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 10.00 am for a 10.30 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 12.20 we have a short time 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.
There are no more Quiet Garden days in December or January. Dates for 2018 are:
Wednesday 21st February
Wednesday 21st March
Wednesday 18th April
Wednesday 16th May
Wednesday 20th June
Wednesday 18th July
There is no Quiet Garden day in August
Wednesday 19th September
Wednesday 17th October
Wednesday 21st November
There is no Quiet Garden Day in December.