Spring 2018 English Lake District Retreat

"An unwalled university all dedicated to plain living and high thinking."  Charlotte Mason  (About the Lake District and referring to a quote from Wordsworth)                    

Imagine the thrill of becoming a student at Charlotte Mason’s House of Education in Ambleside, England. Engage daily with other students. Experience the beauty of the Lake District in spring. Learn alongside teachers in Mason’s philosophy.  

Join the Charlotte Mason Institute, and fellow Mason advocates, at the second Ambleside Retreat  --

April 30 – May 4, 2018.  

The keynote speaker is Malcolm Guite, a world renowned poet, speaker, author, and authority on the life and work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 

The retreat will be held in the heart of Ambleside at St Mary’s Church, where Mason attended and is buried. 

The mornings will be devoted to delving into Mason’s philosophy and practices in her setting and context. The afternoons are yours to see and experience the local history, architecture, nature, and stunning geography.  The evenings will include music, poetry, talks, and lively discussions as we build community together over the thoughts and ideas of Mason, Wordsworth, and Coleridge.  More details coming soon. 

Malcolm Guite


Poet-Priest Malcolm Guite is Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge and teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature and has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism and has worked as a librettist. His books include: Mariner, a spiritual biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (February 2017), Parable and Paradox (2016), The Singing Bowl (2013), Sounding the Seasons (2012), Theology and the Poetic Imagination (2010) and Faith Hope and Poetry (2006). Malcolm has edited two poetry anthologies for Lent and Advent: The Word in the Wilderness (2014) and Waiting on the Word (2015).

Malcolm has a particular interest in the imagination as a truth-bearing faculty and continues to reflect deeply on how poetry can stimulate and re-awaken our prayer life.

Malcolm enjoys sailing, walking, old books, live music, riding his Harley Davidson motorbike and all the varieties of the British countryside and weather. Malcolm is also part of the rock band Mystery Train, regularly performing gigs at Grantchester, Cambridge and other places around Cambridgeshire.


See you in Ambleside in 2018!  



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