We are pleased to announce an exclusive three-night Easter study retreat at Cumberland Lodge, led by the acclaimed novelist and critic, Salley Vickers, from Thursday 15 April to Sunday 18 April 2021.
Join Salley for three days of illuminating reading and discussion in good company, in the seclusion of Windsor Great Park, as we explore Tolstoi’s last great novel, Resurrection, D H Lawrence’s The Man Who Died, and other short stories and poems relating to Easter.
This retreat will also explore two short stories - The Gardner by Rudyard Kipling and The Boy Who Could See Death by Salley Vickers – along with Easter poems including:
- Good Friday 1613. Riding Westward and Holy Sonnet XIII (‘What if this present…’) by John Donne
- Easter Wings, The Flower and Affliction IV by George Herbert
- Easter 1916 by W B Yeats
- The Lent Lily and Easter Hymn by A E Housman
- Good Friday by Christina Rossetti
- Easter Day by Oscar Wilde
- The Easter Flower by Claude McKay
‘One need not be of a religious disposition to enjoy literature which takes religion as its subject for it deals in truly universal themes.’ - Salley Vickers
Believers of all faiths, agnostics, doubters and committed atheists are all welcome!
You can find out more about Salley Vickers, who is a former Man Booker Prize judge and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Librarian (Penguin) here.
This relaxed three-day retreat offers the time and space to immerse yourself in Easter literature, in stimulating surroundings, and draw inspiration to fire your own imagination and creativity.
You will be greeted with teas and coffees on arrival on Thursday 15 April, followed by a welcome talk and dinner in one of our historic dining rooms, and an after-dinner introduction to the Easter novels, short stories and poems.
There will also be free creative time for those who choose to compose their own poems and stories. The best poem and the best story (of no more than 500 words) will be judged by Salley, with readings from the submissions by the authors. This element of the programme is entirely voluntary so you are free to choose whether or not to take part.
No prior experience of literary analysis or creative writing is required to take part in this retreat - only an open and enquiring mind and a willingness to share and explore new ideas. Please be mindful of our charitable ethos, which promotes free and open dialogue, the art of 'disagreeing well' and the fruitful exchange of ideas and perspectives.
The programme will draw to a close after lunch on Sunday 18 April, but you may wish to check out and stay on to enjoy some recreation in the Great Park or visit surrounding attractions such as The Savill Garden, Virginia Water, the Deer Park or the Long Walk with panoramic views towards Windsor Castle, before leaving.
You can find out more about our surroundings and opportunities for leisure and recreation in the Great Park here.
Reserve your place
Places on this retreat are limited to 20-25 people, and all ages are welcome (aged 18+).
We are currently taking reservations for places on a first-come, first-served basis. As places are limited, early booking is recommended.
£480 per person (single room accommodation)
£680 for two people (double or twin room accommodation)
All proceeds from ticket sales will help to support our charitable work, promoting more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.
The Bar will be open in the evenings after dinner, if you wish to purchase alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.
To reserve your place, please email us with your name(s) and contact details and confirmation that you wish to attend, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please call our Meetings & Events team on 01784 220521.
Participants are encouraged to access copies of the listed material ahead of the retreat.
There are many editions available of Tolstoi’s Resurrection. The DH Lawrence novella The Man Who Died is currently available free of charge on Kindle and to purchase through online book retailers, as are Kipling’s The Gardener and the listed poems.
Salley Vickers’ The Boy Who Could See Death (Penguin) is available in the story collection of the same name, and her latest novel is Grandmothers (Penguin)
Cumberland Lodge is a stunning, Grade II listed house surrounded by hundreds of acres of parkland. It is renowned for its welcoming and inspiring atmosphere, and excellent hospitality, and it specialises in hosting and facilitating conferences, meetings and retreats.
We are a Covid-secure venue, and every effort will be made to ensure the safety of our guests and staff during the retreat.
Full refunds will be issued in the event of the retreat being cancelled due to issues relating to the global pandemic.
There is ample free parking on site and we are easily accessible from several major motorways (M3, M25, M4 and M40) and London train connections.