If you are looking for a retreat to have a chance to rest, reflect and write, then Minster Abbey could be the perfect place. As I was looking to do all three recently, rest and reflect on spiritual issues and start writing a new project, the Abbey, the lovely food and the loving hospitality of the nuns was a perfect home for me. I was lucky to find myself sharing meals with a lady with whom I had a lot of laughs. I was also lucky to find an exercise class had started in the village hall which gave me a chance to stretch my limbs in a gentle way, the first time I’d done so since being seriously ill.
But also, I learned some things about the Catholic Church, which I hadn’t known. That it had a history of silent contemplation and had supported the notion that we need to go within to find our own answers. This came through reading a book called, Into The Silent Land by Martin Laird on the practice of contemplation. The lovely location a chance to sing with the nuns as they prayed, the thoughts contained within the book all turned into a delightful revelation – a mere 10 minutes drive from my hometown.