Sacrista Prebend Retreat House

Retreats and conferences in Southwell, Nottinghamshire

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Summer Programme for 2023

This Summer we have a shorter but very varied programme as people are often busier in these months, in gardens and away. Summer is the season of flourishing, which is captured by the booked events.

Julian of Norwich noted of the small hazelnut, “It lasteth and ever shall, because God loveth it. And so hath all things being by the love of God.” How shall we savour God’s love and grow into God’s likeness this Summer?

The day on Julian of Norwich and the motherhood of God with Alison Milbank starts the season and Angela Ashwin’s quiet day on praying with John helps us end well.

Continuing to explore wellbeing from a Christian perspective, we have a day focussing on the merits of awe and wonder. How does it help us body mind and spirit? We will enjoy embedding new practices into our lives.

You will see that we are continuing with more events during the week by popular request. Of the three events that were fully booked this term, two were on weekdays so this is obviously meeting a need.

We have a growing mailing list, so I would urge you to book early to secure your place. To join that list, sign up for our newsletter on the Southwell Minster website at or ask for this to be done for you when you book an event.

We hope to see you soon

Theology Group

7.30pm to 9pm at Sacrista Prebend Retreat House
Meets on the following Tuesdays in mid 2023
14 and 28 March, 14 and 28 March, 11 and 25 April, 9 and 23 May, 6 and 20 June, 4 and 18 July

The group meets in person at Sacrista on alternate Tuesday evenings in term-time and is led by Alison Millbank.
The group decides what they want to study. Recent books include:

  • Julian of Norwich Revelations of Divine Love
  • Rowan Williams On Being Human
  • Tom Wright Luke for Everyone

Alison Milbank is Professor of Theology and Literature at the University of Nottingham and Canon Theologian at Southwell Minster. She works on many aspects of the relation of faith and the arts from Dante to Harry Potter, with a particular expertise in Gothic and horror fiction. She is currently writing on divine indwelling and the agency of nature in natural philosophy, poetry and art and a sequel to For the Parish, which she co-wrote with Andrew Davison in 2010: The Once and Future Parish.

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Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm. Weekends only when there are booked events

Sacrista Prebend Retreat House, 4 Westgate, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0JH
01636 816833 |

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