Othona West Dorset
Othona West Dorset is run by a small residential team who provide an experience of living in community for visitors staying in our 14-room community house, as they attend programmed events throughout the year.
We see Othona as “A place to be real together”. While our roots are in the Christian heritage, we are open to all based on mutual respect and a sense of the everyday sacred. In approaching spirituality we are light-hearted, down to earth and unafraid to face change. Othona particularly suits people on or beyond the margins of church life and those struggling with the evolution of Christian faith. We affirm diversity among people in faith, spirituality, age, ability, race, background and sexual orientation.
For a new generation of retreat seekers we offer an informal community atmosphere, a simple lifestyle, and home cooking against a backdrop of great natural beauty.
We schedule plenty of Open Space periods: time for personal retreat in a community setting, often with a creative arts option. Othona is distinguished by the way visitors can join in a whole rhythm of life, from gardening to leading chapel services. Singing, music, silence, candles, meditation are part of our life. Events during the school holidays are usually child friendly.
Our stone house is set in 6 acres on the West Dorset coast and can accommodate 30 visitors. Walking on famous Chesil beach, bird-watching and rambling are popular activities.