‘Choosing Life’ Retreat

Choices face us within our relationships, work, and ministry. Sometimes we are aware of a specific choice that is ours to make; at other times what we recognise is the need for change, without seeing where this leads us. Sometimes events jolt us out of our former path and we don’t know how to respond.

Drawing on themes and prayer exercises from the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises this retreat, led by Christopher Chapman, will provide the space and resources to explore new directions, as we become aware of the invitation of the Spirit.

God desires to lead us into our own truth: a truth that will set us free and enable our lives to be fruitful.

Christopher Chapman is the former Spirituality Adviser for the Diocese of Southwark. He is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual director and author of Seeing in the Dark and Earthed in God: Four movements of spiritual growth.

Cost of retreat: £210

More information about the retreat

 The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola are used widely in the context of retreat work, spiritual accompaniment and discernment processes. Ignatius helps us set particular choices we face within the larger choice of responding to the invitation of the Holy Spirit. The Exercises contain some very practical guidelines on discernment and the making of a good choice. Ignatius is also concerned to help us work through the muddle of our experience. How do we recognise the invitation of the Spirit amidst the different pulls of our thoughts, feelings, desires and fears?

Within the retreat we will relate these insights to our individual circumstances. After each input session you will be provided with a range of prayer and reflection materials to use as is helpful. Though the retreat will not be totally silent, during these periods I will suggest we keep a quiet in the house to give one another the space to listen to what is stirring in our own spirit and be attentive to the invitation of the Holy Spirit.

Each day will include a reflection session where we will be able to digest more fully what we have experienced, ask questions and explore the issues that come up. This process of going deeper into what has taken place for us, and noticing those things that are significant, is very much within the spirit of the Exercises.

Christopher will also be available for anyone who wants to talk one-to-one during the retreat.

Creative Spaces Retreat

A creative weekend retreat offering time and space for rest and reflection alongside the rhythm of the Community with an opportunity to join them in daily prayer.  We will explore the exciting processes involved in 3-dimensional wet-felting.

The weekend is suitable for beginners and more experienced wet-felters. Teaching and support will be given throughout, but you will also be able to work at your own pace, with your own design ideas.

All materials are provided: including merino wools, silk and mixed fibres and a variety of threads. During the retreat you will be able to make felted beads for on-trend bracelets and necklaces and your own unique and practical ‘grab-bag’.

All you will need to bring with you are two large towels, one small towel and a pair of scissors.

Led by the Revd Anne Wood


Anne is an experienced teacher, an ordained priest and a qualified therapist.  Currently she teaches part-time as a tutor in Pastoral Studies with the Leeds Diocesan School of  Ministry.   Anne has ‘made things’ for much of her life, and has quite recently studied Creative Textiles at Advanced and Diploma level. She has a keen interest in the link between creative activities and general well-being and
offers a variety of felting and slow-stitch workshops, all of which also include times of silence.

Thriving (not just surviving!) through change


Thriving (not just surviving!) through change

Led by Bishop Chris Edmondson

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February 2020

The cost of this retreat is £140


It is a fact of life that everything changes.   So how do we navigate our way through it and live with it positively? Over this retreat weekend we will explore the landscape of change in different ways, including through Bible study and in personal reflection.

Bishop Chris has, over the course of his ministry, been a parish priest, Diocesan Missioner, Warden of Lee Abbey, and prior to his retirement on 2016, was Bishop of Bolton in the Diocese of Manchester. He now lives in Bradford, and is an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Leeds.


Byzantine Icon Painting Retreat. Fully Booked

*****This retreat is now full****


This five day workshop will be woven into the prayerful fabric of the Monastery’s daily offices. Participants will learn the traditional and ancient techniques of the Byzantine Masters, including ‘water gilding ‘, with 24 carat gold leaf over clay and how to make and use pigments made fresh each day in the studio from natural mineral colours and eggs.

The aim of the retreat is to produce a small head and shoulders icon in the late Byzantine ‘Proplasmos ‘ style.

No previous experience is required

A 5 Day residential in the peaceful surroundings of

The Community of the Resurrection.

Cost from £660.00

(includes all materials)

Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th April 2020

Peter Murphy

Leading Iconographer

To book or for more information contact our Guest Team on 01924 483346 or email guests@mirfield.org.uk

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Hebrew for Beginners Retreat

This really is what it says and no previous knowledge is required!

Far from being daunted you will have fun, whilst learning some very useful skills which will enhance your reading and understanding of the bible. You will learn, for example, how to look up words in a Theological Dictionary of Hebrew – that is, a dictionary in which the words are arranged according to the Hebrew alphabet, but which are commented on in English! This is often highly enlightening and regularly goes beyond what you might find out from even a good commentary in English.

Leader: John Wigfield, Director of Pioneering Ministry and OT tutor, St Hild

Defence Against the Dark Arts, Retreat

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

A semi-silent retreat with the help of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.

