We started the Quiet View based on the idea that people are interested in undertaking a journey from the outside world to their inner nature. Our quiet spaces are located in the most stunning and peaceful setting, so that our guests can enjoy an enriching and memorable experience that can change the reality of daily life into moments of deep connection and appreciation. The yurt is a beautiful space that enables visits to happen all the year round, whatever the weather.
We live on site so that we can make sure all guests receive the attention they need.
Meet the Team
Revd Lizzie Hopthrow
Warden of the Quiet View
Lizzie is an Anglican priest and retired hospice chaplain and she is passionate about encouraging people to find stillness, comfort or inspiration when they visit. Her experiences in the hospice movement and the Taizé Community together with influences from Eastern spirituality have formed her understanding of the Universality of Divine Love. She is a very experienced labyrinth facilitator and trainer and has been published extensively on her national labyrinth work.
Lizzie is a recipient of the Janki Foundation’s award - 100 Women of Spirit
Co-Warden of the Quiet View
John takes loving care of the grounds and facilities as well as preparing our spaces in such a way that everyone receives a warm welcome. Want a retreat in the middle of winter? No problem. John will have lit the log burning stove for you so that the yurt is cosy and warm for your arrival.
In gratitude for living in a beautiful place, he is passionate about sharing it with others. John is a trained labyrinth facilitator and helps with labyrinth workshops.’
Our Journey from overgrown derelict field to community retreat garden
In 2016 Lizzie was asked to describe how her garden has become a place of peace and encounter for the Retreat Association Handbook. We would like to share with you what she wrote.
Overwhelmed by failed attempts to turn a large patch of grass, clay and flint into a garden for the family who, 35
years ago, would not appreciate it anyway, I prayed a simple prayer in my heart. ‘God – I’ll create something beautiful for you’. It seemed a pathetic and hopeless prayer, but at least my enjoyment of the task did not seem so selfish any more. I could not have imagined how God could accept that small offering and inspire, guide and provide for the blossom that is now bringing peace to the countless people who come to The Quiet View, now a centre for contemplative spirituality in rural Kent.
We acquired a 2 acre derelict field next to the house that was full of lorry loads of rubbish and mowed a path round it. One day, my husband John, cleared a track to the fence over looking a stunning view of rolling countryside with no houses in sight. The first ‘Thinking Place’ was born! We soon discovered friends or neighbours would gravitate to this quiet and secluded place to talk over a problem or to be alone either to think or simply, be.
When our son was 9 years old, we were sitting together in an Open Garden, when he said ‘I feel closer to God in a garden than anywhere else.’ His wisdom became for me continuing motivation to work with God to offer a natural space where people would discover that He was, already, close to them even if they did not know it.