Cliff College has recently started to develop a new initiative to create opportunities for retreats or simply quiet space here at the college, and to explore what we can offer both to those seeking time to reflect and in helping groups and individuals to be equipped to lead their own retreats.
This will be co-ordinated by Deacon Lynne Tonge, the college’s Chaplain, who will be working alongside other retreat providers and organisations to share resources and experience.
Initially, we shall be exploring what people – again, both groups and individuals – may be looking for in a retreat, but we shall also be aiming to offer resources, for example to those who may be planning to organise a church quiet day or staff away-day. In this, we shall be linking with any other appropriate short courses offered at Cliff.
As many of you will know, Cliff offers a wide range of possibilities for study and reflection – perhaps for a sabbatical – with excellent accommodation and a well-stocked library, all in beautiful surroundings. Some guests may wish to engage in a more guided pattern of reflection, such as an individually guided retreat, and we can offer someone to meet and pray with those who choose this option. Our grounds are extensive, and include a standing cross and permanent outdoor labyrinth.
This initiative is in its early stages, but we shall be providing updates as things progress and we encourage you to visit this page to see what we shall be offering in due course, which we hope will include day, weekend and mid week retreat events.
Meanwhile we should welcome any thoughts and suggestions which you may wish to offer – for example if you or your group would value some particular type of retreat, e.g. silent, creative, themed, family – and we shall also be interested to hear from you if you are able to offer any resources you might feel able to contribute.
For further information, please contact Deacon Lynne: email@example.com / 01246 584226