We have offered our home and garden as a place of peaceful retreat and restful reflection since 2011.
Our aim has been to provide a small place of peace for individuals and small groups to take time away from the usual demands of work and life, and experience physical and spiritual refreshment.
Having previously supported people in the workplace experiencing high workload and demand, we responded to a growing need for a place private and flexible enough to cater for quiet contemplation. A place where people could easily retreat, stepping away from pressures of work and life, simply be themselves without expectation or demand, and enjoy the restorative stillness of a slower pace.
Over the years we have welcomed many individuals and small groups, from busy business owners and management teams, to hard-pressed carers and health practitioners, and retiring clergy. All have enjoyed a contemplative time that leaves them feeling restored, refreshed, and refocused for the days to come.
Some look for spiritual guidance, or quiet meditation, others simply a place in which to settle comfortably for a day or two, enjoying the pleasure of warm hospitality,
We wanted to offer even more flexibility by providing self-catering retreat accommodation in addition. This was not possible at our previous home. In 2018, whilst volunteering at the international retreat centre of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Bonnevaux, France, we finally decided to make the move to a new home, where we could offer such a facility.
A small farmstead on the rural edge of Herefordshire bordering Wales, and affectionately known as Bagwy Farm, had all the potential to become a peaceful nurturing place for individuals and small groups seeking contemplative retreat, though a little sad and unloved when we took it on in 2019.
Our good friend Anthea, who for many years has come to us for regular quiet retreat, drew up a wonderful design for a Potager, to replace a neglected farmhouse kitchen garden area. During the 2020 lockdown, we carefully followed the plan and created a productive kitchen and sitting garden. The space that for more than two hundred years nourished the farm's occupants is now where we grow produce for our guests, and where they can sit and soak up the peace amongst the flowers, plants and trees.
A newly planted orchard is developing nicely, overlooked by the new self-catering retreat accommodation, The Fold, and we continue to plant interesting shrubs and ornamental trees, with paths along which to wander and ponder.
Wide open views of the distant Black Mountains and Golden Valley provide a great foil for deep reflection and inspiration. Our guests can't fail to be moved to stillness and silence, even poetry and painting. Every retreat day or stay is resourced with creative materials for that very reason.
Our aim has always been to nurture understanding and experience of quiet contemplation and meditation and how it enriches life. Hence, we also lead guided Saturday retreat days on themes promoting silent contemplation and meditation particularly in the natural environment (during the spring and summer months subject to pandemic restrictions).
fantastic part of the Herefordshire countryside.
Tina and Nick