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Life Lessons: Forgiveness hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Sep 15, 2021

By Hayley McDonnell.

I’ve always tried to believe that when exchanging gifts that ‘the pleasure was in the giving and not the receiving’. Of course, this works best, if at all, with tangible gifts though I throw in a caveat here as the intended reaction is of gratitude and not...

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Aug 13, 2021

By Hayley McDonnell.

In Christian/Western culture, Jesus teaches believers to pray that God would provide daily bread (Matthew 6:11). Obviously, Jesus was not telling His disciples to pray only for bread even though bread was a staple in the diet of the Jews and had been so for many years....

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Life Lessons; Tisha B’Av, also known as the Jewish Fast of Av hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Jul 19, 2021

By Hayley McDonnell

The summer months are full of fun, sunshine, ice cream, beaches, family gatherings and outdoor picnics to name a few. They are a respite from daily work, a chance to enjoy sunnier weather (we hope) and to enjoy ourselves. It gives us a chance to momentarily forget our worries...

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Midsummer Cushions hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Jun 11, 2021

By Hayley McDonnell 

In the midst of summer, we are more likely to be immersed in the moment, the here and now, and if there is the possibility then we will be enjoying the great outdoors more than ever before. The prospect of a midsummer may greet us with a surprise, and this year for the...

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Freedom: A Luxury Rather Than a Privilege hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat May 07, 2021

By Hayley McDonnell

Never has freedom, or a lack of it, been felt so keenly by us all as it does today. The idea of imposed isolation, restriction of movement, essential journeys only, job losses, education disrupted beyond recognition, separation from loved ones, the mental health and well-being...

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Lagom and Easter hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Apr 04, 2021

By Hayley McDonnell

The words ‘frugal’ and ‘frugality’ certainly stir up negative connotations and can be understood as the opposite of abundance though both have their place in modern lifestyles. So, it makes sense to consider the word ‘lagom’.

When I first...

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Soaked in Tradition Whilst Drenched in Colour hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Mar 09, 2021

By Hayley McDonnell 

The older I get the more I look back over my life and find earlier points of reference. This layering of experience and information adds more depth and understanding to both where I am now and where I was. The reference this time I am referring to is the religion or way...

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The Mysterious Origins Of The Celebration Of Love hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Feb 15, 2021

By Hayley McDonnell

I spent some time in the rural villages of France at the beginning of last year when the world was a different place. I was particularly struck by how uncommercialised the area was. There was scant reference to Valentine’s Day, whilst here in England, whether you love it...

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Show Me Where To Go hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Jan 11, 2021

By Hayley McDonnell

Towards the end of the year I saw so many posts, messages and images reminding me of the fact that there are only so many days left until the end of the year. Nothing unusual there then. There is an overt message that all entrepreneurs or action takers need to make a plan,...

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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Dec 01, 2020

By Hayley McDonnell

Christmas, there I’ve said it…but before that, let us take a look at Hanukkah. As Christmas in our house is remembered and acknowledged in the usual traditional ways according to Western values, I always make sure we spend time as a family together at one...

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Guy Fawkes - Remember Remember The Fifth Of November hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Nov 03, 2020

By Hayley McDonnell

Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason, why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!

You may recall chanting this little ditty at some point in your life around the 5th of November and whether you call it Guy Fawkes Night or...

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Halloween; Where Did It All Begin? hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Oct 01, 2020

By Hayley McDonnell

When you think of Halloween do you think of pumpkins, trick or treat, scary creatures and all things ghoulish? I certainly do, but where does it all come from? We are influenced by our surroundings, the merchandise available, the first snaps of cold air and the darker...

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The Nature Of The Seasons hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Aug 31, 2020

By Hayley McDonnell

Uncovering the history of changing seasons how they were understood Socially, Morally, Spiritually and Culturally

I feel that we are in that in-between stage that happens four times a year and is symbolised by a change of season.  We are midway between warm days and...

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We're All Going On A Summer Holiday hayley mcdonnell life lessons the retreat Aug 03, 2020

By Hayley McDonnell

Well, actually we are not. The best we might get is a break from routine. For some of us the routine has not altered and the only things that remind us of the summer holidays are people asking us questions like, ‘Were you going away this year?’ Or, ‘Are you...

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