It is hoped to run several Hermits-in-company retreats in 2021. We usually gather at a retreat house, however in 2020, given the pandemic, we held two successful hermits@home zoom retreats – and it is likely that we will continue to offer these online retreats in the future. Also, if it becomes possible to hold an actual retreat, we will most likely return to Michaelgarth (see above), the guest house of Ty Mawr Convent near Monmouth in Wales.
These small retreats may be of interest to anyone who would like an extended period of silence with others. Their structure is simple and spacious – allowing time for quietening, becoming more present, and reflection. We gather, mostly in silence, free to use the unstructured time as we wish. Following the Benedictine rhythm of the day as at Shantivanam ashram, we meet together for times of meditation, prayer and readings.
Each Hermits-in-company retreat has a unique twist which is reflected in a lightly held theme. All are welcome. Some experience of extended periods of silence would be advisable. You can find reviews of these retreats in previous newsletters https://bedegriffithssangha.org.uk/newsletter/ The summer 2020 newsletter contains reflections on a zoom retreat.
If anyone would like to receive more details about any retreats that may emerge in 2021, please email Jane Lichnowski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We gather together with the mystery that is life; of which we are all part – however we conceive it to be.