PATHS TOWARDS CONTEMPLATION
NORTHERN PORTUGAL CASA DA TORRE, SOUTELO, BRAGA
04 – 14 SEPTEMBER 2017

Full board/ensuite: £1,850

Retreat Giver: Serena Quartermaine Hutton, a retired Anglican priest in Oxford diocese

Catholic Chaplain: Rev.Monsignor Canon Timothy Menezes, STB, SLL, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Birmingham

Since 1995, our first year, RBD has organised four retreats at the Jesuit retreat house of Santo Ignacio, Colares, close to the royal palaces of Sintra, favoured by the Portuguese royal family as a refuge from Lisbon. Our retreatants have always greatly enjoyed Portugal and its people.

Our 2017 retreat will be held in this beautiful Jesuit house in the far north of Portugal, a comfortingly long way from the Algarve.
Gifted to the Jesuits by the second Viscountess da Torre in the 1950ís and used as the novitiate for the province, the house was totally refurbished in the 1980s and now serves as a retreat house and cultural centre, with 88 rooms, 12 meeting rooms and an auditorium holding 120, as well as chapels and beautiful grounds.
Soutelo is about 12 kilometres north of Braga and about 80 km. north of Porto.

Staying for our last three nights in Porto, exploring the second city of Portugal, with trip on the River Douro.

Portugal, Englandís oldest ally since 1373, was born in the North. Here is the essence of Portugal, among the churches, monasteries, sanctuaries, museums, castles, gardens and the famous Port wines.

Full retreat programme of liturgies, talks and excursions, with restaurant meals on whole-day excursions.

We shall enjoy excursions to:

  • Braga (seat of the Archbishop Primate of Portugal), Porto, the River Douro and Lamego, a little visited cathedral city lying east of Porto. We will miss no opportunity to sample port wine.

Our itinerary is:

Mon.4 Sept: TP 331 departs Gatwick at 11:50 - Arrives Porto at 14:00
Thu.14 Sept: TP 334 departs Porto at 08:50 - Arrives Gatwick at 11:00

Full-board/ensuite: £1,850 including:

The website of the retreat house:

CASA DA TORRE

For photographs of the house, simply visit the website:

http://riosibericos.com/soutelo/

For photographs of our excursion destinations, simply type the name of the place into:

https://www.google.pt/imghp?hl=pt-BR&gws_rd=ssl

FURTHER DETAILS FROM RETREATS BEYOND DOVER

Director:   Anthony Weaver, MA (Cantab)

website:     www.retreats-beyonddover.com

Email:         retreatsdover@gmail.com

Telephone: 0207 379 7273