Aquitaine Women’s Retreat

Twenty-four ladies from across the Aquitaine chaplaincy, the UK and other parts of France met together for the Women’s Retreat, at the Notre Dame de l’Espérance Abbey in Echourgnac.

We were showered with many blessings whilst we were there, including amazing hospitality from the Sisters, challenging and thought-provoking teaching on the theme ‘Made to Measure – Made in His Image’ and the incredible fellowship which comes from living in community together for a weekend. The Abbaye is a welcoming venue with modern en-suite bedrooms, large meeting rooms and dining areas. It also has extensive grounds in which to sit or to walk.

The retreat was led by Revd Elaine Labourel, Amanda Allchorn, Madeleine Holmes and Revd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan. The sessions were varied and included different forms of teaching, in which each leader gave a unique and personal insight into the theme; a reflective creative time was also thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We shared worship together throughout the day and ended the retreat with a ‘gathering in of all the different threads’ of our weekend by celebrating Holy Communion together before departing fully refreshed and fully blessed!

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