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Starts September 1st, 10:00 am
Ends September 1st, 4:00 pm

Held quarterly on the first day of the month, our Quiet Days are free of charge and no booking is required. Just bring your own packed lunch or visit our Tea Shop. For details of speakers and subjects, visit

Starts September 3rd, 10:00 am
Ends September 7th, 10:00 am

Realising ourselves as fully part of the world we experience, through gratitude for life in all its beauty, diversity and challenge, can transform us in each moment. Sharing and reflecting our gratitude in material form is what we mean by a work of art. This course will pursue the theme of gratitude through talks, painting sessions, relaxation and personal reflection.

Linda Birch has worked as an Illustrator working on over 200 books. As a painter she has exhibited at The Royal Watercolour Society and held many solo shows of her work. Her work is in many public and university collections. She is the author of several books on painting and writes and reviews regularly for an international painting magazine. Trevor, as well as being Linda’s husband, is a retired clergyman, having served in Sheffield, Canterbury and Durham Dioceses, with a particular interest in practical ecumenism and theological education.

Starts October 26th, 4:00 pm
Ends October 28th, 3:00 pm

Aimed at intermediate level recorder players able to hold their own part in a relatively simple ensemble, course sessions are planned for all participants playing together and also for smaller groups. Every effort will be made to match players in terms of experience and ability and consorts are also welcome. Technical advice will be given as necessary.

Mary Tyers is well-established as a teacher and performer. She has taught recorder and flute for Durham and Newcastle Universities and is in demand as a guest conductor at SRP branches and festivals. Mary also tutors on NORVIS and HISS and has led workshops for NEEMF. She loves exploring beautiful music with adult amateur musicians in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment.

£ 550
Starts November 5th, 10:00 am
Ends November 9th, 3:00 pm

The course is aimed at beginners, but those with more experience are very welcome. Each person will paint an icon using traditional techniques of egg tempera on a gessoed board, using the proplasmos technique, with gold leaf for the background.

Chris Perrins originally trained as an accountant, but was ordained in 2004 and served in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Liverpool. Having always enjoyed art in one form or another, he first painted an icon in 2005 at a course given by Christi Paslaru. He is a regular visitor to Rydal Hall, having hosted many popular icon painting courses here.

Starts December 1st, 10:00 am
Ends December 1st, 4:00 pm

Held quarterly on the first day of the month, our Quiet Days are free of charge and no booking is required, but bring your own packed lunch (or visit our Tea Shop). For details of speakers and subjects, visit

Starts December 23rd, 4:00 pm
Ends December 27th, 11:00 am

Spend Christmas with the Rydal Hall family. With delicious food, games, time for reflection and an optional series of short meditations, experience a traditional Christmas in beautiful surroundings, led by the Rydal Hall community and our chaplains Mark Baker and Joy Mellows.