2024 Programme

The 800th Anniversary of Franciscan Friars coming to England in 1224

We are just about there with the 2024 Programme.

This image of early Franciscan Friars is courtesy of Pinterest.  An interesting history of the Grey Friars can be found at https://www.thegreyfriars.org/history

It tells of their landing in England in 1224 and the years that followed.

As always please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for any of the events.

Stone Carving Experience 1

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February

Join Lindy, a Hilfield Community member, on a practical stone carving experience.  Learn to carve or increase your skills while exploring with others how ancient stone and spirituality might work alongside each other in a relaxed environment where all are welcome.  Tools provided but if you would like to bring your own then please do.  Come and enjoy the rhythm of life at the Friary and meet others as we journey together over three days.

The suggested donation of £180 includes a stone for sculpting.  This weekend is limited to a maximum of 6 people.

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Lenten Quiet Day

Saturday 2nd March

Join a group of fellow pilgrims in a day of reflecting on the Christ’s call to take up our cross and follow him. This is the foundational call to discipleship, and the way we embrace it can make a big difference in our work to make the love of God shown in Jesus Christ known in the world around us.

The suggested donation for the day is £25 to include a simple lunch of soup and a roll. 

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Folk Weekend 1

A Celtic Cruise

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March

Gill and Alan welcome you to their ever-popular folk weekend (1 of 2 per year) that have now been running for 15 years.  They also run two monthly folk/acoustic sessions in the Weymouth area.

This is a musical journey through the Celtic regions of the UK.  These are popular so please book early.

If you like singing or playing folk music (or just listening) this is for you.  Musical contributions are welcome but not compulsory.

The suggested donation for the weekend is £150 to include all food and accommodation. 

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Holy Week and Easter at the Friary

Tuesday 26th to Sunday 31st March

Journey through Holy Week and Easter with members of the Hilfield Community:  experiencing its depth of loss, mourning and joy together. 

The suggested donation for the week is £280 to include all food and accommodation.

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Contemplative Franciscan Prayer

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May

In a world hungry for spiritual experience, we will look at what St. Francis and St. Clare can teach us about contemplative prayer and its relevance today.

Br James Douglas was born in Yorkshire and took his first vows as a Franciscan Brother in 2017.  He has been based at Hilfield Friary for several years.

The suggested donation for the weekend is £150 to include all food and accommodation.

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Reconnecting to the

Divine in Nature

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May

A weekend led by Mike Mullins and Jonathan Herbert.  Are you feeling nature deprived? Struggling to be hopeful in the midst of the ecological crisis?  “Reconnecting to the divine in nature” is a retreat running at Hilfield Friary from 12 noon on Friday 24th to 3pm on Sunday 26th May 2024.  It is geared at Christians enquiring into the place of nature, creation and eco-spirituality in their faith.

The retreat has four aims:

  • To help participants develop a deeper connection to and love for the sacredness of nature as an expression of the divine
  • To honestly face the environmental crisis with hope, courage and a sense of personal agency.
  • Become part of a wider movement for positive, regenerative change in our society
  • Learn to know, honour and protect mother earth, allowing all life to flourish.

The cost per person for three days, two nights and all meals is £240 (including VAT).

To secure your booking a £100 deposit (including VAT) (non-refundable and non-transferable) is required at the time of booking.

To book a place on the retreat please contact Mike Mullins at

Email:  mikemullins@soulrewilding.co.uk

Mobile:  07973 642 875

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

1st Craft Week of the year

Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th June

Come along and enjoy the week with like-minded crafters.   

Bring old projects to finish and try new ones with friends!

The  suggested  donation for  the week is £250 to include all food and accommodation.

If you would like to arrive on Tuesday 11th June to relax before you start crafting, please contact Suzi.  There would be a suggested extra donation of £50.

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Poetry Weekend with

Elizabeth Cook – 

The Poetry of John Donne

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July

John Donne (1572–1631) was born into a Catholic family but by the end of his life was Dean of St Paul’s in London. His life was full of drama and difficulty and he endured periods of sickness and poverty. His poetry – as arresting now as when it was first written – is remarkable for the way it welcomes and combines all kinds of experience: physical, intellectual, and spiritual. During this weekend we shall look closely at these poems (with an emphasis on speaking and hearing them) and we shall also sample some of Donne’s extraordinary prose writing. His sermons at St Paul’s drew crowds!

The suggested donation for the weekend is £150 to include all food and accommodation. 

This weekend is fully booked at the moment but please contact Suzi to check to see if you can be added to the waiting list to avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

A gentle journey into

Christian Healing

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July

Explore Francis’s compassion and Christ’s healing with Don and Rae Martin.  This retreat may give you confidence to take it back to your parish and being your own ministry of healing and wholeness.

Don and Rae are Third Order Franciscans who have had a strong link with the Friary for many years.

The suggested donation for the weekend is £150 to include all food and accommodation. 

