seasonal retreats

As well as running bespoke retreats both in Winchester and at centres across the country, I organise two seasonal walking retreats - in spring and autumn. See below for details!

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Ode to Autumn:

Here is a taster from the BBC Songs of Praise programme from last autumn, in which the singer Katherine Jenkins joined one of our groups for an Ode to Autumn walking retreat:


I live in Winchester, the ancient capital of England, which is where Keats wrote his wonderful ode To Autumn. The city has a historic cathedral and world-famous choir; an ancient labyrinth on top of a nearby hill; simple sacred places and gorgeous outdoor spaces.

Each year, I lead a series of half-day walking retreats called Ode to Autumn, which takes its cue from Keats' poem. A small group of us meet by the cathedral to read the poem, before setting out in the footsteps of Keats to savour the turning colours in the water meadows and reflect on autumnal themes. We climb St Catherine's Hill to walk the ancient labyrinth, before heading back along the river in time for evensong in the cathedral.

Whatever the weather, we have a profound and lovely time.

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Spring Saunter: to the Sacred Place


We were back at Mottisfont, Hampshire, for a sixth year running in 2018 - an exquisite context in which to reconnect with the rhythms of the seasons, and the themes of spring!

These retreats combine wisdom and knowledge from Mottisfont's lead outdoor guide Howard Green, with spiritual reflection from me. Every group is different, and every afternoon is special.