September 22nd-30th, 2022
England, United Kingdom
With Inc. is hosting its second annual soul care retreat in a beautiful country with rich history shared in a group setting. Join a group of twelve women, plus your guides for the week, Beth Fadelle, Virginia Bousquet and Beth Wayland, for a pause from regular life. Cathedrals, stunning parks, and the bucolic countryside will create a backdrop for us to take a moment to ask God to speak to us in a personal way. With a mixture of experiential excursions and moments of quiet reflection, we will guide your time around the theme of community with the Trinity and with one another.
Who Is This For?
This soul care retreat is designed for any woman feeling worn out, disappointed, tossed around by life, or struggling to find rest. Perhaps you can relate to some of these things:
- I’ve lost my appreciation for the beauty of life.
- I’m so tired of being the one to always plan everything.
- I’d like to just sit back and enjoy the moment.
- This monotonous routine is exhausting.
- I just need some encouragement.
Join us in England for nine days of adventuring, community, rest, and enjoying the beauty of this magical place.
Do not spoil the wander with haste! – J.R.R. Tolkien
Our Trip Theme
Our theme for the trip is embodied in these words:
Presence is the heartbeat of the trip. The busyness of everyday life often distracts us from our awareness of the present moment, the presence of God and the people around us. By making space for rest, reflection and just being With, we will experience greater depths of The Trinity’s presence and the companionship of one another.
Holy Tension is the space between the reality of where we actually are and where we long to be. When C.S. Lewis wrote about the shadowlands, he described it as the place between remembrance and hope. This is the place of holy tension. We will explore how this holy tension shapes and forms us.
Mystery is something that is difficult or impossible to explain or understand. Often when we are living in the holy tension of life, it is an invitation to embrace mystery rather than fight it. We will wrestle with how mystery invites and also shows us how we long for control.
Where We’ll Travel
We’ll start in London and visit sites like St. James Park and Westminster Abbey.
While in Oxford we will look at the lives of The Inklings (CS Lewis, Tolkien…) and the beauty and challenge of community. Without the community of the Inklings we wouldn’t have Narnia or Lord of the Rings. We’ll be staying at Christ Church College, which is one of the 38 colleges that comprises Oxford University.
It’s popular for being the place where Harry Potter was filmed. The dining hall (The Great Hall) in the movies was modeled after Christ Church’s dining hall. We will get to have our breakfasts in The Great Hall. I stayed here two years ago and just being on the grounds feels like you are a character in a novel. Which reminds me, Lewis Carroll also lived at Christ Church. History is all around you at Oxford.
He stood staring into the wood for a minute, then said: ‘What is it about the English countryside — why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?’
– Dodie Smith
We’ll also be traveling into the countryside to spend two days in the Cotswolds, which is known for its quaint cottages and beautiful scenery.
We will arrive in London by Thursday, September 22nd (take an overnight flight leaving Wednesday evening from America) and depart Friday, September 30th. Below is a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect and what’s included.
Day 1 – Thursday, September 22nd
- Arrive in London
- 4:00 PM Check into our accommodations
- Dinner together and getting to know you time
Day 2 – Friday September 23rd
- Kensington Gardens for time together & reflection time
- High Tea (you’ll need a dress for this)
- Free time
- Time together post-dinner
Day 3 – Saturday, September 24th
- Time together in the morning
- Free time
- Evensong at Westminster Abbey
Day 4 – Sunday, September 25th
- Check out of London House
- Walk part of The Cotswold Way
- Arrive at Christ Church mid-afternoon and check in to our rooms
- Free time to relax and explore Oxford
Day 5 – Monday, September 26th
- Breakfast in The Great Hall
- Reflection time around Oxford
- Lunch at The Vault
- Free afternoon
- 5:00PM Meet at Magdalen for reflection as we tour the grounds and walk Addison’s Walk
- Dinner on your own
Day 6 – Tuesday, September 27th
- Spend time at The Kilns where C.S. Lewis lived and wrote The Chronicles of Narnia
- Visit Holy Trinity Church where Lewis attended and is buried
- Free evening
Day 7 – Wednesday, September 28th
- Breakfast in The Great Hall
- 9:30 AM Check out and get on a minibus
- Drive through the Cotswolds stopping in villages along the way
- Arrive at Barnsley House by dinner
- Free evening
Day 8 – Thursday, September 29th
- Time together over breakfast
- Free day at the Barnsley House & Gardens (time for a spa treatment, beautiful grounds to take walks)
- Dinner together and sharing
- Debrief that night after dinner
Day 9 – Friday, September 30th
- 7:00 AM Check out and head to the airport
- Fly back to our homes
Virginia (aka V.A.) is a native Houstonian who has lived in the Nashville area for 28 years. She’s been involved in mentoring women all of her adult life in structured and unstructured ways, doing paid and unpaid work. Some people describe her as a guide, listener, facilitator, and spiritual companion who walks alongside. Her desire is to hold space and hope for and with others on their spiritual journeys.
