Retreat/Quiet space

Here at Oaklee it is my deliberate intention to create the space for people to find their strength within. The emphasis for the retreat space is to “UNWIND”.

The many demands on us can make it hard to set aside time daily when we can escape from the diary, the ringing phone and technology generally. Doing so may be particularly hardest for those in caring roles. However, each of us needs to find a balance between doing and being.

Modern living has made us very wary and almost nervous of silence. All too often people can be threatened by the thought of sitting in silence even for a short time. However, if you think about it when you go for a walk in the park, the forest or on a quiet beach just notice the calming effect that the surrounding silence has on you.

What will we do?

There will be a short guided relaxation to help you get into the right frame of mind. Then there will be time to “just be”. You can rest and relax and read some of the many books here or even explore the surrounding woodland. You may like to express your thoughts, feelings and/ or insights through words or drawing. You may like to do NOTHING.

What is the purpose of it?

Retreat/Quiet space are an ideal way to take a deep breath and take a step back from the busyness of life. It gives people time to rest and relax. This is the space to “just be” so put simply it will lean more towards meditation rather than teaching, reflection rather than discussion, inner strengthening rather than outward busyness.

Who is it for?

Anyone who feels the need to stop, be still and reflect.

Why do it?

It is one of the greatest investments you can make in terms of your physical and psychological health. In his book Step Back, Norman Drummond sums it up very well when he states:-

“It is a wonderful truth that by seemingly doing less you can achieve more whereas by remaining perpetually busy you block your own creative energy and wind up less effective even at the things you are most committed to." He goes on to say "take the time to chill and still. It is only when you are prepared to chill out that you can be still enough to listen to your own soul. Unless we do this, we cannot function well, keep a clear perspective and make good decisions”


This is what carers have said about recent reteats:-

“The most relaxed I have been in a long time. Thanks for a very enjoyable time”.

“Had a lovely day in a nice peaceful setting able to relax completely. Thank you for a lovely day”.

“A fantastically restful day – Thank you”.

“My second visit and once again I have enjoyed the quietness and time for reflection. T time to fully relax”.

“What a lovely setting for a chill out day”.