Regular Events at Bowden House:
Community Action Days - every first and third Saturday of the month
Bowden Choir - every Thursday 7.30-9.30pm
Taize Singing - on the last Sunday of the month, 7.30-9.30pm
Thursday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm
Come and enjoy singing in our beautiful Angel Hall with its amazing acoustics. This is an informal group of people with no ambitions (as yet) to perform. All songs are taught by ear by our expert resident teacher Ian Hague.
Suggested donation: £5
Community Action Days
Our Community Action Days continue to happen twice a month from 10am-4pm. These are for anyone interested in working with us for the day to find out more about the community.
The next Community Action Days will be on Saturdays, November 9 and 23. Please note that the rhythm of the Action Days has changed to the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
Sunday, November 24, 7.30-9.30pm
Taize led by Ian Hague
An evening of inspirational singing, drawing from the rich chants from Taize with additions from the Iona Community, Harmonic Temple and others. All songs are taught by ear and no previous experience is needed.
Suggested donation: £5
Sunday, December 8, 11am-12.45pm/1.30pm (with lunch)
InSpire! A Celebration of the Mystery
This month's theme From Darkness to Light
This is the second InSpire! - an on-going experiment in creating a hub of sacred space at Bowden; a celebratory field of inspiration that will feed our inner selves. We will play with ways of inviting in experiences of the ‘mystery’ (that which lies beyond understanding) using silence, sound, wisdom teachings, personal stories and various ways of connecting together. The celebration will be continued with lunch and drinks afterwards to chill out, connect further and nourish our bodies.
Those who can focus and keep to the silence when necessary are welcome: wriggly, noisy, people of all ages will be encouraged into other rooms. Contact us to clarify anything and, if you can, send an email saying “coming to InSpire!” if you know you are coming.
Please gather in the Oak Room from 10.45am for prompt start. 11am-12.45pm: Main event in the Angel Hall with roaring fire, 12.45-1.30: Simple scrumptious lunch in the Tudor Hall
InSpire! is facilitated by Carmella B’Hahn and Rhiannon Hague and we will be inviting your donations.
Next dates: January 5 and February 2 (first Sundays of the month with the exception of December).
Sunday, December 22, afternoon (time tbc)
Bowden's Annual Carol Singing
Come and join us in singing some of the most well loved carols and other seasonal songs by candle light. There'll be mince pies and hot drinks to share afterwards.
Saturday, January 18, 10am-5m
Sound Prayer - Sacred Sounds from the Stillness of the Soul
Come and explore the alchemy of voice work, gentle movement, stillness and prayer with sound weaver Rhiannon Hague.
There is a place deep in the heart of our being where we can feel who we truly are. In prayer, it is possible to connect and communicate with this deep inner knowing. By using sounds rather than words, we can go beyond our conscious mind, and sense deep into our being.
This workshop is for all who would like to explore the power of their own voice and embrace a deep inner connection with themselves and the Divine of their understanding.
Cost: £30 - booking in advance essential
Situated in the Walled Garden at Bowden House
Booking for all events in advance is essential!
Wednesdays 10.00 – 4.00
• Work on your own creative projects, sharing space in the Cauldron, a cosy textiles studio, nestled within Bowden’s walled garden.
• There is a very large table (which would need to be ‘booked’ in advance).
• Ideal for people who have attended a felt/textiles workshop and want to practise what they’ve learned with other like-minded people.
• Flexible times at varying costs: hourly rate: £1.50 per hour; 3 hours @ £4; whole day rate: £6 (maybe more if a lot of electricity etc is used).
• Drinks making facilities.
• Bring your own lunch and materials (some wool/felt-making materials available for sale).
• Limited places; if fully booked, you can request to be added to our waiting list.
• Other days/times possible, please inquire.