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Back to Borgo Basino!

This remarkable community in the Emilia-Romagna district of Italy is part folk-school, part ecovillage, part organic farm.  Following QVA’s first visit in 2019, host Evan Welkin will be joined by co-facilitator Rosie Carnall on 20th-26th March this year to hold another working retreat with QVA’s unique blend of spirit-led service and Quaker reflection, taking its inspiration from our 2022 theme of ‘Where new light leads’.

Participants travelling to this retreat from outside Italy by train or coach will also be able to benefit from a ‘sustainable travel rebate’ worth up to £90.  We hope that by offsetting some of the additional cost that surface travel involves, we can open up more sustainable choices to participants.

The cost including accommodation and all food during the retreat is £325.  Bursaries are available for individuals with reduced means.

Applications are now open – contact us to enquire!

Meanwhile, our retreat at Horton Community Farm Bradford, originally planned for February 2022 is postponed until later in the year.  Watch this space for updates.

Support the Refugee Community Kitchen, Calais

Join facilitators Vicky Cowell and Michele Gerard in our first return to the Refugee Community Kitchen since November 2019.  Participants will help to prepare meals distributed by longer-term volunteers to those in need in the Calais area.  Staying in shared-room accommodation at a local hostel, the group will gather in the evening to reflect on QVA’s 2022 theme.

Contact us for further details and bookings.

Theme for 2022

In 2022, our retreats will offer the prompt ‘Where does new light lead us?’  For the first time, our resource pack is available to download here.  This is a live document, which we hope will develop during the year with facilitators’, participants’ and readers’ suggestions.

If you would like to contribute a poem, image or short passage of your own on the theme of ‘Where new light leads’, send it to

Alternatively, you can suggest topics, references, book titles, links to blogs or any other copyright-free resources.
We look forward to hearing from you!