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Reconnecting to the

Divine in Nature

A repeat of the May 2024

weekend

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July

A weekend led by Mike Mullins and Jonathan Herbert.  Are you feeling nature deprived? Struggling to be hopeful in the midst of the ecological crisis?  “Reconnecting to the divine in nature” is a retreat running at Hilfield Friary from 12 noon on Friday 24th to 3pm on Sunday 26th May 2024.  It is geared at Christians enquiring into the place of nature, creation and eco-spirituality in their faith.

The retreat has four aims:

  • To help participants develop a deeper connection to and love for the sacredness of nature as an expression of the divine
  • To honestly face the environmental crisis with hope, courage and a sense of personal agency.
  • Become part of a wider movement for positive, regenerative change in our society
  • Learn to know, honour and protect mother earth, allowing all life to flourish.

The cost per person for three days, two nights and all meals is £240 (including VAT).

To secure your booking a £100 deposit (including VAT) (non-refundable and non-transferable) is required at the time of booking.

To book a place on the retreat please contact Mike Mullins at

Email:  mikemullins@soulrewilding.co.uk

Mobile:  07973 642 875

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Hilfield Families Camp

Saturday 27th to Sunday 4th August 2024

Every summer, Hilfield Friary hosts The Hilfield Families Camp (usually late July / early August).

The Family Camp involves a week of sharing the life of the friary with adults and children (new young families are always most welcome) with Worship Work and Fun!

For more details please contact stuarthutton@me.com

for more details.

Please visit their website for more information and to book:

https://www.hilfieldyouthcamp.co.uk/

Hilfield Youth Camp

Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th August 2024

Every August Hilfield Friary hosts the Hilfield Youth Camp. Organised by experienced volunteers, HYC offers up to 50 young people aged 13 to 17 years the chance of a of low cost, fun holiday in stunning surroundings over a week, while exploring a Christian theme. The Youth camp is built on friendship, community and faith.

Please visit their website for more information and to book:

https://www.hilfieldyouthcamp.co.uk/

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Stone Carving Experience 2

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September 2024

Join Lindy, a Hilfield Community member, on the second practical stone carving experience.  Learn to carve or increase your skills while exploring with others how ancient stone and spirituality might work alongside each other in a relaxed environment where all are welcome.  Tools provided but if you would like to bring your own then please do.  Come and enjoy the rhythm of life at the Friary and meet others as we journey together over three days.

The suggested donation of £180 includes a stone for sculpting.  This weekend is limited to a maximum of 6 people.

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Experience Life with the

Community – a weekend for

18 to 30 year olds

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September 2024

This great new weekend has been added to the Programme.  A chance to find out what
life in community is like at a Franciscan friary.

The suggested donation for the weekend is £50 to include all food and accommodation.

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Franciscan Weekend with the Community

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October

Join us to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the arrival of the first Franciscan Brothers to England.

Over the weekend at Hilfield, we will be focussing on Francis’ life and use his example to help us enter more deeply into a pattern of loving attentiveness to God in the world today.

The suggested donation for the weekend is £150 to include all food and accommodation.

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Folk Weekend 2

Americana

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October

Gill and Alan welcome you to their ever-popular folk weekend (2nd of the year) that have now been running for 15 years.  They also run two monthly folk/acoustic sessions in the Weymouth area.

Featuring traditional and contemporary songs and tunes from ‘across the pond.’ 

These are popular so please book early.

If you like singing or playing folk music (or just listening) this is for you.  Musical contributions are welcome but not compulsory.

The suggested donation for the weekend is £150 to include all food and accommodation.

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Pre-Advent Quiet Day

Saturday 23rd November

Join us for our annual Advent Quiet Day.  A chance to retreat from secular society as we prepare for the birth of the Christ Child, the Light of the World.

The suggested donation for the day is £25 to include a simple lunch of soup and a roll.  Please donate on the day. 

For more information and booking please contact Suzi at Hilfield on 01300 341741 or email hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Pre-Advent Quiet Day

2nd Craft Week of the year

Wednesday 27th November to

Sunday 1st December

Come along and enjoy the week with like-minded crafters.   

Bring old projects to finish and try new ones with friends!

The suggested donation for the week is £250 to include all food and accommodation.

If you would like to arrive on Tuesday 26th November to relax before you start crafting, please contact Suzi.  There would be a suggested extra donation of £50.

For more information and booking please contact Suzi at Hilfield on 01300 341741 or email hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Celebrate Christmas 2024 at the Friary 

Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th December

Join our Friary Family where we await the birth of the Christ Child. 

Suggested donation £280 to include food and accommodation.  Please let Suzi know if you have any dietary requirements.

For more information and booking please contact Suzi at Hilfield on 01300 341741 or email hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk

Please contact Suzi to check availability and avoid disappointment before registering for the weekend.

Hilfield Friary is part of the Society of St Francis, a worldwide Anglican

Religious Order.  Visit their website:  https://www.franciscans.org.uk/

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