Retreat

Last year I was captivated by a short series on television called Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery.  It consisted of three hour long programmes about the day to day life of three Benedictine monasteries in the UK.  The commentary was minimal, the effect mesmeric.   I then read a fascinating book about Julian of Norwich, a 14th century anchoress, written by the wonderful  Janina Ramirez.   I know, who would have thought it?  I can read!  Since then I have had a compulsion to  get away for a couple of days, on my own, for a peaceful and perhaps reflective time.   I didn’t want it to be structured or themed.  I certainly didn’t want to be bricked up in a cell for the rest of my life.  I wanted to make the rules and break them if I felt the need.   Chocolate was to be involved.   The thought of a little self-enforced solitude (and hopefully be able to get stuck into some serious writing) sounded idyllic.  To suit myself; eat when I was hungry, sleep when I was tired, have a little company when needed.

And that is just what I have done this weekend.  I didn’t wear a watch all weekend, when I went for a walk I didn’t take a camera, there was no social media.  And it was wonderful.

Thanks Mr and Mrs Bun, it was just perfect.

 

7 thoughts on “Retreat

  1. I was going to quote exactly the above from Julian of Norwich. Her words are balm. I used that quote to begin a novel I wrote some time ago.
    I support you implicitly in your idea of retreat – it’s beneficial to the soul. And especially if chocolate is involved and you don’t have to follow any rigid horarium.

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  2. My three days at Saint Andrews’ Abbey in Valyermo back in 1987 are something that I will never forget. I work at a Conference Center now, where others come for that sort of thing, but it is nothing like Saint Andrew’s Abbey out on the edge of the Mojave Desert.

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