Dear Friends,

Here at Ampleforth, as lockdown continues, we are very conscious of our continued inability to welcome you here on retreat at Ampleforth. For this reason, starting in February, alongside our usual online offering we will also begin offering some full online retreats. These will follow closely the structure of the regular retreats we have offered in the past. We hope that they will be of some help to all those who had booked on residential retreats last year and missed out, and also to all those who might appreciate a more extended retreat experience shared with an online group, one that offers the possibility of interacting with the retreat giver and with other retreatants. Details of our first full retreats are below.

If you are interested you are invited to either contact Yvonne, our bookings secretary, by telephone at 01439 766486 on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 9am and 1pm, or by email at pastoral@ampleforth.org.uk.

There will be a suggested donation for each retreat that reflects the cost to us to make the retreat available.

The retreats will be brought to you via Zoom and, in good time before the retreat is due to start, you will be sent a Zoom invitation along with instructions. We continue to offer our usual Home Retreats each Saturday at 11am. Details of this and of our Home Prayer and live streaming can be found on our Together in Prayer page.

We at Ampleforth are keeping you all in our prayer during these challenging times.

Sending you every best wish,

Fr Kevin Hayden OSB
Dean of Hospitality

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Monday 19th - Thursday 22nd April
Art & Spirituality...Rock & Sand

with Fr Bede Leach OSB

Ampleforth Abbey

Three full days of discovering the essence of our faith in religious art as it comes to life again, as we weave the initial gospel story with the faith life and homily of the artist, and gradually see our own ongoing life and faith story emerging, again or for the first time. Three paintings, two sessions on each, a slow gentle exploration with fellow disciples and a God of surprises.

Begins at 4.15pm on Monday with the final session at 3.30pm on Thursday 
Maximum number 25
Suggested donation £45
Via Zoom

If you are interested you are invited to either contact Yvonne, our bookings secretary, by telephone at 01439 766486 on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 9am and 1pm, or by email at pastoral@ampleforth.org.uk.

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Monday 24th - Thursday 27th May
Fish, Seeds and Prodigal Sons

with Anji Dowson

Ampleforth Abbey
The Gospels are an incredibly rich tapestry of visual language, describing events, miracles and parables.

When Christ speaks to the crowds, he is painting pictures in their imaginations, but his hearers will not all have the same images in mind. As we read and meditate on the Scriptures, we too see our own pictures as we visualise fishing, planting or forgiveness, as well as other special moments in the life of Christ.

Every artist - whether in paint, sculpture or stained glass - interprets biblical narrative in a unique way. Just as the Gospels inspire the artist, so by looking more deeply into their work, combined with Scripture readings, we can be led into prayer and meditation and brought evermore into our own visualisation of the Word of God.

The retreat begins at 4.30pm on Monday with the final session starting at 11.00am on Thursday
Maximum number 25
Suggested donation £45
Via Zoom

If you are interested you are invited to contact Yvonne, our bookings secretary, either by telephone at 01439 766486 on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 9am and 1pm, or by email at pastoral@ampleforth.org.uk.