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Launde Abbey

Spring might be a good time to take a Christian retreat, and Laude Abbey has a couple of interesting options.

Over April 7-11 the Creative Arts Retreat Movement (CARM) will lead Photography, Poetry and Prayer, which will be an informal retreat with times for worship, silence, reflection, conversation, good food and enjoying your chosen art.

The two arts will be distinct but there will be times for exchange, and worship and evening sessions to be shared. Attendees may focus on either photography or poetry, but can also move between the two. The poetry group will share poems together and you will be encouraged to write your own; the photography group will consider basic camera techniques, lens choice, image capture, exposure, focus techniques and shoot, review, revise, reshoot.. The cost is £295.00 including all meals and accommodation.

Over April 22-26 is a part-working gardening holiday led by the Launde community itself. It will involve some time working in the Abbey gardens, including the walled kitchen garden in preparation for the summer months. Some horticultural knowledge would be useful, although guidance will be given if necessary. It is however, essential that participants are enthusiastic, physically fit and capable of all aspects of work in the garden. Participants are expected to undertake around four hours work per day and there will be time to relax in other pursuits during their time here, either with other members of the group or on their own. The price for this one is £75 including all means and en-suite accommodation.

For more information on both events call 01572 717254, visit or email