Runcton Manor Meditation – written during a recent Quiet Garden Day:
A leaf falls, setting stillness of the pond a-quiver –
A drop tips off the end of a cedar leaf,
transformed to ripple –
May I be set a-quiver, turn to ripple
By falling, dropping, Grace.
With its 6.5 acres of lawn, gardens, river, orchard and woodland, Runcton Manor is a great place to unwind and recuperate.
Less than two miles south of Chichester, we offer Quiet Garden mornings on the third Wednesday of most months.
Arrive any time after 10.30 am for an 11.00am start. The morning involves a short introduction to Christian meditation followed by 20-30 minutes’ meditation. After that you are free to walk in the grounds, read, paint, draw or walk the labyrinth. At 12.50 we have ten minutes during which we share (or not) what went on for us during the morning. We welcome people of all faiths and none. Don’t worry if you have not meditated before. It is simple and we will give some guidance.
If you want to stay on for a shared lunch you are welcome to do so. This normally consists of a simple vegetarian soup and whatever food (bread, cheese, fruit etc) people bring to share. You are not expected to bring food to share on your first visit. We normally finish by 2.00pm.
There are no more Quiet Garden days in December or January. Dates for 2019 are:
Wednesday 20th February
Wednesday 20th March
Wednesday 17th April
Wednesday 15th May
Wednesday 19th June
Wednesday 17th July
August: No Quiet Garden
Wednesday 18th September
Wednesday 16th October
Wednesday 20th November
December: no Quiet Garden