Sanctum Retreats is situated on what was a small Herefordshire farm, now the home of Tina and Nick Jefferies.
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 of life. This experience turned out to be life-changing. She discovered that retreating in solitude, from all the usual technologies and routines, the needs of her mind, body and spirit 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 inner and outer life though contemplation and meditation, and led to the publication of her first book in 2013, 'How to Find Peacefulness' (Hodder & Stoughton).
From this experience, and insights gained from coaching and mentoring people challenged by work and life-related stresses, in 2011 Tina developed Sanctum Retreats, to provide retreats and workshops on silence and peaceful spiritual practices. 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, for 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 retreat options on our ten-acre farmstead at the foot of beautiful Garway Hill (a significant ancient landmark), in the stunning Herefordshire countryside.
We are 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