Virginia is married with two adult sons, one with special needs. She is a spiritual director and a soul care coach. She also substitute teaches, plays tennis, and volunteers. Her favorite treat is a locally made small-batch chocolate bar created with dark chocolate, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
Beth has worked with Beth Wayland and With Inc. on numerous occasions and in many different contexts. Beth F and Beth W (“the Beths”) have co-led regional workshops on emotional health, a MidSouth regional women’s ministry leaders conference, and a small group soul care retreat for women in US campus ministry. They have also designed and facilitated international soul care retreats in Paris and London – for missionary leaders working overseas.
Beth F is a shepherd. She’s passionate about developing people holistically and is specifically attuned to ministry leaders and missionaries. Beth F is herself a ministry leader and in her 25 years has experienced the gamut of stages and seasons – from zeal to apathy to renewal to burnout. Beth enjoys offering language that can help people more fully embrace the way God has designed them – both their strengths and limitations. She believes deeply in rhythms of work and rest and play. She is a counselor and ministry leader in Nashville.
Beth calls Knoxville, Tennessee home. She has worked in ministry settings for 21 years. In 2012 Beth graduated from Richmont Graduate University with her MA in Counseling. She specializes in spiritual direction and loves looking at what Scripture has to say about caring for our souls and relating to and with one another.
We’ve reserved spots for 12 ladies to join us on this soul care adventure!
The cost includes all lodging, breakfasts, 3 dinners, excursions (admission to The Kilns, Magdalen College, punting, Lewis’s church, park fee, London excursion), in-country bus travel (mini-bus in Oxford, bus from The Cotswolds to the airport), materials, our guides for the week.
Additional expenses not included are your airline ticket, tube/rail ticket to get around London, transportation from the airport to London lodging, lunches, 5 dinners, optional spa services in The Cotswolds.
We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance. You can research here the different options. Due to the uncertainty with Covid-19, we want to take every precaution.
This is a large Victorian house that is a 7-minute walk to our train station and another 15-minute train ride into the center of London. Everyone will share a room with someone here.
We will be staying in dorms on the historic Christ Church College campus. The plus of this lodging is that everyone gets their own room.
This country house retreat is surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Everyone will share a room with someone for these final two nights.
Attendees will be the first twelve to register and pay the $500 non-refundable deposit below to hold your spot. After the $500 deposit, you have the option of paying in increments of your choosing or you can pay the entire balance up front to receive a $100 discount. We ask that whenever possible, please pay using the eCheck option to help us reduce processing fees. Full payment must be received by August 1, 2021.
- $500 deposit to hold your spot
- Payment of $900 due by April 1st
- Payment of $1100 due by June 1st
- Final payment of $1100 due by August 1st
If something happens due to Covid-19 and we have to postpone the trip, any payment already made will automatically be transferred to the postponed trip, whenever we are able to reschedule. If you wish to cancel, your deposit and other payments are non-refundable:
- If cancellation occurs on or before April 1st, your $500 deposit is non-refundable.
- If cancellation occurs after April 1st, your $1400 payment is non-refundable.
- If cancellation occurs after June 1st, your $2500 payment is non-refundable.
- If cancellation occurs after August 1st, your $3600 payment is non-refundable.
These payment cutoffs help us ensure we can make all the reservations and other advance arrangements necessary for the trip.
You can download the liability waiver here.
I (Beth) know I have given you a lot of information, but read it over, pray and let me know what you are thinking or if you have questions. We know God is going to meet us in a special way. Click here to email Beth.