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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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Book of (H)ours Retreat on Holy Island, Northumberland.

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Lindisfarne in Winter: Monday 28 January to Friday 1 February

I am delighted to be offering with Claire Gibbs, a bookbinder, heritage expert, naturalist and priest, among many other things, and Mary Fleeson, an artist at the Lindisfarne Scriptorium, a creative retreat on Lindisfarne in deepest winter.  In January, Holy Island is quiet and even more elemental than usual.  So we can be out with the wind, tides and birds or in beside the fire at the Open Gate Retreat House, the home of the Community of Aidan and Hilda. Over the course of our time together, we will make our own Book of (H)ours to take home.  We will learn about Illuminated Lettering, Books of Hours and the Lindisfarne Gospels and each day will  begin and end with optional chapel times.  There will also be time for personal reflection and quiet.  It will be creative, reflective and time out to consider our prayer/meditation lives.

If you want to know more about it get in touch with me.

If you want to book go to the Open Gate website: https://www.aidanandhilda.org.uk/retreats-menu.php

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