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Talk, Fri 2 - Sun 4 Mar 2018

Cleave the Wood and There I Am

Cleave the Wood and There I Am


A retreat which uses woodcarvings and music to prompt imaginative reflection on life in a way that words alone cannot achieve. Christopher’s practice is to place one of his carvings without title or comment, and to invite participants to form their own reactions to it. Only then does Christopher offer his own interpretation, followed by music and reflective silence.

Christopher Lewis has been working with wood since the early 1970s when he was an Anglican missionary in Borneo and taught himself to make use of the huge variety of timber available there. It was 30 years before he realised others might take what he did seriously when, as a residentiary canon at Bradford Cathedral, he was invited to contribute some of his work to an exhibition there by local artists. Since his retirement in 2007 he has had much more time for carving, and his ministry of conducting retreats and quiet days using these carvings has taken him all over the country. In 2017 he used them to conduct the Annual Day of Prayer at Westminster Abbey.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

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Dates Times
Fri 2 - Sun 4 Mar 2018


Residential prices start from £230, non-residential from £160. Discount rates for clergy and students apply.


Church Lane,



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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality