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Charlecote Quiet Garden
17/05/19

Jesus said “Come away with me to a quiet place and rest a while” (Mark 6.31). Charlecote Quiet Garden offers such a quiet place to accept Jesus’ invitation. Located in the idyllic rural Warwickshire village of Charlecote, Charlecote Quiet Garden is a place where people can step out of the busyness of the everyday and into a space where they can slow down and reconnect with themselves, God and creation.

Since its launch in January 2018 by the Reverend Rachel Saum, Charlecote Quiet Garden has welcomed over 200 visitors seeking time out to rest in God’s presence and listen for God’s still small voice. It has been a place of refuge, renewal and inspiration, with many people coming back again and again. People come for guided and self-guided quiet days on their own or as part of a group. Guided quiet days focus on themes such as God’s promises in the Bible, coping with change and re-connecting with creation.

Spending time in any garden can be helpful for our health and wellbeing, as well as our spiritual journey. Deep restfulness and refreshment within the beauty of nature can often take place. Gardens which are members of the Quiet Garden Movement , as Charlecote Quiet Garden is, are great places to reflect on the wonders of creation, develop a deep gratitude for the natural world and the Divine presence within all things.

Charlecote Quiet Garden isn’t just the garden. The grand 1830s vicarage is an integral part of what’s on offer, with two sitting rooms in which to curl up and look out onto the garden, and a dining room which can comfortably seat 12. There is an extensive library for those who like a good book. Lunch and refreshments are also offered, with plenty of homemade cake and fresh coffee.

Quiet Days at Charlecote Quiet Garden are open to all, whether or not you regularly attend church, or if you are just exploring Christian spirituality. Guided days are accessible to the seasoned retreat-goer and those new to contemplative prayer. Whatever the theme, the days are designed to enable people to become alert to the gentle movement of the Spirit, aided by silence, group meditation, creativity, and conversation over lunch.

Rachel says,

“From the moment I moved into Charlecote Vicarage I longed for it to be a blessing to others. Launching the Quiet Garden was a leap of faith. A year into this venture I am amazed and delighted at the ways in which the Spirit has drawn so many people from across the diocese and beyond. It is a privilege and a joy to meet new people, share in their spiritual journeys and provide a space, which many have said feels like ‘home’, where people can go deeper with God and leave refreshed.”

For more information about Charlecote Quiet Garden see their website here -  https://charlecotequietgarden.org