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 2019 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% discount on the above prices

Cancellation Policy

We understand that sometimes your plans may change for several reasons, but if you cancel, and we do not find anyone to take your place, we still incur costs so the following rules apply depending on the timing of your cancellation relative to the date of your expected arrival:

  • Your deposit is generally non-refundable.
  • 1 month - 25% of total fees are due
  • 2 weeks - 50% of total fees are due
  • 1 week - full payment of fees is due.

Total Fees means accommodation charges plus, if applicable, retreat fees.

Because of this, it may be wise to take out travel insurance.


Event ID: 246

Monday 28 January to Friday 1 February 2019

Book of (H)ours

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-01-28 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-02-01

Leadership: Mary Fleeson, Tess Ward and Claire Gibbs

Theme: A midweek creative retreat, exploring the spirituality of the sacred book - as focus of corporate worship, or as personal companion. Participants will create a handstitched journal, try freehand celtic knotwork, illuminate a letter and write a psalm together.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 247

Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019

Discovering Divine Intimacy

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-02-18 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-02-22

Leadership: David Cole, author & CA&H Explorer Guide

Theme: Christian mindfulness and contemplation for everyone

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 248

Monday 1 April to Friday 5 April 2019

Walks around Holy Island

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-04-01 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-04-05

Leadership: Mary Gunn and The Open Gate team

Theme: Discover hidden aspects of this amazing island in a series of moderate daytime walks. These will be followed by reflective evening sessions.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 249

Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April 2019

Finding the Quiet

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-04-08 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-04-12

Leadership: Penny Warren, Guardian, Community of Aidan & Hilda

Theme: Explore how to find more inner quiet and why. This is not a silent retreat, but there will be plenty of space for silence within the week.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 250

Sunday 14 April to Sunday 21 April 2019

Holy Week

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-04-14 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-04-21

Leadership: The Open Gate Team

Theme: Come get involved in Holy Island's rhythm of prayer during this important time of the year, with the opportunity to look at how Holy Week is observed by different groups throughout the world.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 251

Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May 2019

Lindisfarne Landscapes

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-05-13 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-05-17

Leadership: Paul Swinhoe and Maureen Simpson

Theme: An opportunity to explore the island, and the relationship between art, prayer and spirituality by allowing God to speak to us through various mediums (such as painting, drawing, textiles and writing). Creative people of all types and abilities welcome. The will also be good opportunites for birdwatching and exploring the natural history of the island. There will be opportunites to learn how to use pastels and create pictures using weaving and needle felting.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222

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


Event ID: 252

Friday 17 May to Monday 20 May 2019

Write your own Psalm

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-05-17 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-05-20

Leadership: Deirdre McGarry and Rosemary Palmeira

Theme: A weekend workshop exploring the key literary features and history pf the psalms, retreatants will then write their own! (Sign up for The Lord's Prayer too and receive a discount)

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 253

Friday 24 May to Monday 27 May 2019

The Lord's Prayer

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-05-24 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-05-27

Leadership: Deirdre McGarry and Rosemary Palmeira

Theme: Explore the Lord's Prayer and deepen your understanding with exciting linguistic revelation. Use it as a launchpad to explore your relationship with the Lord through creative writing. (Sign up for Write your own Psalm too and receive a discount).

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 254

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019

Celtic Wisdom for Modern Life

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-05-27 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-05-31

Leadership: David Cole, author & CA&H Explorer Guide

Theme: Exploring how we can learn from our Celtic ancestors and apply their teachings to our modern world

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 255

Friday 31 May to Monday 3 June 2019

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-05-31 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-06-03

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship and biblical reflections about birds with guided bird watching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers alike.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 256

Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June 2019

Telling the Story

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-06-24 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-06-28

Leadership: Fr Mike Marsh

Theme: Storytelling was the main form of entertainment amongst ordinary Celtic folk. Why not bring a song, poem, tune or story, and hear the tales of days gone by.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 257

Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July 2019

Alive like the Saints

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-07-08 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-07-12

Leadership: Abbot John Bede of the Order of St Cuthbert

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?

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 258

Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August 2019

Fresh Water from an Ancient Well

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-07-29 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-08-02

Leadership: Kenneth McIntosh

Theme: Sharing ways that Christian faith of the Early Middle Ages can inform our walk with God in these challenging times.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 259

Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August 2019

Loved Creation

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-08-12 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-08-16

Leadership: Penny Warren, Guardian, Community of Aidan & Hilda

Theme: A time to explore the Celtic Christian understanding of our unity with creation as those who are loved, and called to love.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 260

Monday 19 August to Friday 23 August 2019

Contemplative Slow Stitching

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-08-19 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-08-23

Leadership: Elizabeth Scott

Theme: Listen to God whilst quietly hand-stitching on pre-loved materials and joining in the island's rhythm of prayer. No stitching experience required, all materials provided.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 261

Monday 26 August to Friday 30 August 2019

Aidan and Hilda week

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-08-26 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-08-30

Leadership: Rev Ray Simpson, Founding Guardian CA&H.

Theme: Celebrate the lives of Aidan, Hilda and other inspired Celtic Christians through studies, activities and reflections.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 262

Friday 6 September to Monday 9 September 2019

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-09-06 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-09-09

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship, and biblical reflections about birds with guided bird watching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers alike.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 263

Monday 16 September to Friday 20 September 2019

Befriending the Silence

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-09-16 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-09-20

Leadership: David Cole, author & CA&H Explorer Guide

Theme: Come experience the beauty of Lindisfarne whilst spending time in contemplation. Please note that this is a SILENT RETREAT.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 264

Friday 20 September to Monday 23 September 2019

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-09-20 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-09-23

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship, and biblical reflections about birds with guided bird watching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers alike.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 265

Friday 27 September to Monday 30 September 2019

Beatitudes

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-09-27 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-09-30

Leadership: Deirdre McGarry and Rosemary Palmeira

Theme: Explore these intriguing and enchanting declarations which are the core of Jesus' teachings (Sign up for Parables too and receive a discount).

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 266

Friday 4 October to Monday 7 October 2019

Parables

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-10-04 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-10-07

Leadership: Deirdre McGarry and Rosemary Palmeira

Theme: We know what we're told they mean, but what do they mean to you? Enter the realm of deeper understanding in the Spirit through creative writing (Sign up to Beatitudes too and receive a discount)

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 267

Friday 11 October to Monday 14 October 2019

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-10-11 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-10-14

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship, and biblical reflections about birds with guided bird watching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers alike.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 268

Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October 2019

Lindisfarne Landscapes

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-10-21 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-10-25

Leadership: Paul Swinhoe and Maureen Simpson

Theme: An opportunity to explore the island, and the relationship between art, prayer and spirituality by allowing God to speak to us through various mediums (such as painting, drawing, textiles and writing). Creative people of all types and abilities welcome. The will also be good opportunites for birdwatching and exploring the natural history of the island. There will be opportunites to learn how to use pastels and create pictures using weaving and needle felting.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222

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


Event ID: 269

Friday 25 October to Monday 28 October 2019

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-10-25 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-10-28

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship, and biblical reflections about birds with guided bird watching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers alike.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


Event ID: 270

Monday 11 November to Friday 15 November 2019

Celtic Advent

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2019-11-11 and finishing at 10:00 on 2019-11-15

Leadership: David Cole, author & CA&H Explorer Guide

Theme: Prepare ye a way for a new approach to celebrating the 40 days of Celtic Advent

Catering: Full Board

Cost: 225

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289389222


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.

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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
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Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands Metropolitan County, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Most of Lincolnshire, Rutland, and Northamptonshire
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Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and the Channel Islands
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