Tess Ward is now self employed though was a hospice chaplain until 2015. She is a writer of prayers and liturgies. She is a celebrant and facilitates traditional Christian services but more commonly, personal, more broadly spiritual ceremonies.  Her books include The Celtic Wheel of the Year and Alternative Pastoral Prayers. She also leads retreats and accompanies people on the spiritual journey.

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Quiet week in September by the Sea


This is a beautiful time away, at Othona, Burton Bradstock, Dorset.  It is nearly a week of quiet.  Not a retreat so much as time to let be and unfurl.  Othona do these weeks twice a year and they always book up so I’m posting this early.  My job is merely to prepare quiet in the wonderful chapel morning and evening and to be available should you want some time alone to talk.  This time we are thinking about emptiness and the different things it can mean when we experience it.  But it is not necessary to consider this at all! As always at Othona, the spirituality is open to all which is one reason why I return again and again.  If you have not visited before the beach is a 15 minute walk down a path across fields and the grounds of Othona are also a place for quiet in one of the turning seasons.

Our work is simply this: to become the emptiness that can receive.

–  derived from M. Eckhart by Sweeney and Burrows.

For more information and booking see https://www.othonawestdorset.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=1656



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