Christmas Greetings ...



This Christmas, may you know the simplicity of His birth and the magnitude of His purpose

Happy Christmas 


Ministries by Design


New Retreats for 2014

Hotel de Chocolat



A sweet retreat!

A time to taste of the extravagant grace of God

Using chocolate as an illustration of God's love and grace we will look at some Biblical themes, taste some chocolate, enjoy worshipping together, sip hot chocolate around the firepit under starry skies (hopefully) and have some fun as we do it!



Writers' Retreats


 Time and space to get on with your opus magnum; chat with others over meals for further inspiration; encourage & support each other in getting actual words on a page! And morning & evening hemming of the day with a guided devotional time to provide spiritual nourishment.


Pilgrimages for 2014


Walking the Via Francigena - the ancient pilgrim path from Canterbury to Rome.  

8 days led by Penelope & Kim 

Prices include all accommodations, breakfast & dinner (with local wine) each day, your bags taken to the next hotel, and spiritual leadership & input. 



There are other retreats, including some specifically for clergy,   and also Away Days, Spiritual Direction, and other resources for deepening your relationship with the Lord. 


For more information take a look at the retreats website: 

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We are grateful for the many blessings of this past year; and for all those who have come to The Vine at Mays Farm and enjoyed retreats and shared with us of all that the Lord has done in their lives during their time here.

Why retreat? because our daily lives are typically filled and busy - things to do, people to see, life to live. And all that is good. But we each need time to BE - and at The Vine at Mays Farm we offer you the much needed opportunity to step back from the chaos in your live. We offer an oasis, a place of spiritual sanctuary, a safe space to reconnect with God.

We hope that you too may be able to come and enjoy some time at this special place in 2014! 




Our Christmas Gift to you - book before December 31st 2013 for a retreat during 2014 and you save 10% on the total cost of your accommodation. For prices, see