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Retreat House and Meeting Room are opening

With the announcement of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we have been able to start planning how and when we can re-open Little St. Michael’s Retreat House and at last welcome you back to come and stay! This has been a challenging year, and you may well be looking forward to the rejuvenation and nourishment that a retreat can bring.

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The prefix ‘com’ stems from the Latin to mean ‘with’, pan from the Latin ‘pane’ or ‘bread’. In the Latin-speaking world, your companions were the individuals that you broke bread with and with whom you shared a common table. Wellesley Tudor Pole chose the word ‘companion’ for those who were to work together to safeguard the Chalice Well property. Rarely has companionship…

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Winter Solstice | Thoughts on the Well Dressing – the Returning Light

The foundation of this Winter Solstice dressing is made from yew (Taxus baccata) and larch (Larix decidua), symbols of transformation, rebirth and spiritual connection. Simply as an evergreen, the yew represents perpetual life and hope; whilst birch (Betula pendula) acknowledges the turning of the Wheel. With them is holly (Ilex aquifolium) for protection and in[…]Read more…