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Starry, starry night: A spiritual walk with Vincent Van Gogh

15-19 August 2022
Sheldon, Sheldon Lane, Doddiscombsleigh, Exeter EX6 7YT

A retreat led by Simon Parke.

Vincent van Gogh lived in many homes (including a few in England), painted many pictures, wrote many letters and knew many difficulties – emotional, spiritual and financial. He also loved his brother, colour, the sun and the stars.

In this retreat, we’ll walk with Vincent through his remarkable life, featuring Amsterdam, London, Paris, Arles and Auvers, and note any coincidence with our own. It’s not art history, but will feature Vincent’s painting (each a window into his soul), his spirituality and psychology, as this ‘stranger upon the earth’ makes his way towards the light.

As Vincent wrote, ‘I have a terrible need for – I will use the word – religion, so I go out at night and paint the stars.’

This is a silent retreat with daily sessions and prayers. Some van Gogh images will be on display, but participants are encouraged to have a tablet or phone on which to look up and view for further exploration, if desired. There will be an optional daily discussion session.

For booking information, visit the Sheldon website



Vincent van Gogh