The Anchorhold

'To be human now is the reason we follow the star....'

W H Auden

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My name is Sr Rachel.


Part of being human is that innate but almost indefinable sense of experiencing something which is both other and beyond ourselves.


After qualifying in medicine, exploring this sense took me to live within a religious community for 23 years, and more recently to live as a solitary religious.


The pattern of life that I lead is a modern day interpretation of that of the Anchorite.  The Anchorhold was the term used for the dwelling of an anchorite.


I live under life vows, according to a Rule of Life and at present I am accountable to the Bishop of Peterborough for maintaining the life I have professed.


Although I spend time in silence and solitude, I also generate income by working in the areas of spiritual direction, leading retreats and quiet days and spirituality training.  


For more information on these, please see the pages on 'Work'.


I am currently the Bishop's adviser for spirituality for the Diocese of Peterborough.




Launde Abbey : Easter week retreat

3rd - 5th April 2018



Edenham Regional House, Lincs

Quiet day: Hospitality

18th May 2018



Ordination Retreat for

Methodist Deacons

18th - 22nd June 2018



Diocese of York : Being in Pain

15th October 2018



Launde Abbey :

Friends of Launde Abbey Retreat

18th - 19th January 2018

I am an organist and play the harp.  I am also passionate about enabling others to find their voice.


I am curently exploring iconography as part pof my spiritual discipline.


To find out more about my lifestyle, please explore my other pages.


To view and/or download an information leaflet, click here.

me 3 oct12



Teaching and quiet days

open to all


I am running a series of quiet days and teaching days open to all.  If you would like to come and work with me on one of them, please click the date below for full information.




30th March 2019 :


Look upon the Lord...


For more information

click here