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: email@example.com
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
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.
Weave and Unwind Willow – A Beginner’s Workshop with Jane Kelly runs from Friday 8th until Sunday 10th October. No experience necessary. Arrivals from 4pm. The course starts at 6pm on the Friday and finishes at 12 noon on the Sunday. Guests depart after lunch. Begin the weekend on Friday evening with an introduction to willow weaving and a mini project. Then on Saturday you have a full day to create your own bird feeders. Sunday will be time to relax, enjoy the winter colours and peace of the Friary; finishing your weekend with Sunday lunch. All materials and tools provided to complete a finished project. One day course or 2 days with an overnight stay.
Churches Caring for Creation with Richard Thornbury and colleagues from A Rocha UK runs from Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th October. Arrivals from 4pm. The course starts at 6pm on the Friday and finishes at 12 noon on the Sunday. Guests depart after lunch. The aim of this weekend is to affirm the importance of Creation Care to our churches in the shape of hands-on conservation and to equip you with some relevant skills to get stuck in. We will be sharing the joy and wonder of the beautiful wildlife here at the Friary, and exploring the ethos underpinning its care. There will be workshops and hands-on sessions looking at the practical skills necessary to help with conservation in your churches and at home. Subjects will include wildflowers, grassland fungi, bats, birds, boundaries, trees and more. There will also be time to learn about Arocha’s Eco Church programme and how your church can progress on its Eco Church journey. Participants can come and stay with us for the whole weekend, or just drop in for the sessions they are most interested in. This event will be outside and hands on, practical clothes are a must. Suggested donation £140 residential or £25 for the day with lunch only
The Fruit tree planting and Advent Quiet Day is led by Jonathan Herbert and Richard Thornbury. "Deepening our Connection with God and Creation". Jonathan will lead 3 reflections on 'Separation and Connection' and there will be time for each participant to plant a tree as a sign of the Advent Hope. Richard will lead an opportunity to help planting the friary’s new orchard that will be made up of 30 trees of local, heritage varieties of apple, pear, plum and cherry. This is part of our wider conservation work and is being planted as much to provide flowers, fruit and habitat for wildlife as fruit for us to eat.
The Climate Justice Reflection Day is facilitated by Jonathan Herbert. The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 - 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Members of the Hilfield Community will be in Glasgow part of the time to observe the conference. This day will be their “report back” and reflection on this Conference. The day will feature a panel discussion at 3pm with invited guests, Eucharist, and lunch. Our Member of Parliament Chris Loder has agreed to participate in the panel discussion. There will be an opportunity for each participant to plant a tree as part of Hilfield's conservation work. Suggested donation £25 for the day to include lunch. Please contact Suzi the Guest Co-ordinator if you would like to come and stay for the weekend.
This Guilt-Free Crafting Time runs from Wednesday 8th until Sunday 12th December. A time to come together away from the all the craziness of the season to relax and have time to craft. Expect good company and fun in cosy surroundings providing a relaxing time to finish all those pesky craft projects you have been meaning to finish or have a go at something new. Facilitated by Suzi but come and share your own crafty passions with like- minded crafters! If you would like to stay on the Tuesday night preceding the event a further donation of £45 per night is suggested making a 5 night stay £275.
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