Upcoming Events

Speaking of Light and Love – retreat

29 June – 1 July 2018

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Further information about the ‘Speaking of Light and Love’ retreat

We will be using the natural resource of the outdoors and there will be opportunities for art making activities, rituals and mindfulness exercises to reflect on our ministries and our lives and develop fresh insights for healthy ways ahead. Join us for a restorative mix of playfulness, walking, reflection, silence, free time, worship and fellowship. Together we will have opportunities to take stock and make sense of our ministries, explore our callings and our blocks and renew our visions. We will be working outdoors and indoors at different times.

This retreat is open to all those who are in some way involved in ‘spiritual leadership’ of all kinds. Participants may be spiritual directors, or lead groups in some form of spiritual exploration or search for meaning or they may be parish priests. We want to encourage people of all faith traditions to join us as we feel that a diversity of traditions reflected in the group will bring an added richness to our sharing. Participants who are volunteers or in paid work are equally welcome. John and Lindy are based in the Unitarian tradition and Paul is a Moravian minister so the leadership of the retreat will be pitched from a liberal Christian, humanist and inter faith grounding. Activities will be inclusive and accessible for people of all religious backgrounds. Do get in touch with John if you want to check if your role is an appropriate context for you to attend this retreat.

There is a self-catering kitchen where we will be cooking all our meals. Participants will be invited to help prepare food, lay tables and wash up. Food will be vegetarian. If you have special diet requirements please let us know. Accommodation consists of a mixture of bedrooms and dormitory style sleeping areas and all have access to toilets and shower facilities. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag or bedding. There are no en suite bedrooms. Staying at Hazel Hill Wood is a memorable experience with some basic comforts; however it does not offer luxury accommodation!

Wheelchair access. This is limited in the forest as the paths are rough and windy. There is limited access to the ground floor of the Oak House. There is a wheelchair friendly toilet in the Ark House and a single room available on the ground floor.

£170/£130 concessions. Inclusive of all food, accommodation and resources. Most rooms are twin or dormitory. There are 4 single rooms available for a £25 supplement – these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Early bird discount of 10% for bookings received before 1 May.

Arrivals from 5pm on Friday. Dinner at 6.30pm. Programme starts at 8pm. Departures at 3pm on Sunday.

Hazel Hill Wood is located just 6 miles East of Salisbury near the picturesque village of Farley.  Less than an hour’s drive from Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Winchester, Andover, Basingstoke and Newbury and a taxi journey from Salisbury.

Hazel Hill is an Ancient woodland site covering 70 acres, meaning that this land has been wooded for centuries.  Species like bluebell and holly are evidence of this history. Hazel Hill Wood is now lovingly managed as a conservation woodland. It has a high diversity of wildflowers, trees and fungi, providing a variety of landscapes and habitats.

Deer ticks: Like many woods and heaths, there are deer ticks at Hazel Hill that can carry Lyme Disease.  For more about this and ways to avoid it: http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/about-ticks/tick-bite-risk-reduction/. Insect repellent with Deet can be useful.  The tick season usually begins in mid-April and finishes around mid-October.


Rev. John Harley has been leading creative retreats for over twenty years. He is a Unitarian minister serving two Bristol congregations, a dramatherapist and is also an art and RE teacher. He loves to lead workshops that draw on the outdoors, mindfulness and our intuitive selves and poetry.

The Rev. Lindy Latham is a retired Unitarian minister currently living in Bradford on Avon. She is also an attender at the local Quakers and a member of The Sufi Way and has been involved with organising and co-facilitating small group activities and retreats over the past few years. She is also a keen gardener, enjoys a good walk and has an adventurous spirit!

Rev. Paul M Holdsworth is a Moravian minister of two congregations in Bath and Swindon and has been leading residential events for the Moravian Church for nearly three decades for people of all ages. He has been known to draw on a wide range of sources for inspiration at these events, from the music of Madness to Bible Studies based on the Simpsons!




Booking form

Cost of weekend: includes all meals and all resources

Twin or Dormitory – non ensuite £170

 Single room (4 available) – non ensuite £195

(If funds are tight and this may prevent you from booking please contact John)

Name and date of event

29 June – 1 July 2018 Speaking of Light and Love

Your name


Home telephone number

Mobile phone

Email address

Dietary needs

Mobility needs

Estimated time of arrival

Any other information/requirements you want to share

Type of room required: Twin/dormitory non ensuite 170, single non ensuite £195, (circle as required). Early bird discount of 10% for bookings received before 1 May.

I enclose deposit of £50 (non-returnable by 1st June) – full balance due by 15 June. Cheques made payable to John Harley – Linden Cottage, Waytown, Bridport, DT6 5LQ (07985 900935) – or pay electronically: John N Harley – 83284982 – 08.93.00, ref: light and love

I understand that some of the activities will involve movement or take place outdoors and as such I accept that I am responsible for my own safety and will provide suitable clothing and footwear to participate. I do not know of any medical conditions which should preclude me from taking part. I accept that Be Here Create and/or John Harley cannot accept any responsibility for my participation in these activities. Signed







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Windows of Discovery
~ Unique Art Workshop Opportunities ~

Your chance to make art inspired by Sir Laurence Whistler’s exquisite engraved windows including a short tour exploring the windows’ origin and meaning. We will be exploring various art mediums during the day and reflecting in this inspirational space.
No art experience necessary! Just join us for a day of peace and sanctuary in this church, graveyard and local gardens. We will be silent, make art and have insights in the only church in the world with entirely engraved glass. Our creativity will be inspired by some of the themes of the windows: light, hope, the four seasons, trans-formation and the universe. There will be plenty of time to observe and sketch, use your imagination and be mindful in these beautiful spaces.
We will ask you to bring a packed lunch to enjoy during a shared lunch session.
Workshop leader John Harley is a dramatherapist and minister, who has led retreats for the Art and Spirituality network, and been an art teacher for twenty years. He is especially interested in harnessing art making and creative exercises to get in touch with our spiritual and intuitive selves.
Windows of Discovery
~ Unique Art Workshop Opportunities ~
Saturday June 9th 2018 from 10 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.*
Whistler Windows inspired creativity with sketching, Chinese Ink and watercolours
Saturday September 22nd 2018 from 10 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.*
Whistler Windows inspired creativity with sketching, scraperboard and clay
Cost £40 includes art materials, guided tour, tuition, tea and coffee. Only 10 places per day so book quickly!
Meet at St Nicholas Church Moreton DT2 8RH
To book, e-mail accounts@stnicholasmoreton.org.uk or phone 0844 884 4612
* At 4:30 p.m. there will be an opportunity to purchase afternoon tea in the local Garden’s Café


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