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 and our first draft for 2020 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 £95
1 person £60
Twin-bedded en-suite room 2 people £95
1 person £60
Single room NOT en-suite, two people share bathroom 1 person £50
Double-bedded, en-suite bedsit with kitchenette 2 people £105
1 person £75
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: 280

Monday 10 February to Friday 14 February 2020

Christian Mindfulness

Living a life fully aware

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-02-10 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-02-14

Leadership: David Cole

Theme: Mindfulness is everywhere, yet many Christians are wary of it. Come discover a deeper Christ centred meaning to this practice.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 281

Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2020

Seasons of the Soul

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-02-17 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-02-21

Leadership: Graham Booth

Theme: There are many different seasons in our journey through life. Times of joy and blessing, times of waiting, times when life goes belly-side-up, and times of re-orientation. They can be times of thanksgiving, times of frustration, times of pain, times of anger and complaint as well as times of renewed hope. We will address all these seasons and more as they really are, looking at how we handle them and how we grow in grace and faith.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 282

Monday 2 March to Friday 6 March 2020

In the Shadow of your Wings

The Mothering of God

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-03-02 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-03-06

Leadership: Jane Franklin

Theme: An opportunity to explore the Feminine nature of God through Scripture and beyond, then respond in reflection and creative activities

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 283

Monday 16 March to Friday 20 March 2020

Beholding the Quiet

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-03-16 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-03-20

Leadership: Penny Warren

Theme: To behold is to hold in love "its" being. This retreat will be an opportunity to explore some depths in quiet. It will not be a silent retreat, but there will be silence within it.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 284

Monday 23 March to Thursday 26 March 2020

Soul Friendship for Leaders

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-03-23 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-03-26

Leadership: Simon Reed & Scott Brennan

Theme: Part 1 of 2 residential courses. Please contact venue for more information

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £150+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 285

Sunday 5 April to Sunday 12 April 2020

Holy Week

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-04-05 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-04-12

Leadership: The Open Gate Team

Theme: A chance to come and get involved in Holy Island's rhythm of prayer during this special time, with opportunities for reflection throughout.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 286

Friday 17 April to Monday 20 April 2020

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-04-17 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-04-20

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

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

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £235+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 287

Monday 20 April to Friday 24 April 2020

The Oak and The Lotus

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-04-20 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-04-24

Leadership: Kenneth McIntosh

Theme: How the wisdom of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism can enrich our practice of Celtic Christian faith.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 288

Monday 11 May to Friday 15 May 2020

Contemplative Slow Stitching

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-05-11 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-05-15

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, and all materials provided.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 289

Monday 18 May to Friday 22 May 2020

Thomas Merton: A man for our age

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-05-18 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-05-22

Leadership: David Cole

Theme: The teachings and writings of this monk seem to influence so many modern writers. Come and discover how his thoughts from the mid-20th century are deeply relevant to the world today.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 290

Friday 22 May to Monday 25 May 2020

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-05-22 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-05-25

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship, biblical reflections and guided birdwatching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers. Led by Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £235+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 291

Monday 1 June to Friday 5 June 2020

Lindisfarne Landscapes

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-06-01 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-06-05

Leadership: Paul Swinhoe & Maureen Simpson

Theme: An opportunity to explore the island, and the relationship between art, prayer and spirituality through the use of various mediums. Creative people of all types and abilities welcome, some materials provided, but feel free to bring your own too.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 292

Monday 13 July to Friday 17 July 2020

Care for Creation

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-07-13 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-07-17

Leadership: Sue Clarke

Theme: Care for Creation is the sixth waymark of the Way of Life of the Community of Aidan and Hilda. We will look at the wonders of creation, the Biblical basis for caring for it, the threats to our environment and what we can do personally to ensure we save and care for God's amazing world. Using the backdrop of the island's nature and beauty, we will wonder, learn, reflect and be encouraged to make a difference in our care for creation, as well as engaging in creative activities and worship to celebrate nature and its Creator.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 293

Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July 2020

Silence in the Heart

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-07-27 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-07-31

Leadership: Maggi Deimel & Sue

Theme: One of the most direct ways of becoming aware of the presence of God within and around us is to spend some days in a dedicated silence. Many saints chose this for periods of their lives, including Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. So we invite you to taste some of the riches of this spiritual tradition, surrounded by the beauty and peace of his Holy Island. The house will be in silence as far as possible, including mealtimes, and Maggi or Sue will offer you the opportunity to meet individually once a day to explore how the activity of the Spirit is penetrating and guiding your heart and mind. The Ignatian method of imaginative contemplation will be the foundation of the retreat – a short experience of it will be given in the introductory session –but then the silence may lead where it will, “ the silence that lives in the grass/on the underside of each blade/and in the blue space between the stones.”

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 294

Monday 10 August to Friday 14 August 2020

Contemplative Slow Stitching

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-08-10 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-08-14

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.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 295

Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September 2020

Aidan and Hilda week

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-08-31 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-09-04

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: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 296

Friday 11 September to Monday 14 September 2020

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-09-11 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-09-14

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship, biblical reflections and guided birdwatching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £235+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 297

Monday 14 September to Friday 18 September 2020

Earthy Mysticism

Connecting with the Natural World

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-09-14 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-09-18

Leadership: David Cole

Theme: Many of the Christian mystics were deeply connected to the natural world and had Divine encounters through it. Come and find a deeper more Divine connection with nature.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 298

Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September 2020

Exploring Mindfulness

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-09-21 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-09-25

Leadership: Ruth Stock

Theme: ‘Anxiety weighs down the human heart’. (Proverbs 12.25) Does Life (including church life) stress you out? We’ll explore Mindfulness-based approaches to reducing anxiety and stress from a Christian perspective. There will be sitting and moving practices, teaching, poetry, silence and the opportunity to explore Lindisfarne. This is not a therapeutic course but there will be opportunity for personal exploration and one-to-one conversations. It is suitable for beginners and experienced Mindfulness practitioners.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 299

Monday 5 October to Wednesday 7 October 2020

Soul Friendship for Leaders

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-10-05 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-10-07

Leadership: Simon Reed & Scott Brennan

Theme: Part 2 of 2 residential courses. Please contact venue for more information.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £100+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 300

Friday 9 October to Monday 12 October 2020

Look at the Birds

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-10-09 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-10-12

Leadership: Mark Winter of Even Sparrows

Theme: Quiet worship, biblical reflections and guided birdwatching walks. For beginners and keen birdwatchers.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £235+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 301

Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2020

The Way of The Three

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-10-26 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-10-30

Leadership: Penny Warren

Theme: This retreat will be an opportunity to explore the Celtic love of Trinity.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 302

Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November 2020

Dying Well

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-11-09 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-11-13

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

Theme: “Ray Simpson explores themes from his book ‘Before we say Goodbye’, and how in order to end well, we need to live life to the full. Our ‘Departure Lounge’ includes poems, music, prayer, blessings, reconciliation and Jesus’ promises”

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

Booking: Telephone or Email the Open Gate

Contact: The Open Gate Team

Telephone: 01289 389222


Event ID: 303

Monday 16 November to Friday 20 November 2020

Celtic Advent

Preparing ourselves for Christmas

Times: Starting at 16:00 on 2020-11-16 and finishing at 10:00 on 2020-11-20

Leadership: David Cole

Theme: Discover the ancient Celtic Christian focus of Advent, and transform your lead up to Christmas into something deeply spiritual.

Catering: Full Board

Cost: £250+

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

Celtic Summer School

The Community of Aidan and Hilda is sponsoring a week long summer school in Durham between 7th and 14th August 2019. You can take part in it over the whole week or for a single day depending on your commitments and preferences.

You can find full details of it here and download a flyer here.

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/