The Bield at Blackruthven is a centre for Christian spirituality, retreat and healing in the widest sense of the word.

The focus is expressed in the name of 'Bield' which is an old Scottish word. It carries such meanings as refuge and shelter, or activities such as 'to nurture', 'to embolden' and 'encourage'.

to nurture: Healing of soul and body:

While people of all faiths or of none are welcome at the Bield, our vision is centred in the person of Jesus Christ, and the well-being, nurture and healing found in him.

Community members have diverse Christian backgrounds and are one-world as well as one-church minded.

to encourage: Reflection and learning:

The Bield enables you to take time out to deal with your need to be alone or with God or to find your own centre, regain balance in your life.

Coming on Retreat?


Guests are welcome to come on their own, with partners, children, or in groups, for a day visit or longer.

We offer a programme of events but there is plenty of scope to visit us at any time throughout the year.  

Guests may enjoy the Bield and its resources for rest and relaxation or for prayer, reflection or healing. You are welcome to share in the rhythm of worship life with prayer and Eucharist in the Chapel. Experienced community members are available as desired to listen, counsel, guide and support you on your personal journey. Believing that Christ desires to heal in mind, spirit and body, prayer is available with the laying on of hands and anointing with oil. The art room is a valuable resource for being creative and developing new insights. For more information on Southton Smallholding, our therapeutic farm project which offers supported part-time therapeutic work to adults with a learning disability, please Click Here.


Community members are happy to offer as much or as little assistance as required by an individual or a group. We do value the opportunity of being involved in the development and facilitating of events and courses. For information on the staff: Click Here.

Preparing for Your Retreat

Please click here for more information and questions you may ask yourself.

Listening, Guiding, Counselling, Accompanying and Praying with you on Your Retreat

All this is offered at The Bield - for more information please click here.

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