the island’s rhythm of prayer. No stitching experience required, all materials provided. Led by Elizabeth Scott, Lay Minister and textile artist.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222

Download a flyer for this event by right clicking here, and selecting Save As (or the equivalent, if you are using an Apple Mac!)

Download a separate booking form for this event by right clicking here, and selecting Save As (or the equivalent, if you are using an Apple Mac!)


Event ID: 222

Monday 12 March to Friday 16 March 2018

Discovering Divine Intimacy

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-03-12 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-03-16

Leadership: David Cole

Theme: Christian Mindfulness and contemplation for everyone. Led by David Cole, author and CA&H Explorer Guide.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222

Download a separate booking form for this event by right clicking here, and selecting Save As (or the equivalent, if you are using an Apple Mac!)


Event ID: 223

Monday 19 March to Friday 23 March 2018

Alive like the Saints

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-03-19 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-03-23

Leadership: Abbot John Bede

Theme: Monks carried a coffin containing St Cuthbert’s body and the bones of other saints. Did they think the saints were more alive than themselves? How alive in Christ are we? Led by Abbot John Bede of the Order of St Cuthbert

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 224

Monday 9 April to Friday 13 April 2018

Telling the Story

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-04-09 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-04-13

Leadership: Father Mike Marsh and Kevin Downham

Theme: Storytelling was the main form of entertainment amongst ordinary Celtic folk. Why not bring a song, poem, tune or a story and hear the tales of days gone by. Led by Fr Mike Marsh, Assoc. Priest, Leeds Diocese & Kevin Downham.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 225

Monday 16 April to Friday 20 April 2018

Walks around Holy Island

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-04-16 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-04-20

Leadership: Mary Gunn, Holy Island Hikes & members of the Open Gate team

Theme: Discover hidden aspects of this amazing island in a series of easy afternoon walks which follow a relaxed morning. In the evening is time for a reflection on your day. Led by Mary Gunn, Holy Island Hikes & members of the Open Gate team.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 226

Monday 21 May to Friday 25 May 2018

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-05-21 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-05-25

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship and biblical reflections about birds with guided bird watching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers. Led by Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 227

Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June 2018

Divine Mysticism

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-05-28 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-06-01

Leadership: David Cole

Theme: Come and discover the tradition of Christian Mysticism, and the richness which can be found in the words of the Christian Mystics themselves is something which can only enhance and deepen your own walk with God. Led by David Cole, author and CH&A Explorer Guide

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 228

Tuesday 12 June to Saturday 16 June 2018

Saints and Seabirds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-06-12 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-06-16

Leadership: Paul Swinhoe

Theme: An opportunity to wander and connect with the island, it’s history, spirituality, geology, archaeology and wildlife. The retreat will involve some walking around the island, and possibly a trip to the Farne Islands. There will also be an opportunity to learn to paint with pastels. Led by Paul Swinhoe, birdwatcher, geologist & painter

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 229

Monday 18 June to Friday 22 June 2018

Deeper Water from an Ancient Well

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-06-18 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-06-22

Leadership: Kenneth McIntosh

Theme: Further ways to explore how ancient ways can give us the joy, perseverance and engagement needed to meet the challenges of our world today. Led by Kenneth McIntosh, author of ‘Water from an Ancient Well’

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 230

Monday 2 July to Friday 6 July 2018

Tides and Seasons

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-07-02 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-07-06

Leadership: Kevin and Lesley Downham

Theme: Explore the rhythms and seasons of our spiritual lives and how they echo the rhythms of the tides and seasons. Led by Kevin and Lesley Downham Wardens of the Open Gate

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 231

Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August 2018

Contemplative Slow Stitching

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-07-30 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-08-03

Leadership: Elizabeth Scott

Theme: Listen to God while quietly hand-stitching on pre-loved materials and joining in the island’s rhythm of prayer. No stitching experience required, all materials provided. Led by Elizabeth Scott, Lay Minister and textile artist.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 232

Monday 13 August to Friday 17 August 2018

Passing the Harp

The Spiritual Gift of Story Telling

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-08-13 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-08-17

