Canon Rachel Mann

Canon Rachel Mann

Canon Rachel Mann is an Anglican parish priest, poet and scholar. She writes across a wide field of subjects, including sexuality, gender, poetry and popular culture. Her books include ‘Fierce Imaginings’, a study of the myths and rituals embedded in the Great War, and Dazzling Darkness, a theological memoir of growing up trans.


The Hayes Conference Centre is set in beautiful Derbyshire countryside with easy road, rail and air links. The grounds provide a restful setting with scope for short walks and there is free time built into our programme in which you can explore further afield.


The full conference fee is £540 per person. This includes full board accommodation and attendance at all sessions. There is a reduced fee of £495 for those paying in full on or before 31st October 2019. Both the full and reduced fee include a non-returnable deposit of £50.

Padraig O Tuama

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and a theologian from Ireland. With interests in conflict, religion and poetry, he lectures, writes, leads retreats and speaks both in Ireland and internationally. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation.

Ian Adams

Ian is an Anglican priest, chaplain at Ridley Hall Cambridge and Spirituality Adviser at Church Mission Society. He co-leads Beloved Life retreats, gives spiritual direction, is a poet, photographer and writer published by Canterbury Press and Proost. He has interests in spiritual practice, poems of St John of the Cross, and theology and the arts.

Julienne McLean

Julienne McLean

Julienne McLean practices as a psychologist, psychotherapist and Jungian analyst in north London, as well as being a spiritual director. She has had a lifelong involvement in the Christian contemplative tradition, with a particular interest in the relationship between modern depth psychology and contemplative prayer.

Good variety in the programme, beautifully paced, the rhythm was lovely, balanced with space to reflect, great structure and creativity.