22–27 March 2024 (Fri–Wed)

This retreat will provide an opportunity to bring together theology, beauty and the art of communicating Christ in ways that are culturally relevant today. Our desire is to gather all – from those beginning their journey in the arts to those more experienced – and inspire them to go further with the gifts God has given them to communicate Christ.

Each morning there will be a time of worship and a short reflection looking ahead towards Easter. Then after a break for morning refreshments there will be an extended time of teaching and creativity.

There will be three creative streams: art and painting with Chris Duffett; the spoken word with award winning spoken word artist Dai Woolridge and video editing/photography with Andy Thomas of The FuelCast. The stream leaders and guests will collaborate together so that a final filmed piece entitled ‘Easter’ will be created from the work of and individual pieces created by each guest.

Who's speaking?

Chris Duffett

Chris Duffett is a part time artist alongside being co-principal of The Light College and Collective. He serves as an evangelist and storyteller and is also an ordained Baptist minister. He is a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Chris is married to Ruth, a primary school teacher and they live in rural Cambridgeshire with their three grown up-ish children. Chris loves to paint prophetically and seeks to bring words from God’s heart that strengthen, encourage and comfort.

Dai Woolridge

Dai Woolridge is an award-winning spoken word poet from South Wales who blends rhythm and rhyme with passion, playfulness and colloquial prose. He has performed for Sky Sports, Welsh Rugby Union, BBC Radio 2 and was shortlisted for the Outspoken performance poetry awards 2022. Author of 'God's brilliantly big creation story', creative specialist at Bible Society and Director of ‘Sound of Wales’ with his wife, Cath.

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What to expect

Wondering what it will be like to stay at Lee Abbey for a retreat or a holiday?

You will receive a warm welcome from our international Community, a beautiful and spacious home to stay in, delicious meals prepared and served for you, a well resourced library, quiet spaces to relax in, lawn games to play, 288 acres of our estate to explore, the wild north Devon coastline and the South West coastal path (literally on our doorstep), and our own beach.

For more information about Lee Abbey’s ministry or details on how to support us, see “About Lee Abbey”. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

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