Leadership: David Cole

Theme: The 8th century historian Bede tells us of the ancient Celtic tradition called “Passing the Harp,” where communities would gather and tell stories – through stories we begin to fathom who we are, where we have come from and where we might be going … Led by David Cole, author and CA&H Explorer Guide

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 233

Monday 20 August to Friday 24 August 2018

Aidan and Hilda Week

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-08-20 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-08-24

Leadership: Ray Simpson

Theme: Celebrate the lives of Aidan, Hilda and other inspired Celtic Christians through studies, activities and reflections. Led by Ray Simpson, author and Founding Guardian of CA&H

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 234

Monday 3 September to Friday 7 September 2018

The Lindisfarne Gospels

Art, Spirituality and Social Justice

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-09-03 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-09-07

Leadership: Professor Michelle P. Brown

Theme: Explore the spirituality of those who made and interacted with the Lindisfarne Gospels then and now. Led by Prof. Michelle P. Brown, London University and ex - British Library

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 235

Monday 10 September to Thursday 13 September 2018

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-09-10 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-09-13

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship and biblical reflections about birds with guided bird watching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers. Led by Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 236

Monday 24 September to Friday 28 September 2018

Seasoned by Seasons

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-09-24 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-09-28

Leadership: Michael Mitton

Theme: Michael will be working with his latest book, Seasoned by Seasons, in which he explores the varying seasons of the soul, with an imaginative use of bible stories that speak to each. Led by Michael Mitton, author, speaker and trainer

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 237

Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October 2018

Finding Home

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-10-01 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-10-05

Leadership: Russ Parker

Theme: A retreat exploring rhythms of home in the Bible. Led by Russ Parker, author and Co-Founder of the Community of Aidan and Hilda

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 238

Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October 2018

Migrations, Meanderings and Meditations

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-10-08 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-10-12

Leadership: Paul Swinhoe

Theme: An opportunity to wander and connect with the island, its history, spirituality, geology, archaeology and wildlife. It is the time when many winter migrants arrive on the North East Coast. The retreat will involve some walking around the island and there will also be an opportunity to learn pastel painting. Led by Paul Swinhoe, birdwatcher, geologist and painter

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 239

Friday 19 October to Monday 22 October 2018

Birds and the Bible

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-10-19 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-10-22

Leadership: Mark Winter, Founder of Even Sparrows

Theme: Birds feature in the scriptures more than you might suppose. Come and learn about birds and what they reveal about God’s love. Guided birdwatching walks on Holy Island during a time of bird migration, plus biblical reflection and Celtic-style worship. Led by Mark Winter, Founder of Even Sparrows

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 240

Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018

Celtic Advent

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-11-12 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-11-16

Leadership: David Cole

Theme: Prepare ye a way a new approach to celebrating the 40 days of Celtic Advent Led by David Cole, author and Community of Aidan and Hilda Explorer Guide

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 241

Thursday 13 December to Sunday 16 December 2018

Traditional Village Carols

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2018-12-13 and finishing at 10:00 on 2018-12-16

Leadership: Kevin and Lesley Downham

Theme: The words may be familiar but the tunes less so. Enjoy a musical connection with this most sacred and special time of the year. Singers of all abilities welcome. Led by Kevin and Lesley Downham, Wardens of The Open Gate

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Shepherds Stream

Shepherds Stream is located at Penant Melangell, a site of ancient pilgrimage from Celtic times. Peter and Gill Burton (two of our Explorers) run a small retreat centre in this most beautiful welsh valley. Visit their website at http://www.shepherdsstream.org.uk/ for more details.

UK National Events

UK Regional Group Retreats and Events

UK Region Covering
The whole of Scotland
Cumbria (including the Isle of Man), Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham
The historic county of Yorkshire plus parts of North Lincolnshire
The whole of Wales
Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands Metropolitan County, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Most of Lincolnshire, Rutland, and Northamptonshire
Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex
Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset
Greater London area
Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and the Channel Islands
Northern Irish Counties within the UK

International (retreats ouside the UK)

Country National Website
aidanandhilda.org.au
www.anamcara.no
www.aidanandhilda.us/