Holding Space for Silence - quiet days at the Bield
15th March 2024
10:00 - 16:00
Most people have a yearning for tranquillity and peace. By taking part in a silent retreat, you will have the opportunity to draw back from the normal routines and busyness of life to reflect and allow space for new encounters.
An introduction to ways of stilling yourself and prayer materials will be provided. All ways of praying are a means of developing or deepening your relationship with God. There will also be opportunities for creative expression, if desired.
During the retreat there is an invitation to meet with a guide, who may help as a ‘sounding board’, helping to listen for God’s presence in the circumstances of your life.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
The Lord makes me lie down in green
pastures, leading me beside quiet
waters, and refreshes my soul.”
Silence holds open a space where people can journey deeper into their own relationship with God and creation.
“It was said of Abba Agathon that for three years he carried a stone in his mouth, until he learnt to keep silence.’ - Desert Wisdom
A space to share some of your experience at the end of your retreat, if you so wish, is also offered but, otherwise, participants remain in silence. Other guests may be around who are not in silence, but you will have support to stay in silence yourself.
We suggest that you wear warm, comfortable clothing, as you might like to go for a walk in the grounds (Wellies are a good idea if it’s wet). A journal and pen may also be helpful.
“Beware of ‘the babbling voices’ internally, even if outwardly you are quiet.
Seek deep inner silence... stillness. - K Reid
“First, silence makes us pilgrims. Second, silence guards the fire within.
Thirdly, silence teaches us to speak.” - H Nouwen
You are very welcome to arrive early and join us for morning prayer in the Chapel at 9 am on your day of arrival.
Bield Pastoral Team
Silent retreats are facilitated by The Bield Pastoral Team members, who are experienced in spiritual accompanying, listening and retreat leading.