Bricks without straw

Led by Rachel Mann

Jesus says, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

Yet, so many of us - whether we work for the Church or not - are exhausted and unsure what we have left to offer. The pandemic and its ongoing economic, personal and social effects has left many of us empty and close to burn out. We can feel as if we are called to make bricks without straw; we long for rest but are distracted and stressed.

This retreat is an opportunity to come, rest, reflect, and simply be; it will offer space to ponder the big questions about who we are called to be in such precarious and fragile times and explore how, in the presence of the restful God, it is possible to live well and hopefully.

This is a silent retreat with daily addresses, prayers and a final Eucharist. 1:1 slots for pastoral conversations with the leader will be available.

Rachel Mann is a priest, poet, writer and broadcaster. She is a priest in the Diocese of Manchester, as well as Visiting Fellow at the Manchester Writing School and Visiting Scholar at Sarum College. Author of twelve books, her poetry has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes and her theology shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize. She has been a tutor on the Manchester Diocesan Spiritual Companions course and has led retreats across the UK.

Leader image by Tubalard

This event is open to everyone.

Arrival: 3 - 5pm Mon 12th June 2023
Departure: 10am Fri 16th June 2023

Residential - £530 (20% ministry discount)