Sanctum Retreats is based at the Herefordshire home of Tina and Nick Jefferies.
Back in 2004, Tina decided to take time out from her consultancy work to spend a week totally alone at a small cottage in the countryside. It began as an idea to explore the effects of total aloneness and disconnect from the usual distractions and demands. This experience turned out to be a life-changing. She discovered that being alone and away from all the usual technologies and routines, the needs of her mind, body and soul began to integrate in a way she'd never fully experienced for any length of time before.
It built on previous learning experiences, about refreshing her inner and outer life though contemplation and meditation, and led to the later publication of her first book , 'How to Find Peacefulness' (Hodder & Stoughton), in 2013.
From this experience, and insights gained from coaching and mentoring people challenged by work and life-related stresses, in 2011 Tina developed Sanctum Retreats as a practical and spiritual resource for others. Since then she has enabled many people, of faith or none, to discover for themselves the lasting physical and spiritual value of mindful reflective time-out, inner peace and resilience.
Tina leads a bi-weekly meditation group in association with the World Community for Christian Meditation and regularly facilitates group quiet days and retreats at other locations around the country.
From 2020, we are developing self-catering, and supported, retreat options at our ten-acre farmstead at the foot of the beautiful Garway Hill, in stunning Herefordshire countryside. This will take time, but we hope to have our first accommodation, a simple shepherd's hut, and a large garden room available in August 2020.
Sanctum is supported by the wise counsel of:
Rev'd Dr Chris Moore
Rev'd Canon Dr Maureen Palmer
Rev'd Canon Christopher Blanchard;
and all those who so positively engage with us through the years of this journey
we are hugely grateful to you all