Ode to Autumn walking retreats


Autumn 2018. Choose from:

Weds 17th October, Fri 19th October, Weds 31st October, Fri 2nd November

12.45pm - 6.15pm; suggested donation £20; e-mail me to book!

"I came with no other expectation than just to take part, but came away with a deep sense of peace and trust as well as delight in a wonderful meeting of fellow travellers in such a special place...' Jacqui, 2016

'Your Autumn retreat walk was a wonderful & enriching experience for lots of different reasons & I am still feeling its effects permeating through.' Alison, 2017

'Thank you Brian for such a beautiful afternoon, I left feeling truly refreshed and blessed!' Rachel, 2017

Autumn is bursting with colour, life, symbolism… And on these half-day retreats, we explore some of its seasonal themes, in the great outdoors. 

We use John Keats’ poem ode ‘To Autumn’ - which was written in Winchester – as our inspiration. And we reflect on the ‘mellow fruitfulness’ of life. What does this season hold for you? What fruit might you bear, or have you already borne? What more can autumn teach us?

We gather by Winchester Cathedral for an afternoon’s walk which takes in the water meadows where Keats walked, St Catherine’s Hill and its evocative labyrinth (which symbolises our ‘walk’ through the journey of life), and a gentle meander along the river Itchen.

As we go, we reflect on Keats’ poem, take time to practice ‘awareness’ and become more fully present, consider the nature of our own journey, walk the labyrinth, take time for personal reflection, and return for evensong at the cathedral (which is usually choral, though sometimes it's 'spoken').

Ode to Autumn is an essential part of the rhythm of my own year, and others. Why not join us this year, for a wonderful opportunity to walk, and talk, and reflect on the turning of the seasons? 

Please e-mail me - briandraperuk@gmail.com - to reserve your place for 2018. The suggested donation remains £20. 

And if you fancy a taster, here's what Katherine Jenkins discovered when she joined an Ode to Autumn last year to film for Songs of Praise: