Retreats


Will a retreat at Sullington suit you?

In a world that is rarely ‘off’ the sense of peace and beautiful countryside surrounding this ancient hamlet is really rewarding.  Sullington Manor FarmSullington is an ancient medieval settlement, tucked quietly into the north side of the South Downs with a tranquil sense of place, peace and beauty.  The lovely Saxon building of St Mary’s , Sullington, is a C of E parish church but everyone is welcome to enjoy this picturesque setting, of any denomination and none.  The yew tree, dated as over 1300 years old, is a tangible link to a distant age. It conveys a sense of the continuum of time and connections to the past and to the future, offering a source of strength now. Friendly hospitality and comfortable accommodation in the beautiful South Downs provides an excellent setting for companionable quiet (not silent) time to retreat, reflect and rest. 

Sullington is for those who seek space and time apart. We offer the opportunity for you to lay aside the preoccupations of day-to-day living; so you may be inwardly still to think and feel. These are not silent retreats; will hope you will find quiet companionship with other retreatants and members of St Mary’s. The pace of life in the 21st century means it can be hard to find ‘Silence in a busy world’ or to ‘Give God a Chance’, which are the themes of the two retreats offered in May and September this year. If you are looking for breathing space in the hubbub of life we hope our retreats will help.

Sullington Manor FarmRetreats include accommodation in Byre Cottages at Sullington Manor Farm with entirely optional sessions eg painting, walking and tai chi against the backdrop of the South Downs and spiritual thoughtfulness talks in the historic buildings and Iona communion in the Saxon church. A minimum of ten and a maximum of 20 retreatants are welcome.

Accommodation is offered in five single storey cottages, converted from Victorian cart horse stabling. Full board: self-catering breakfast is provided in the cottages and delicious home cooked meals are provided communally in nearby barn. Tea and coffee facilities available in cottages throughout retreat. Tea and coffee will be served in the barn during the day.

1 Byre Cottages  One double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Open plan sitting, dining and kitchen area. Private patio.

2 and 3 Byre Cottages   One double bedroom and one twin room.  Shared bathroom.  Open plan sitting, dining and kitchen area.  Private patios.

4 Byre Cottages   One double bedroom, one small bunk room. Twin room with en suite shower room. Shared bathroom. Open plan kitchen and sitting room. Separate dining room.

5 Byre Cottages  One small double bedroom and one twin room. Shared bathroom. Open plan sitting, dining and kitchen area. Private patio.

Each cottage has a kitchen for preparation of drinks and snacks. Retreatants are very welcome to bring and prepare ingredients for their own meals if they wish.

Accommodation Costs:

May

May

May

Cottages

Per bed

Per room

Per room

 

(twin room)

(double room)

(bunk room)

1

-

£288.75

-

2

£86.25

£172.50

-

3

£86.25

£172.50

-

4

£75.00

£140.00

£100.00

5

£89.06

£178.13

-

NB twin room in 4 Byre Cottages has en-suite shower room.

 

Meals

All meals for the duration of the retreat: £80 per person. 

There are kitchens in the cottages if you wish to bring and prepare your own food.

Optional Activities:

Tai chi:

Tai Chi is a journey in wisdom which calms and stills the mind. Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.  Tai Chi is suitable whatever your fitness level.  Sessions will be tailored to suit those taking part.

Our sessions are offered by Simon Robins of Tai Chi Wisdom (www.taichiwisdom.net) who has over 20 years’ experience and is a fully qualified Senior Instructor with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.

Cost: £15 per person per session.

Painting:

Alison Cotton is a painter, watercolour tutor, and Inclusive Arts Practitioner. Her practice involves walking, responding to nature, and enabling those with less access to these things to be artists. Alison works with Brighton Oasis Project (women and children affected by substance misuse) and the Rocket Artists (artists with a learning disability).

You will have the opportunity to try watercolour painting as a way to be still and respond to a beautiful place. The session is suitable for those with no artistic experience, as well as those who have. We will combine gentle walking, painting outdoors and indoors according to the weather and the wishes of those taking part.
We will provide the following painting equipment, which you can take home with you afterwards:
Two sable brushes, size 4 and 6; watercolour paper (4 sheets); beginners’ watercolour paint set 

Cost: £15 per person per session.

 

Retreat dates: Tuesday, 9th – Friday, 12th May 2017 and
                          Wednesday, 20th – Saturday, 23rd September 2017

Timetable:

Day 1

2pm

Arrive any time after 2pm

4.30pm 

Tea

5pm 

Welcome and introduction

6pm 

Iona communion

7pm 

Supper

Day 2

Breakfast (cereals, fruit, bread, milk, teas and coffee) provided in cottages

10am   

May 2017 – ‘Silence in a busy world’, introductory session led by Adam Ford

 

September 2017 - ‘Give God a Chance’, introductory session led by Andrew Mayes

11.45pm 

Tai Chi

2.30pm

Walk

6pm 

Iona communion

7pm 

Supper


 

Day 3

Breakfast (cereals, fruit, bread, milk, teas and coffee) provided in cottages

10am   

May 2017 – ‘Silence in a busy world’, concluding session led by Adam Ford

 

September 2017 - ‘Give God a Chance’, concluding session led by Andrew Mayes

11.45pm 

Painting/walk

2.30pm

Tai Chi

6pm 

Iona communion

7pm 

Supper

 Day 4

Breakfast (cereals, fruit, bread, milk, teas and coffee) provided in cottages

10am   

Depart

 

 

To book, or for further details please contact:

Gail Kittle, St Mary’s church and Sullington Manor Farm • Sullington Lane • Storrington • RH20 4AE
Tel: 01903 745754      Email info@st-marys-sullington.org

Please book by 31st March for May retreat and 14th August for the September retreat.

 

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Services

1st Sunday
8.00am Joint Iona Communion at Sullington
10.30am Joint All Age Service at Thakeham

2nd Sunday
8am BCP Communion at Sullington
11.30am Service of Matins at Sullington

3rd Sunday
8.00am Joint Iona Communion at Thakeham
10.30am Joint Family Communion at Sullington

4th Sunday
8.00am Joint Communion Service
11.30am Family Communion at Sullington

5th Sunday
8.00am BCP Joint Service (alternate)
10.30am Joint Service (alternate)

Get in Touch

  • For general enquiries please contact:
    Gail Kittle, Church Administrator,
  • Phone:
    01903 745754
  • Email:
    gail.kittle@btconnect.com
  • Churchwardens:

    • Mrs Jo Graves 01903 742586
    • Mr John Williams 07841 204330

    Secretary:

    • Mrs Gail Kittle: 01903 745754