As of April 2020 The Abbey Community are looking at ways to run some of the planned programme online. We are experimenting with silent meditation online, please check our events page for more details, we will keep you informed via Social Media and our mailing list. If you would like to join our mailing list please email Wendy:  or call 01235 847401.

With love and healing during these difficult days.

Log Fire at Imbolc, 6.30-8pm on Sunday February 2nd 2020 
Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent civil movement aiming to elicit significant, meaningful and life-saving governmental action on the climate and ecological crisis. It is comprised of ordinary citizens who are deeply concerned about our beautiful earth and all the life in and on it.In this talk, speakers from Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where life on earth is heading, why we need to act now with urgency, and discuss what’s been tried (with limited success) to halt climate change and massive biodiversity loss.We will explain how XR, based on social science studies of successful social change movements, offers a potential solution. You’ll learn about XR’s demands, how our core principles and shared values guide us, how we operate, and how you can, if you wish, get involved. This talk may not be suitable for young children.
Music at The Abbey 7.30 pm on Sunday 16th February 2020
Music and Dance performance by Diana Hinds and Joelle Pappas, featuring works by Fauré and Takemitsu
Music at The Abbey 7.30 pm on Tuesday 24th March 2020
Chamber Music Recital – Sini Simonen, Ursula Smith, Maya Broido and Robin Green play music by Fauré and Brahms
Springtime Log Fire, 6.30-8pm on Sunday 29th March 2020
Johannes Franck will talk on The Rise of The Far Right, more details to follow
Easter Retreat, Thursday 9th-Sunday 12th April 2020
The Abbey Easter Retreat runs from the afternoon of Maundy Thursday through to Easter Sunday afternoon. This retreat is a space to simply stop and be, to encourage the development of a deeper connection to inner peace and guidance in contemplative silence.During your stay you can connect with community around the shared experiences of silent meditation, meal-times, campfires and gentle activities like egg painting, bread making and group walking. All activities are optional, we encourage you to use your time as best suits your needs. The Easter Retreat offers a chance to reflect on the themes of this sacred time, recharge your energies and share joy in this beautiful nurturing space.
Log Fire at Beltane, 6.30-8pm on Sunday 3rd May 2020
“The Privatisation of Conscience”
The word “conscience” means “shared knowledge” and this is how it was long understood. Today it is understood differently, as something individual and private. How did this change come about and how can we live conscientiously in a fragmenting world? A talk by Dylan Thomas Hayden, author and member of the Abbey Community.
As part of Oxfordshire Green Week: Wednesday 10th June 2020 
The Garden – a Poetic Space: A day to experience poetry in The Abbey gardens – with Barbara Vellacott
English poetry is rich in images of gardens and their associations – bodily, emotional and spiritual. Why do we love gardens? What do they mean to us? The mediaeval paradise garden, the garden in the desert, the wild garden, the garden of love, and so on, are some of the most beautiful of human creations over the centuries. We shall find the variety of the Abbey grounds, with the old courtyard garden, lawns and magnificent trees, walled garden, and fruit trees can mirror our readings and inspire our hearts. More details to follow
As part of Refugee Week 15-21 June 2020
Music At The Abbey presents A Special Fundraising Concert – more details to follow
Celebrate the coming of Summer with an evening of song and harmony accessible for all ages and abilities. Choir Leader Emily Marshall will teach some beautiful summer season songs. After a break with refreshments, the evening will conclude with a promenade around the lovely lawns, singing songs under the majestic mature trees in The Abbey grounds. Open to all, no sinGing experience necessary.
Log Fire at Lammas 6.30-8pm on Sunday August 2nd 2020
Tools for Self RelianceAn opportunity to reflect on everyday practices that build self compassion and self reliance. Come ready to share your toolkit!
Clownkind: Theatre of Being with Sharon Usher Sunday August 2nd – Friday 7th 2020
The course is a contemporary and playful take on the inner and the outer journey of life through the sensibility of the clown. We use the red nose as the ‘mask that unmasks’, a symbol of the true self that is hiding in plain sight, and that is embodied when we play, without plans, scripts or specific goals but with an attitude of truth, vulnerability, connectedness and curiosity.Over the course of 6 days, living as a temporary community at the beautiful 14th Century Abbey at Sutton Courtenay we’ll find out more about ourselves, learn how to have fun on stage, and gain new perspectives and insights about the big issues of our shared world.
Summer at The Abbey: Residential Work, Rest & Play Retreat, Sunday August 23rd – Sunday 30th 2020
During this 7 night residential working retreat, The Abbey offers a chance for guests to live as part of a small but thriving spiritual community. The day is anchored by three half hour silent meditation sessions (optional), with daily tasks such as cooking, housekeeping and gardening contrasted by complementary therapies and creative activities. Guests can choose to take part in activities from bread making, creative writing, arts and crafts, group walking and a clay workshop. The week’s activities will culminate with The Abbey’s annual Garden Party; an opportunity to invite friends and family to enjoy the wonderful grounds and share in the work and care contributed throughout the week.
Garden Party 2pm to 5pm on Sunday August 30th 2020
The Abbey Community invite you to our annual Tea and Cake Party on the lawn with live music, a raffle, a tour of the House and Gardens plus a chance to meet the fellows running Shed Oxford. A family friendly event offering a great opportunity to meet new people and connect to the local community. Please RSVP so we know how much cake to bake!
Founders Day, Sunday 20th September 2020 tbc
The highlight of our 40th anniversary celebrations is top secret and still under wraps but please SAVE THE DATE!
Autumn Log Fire, 6.30-8pm on Sunday 4th October 2020
‘Spirituality as a way of understanding our place in the world’
Dr Tony Eaude who has researched children’s spirituality for many years will lead a discussion on how the ideas associated with this can help us understand the relationship between the self, other people, the wider world and (for some people) a transcendent Other or God. The discussion will also consider and question the idea of spiritual development to explore whether and how our spirituality changes over the life cycle- and what we as adults can learn from children in this respect.
Log fire at Samhain, 6.30-8pm on Sunday 1st November 2020
Spirit Of Place – details tbc
with EMILY MARSHALL Saturday 19th December 2020
The evening will commence with Grace Notes Women’s Chorus sharing songs in the Great Hall. After a refreshment break with spiced apple juice, mulled wine and mince pies, Emily Marshall will teach Solstice Carols for all to enjoy so come prepared to sing. Songs and warm drinks will then be taken to the Solstice Fire to sing to the flames bringing light on this longest of nights.