`In life, as in art, beauty moves in curves.` E. G. Bulwer-Lytton
We can say that our lives follow a linear path. However, we know that our path is never actually straight. We might think that we go directly towards something, yet not even our thinking is straight. Our thoughts often go round in circles, sometimes get recycled, take a turn for the better or for the worse.
There are no straight lines in nature apart from those created by people. Natural forms and movements tend to curve or are circular.
Our lives develop through certain stages, rather like the sections or stages of the shell spiral. We look at the various stages and phases of our lives as taking a natural form even while we encounter artificial (man-made) experiences.
The spiral is not just a metaphor of life; it is also a dynamic form by which we shape our lives. Each phase of growth, emerging from our centre, comprises both an outer trajectory and an inner one reconnecting with our core being, `vivaxis`, some may say soul. Each experience provides for growth through learning and meaning. We can ask `What is the connection between the spiral and the spiritual?`
During the weekend, through reflection and contemplation, we consider how life has shaped us. We reflect on how our inherited genes have influenced our character along with the impact of our environment: the so-called nature-nurture interplay. We look at different theoretical models which might illuminate our understanding, like `spiral dynamics` which employs our double helix for explanation. We explore chronological ideas like the four seasons of our lives and Shakespeare`s seven ages of man. Other models offer three or five phases, or the twelve stages of 7 years from aged 0 to 84 with each stage containing its own practical and spiritual significance.
We each contemplate where we are now in our own particular stage of life: what we are moving away from, what we may be approaching; who we have been, and who we are becoming towards full fruition.
Rooms will be available from 3pm on Tuesday
Afternoon Tea and Cake 4pm
Quiet Time 4.45pm
Departures after lunch on Thursday
If you wish to stay longer, or start your stay earlier, please contact us about availability.Back Tell a friend
I have just returned from a retreat that was held at Claridge House. I can`t recommend it highly enough, the friendly staff, fabulous vegetarian food , beautiful gardens and the lovely clean and airy rooms all added up to an absolutely wonderful stay - June 2017
Our first visit here and we certainly feel we are going away with `rest and renewal`. We enjoyed the comfortable accommodation, had a lovely massage and the daily quiet times were also very special for us - January 2017
The room was spotless and very comfortable, the vegetarian breakfast was gorgeous, lovely fresh produce, dairy free and gluten free items too. Tranquillity and peace all around in the lovely 2 acres the house is set in - June 2017
Everything. Lovely friendly staff. Good food. A cosy "feel at home" style place amongst trees and green, giving peace and calm. Surely would stay again! So close to Gatwick Int. Airport. That`s a real convenience for foreign travellers - November 2016
Wonderful and welcoming staff, who were very attentive and happy to help. Beautiful property with large clean rooms. This is a health retreat as well as b&b style accommodation, so no TV in the rooms or alcohol. Very close to the village for dinner or drinks though - October 2016
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