Human Dimensions Retreat, Bamford, 18-22 June

Come and join us to:

  • deepen your understanding of the social, psychological and spiritual aspects of addressing climate change
  • explore your feelings and leadings in a nurturing group
  • find resources that you can use in your life, community and work
  • get to know other Friends with a sustainability concern
  • experience being part of the Quaker Community in Bamford, eating, worshipping, having fun and learning together and
  • enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the Derbyshire Peak District.

The retreat will be centred in worship, exploring what we have learned as Quakers in our engagement with climate change. Each day will include short talks for information or inspiration, extended Quaker worship and other spiritual practices, and substantial free time with opportunities for walks, individual creative work, gardening and helping in the kitchen.  We will conclude the retreat with a Quaker meeting for worship for business which may record what we have found in a minute or epistle.

We’ll address some of the most challenging questions for Quakers in our sustainability commitment.

Thursday evening: Welcome session. Introductions to the summer school, the Community and each other. Beginning to get to know one another.

Friday: Patterns and examples. How do we develop low carbon sustainable ways of life? What inspires, motivates and sustains us? How do we address the challenges and where can we find resources and support?

Saturday: Answering that of God in the Other. How do we deal with conflicting priorities – for example between people’s needs and desires (for warmth, for travel to see loved ones etc.) and our commitment to low carbon living? Can we be both compassionate and sustainable?

Sunday: Finding unity. Have we found ways of enabling people to feel they can make a difference together? What is our experience of achieving positive change in our communities, our meetings, and wider society?

Monday morning: Moving forward. This session will address personal next steps and needs for ongoing support. We could also include a meeting for worship for business to prepare a minute or epistle, if we are so led.

Booking your place

Please contact the Community at or on 01433 650085  to register. The cost of attending is on a sliding scale of £150-240 depending on what you feel you can afford. Some bursary help is available if £150 is too much for you, but please do seek support from your meeting.

Comfortable accommodation and vegan or vegetarian, mostly organic food are included.

Accommodation will be in single or shared rooms, with the use of community bathrooms. Towels and linen are provided.

We happily provide for gluten free, sugar free and other diets.

Arrivals and departures:

Please plan to arrive by 6pm on the Thursday and to leave from 2pm on Monday. The Community is ½ mile from Bamford rail station with trains from Sheffield and Manchester. There are also buses from Sheffield. We will send full travel directions when you register.


Shape of the day

Most days of the retreat will take the following shape. Timings may change depending on the Community’s worship times and decisions of the retreat group. On the Sunday morning we will join Hope Valley Quaker Meeting for worship at 10.45.

07.00-09.00 Breakfast & washing up

08.00-08.30 Meeting for Worship

09.15 -12.15 Morning session, including a break

13.00 Lunch & washing up

14.00 Free time

16.00 Individual/small group activities

18.30 Supper & washing up

20.00 Evening session

21.30 Epilogue


Further information

For more details about the content of the retreat, please contact Laurie Michaelis: or 01835 244193.

To make your booking or ask for information about the Quaker Community at Bamford please contact the Community at or 01433 650085.