Pilsdon Community offers a refuge for anyone who needs a safe place to stay at a particular point in their life, some come whilst recovering from alcoholism or addiction, others coping with mental illness or following a crisis point in their life. Run by residential community members we offer friendship, hospitality, acceptance and many cups of tea.
The Pilsdon Community is a smallholding of 12 acres with cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks and a large vegetable garden. We rear our own meat, grow our own vegetables and make our own dairy produce. Everyone is invited to participate fully in the life of the community from milking a cow to digging up a parsnip or preparing afternoon tea and toast.
Community members plus their families and seasonal volunteers live in and have responsibility for the Community (not salaried but supported). We share broadly in a Christian spirituality, participate in daily prayer/meditation and enjoy the privilege of offering hospitality. We are often remembered for our good food! We are by necessity strictly alcohol-free.
Pilsdon offer periods of respite for people who may need space for recuperation in a supportive and caring environment, welcoming those from all backgrounds and from many different walks of life – whether young or old, rich or poor. Pilsdon is a community that shares a common life of prayer, hospitality and work, providing an environment of acceptance and friendship where people can begin to rebuild their lives.