England Soul Care Retreat

August 23-31, 2019

England, United Kingdom

With Inc. is hosting its first 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 to 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.

The Experience

There will be time to go and see some sites you have always wanted to see, some days will have more space than others. At least one part of every day will be free for you to rest, be a tourist, wander alone and ponder things we’ve discussed or do whatever you need.  So this will be a little different than just coming to tour on a jam-packed schedule.

English garden with fountain

We’ll start in London and visit sites like St. James Park and Westminster Abbey. You will have a free day here, so start thinking about where you might like to go!

People walking across London pedway

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.

Church interior at University of Oxford

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.

Oxford dining hall
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.

Sheep grazing in the countryside

The Schedule

We will arrive in London by Friday August 23rd and depart Saturday August 31st (Labor Day weekend in America). Below is a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect and what’s included.

Day 1 – Friday August 23rd

  • 4:00PMArrive in London
  • Check into our accommodations
  • Dinner together and getting to know you time
Red telephone booth in London

Day 2 – Saturday August 24th

London
  • St. James or Hyde Park for time together & reflection time
  • High Tea (you’ll need a dress for this)
  • Free time
  • Time together post dinner
English tea cup with flowers

Day 3 – Sunday August 25th

London
  • Time together in the morning
  • Free time
  • Evensong at Westminster or St Paul’s
Big Ben and London Bridge at sunset

Day 4 – Monday August 26th

London
  • Time together in the morning
  • Free day
Guard in front of Buckingham Palace

Day 5 – Tuesday August 27th

Oxford
  • 7:30AMCheck out and take the train to Oxford
  • 9:30AMTaxi to Christ Church and check in to our rooms
  • Afternoon at The Kilns and the church where Lewis attended and is buried
  • Optional walking tour of Oxford
  • Free time
  • Dinner on your own
  • 7:00PMWalk over to Eagle and the Child
Church in Oxford

Day 6 – Wednesday August 28th

Oxford
  • Breakfast in The Great Hall
  • Reflection time around Oxford
  • Lunch at The Vault (lunch included in retreat cost)
  • Free afternoon
  • 5:00PMMeet at Magdalen for reflection as we tour the grounds and walk Addison’s Walk
  • Punting
  • Dinner on your own
Green lawn and building in Oxford

Day 7 – Thursday August 29th

Oxford
  • Breakfast in The Great Hall
  • 9:30AMCheck out and get on a mini bus
  • Drive through the Cotswolds stopping in villages along the way
  • Arrive at manor house by dinner
  • Free evening
Cottages in the Cotswolds

Day 8 – Friday August 30th

The Cotswolds
  • Time together over breakfast
  • Free day at the Whatley Manor House (possibly a spa, beautiful grounds to take walks)
  • Dinner together and sharing (dinner included in retreat cost)
  • Debrief that night after dinner
Whatley Manor spa

Day 9 – Saturday August 31st

The Cotswolds
  • 7:00AMCheck out and head to airport
  • Fly back to our homes
Airplane wing flying through clouds at sunset

Your Speakers

Virginia Bousquet

Virginia (aka V.A.) is a native Houstonian who has lived in the Nashville area for 27 years. She’s been involved in mentoring women all of her adult life in structured and unstructured ways, doing paid and unpaid work. Others describe her as a guide, listener, facilitator, and a spiritual companion who walks alongside. Her desire is to hold space and hope for and with others on their spiritual journeys.

Virginia is married and has 2 adult sons, one with special needs.

She is almost finished with a certification in spiritual direction, 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 Fadelle

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

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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 Wayland

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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 Couseling. 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.

The Details

We’ve reserved spots for 12 ladies, and as of April we only have 1 spot left!

The cost includes all lodging, breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, excursions (admission to The Kilns, Magdalen College, punting, Lewis’s church, park fee, London excursion), in-country travel (train tickets, cabs, mini-bus in Oxford), high tea.
Cost: $1850
Additional expenses you would need to cover include your airline ticket, cost of airport train fee to our lodging in London, lunches and a few dinners.

Our Accommodations

London
Ravensbourne House

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. Most of you will have your own room here, but a few of us might need to share. The plus of this lodging is that everyone gets their own bed.

Oxford
Christ Church

Everyone will have their own room during our two day stay at Christ Church.

The Cotswolds
Whatley Manor

Everyone will share a room with someone when in the Cotswolds for these final two nights.

Payment Options

Attendees will be the first twelve to register and pay the $500 non-refundable deposit below. After the $500 deposit, you have the option of paying in increments of your choosing or you can pay the entire balance up front. Full payment must be received by August 1st, 2019.

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.

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