‘I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky…’ (from Sea Fever by John Masefield)
If, like many of us, you are longing to visit the sea again but can’t, why not spend a few days contemplating the mystery of the sea in the tranquility of Windsor Great Park, from Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April 2021.
Take a voyage of creative discovery on this three-night residential reading and writing retreat at Cumberland Lodge, with non-fiction writer and our Chief Executive, Edmund Newell.
Ed is the author, co-author and editor/contributor of seven non-fiction books, including Seven Words for the 21st Century, Ethics in Investment Banking, and What Can One Person Do? Faith to Heal a Broken Word. He also writes occasional feature articles for the Church Times and other publications and is a regular contributor to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2.
The relaxed three-day retreat offers the time and space to immerse yourself in text and ideas and fire your creativity. No prior experience is necessary – only an open and enquiring mind.
The programme will draw inspiration from Ed’s most recent book, The Sacramental Sea: A Spiritual Voyage through Christian History (Dartman Longman & Todd, 2019), which draws on history, science, music, literature, psychology and theology to examine how the sea has shaped Christian thinking for two millennia. The Sacramental Sea was nominated for the Maritime Media Awards 2019.
There will also be opportunities for aspiring popular non-fiction writers to practice their craft, and advice and guidance on making academic research more accessible to a public audience.
You will be greeted with teas and coffees on arrival on Tuesday 6 April, followed by a short welcome talk and dinner in one of our historic dining rooms, followed by an after-dinner introduction to The Sacramental Sea and the art of popular non-fiction writing.
Over the course of the three days there will be plenty of time for independent reading, and writing if you wish to, as well as talks, workshops and group discussion sessions.
The retreat will draw to a close after lunch on Friday 9 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. Free parking is available at Cumberland Lodge throughout your stay.
Find out more about our surroundings and nearby attractions here.
More about 'The Sacramental Sea'
Full of scholarship, phenomenal in its scale and reach, and constantly alive to the sensuous and visceral qualities of the sea, both real and symbolic. The Sacramental Sea is an astonishing and fascinating read.
Expansive in scope, immaculate in its delivery, The Sacramental Sea ranges through space, time and human beliefs to deliver a stirring call to protect our blue planet.
Roz Savage MBE
In this very original and engaging book, Edmund Newell traces various meanings and the different registers of feeling and vision that the sea evokes: a fresh, thought-provoking survey of an (appropriately!) oceanically wide subject.
This is a very original kind of history, a history of the imagination as well as of the sea. People perplexed by other puzzles need to read it.
Copies are widely available through online book retailers and in major bookshops.
Reserve your place
Places on this retreat are limited to 20 participants.
£480 per person (single room accommodation)
£680 for two people (double or twin room accommodation)
All proceeds from this retreat will help to support our charitable work, which promotes 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 email@example.com.
Alternatively, please call our Meetings & Events team on 01784 220521.
A limited number of bursaries are available from our charitable funds to support participants with limited financial means to join the retreat. To qualify for a bursary, you need to be either a final-year doctoral student based at a UK university or a researcher who has successfully defended a doctoral thesis within the last two years at a UK university.
To apply for a fully funded bursary place, you will need to be able to demonstrate an interest in publishing your research as popular non-fiction and outline how the bursary will support you and how you hope to benefit from attending.
Please contact our Programme team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details of how to apply.
Cumberland Lodge is a 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.
Please let us know if you have any additional mobility requirements. There is ample parking on site and we are easily accessible from several major motorways (M3, M25, M4 and M40) and London train connections.