Welcome to the Bield at Blackruthven. If you'd like a place for rest and relaxation, or for prayer, reflection and healing, you'll find the Bield at Blackruthven an inviting setting.  The Bield at Blackruthven was set up in 1998 to be a centre for Christian Spirituality, retreat and healing in the widest sense of the word.  "Bield" is an old Scottish word, rich and resonant in meanings, from shelter to welcome, from refuge to strength.   Individuals or couples, families or groups are welcome for day visits or longer residential stays.

Season of Pilgrimage

Before ‘lockdown’ became a word of personal experience, we had decided that the theme for the Bield in 2021 would be ‘Pilgrimage’. This was echoing the theme chosen by the Province of the episcopal Church. However, with so many plans impacted by Covid19, it has now been extended into a ‘Season of Pilgrimage’ covering 2021 & 2022. Our redrawn logo reflects the theme.

Look out for special retreats at the Bield when we can welcome visitors again, and on-line, which open up the theme of our spiritual journeying, exploring , discovering..


“May you travel in an awakened way,

Gathered wisely into your inner ground;

That you may not waste the invitations

Which wait along the way to transform you.”

From John o’Donohue , Benedictus, Blessing for the Traveller

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There is something very special about this place - peacefulness, beautiful walks, time and space to just ‘be’.  Bless you all who make the Bield what it is – a place of refuge in a storm – Gail

There are no words to say what a blessing this haven is to those who believe and to those who don’t.  A little piece of heaven here on earth.  Thank you for sharing this amazing place of peace and playfulness

I have been so enriched by God at this beautiful place and with these beautiful people.  This is God’s haven and shelter for a weary soldier!  Blessings – Charles

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