Simple living in a grand and beautiful setting. The community at Brancepeth Castle invite you to join the monastic-like rhythm of worship and practical work restoring fabric and building faith. Whether you want to DO: actively participate in skilled or semi-skilled crafts (tuition is offered), or read, pray, reflect, walk and just BE, is up to you. Individuals and small groups can be accommodated for independent retreats, or with input on request from the Community of the Well. We offer a small number of traditional, themed retreats, the rest of the year is booked flexibly - though only hardy folk should attempt the winter months! Holy Communion is celebrated daily in the castle chapel. Home-cooked (catered) and self-catering options available. Set in open countryside, close to Durham City, with good public transport links. Brancepeth Castle is not a dedicated retreat house but a working building within which, peace is found.
Accommodation on Offer
Ground-floor bedrooms: 1 single, 1 twin, 1 double, 1 family (double + twin). Individual showers & loos, but not en-suite.
First floor bedrooms:1 double en-suite; 1 Single, 1 Double, sharing a bathroom. (Option for self-catering), 6 large halls/meeting rooms, art room & pottery, chapel, large grassed courtyard.
Retreat Centre Facilities
Types of Retreat Offered
May 10-12 ‘Bags of Hope’ What gives you hope? And what is it anyway? Make a bag and fill it with hope. Any/all skill levels.
June 7-9 ‘Introduction to Silence’ A beginners taste of working with silence and a spiritual director, as a doorway into individually guided retreats.
June 28-30 ‘Patterns for life’ Where are the rhythms in your life? Explore patterns: print fabrics. All levels, materials provided
September 13-15 ‘Introduction to Silence’ A beginners taste of working with silence and a spiritual director, as a doorway into individually guided retreats
Alternate Tuesdays, 1.30-4.30 'DooBeDoo Tuesdays' Restore things of personal value, not least, yourself; develop skills and deepen faith.
Retreat Centre Location
Brancepeth, Durham DH7 8DF, UK