What we have done

WEB-GLASTONBURY-RETREAT-2014Our previous retreat

Making Peace with Christ

Retreat at Glastonbury Abbey House. 20th – 23rd October 2014

A three-day retreat at Glastonbury held and facilitated by the holding group of Interfaith Vision.

4.00pm Monday October 20th
to 2.30pm Thursday 23rd October, 2014.

Included in the three day retreat was an experiential journey led by RAY GASTON and ANNIE HEPPENSTALL to inquire into our relationship with the Divine at the heart of the Christian story, in a way that is inclusive of and in dialogue with other paths.
JUNE BOYCE TILLMAN explored with us the creative possibilities of the goddess cultures and how these are related to the Virgin Mary in Christianity.

14th and 15th January, and 4th February, 2014 ~ Holding with Heart, Facilitator Training

Held at the Royal Foundation of St Katherine’s, London, and Temple Lodge, Hammersmith and led by Razia Aziz and Annie Blampied.
Holding with Heart is a workshop, that Razia and Annie will be running regularly, for people who are called upon, or choose, to facilitate groups or gatherings. It focuses upon what it means to facilitate groups addressing an explicitly spiritual agenda. However, what is learned is transferable to other contexts with different explicit subject matter.

Holding with Heart asks the fundamental question: “How can I invite experiences of oneness, a shared experience of Love’s Presence, and deeper connection through my role as a facilitator, whatever the explicit content addressed in the group’s dialogue”?

This event was generously funded by the Awards for All, Lottery grant.
St Katherines grounds

28th to 30th October, 2013 ~ Second Glastonbury Retreat.

Held and run by the core group of Interfaith Vision, and participants. Our first retreat at the Abbey House in Glastonbury, was such a powerful experience, we all looked forward to going back there again, and inviting new friends to join us.

“as soon as we sat down as a group to introduce ourselves to each other, I felt the beautiful holding atmosphere of the place itself, and knew we were going to have a creative and restorative time together, and we did! “ 

Annie Blampied

Abbey House, Glastonbury

3rd and 4th July, 2013 ~ PEACE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

A 2-day event, held at the Brady Centre, Tower Hamlets, and including SPACE FOR PEACE,  a community musical event held at St John’s on Bethnal Green, in the evening of 3rd July. This event was generously funded by the Awards for All, Lottery grant. Read more…

Dove of peace

16th and 17th October, 2012 ~ Hawkwood Retreat.

We held a gathering for enquiry and deep listening, for the IV holding group and friends. Held at Hawkwood College, Stroud. The photo shows the group drawing we created, whilst we were singing.

Hawkwood retreat group drawing

Hawkwood College; Retreat October 2012

3rd and 4th July, 2012 ~ Forest Row Gathering

13 people attended and the contributors were Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, (founder of World Congress of Faiths),  Rev Prof June Boyce Tillman, (see biographies in who we are) and Janice
Dolley, (then director of the Wrekin Trust, and now founder of One Spirit Alliance, UK). We met in Annie’s home, talked, prayed, created music and ate together.  In the evening, we all went to Emerson College, and created a spontaneous worship service with some of the people from the college.


15th – 17th November, 2011 ~ Glastonbury Retreat at the Abbey Retreat House, in Glastonbury.

27 people attended, representing Christian, Jewish, Pagan, Atheist, Muslim, and New Age religions, and a mix of laity and clergy.  Razia Aziz was the key musical contributor and Ray Gaston (author of A Heart Broken Open) was the key note speaker.  Read Annie’s experience of how this retreat came into being…

Group at Glastonbury retreat