Muntjac Deer in the Abbey Grounds




Very cute!



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Do you like my squirrel impression?



Thanks to Ian Lewington [our regular bird expert and naturalist] who took these photos earlier on in the year.

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A Volunteer’s Feedback

Paul – who is a great volunteer – worked with us for 3 weeks in the summer

The Abbey at Sutton Courtenay is a very special place that offers a rare and valuable space for spiritual reflection and practice to its guests. The community is warm, welcoming and respectful, offering both the time and space to cultivate a spiritual life and routine in the way each person understands it and opportunities to share satisfying work maintaining the buildings, guesthouse and grounds or cultivating the impressive produce of the walled gardens. I quickly felt at home and appreciated the rich diversity of experiences and perspectives I encountered in so many good conversations around the dinner table and over jobs shared with community members and other guests. The quality of care given to food and other aspects of daily interaction between people in the community and their guests spoke of a very sincere spiritual life being lived amid the busy demands of running a retreat centre and maintaining the land. There is a wealth of knowledge about horticulture, gardening, cooking, art, spirituality, literature and all manner of other subjects open to volunteers who take an interest. Apart from the many interesting people you encounter there, the beauty and peace offered by the ancient buildings, the wonderful library and the surrounding woods and gardens also contribute vitally to the nourishing atmosphere of calm and reflection, both in quiet periods and during large conferences or retreats.

Volunteering at the Abbey gave me the time and autonomy to reconnect with my own spiritual practice within an enjoyable daily schedule and in the company of sincere and genuine hosts.

I heartily recommend it!

Paul S.

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Painting the Dining Room

Painting the Dining Room

Thank you our dear volunteers – Edgard, Kathy, Giulia and Benoit

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Mark Williams at the Abbey

On 23 June Professor Mark Williams of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre delivered our annual Founders Memorial Lecture to a large, appreciative audience. One of the highlights of the Abbey’s programme of events the lectures are held in memory of Stephen Verney and Fred Blum, the founders of our community. The entire lecture can be heard below.

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The Abbey Blog

Young Tawny Owls at the Abbey

Look out for the new Abbey Blog coming soon!

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