A Place to be Real Together

Quiet Week: Rewilding the Heart

Creative rest and re-connection, with facilitator Tess Ward


Wednesday 11th - Monday 16th September 2024


All the residential spaces on this retreat are full but it is possible to attend as a non-resident.  Please enquire if interested. :-D

View from Seatown beach, looking east towards Othona and Portland

“Call your spirit back...
Speak to it as you would to a beloved child.
Welcome your spirit back from its wandering. It may return in pieces, in tatters. Gather them together. They will be happy to be found after being lost.”

From "For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in its Human Feet" - Joy Harjo.

Othona is delighted to welcome Tess Ward back as facilitator. She says:

"Quiet Weeks are exquisitely designed to give us space to welcome all that arises, whatever the season of our hearts. Weaving through our self-directed flow of creativity, rest and quiet, expect invitations to be outside, offerings of poetry and meditation in chapel and hopefully a fire towards the end. I will be available for 1-1 sessions for those who would like.

"Conversations with the sea, the land, the creatures and with each other will assist us on our journey through the week.

"May the Quiet Week be a time to slow down to the rhythm of the earth and to gather ourselves in the golden light, as we approach the Autumn Equinox and the glorious colours that lie beyond. 

"I was a hospice chaplain and celebrant before going freelance.  I moved to wild and beautiful Northumberland with my husband and now see people for spiritual accompaniment and lead occasional retreats.  I have written 2 books of blessings including The Celtic Wheel of the Year.

"I am finishing a third book Rewilding the Heart.  It is a book about how our inner lives and the wider-than-human world entwine.  It is a meditation on how we share the natural seasons of greening and growing, loss and dying and transformation throughout our lives."  

For this event, if 2 adults book together to share a room, the second one pays HALF PRICE


Fee Types

You are genuinely welcome to choose whichever rate suits you

(Learn more about our Pricing Policy & Bursaries)

Standard £490  aims to cover our real costs
Basic £417  if all pay Basic, Othona has to cut staff & activities
Benefactor £564  helps us afford Basic Rate and Bursaries
Deposit £  30


Arrival + Departure Times

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Arrive between 4.00 - 6.30 pm
Depart after 10.30 am


11 Sept 2024 18:00 to 16 Sept 2024 10:30
Othona Community, West Dorset
Coast Road
Burton Bradstock
Landline: 01308 897130