A weekend exploring contemplative prayer and photography

Conwy, North Wales

15-17 March 2024

2 pm Friday to 12 noon on Sunday

I was delighted to accept the request of leading a retreat at Bryn Guest House, (Awarded 4*) nestled into the walls of Conwy town with stunning views over the estuary as it offers a warm welcome and beautiful gardens that provide plenty of inspiration for prayer and photography.

We will use this setting to develop the skills to deepen both contemplative prayer and photographic practice by engaging with various genres of photography, as well as sayings of some of the Christian mystics and a range of other resources.  We will experience how to better connect head, eyes, and heart for a more powerful image and deeper prayer.

The retreat sessions will be structured to accommodate beginners and more experienced practitioners so all are welcome.  There will be six sessions of input with time in-between to practice prayer and/or photography in a way that suits you.

Tea/coffee will be provided as well as a simple lunch on the Saturday.  It is possible to do this retreat either as a residential guest at Bryn or as day visitor staying locally.

Special Offer: Retreat cost is £75 if booked before 31 Dec 2023 (£85 thereafter)

This will be a simple vegetarian soup with bread and fruit. If you have any serious dietary requirements please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
This newsletter is one side of A4 and is a mix of recent images with some spiritual/photographic inspiration, and a gentle invitation for you to explore for yourself.

Please book accommodation directly with Bryn to make the most of their lovely home and warm hospitality.  The weekend has been blocked out on their website in order to reserve space for us.  Please book by phone +44 (0)1492 592449 or via email:  stay@bryn.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to this Retreat.

Daily timetable: 

Friday 2- 5:30 pm

Saturday 10 – 5 30 pm including free time in the afternoon

Sunday 10 – 12 noon


Seeing with the eyes of the heart

20-22 September 2024

Rydal Hall, The Lake District

#The Angel

I am delighted to be able to offer A Contemplative Camera Retreat at Rydal Hall near Grasmere and Rydal Water.  There will be plenty of photographic and spiritual inspiration here: nestled as it is by Grasmere and Rydal Water, as well as having much to offer within its own grounds.  The Retreat provides an opportunity for you to take some time to re-focus your body, mind and spirit.

We will engage with the work of a range of photographers, discovering the disciplines that inspired their work, along with writings from some of the Christian mystics e.g. Thomas Merton, Hildegard of Bingen, as we practice intentionality, paying attention, and finding/deepening focus in our photography as well as in our prayer. Henri Cartier Bresson described this practice as, ’Keeping head, mind and heart focussed in the same direction.’

Please note this is not a technical retreat and any camera is welcome, whether that is a disposable, phone, DSLR or mirrorless system.

It is the quality of our looking that needs to improve not our equipment!

The Retreat will be led by myself, Rev’d Susan Blagden.  I am an experienced Retreat leader, spiritual director/soul friend, leadership coach, and photographer (Advanced Diplomas in Landscape and Wildlife photography).

To book your place please contact Rydal Hall  or if you want any further information before booking, please Contact me  directly.

It is also possible to offer the retreat online using Zoom for a group of 6-12 people.  Please contact me if you have a group of friends/colleagues with whom you would like to do this so we can discuss the practicalities.

If you are interested in talking about having a Spiritual director/accompanier/soul friend for your journey I would be delighted to talk to you about this.  You may also like to visit my link:
Spiritual Director/Soul Friend

Early bird offer: sign up to this Retreat before 31 Dec 2023 and the cost is reduced to £75

This retreat has been the best all round mind/body/spirit week I can remember. It was life-changing on all sorts of levels.
A chance to reconnect with the contemplative way I had lost touch with.
The balance between photography and prayer was inspiring.
Left me wanting more.
A wonderful range of approaches and quotes. Thank you.