Trish Banks

Trish Banks

Artist and Holistic Therapist

Last year December 2016 my usual New Year’s retreat was cancelled and quiet by chance I got a place on John’s. I was soon to realise that someone up there was really looking out for me because it was a fantastic experience from beginning to end. I enjoy any gathering of like minded people but add to that John’s good humour and reverence for ritual, his mindful structure for the whole retreat and his attention people’s needs made it all so much more meaningful. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the times of silence but I found the reality comforting and restful to be with people without having to talk. The grounds and surrounding area is beautiful. The accommodation is great, the food is great. No the food is fantastic! Jo adds so much to the experience with her thoughtful planning of every meal and her easy style of presentation that informs you into a new way of engaging with food. I chose to stay for the four days and was so glad I did. It felt like two different retreats as the last two days dropped the whole experience to a deeper level. I remember thinking at the time that it seemed very appropriate to have a different feel to the first days of the year and what a way to start. I can happily recommend this retreat and will be delighted to do it again myself this year. Hopefully I’ll see you there. =)