What is it about Launde Abbey that makes it such a special place to be at any time of year? Some say it’s the warm welcome from the community and staff, some believe it is the sense of peace and belonging that sweeps over you when you enter, while others come for the fellowship with other retreatants and holiday-makers. Whatever the reason, the retreats are led by relevant and knowledgeable speakers and the holidays give guests a sense of achievement, whether that’s helping in the gardens, visiting local churches, walking or painting.
This year’s programme of retreats includes one specifically for clergy who have recently retired, offering space to discover their changing identity as they lay down ministry and take up new challenges; others offer Icon painting or drumming, while some are suitable for those who are looking for the challenge of meditation, mindfulness or a different way of looking at Christianity and faith.
All this happens at Launde Abbey, but the beauty is it all goes on under the watchful eye of the community team who lead guests in daily worship and are also on hand to provide spiritual guidance for those who need it.
The Abbey is located in beautiful rural countryside, close to the A47 between Leicester and Peterborough, so it is apt that it is the diocesan retreat house for both church centres. Nestled in a natural bowl it truly is a home away from home, with caring staff, home-cooked food and very comfortable en-suite accommodation. If that wasn’t enough, there is also a magnificent medieval chapel which is available for daily services and private prayer.
Residential stays are available throughout the year, either as part of the Launde programme or for private retreat. For more information visit the website: www.laundeabbey.org.uk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01572 717254.