** Due to the national lockdown, this retreat has unfortunately had to be postponed until the Spring. We will announce alternative dates shortly, and will be in touch with everyone who has reserved a place. **
We are pleased to announce an exclusive three-night residential study retreat led by prominent Shakespearean scholars, Sir Stanley Wells and Dr Paul Edmondson, at Cumberland Lodge from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 February 2021.
Join us for three days of reading, writing and literary study in good company, in the peace and quiet of Windsor Great Park, as we explore Stanley and Paul's ground-breaking latest book, All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
William Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least 30 years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for people he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture.
Stanley and Paul have assembled all of his sonnets in their probable order of composition to generate fresh insights into how and why he wrote them.
This relaxed three-day retreat offers the time and space to immerse yourself in the book, in stimulating surroundings with its distinguished authors, and draw inspiration from it to fire your critical analysis skills and creativity.
We will explore ways of reading Shakespeare that can help us to understand and examine issues in contemporary society.
You will be greeted with teas and coffees on arrival on Tuesday 16 February, followed by a welcome talk and dinner in one of our historic dining rooms, and an after-dinner introduction to All the Sonnets of Shakespeare from your retreat leaders.
For those who wish to have a go at creative writing, Stanley and Paul will be on hand to offer author's tips and guide you through the process.
No prior experience of literary analysis or creative writing are required - 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 retreat will draw to a close after lunch on Friday 19 February, 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.
Places on this retreat are limited to 20-25 people, and all ages are welcome (aged 18+).
Reserve your place
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.
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.