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'.




London Spirituality Centre

Developing Direction : Being in Pain

5th February 2016


Little Coates Grimsby

Retreat weekend : Meeting the gaze of God

12th - 14th February 2016


Diocese of Peterborough

Bishop's Bible Day

12th March 2016


Diocese of Peterborough

Discipleship Programme: prayer and spirituality

19th May 2016


Diocese of Peterborough

Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, God and me

11th June 2016


Edenham Regional House, Lincs

Quiet day: Be still and know

24th June 2016


Diocese of Peterboorugh

Discipleship Programme : Prayer and spirituality

6th July 2016


Parish of Earl's Barton


22nd - 23rd July 2016


Hitchin Christian Centre

18th September 2016



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


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


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


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

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