They came. And almost unbelievably they stayed. Mays Farm is still a building site and the outside is a mess.
The inside is not much better.
But four guinea pigs - sorry, wonderful retreatants, came and stayed. They glamped; slept on mattresses on the floor. Put up with windows which not only had no curtains but often had no glass; one even has no window. Ate in the garden for there is no table yet in the house. And they smiled and remained pleasant. They had time to be, rest in the hammock, read, pray, relax. They also helped, mostly in the garden, or helping unpack kitchen boxes. We had compline by moonlight, lectio divina in sunlight. The water flooded and was turned off. And on. And off.
A weekend of Preview Retreat. Now they are gone. Tomorrow, four more arrive this time for a guided silent retreat.
I pray that each woman goes away saying, "Surely the Lord is in this place" (Gen 28:16) because they have met with him in some way in this place of sanctuary.
Another month of preview retreats and the house will be very very nearly ready.
Make sure you book your retreat for the autumn - details on the Retreat page