Leader: tbc

The cost of this retreat is £135

Labyrinth Retreat


An opportunity to draw aside and reflect on your life’s journey as we unfold the history of the ancient form of the labyrinth and its use as a sacred space for prayer and meditation.

Whether you walk the turf labyrinth by candlelight, an indoor cloth ‘pebble’ labyrinth, or a hand-crafted wooden finger labyrinth, follow the winding path to the still and abiding centre.

Plenty here to inspire and respond to – in prayer, poetry, prose or artwork.

Cost: £200

Leader: Kay Barrett, Veriditas labyrinth facilitator


Heart and Soul Singing Retreat

Heart & Soul Singing Retreats aim to combine singing in harmony with rest, nurture and inspiration.

This retreat offers an opportunity to take time out whilst discovering the joy of using your unique voice in harmony with others.

Heart & Soul Singing Retreats are very inclusive. They attract people who have sung before and people who haven’t and every other singing experience in between. The singing sessions are informal and no previous singing experience, or the ability to read music, is required. A varied repertoire of songs and rounds are shared, which can include songs from the African continent, both spiritual and secular, Taize chants, Georgian songs and original songs from the Natural Voice repertoire. Keely teaches each harmony part in a call and response way so that a song is built up in small and memorable portions. As we listen to each harmony part we build up a sense of the whole song and where we fit in.

Keely Hodgson is a composer and Natural Voice Practitioner and community singing leader who directs several informal singing groups and a large community choir. She arranges music for voices, writes songs and works as a composer and a music specialist in Special Needs settings, using her voice, guitar and cello. She has led singing retreats in North Yorkshire since 2010. As a Natural Voice Practitioner, she is committed to sharing the joy of singing with others and helping those who have not sung before to discover their unique voice.

Railway Retreat

Enjoy a weekend of monastic hospitality, prayer and worship with the Community, including a visit to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on the Saturday. The colder weather of early March should create some good clouds of steam and smoke! A reasonable level of mobility is required for this excursion as there are steps in several places. Holy smoke on the Sunday. Participants are invited to bring along some railway-related pictures, books, stories or artefacts to share with the group

Leader: Br Philip CR

Cost: £160


Meeting God in the Garden-Seasons of Spiritual Growth

In the Bible spiritual growth is likened to the natural development processes of plants, and the part played by gardeners, whether human or divine. Meeting God in the Garden will explore four recurring movements of this growth: becoming rooted and grounded in God; emerging into being in response to God’s invitation; struggling towards abundance through resistance; bearing fruit and being willing to fall. They are seasons that meet us afresh within a lifetime of growing, stirring us once more into abundant life.

Leader: Christopher Chapman, retreat leader, spiritual director and author of Earthed in God: Four movements of spiritual growth.

Cost: £250

Germany themed Week Retreat

Don’t mention the war!

An occasion to get to know something about what makes modern Germany, and the role of the church in German culture; it will also be a chance to look at how our prejudices have shaped our understanding, German of British and vice versa.

Leader: Fr Thomas CR

The cost of this retreat is £250

18 to 30’s Retreat

If you open the ear of your heart you will hear that Christ is calling: do you want to say yes with the freedom of grace and love? St Benedict reminds us ‘to run while you have the light of life’, but before you head off on the next thing, spend time at Mirfield to help you check out your ideas with God, because God loves you and desires you to have Life.

The cost of this retreat is £120

Greek For Fun!

A little Greek can be a great help in seeing new levels of meaning and significance in the Gospels. In these days we will engage directly with the Greek and English texts of the Gospels.

However, we do not expect a high level of Greek. An ability to read it will be enough. No one will be embarrassed!

Leader: Fr Nicolas CR

The cost of this retreat is £200 per person

Armistice Centenary Retreat

Into the Way of Peace

How does a Christian live in a world where there are ‘wars and rumours of wars’?

World War l and the century which followed is arguably the most dramatic era in human history. We will use poetry, art, cinema and popular culture (including Comic Cuts and The Rainbow) to reflect on the ‘peace of God’ and his will for each of us, learning about love, about conflict, about sacrifice, about death (perhaps about hell) and about the gift and opportunity of living in the 21st century.

I intend this to be a retreat and not a philosophy session on the rights and wrongs of war. I’m really rather looking forward to it. Do you care to join me?

Leader: Fr John CR 

The cost of this retreat is £125



Journalling Retreat

Keeping a reflective journal can help us to become more attentive, to notice what is going on – within ourselves, other people and the world around us.

Learning to look and listen with the eyes and ears of the heart brings us into a deeper relationship with God and God’s creation.

This weekend offers you time and space, in this special place of prayer, to practice that attentiveness through the written word.

Whether you regularly keep a spiritual journal or will be trying it for the first time, this retreat will encourage you to see the holy in the ordinary.

Leader: The Revd Canon Barbara Clarke, Associate CR

The cost of this retreat is £125