Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions about the House or our work, please get in touch.
What is meant by contemplative prayer?
A way of praying without using words, waiting upon God in silence and stillness.
There is a long tradition of Christian contemplation throughout the centuries.
I have children; can I bring them to the House?
Yes certainly, children are very welcome. In the past we have had some special events arranged for children, and hope to do so again. Small groups from schools have also visited the House, as part of both religious education and local history studies. The House has a Child Protection Policy, in accordance with Bristol Diocesan guidelines.
How accessible is the House for those who are less mobile?
Unfortunately, the House has narrow, steep stairs, and the garden has a number of steps. The House is not wheelchair accessible. There is one step up into the Quiet Room, and handrails by the steps going into the garden at the rear. One toilet is upstairs, one outside.
Is the House run as part of the parish of Westbury-on-Trym?
The House is run independently. However, it has a very good relationship with the parish church, and is an associate member of Churches Together in the Westbury Area.
What about facilities for creative expression while I am there?There are art materials for the use of retreatants; paints, brushes, paper, as well as materials for fabric collage. Please ask when booking, or on arrival. There are also occasional Saturday events with an emphasis on creativity. The House is a good place for meditatively playing with different media. In the library there are a large number of art books for inspiration, particularly books on icons.
What is the attitude to people of other faiths?
The House is open to engage with people of different faiths who resonate with its emphasis on prayer and spiritual depth, believing that all faiths can learn from listening to one another. It supports the activities of The Bristol Interfaith Group.
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