One sunny July weekend a group of young Friends camped out at Hill House on the edge of the Cotswolds, near Stroud.
It was a brilliant weekend of games, campfires and fun! We shared food, thoughtful discussion and a night under the stars. Over the weekend, we explored the theme of ‘Sanctuary’: what it means to us and what ideas, people, places, actions, things and organisations nourish us.
Hill House is used as a sanctuary retreat space for refugees and asylum seekers and others in need of a safe space to be. See hillhouseretreats.com for more info. We considered how we all need spaces of sanctuary, but felt the need for some people was greater. We spent a hot morning gardening and clearing and hope we left the garden even more welcoming for the next group!
On Sunday morning we got stuck in with an art workshop with Helena Barnes and collectively illustrated Bill Bilston’s poem ‘Refugee’ – look out for it in your Meetings.
Highlights included the BBQ, campfire, games of sardines, wild nature and impromptu morris dancing!
Young people aged 11-18 are welcome on all youth project activities.
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