Nourishing the soil, nurturing the soul – 25th to Sunday 27th June

Hilfield Friary Hilfield , Dorset

This weekend is led by Lynn and Tony Fry and runs from Friday 25th until Sunday 27th June.  Arrivals from 4pm.  The course starts at 6pm on the Friday and finishes at 12 noon on the Sunday. Guests depart after lunch. Producing much of our own food is an important part of our life in The Friary.  Caring for our soil is the first stage of the journey from seed to table.  This weekend will be a mix of practical and thoughtful activities, opening ourselves to the way of growing, cooking and sharing food can feed our souls. Suitable for all abilities. If you cannot attend the weekend in person, you can join us by Zoom for the talk with Alastair McIntosh on Sunday 27th at 11.00. Donations for the Zoom talk only £10. Soil, Soul and Community in COP26 Climate change cannot be addressed by technical, political and economic policies alone. It is deeply about us. About our relationships with the earth, with the spirit that gives life, and with one another in community. Soil, soul and society as Satish Kumar of Schumacher College came to describe it after discussing with Alastair the title of his best known book. The postponed COP26 climate change conference of the United Nations is due to take place in Glasgow later this year. How can we ground the global issues to be discussed there in local ways of building soil and soul based community? Alastair will share, drawing on experience from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland to New Guinea. Alastair McIntosh’s books include Soil and Soul (Aurum 2021) on land and community, Poacher’s Pilgrimage about a spiritual journey into an ecology of the imagination (Birlinn 2021), and Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being (Birlinn 2020), described by Sir Jonathon Porritt as “imbued with the deepest...

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£140

Seeking Balance – 9th to 11th July

Hilfield Friary Hilfield , Dorset

Seeking Balance with Lynn Fry runs from Friday 9th until Saturday 11th July.  Arrivals from 4pm.  The course starts at 6pm on the Friday and finishes at 12 noon on the Sunday.  Guests depart after lunch. For the last 100 years, the Friary has been a place where prayer has been at the heart of all we do but is also a place of work, of activism and mission.  The offices that we say each day root our lives in God’s kingdom values. This past year has been overwhelming with the crises of Covid, the climate and the economy.  Are we called to prayer or to action?  Mary and Martha have often been seen as models of either lives of work or lives of prayer. This binary view won’t do!  Can we be active people of prayer AND prayerful people of work?  Come and explore how to seek balance in your life.

£140

Garden and nature question time – Sunday 11th July

Hilfield Friary Hilfield , Dorset

Garden Questions and plant identification with Tony Fry and Richard Thornbury.  Come with any questions about gardening or nature along with any samples for identification or discussion.  Come early to enjoy the grounds, the programme will start at 2:30.  Tea will be served on the lawn around 4pm.

£15

Lament for creation – 16th to 18th July

Hilfield Friary Hilfield , Dorset

Lament for Creation with Jonathan Herbert (available for Saturday 17th only too) runs from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th July.  Arrivals from 4pm.  The course starts at 6pm on the Friday and finishes at 12 noon on the Sunday. Guests depart after lunch. The enormity of the Climate and Ecological Emergency, leads many of us into a place of denial or despair about its full extent.  By acknowledging and expressing our grief and fear, we can find courage to act and find a deep joy in the midst of these dark times.  The weekend will be a mixture of stories, reflections, meditations, and lamentations from the Christian Tradition and other traditions.  Expect some tears and laughter.  Suggested donation £140 or £25 for a full day and lunch on the Saturday.

£140

Hilfield Families Camp – 31st July to 8th August

Hilfield Friary Hilfield , Dorset

From Saturday 31st July until Sunday 8th August.  A week of sharing the life of the friary with adults and children.  New young families welcome! Contact Stuart and Anna Hutton: stuarthutton@me.com

Hilfield Youth Camp – 14th to 22nd August

Hilfield Friary Hilfield , Dorset

Staff arrive on Wednesday 11th and the Youth Camp begins on Saturday 14th until Sunday 22nd August.  A week with young people aged 13 to 17 sharing and growing in Christian life.  Open to both groups and individuals. For information and booking: https://www.hilfieldyouthcamp.co.uk/  

Poetry with Elizabeth Cook – 3rd to 5th September

Hilfield Friary Hilfield , Dorset

Attending to the Earth Brother Clark has said that if we are to be effective advocates of the earth we must love her. This year, the 100th anniversary of Hilfield Friary, we will look at writing that expresses that love and think about the ways in which an attentiveness towards the natural world can be honoured and expressed by an attentiveness of language. George Herbert warned against resting in 'Nature, not the god of Nature'. For Francis and Herbert, as for many of the writers we'll be looking at, nature was a revelation of the God who is its source.  What we now call 'nature writing' was an act of discerning and celebrating the action of God. While few contemporary nature writers approach their subject in this way, the quality of their attention allows us to know more deeply the earth and her creatures whom we are so urgently called upon to cherish. During this weekend we will be looking at work from a wide variety of poets from the middle ages until now and also at some passages of nature writing in prose. The writers whose work we'll read may include Thomas Traherne, Thomas Browne, Gilbert White, Dorothy Wordsworth, William Wordsworth, John Clare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edward Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop, Nan Shepherd, Roger Deakin, Ronald Blythe, Kim Taplin, Wendell Berry, Michael Longley, Louise Glück, and Kathleen Jamie. Elizabeth Cook

£140

St Francis weekend – 1st to 3rd October

Hilfield Friary Hilfield , Dorset

St Francis Weekend runs from Friday 1st until Sunday 3rd October.  Arrivals from 4pm.  The course starts at 6pm on the Friday and finishes at 12 noon on the Sunday. Guests depart after lunch. Join us for our weekend of transferred celebrations of the Transitus of St Francis on Saturday Evening and the Feast of St Francis on Sunday morning.  There will be time for conversation and reflection about St Francis, and to spend time with the Community.  Br Hugh will give a presentation on the 100 years of history of the friary.  More information about the weekend will be announced.

£140