If you would like to
experience our life more fully, there may be an opportunity for you
to live as an "Alongsider".
are women who come to the Abbey Community for varying lengths of
time, usually for three to six months but sometimes longer. The aim
is to provide an opportunity to share in the life of the Community
with the potential for personal spiritual development. The time
might be part of a sabbatical, an opportunity for spiritual renewal
or study, or a response to a specific individual need. A basic
structured programme is tailored to meet the needs and interests of
those who wish to join us for a period.
is what a recent "Alongsider" found:
“I spent seven months at Burnham Abbey in 2013, living alongside and sharing in the life of the Community.
This was a time in my life when I was seeking a new
direction. I felt that I was in need of a space to withdraw and to
pray about what to do next. I was given the task of looking after
the refectory and helping in the kitchen in the mornings and I
helped with washing up after meals. I spent time in the afternoon
working on the computer. I
attended the daily Eucharist and most of the Divine Offices. I found it a great privilege to share in the
Community's life and to feel included as part of the family. The Sisters were
generous and giving, as well as being unassuming about their daily life of prayer, worship
and service. It was a great blessing for me to spend this time with
them, immersed in an atmosphere of deep prayer”.
If you are interested and would like to
learn more please contact contact