A week's retreat can look very different from one person to the next. We don't offer a 'cookie-cutter' schedule and hope that it will be restorative to everyone. There will be, however, similarities from retreat to retreat. These will include shared meals, times to chat, and space to rest. More individualized parts of a retreat will include personal ministry time, which will most often look like prayer ministry, but may be different based on what the Lord is directing us to do. To get a feel for what it is that would benefit you the most during your time with us, we will send you out a short questionnaire and may even have a phone conversation prior to your arrival.
Our home is located in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, about one hour's drive west of Aberdeen along the A96. Huntly is a small, picturesque town of about 4500 people, with two rivers and some lovely scenery. There is a castle ruin (Huntly Castle) which can be toured and there are a few shops along the high street and in the market square. The biggest attraction to Huntly, however, is its tranquility. Sitting in our garden with a good book or taking a walk along the riverbank are lovely ways to pass an afternoon.
A typical day on a Scottish Promise retreat will begin with a lie-in, followed by a self-catered breakfast in your own time. Ministry times will be in either the mornings or the afternoons towards the beginning of the week, to allow you space at the end of the week for reflection and processing anything the Lord has been saying. Lunch is also a casual meal, but dinners are shared with us as your hosts. Dietary restrictions and preferences will, of course, be accommodated.
We have two spacious guest rooms, though generally only one individual or couple at a time will be on retreat. Just outside the guest rooms is a pantry where coffee, tea, toast and other snacks are available, should you wish to take a cuppa back to bed with you or have a late-night snack. The rest of the house is shared space with us, your hosts, but each room has at least one little spot to tuck yourself away in if you'd like time alone.
The goal of a Scottish Promise retreat is restoration. For some, this will be accomplished by not having much of a schedule at all and simply resting. For others, engaging in an activity that is personally enjoyable can be refreshing, especially if one does not normally have the time in which to do this. With that in mind, we have some options for our guests that include a well-stocked library, a music room, art and craft supplies, gardening, cycling, and in the works: a workshop. We also have a small weight room. We will be asking you before you come what type of things you enjoy doing as relaxation.
The cost of a week's retreat for a couple (leader + spouse) is £
The cost of a week's retreat for a single person is £
The cost for each retreat covers food and accommodations, and is about the same as the average cost of a week's holiday in this part of Scotland. We do not charge extra for the ministry, believing that this is simply part of our sowing into the Body of Christ.
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