HOD Retreat: “Narnia, Middle-earth and God’s Creation” with Andy Swinford

13th May 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 15th May 2022 @ 2:00 pm

Friday 13th May – Sunday 15th May 2022

The House of the Open Door community offers a retreat on the theme “Narnia, Middle-earth and God’s Creation”

The retreat leader will be our longstanding friend Andy Swinford.


Andy writes: 

On this retreat we shall explore God’s wonderful creation, drawing inspiration from the Bible and from the stories of C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien (no prior knowledge needed!).

It will be a time for drawing close to God, and receiving his grace-filled refreshment and rest, with plenty of opportunity for encountering God anew, both indoors and outside in the beautiful gardens and countryside surrounding The House of the Open Door. There will be time to listen and pray, and just to Be as we are refreshed by his Spirit and delight in God, enjoying his presence.

Suggested donation £150

Although Covid-19 restrictions are lifting at the moment in the UK, events at HOD are subject to current restrictions.   Please see our page Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your safety for more.


Andy Swinford

Andy has frequently given multimedia presentations and lead retreats on C S Lewis. He has also written scripts for tours of places in Britain connected to Tolkien for Authatrails. He gave a presentation for the Three Shires Festival last year on links between these two authors and their love of the natural world.

Now retired, he taught English in secondary school for 25 years in Birmingham. Walking in the countryside and beekeeping are among his chief pleasures. He is currently writing a book on Joy in the fiction of C S Lewis.

He is a longstanding friend of The House of the Open Door, and has spoken before at our Friday Night Fellowship Meetings


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