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Quiet Days and Workshops 2017




Mondays  (Weekly except school and Bank holidays): Well-Being Sessions “Listening to the Wisdom of our Bodies” 2pm and 7pm Led by Paul Golightly and Priory Team. See separate flier for full programme and dates.



Wednesdays (Weekly except school holidays ): Mid-week Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm




Wednesday 24th May: Dancing our Prayers (Fortnightly thereafter) Led by Judy Turner and Mary Grimes. Dance is the language that unites body, mind and spirit. Jan 25th, Feb 8th and 22nd, March 8th and 22nd, April 5th and 26th, May 10th and 24th, June 7th All 2.15-4pm (No previous experience necessary)




Thursday 15th June: Ministry Day




Saturday 17th June: Together in Meditation Two separate hours of Meditation rooted in the Christian tradition. Come to either or both. 10 and 11.30am



Northern Spirit Pilgrimage   Monday  July 3rd -7th  

This earth we are riding keeps trying to tell us something with its continuous scripture of leaves.” - William Stafford


This is a pilgrimage that will focus on the earth and the elements of each place that we visit and how the spirit of that place speaks to us.  We will travel to Holy Island, Cuthbert’s Cave, Whitby and Durham Cathedral and hear the stories of Aidan, Hild and Cuthbert but we will also travel to some hidden places and see some cup and ring marked stones, moors, rivers, a well and a waterfall.  We will walk to each place to sense the divine whispers in the strength of the land where other feet have trod so that the earth and human story, the past and the present moment will weave together with every step. Each day will be marked with poetry, silence, blessing and ritual in the beautiful chapel of St Antony’s and in each of the places we visit so we will journey with each other and with those who have gone before as well as paying attention to our own path. This pilgrimage is open to those with any faith or none.  


Please bring a notebook/journal and a little bag to add to as we go and to share on our common altar.

Cost £250 Residential


Leader: Tess Ward writes, 'Durham has not long been my home.  I moved here from Oxford last year where I lived with my two children, husband and dog.  There I was a hospice chaplain, writer and retreat leader, celebrated the seasons in the Celtic wheel of the year, and was a celebrant for people’s ceremonies and stages. Here I am exploring this wild and strong land that I’ve arrived in and hope to write about it.'



Monday 31st July - Sunday 6th August

A six day individually guided silent retreat in the Ignatian tradition.

A daily meeting with a retreat guide to help your prayer, a daily Eucharist and shared silent prayer each evening. Suggested Donation for Residential: full board £360.  Begins with Supper on Monday evening finishing after lunch on Sunday



Thursday 17th August - Sunday 20th August:

Viriditas- Hildegard Retreat with Lynn Nausner, “When Heaven Kisses Earth” - An Introduction to the Life and Spirituality of Hildegard von Bingen

As we walk in the footsteps of Saint Hildegard, a 12th century visionary, we will have time to reflect, be still in nature, share in her wisdom and be creative. Lynn Nausner is a team member of St. Antony’s Priory, trained in Counselling and Spiritual Direction and has a special bond with this earthy Saint. Suggested donation £180, there may be some non-residential spaces, the suggested donation in this case would be £100


....a peaceful oasis near the centre of Durham City

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