Structured RetreatsWhilst you may just wish for the peace and space to finish a project or think things over, we also have a number of structured retreat programmes.
Poustinia comes from the Rusian word meaning "set apart". The movement was brought to this country by Catherine de Hueck Doherty (see her book "The Gospel Without Compromise"). The main centre in England is Madonna House in Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire (www.madonnahouse.org) and the Mother house is in Ontario, Canada.
Here at Wykes we have 3 poustinia.
1. Day Poustinia:
Day poustinia experience:£10.00 minimum donation. The poustinia is a wooden hut, a Hermitage, very simply furnished. It's a place to go and empty oneself. To go to be within the silence of God.
2. The Hayloft:
3. The Retreat Room
This large and historical room is situated in the part of the house that used to be the dairy. It contains a sink, twin beds, easy chair and a huge desk suitable for writers and artists.
There is the time, space and a listening ear to coach you through your days. To enthuse you and bring you the confidence to get back up to your full potential. This can have a creative / fine art direction. Or it could be the chance to read through our extensive library, to write, or to walk out around the area. The collie dogs are always wiilling to accompany you!