The place where we meet
Woodbrooke is Europe’s only Quaker Study Centre - offering an oasis of tranquility 15 minutes from Birmingham city centre. Woodbrooke’s grounds extend to ten acres of woodlands, lawns, lake and walled garden which surround the impressive Georgian mansion.
Woodbrooke includes a library, a silent room, a bright and airy garden lounge and dining hall and numerous group rooms of all sizes. Bedrooms, spread over several buildings are comfortable and homely. Depending on numbers some people may stay at the nearby ‘Beeches’ hotel. Pease follow this link for further details: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/
Our IIT community will be stewarded by a wealth of staff and volunteers alongside quaker interns in an environment where quaker values and principles of nonviolence have been practiced and lived for many years.
All our meals will be well tended and catered for. Any particular needs, such as gluten or dairy ‘free’ will be supported. Woodbrooke offer organic ingredients where possible and fruit and vegetables from the grounds are included ‘in season’. Woodbrooke are committed to an ethical buying policy that includes ‘fairly traded’ goods.
OUR LIVING WORLD
Everything that Woodbrooke does in relation to the environment and sustainability is informed by two guidelines from Quaker Faith and Practice: i) Try to live simply. A simple lifestyle freely chosen is a source of strength. ii) We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world. Work to ensure that our increasing power over nature is used responsibly, with reverence for life.