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Embodying Joy

Embodying Joy

22nd August 2024



In the Bible, the Greek word for “joy” is related to the Greek word for “grace”. It is a grace given to us by God, even in challenging times, because joy is not based on circumstances. In our Christian faith, joy can be understood as a deep-seated sense of contentment in what God has done and what God is doing.

In this day retreat you will be invited to notice joy and to try some gentle embodied practices and movement that can help awaken joy. There will be opportunities for guided meditation, personal reflection and group sharing.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

Galatians 5:22-23

What to Expect

Please wear comfortable, unrestrictive clothing. If the weather is warm, we will be outside so it might be good to bring sunscreen and a sunhat (we live in hope in Scotland!).

Why not join us for the day as awaken to joy in our lives!

“The fullness of joy is to behold God in all.”

Julian of Norwich

“Before I embark on any new venture, I ask myself: will the joy of doing this make me lose

track of any concern for time? If the answer is yes, I proceed!”

Alice Walker


Valerie Allen

Embodying Joy

Valerie is a spiritual companion, retreat leader, and member of the Bield Pastoral Team. She has a special interest in spirituality and in holding spaces which encourage spiritual growth. She delights in life and finds joy in many things, bringing her closer to God’s joy planted deep within her.

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