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2017 retreats at thriving centre on Norfolk border

Quiet Waters, a Christian Retreat house on the Norfolk / Suffolk border has announced its 2017 programme of retreats following a successful year with a 45% increase in occupancy, the appointment of new trustees and positive guest feedback.

On November 12 the Trustees of Quiet Waters, the Christian Retreat House on the Norfolk / Suffolk border near Bungay held its AGM celebrating a successful year of high occupancy, a full complement of team members and the appointment of new trustees.

Over the year Quiet Waters hosted guests over 1374 bed-nights, an increase of 424 bed-nights or 45% on last year.  

The led retreats received positive feedback.  Warden Andrew Tait said: “We have received very positive comments from guests who have reconnected with Jesus during these times and have renewed their desire to learn more about Father's love for them.”

Looking forward to 2017, the team at Quiet Waters have announced a varied programme of led retreats including day retreats focused on deepening our relationship with Jesus, a midweek retreat exploring watercolour painting, and weekend retreats exploring the Book of Ruth or the ancient practice of the Labyrinth.

For individual guests Quiet Waters do not make fixed charges but ask for a contribution.  There are suggested donations but if individual guests are unable to afford these they ask them to pay what they can afford.

The programme of retreats for 2017 includes:

Moving on with Jesus:  a series of day retreats led by David Males, Elder of the Order of Jacobs Well
Thursdays on February 9, March 9 and April 6, from 10am

During this gentle retreat, David will draw on his experience  through his work as an Elder of the order of Jacob’s Well (an Anglican Healing ministry), to show and teach about God’s healing and how to deepen our walk with Jesus.

The morning will start with a time of praise and prayer, followed by a bible talk and discussion looking at how we might focus on Jesus so that he can “manifest” Himself to us.

The retreat will provide the opportunity to explore the art of meditation and to receive healing and learn how to enable God’s Kingdom healing to be released in this world.

There is a suggested donation of £20 including lunch and refreshments.

Water Colour Retreat led by Anne Faiers
Monday, March 13 to Wednesday, March 15

A gentle art retreat to enjoy and experience working with watercolours using various techniques. This retreat is ideal for beginners and those wishing to build their confidence in this media, working from photos, real and still life. Ann Faiers is an experienced watercolour artist her work includes still life, flowers and landscapes.

Guests will arrive early afternoon on the Monday and depart in the afternoon on Wednesday and are asked to bring their own art materials although some will be available for those who require them.

There is a suggested donation of £135 for the full retreat. Day visitors are welcome each day, for a suggested donation of £12 on Monday and £25 per day for Tuesday and Wednesday, including lunch.

Finding a Place to Settle led by Stephen Bishop
A weekend retreat on Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4

In this retreat, Stephen Bishop will lead an exploration of the Book of Ruth to discover what we can learn from her experiences. This Old Testament book describes Ruth’s journey, physically emotionally and spiritually.  As well as discovering God  working in her life ‘behind the scenes’ she also discovers her God-gifted identity, an awareness that is relevant and important to us.

The suggested donation for the weekend is £135 for full board arriving after 4pm for 6pm dinner on Friday and departing after lunch on Sunday. Day visitors are welcome on Saturday with a suggested donation of £25 per day including lunch.

Easter Week Reflections
Join for all or just part of the week from Tuesday, April 11 – Easter Monday, April 17

There will be a series of reflective readings and meditations, linked to our normal ‘Rhythm of Prayer’ at 9.30am, midday, 5pm and 7.30pm.

For this week the suggested donations are £62 per 24 hours full board and £20 per person for day retreatants, to include refreshments and lunch.

The Labyrinth: A Sacred Space led by Kay Barratt
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4

On this gently-paced weekend we will learn a little about the ancient form of the labyrinth and experience it for ourselves as a sacred space for prayer.

On Saturday we will create a Labyrinth which will then be lit up in the evening for a special candlelit walk. We will spend time in the lovely riverside garden, and have the option to visit the surrounding Suffolk countryside and coast. Our morning and evening prayer gatherings will have a Celtic flavour, and will include songs from the Iona and Taizé communities.

The suggested donation for the weekend is £150 for the full board with the guided retreat or £140 if sharing a room.

Arriving at 6pm for dinner on Friday and departing after lunch on Sunday. Day visitors are welcome on the Saturday for a suggested donation £25 per day including lunch.

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