Rt. Revd. Lord Williams of Oystermouth Hermitage Trust

The Hermitage

This is a Trust providing a Hermitage in the Rhandirmwyn area for the persuance of prayer, contemplation and the cremitic life...

About Us:

The approach here is based in Carmelite practice and that of the Early Church Fathers, through mindfulness, meditation and other appropriate means. Awakening through the Zen brush is an aspect of the practice.
A daily monastic schedule of the Christian office is kept together with periods of silent meditation and working meditation practice.
Retreat days, working meditation days and longer retreats are held from time to time. Retreatants are expected to not intrude upon the solitude and silence of the hermitage.
Training in meditation, contemplation and solitude are available to people who take the matter of their spiritual training seriously, as guests of the resident hermit. Apply in writing in the first instance.
The training and practice addresses the human condition and its transformation in God.

'In a word, he who does not have attention in himself and does not guard his mind cannot become pure in heart and so cannot see God.'
(from the writings of Simeon The Theologian)

Sister Ruth Furneaux is the Trust's first hermit in residence and spiritual director.
It is run entirely by donations from those who appreciate, respect and wish to support the life.

Funds are raised by
1. Re-cycling your used printer cartridges and mobile phones. There is a box in Pannau Stores, Rhandirmwyn or
2. By clicking on the Donation link below.
Thank you.

About The Hermitage:

In accord with our understanding that nothing is outside the purview of God, that 'Christ is not divided', the development of the hermitage is taking place in a way which honours + realises 'interbeing'.
This means that relational, environmental and ecological concerns which emerge from within a practice of mindfulness are uppermost.

Set in the north-east Uplands Sensitive Landscape Area above Rhandirmwyn, the building itself is being developed:
  * to be disablement friendly,
  * with the lowest carbon footprint we are able,
  * with (when sufficient donations arrive) power will be from PV panels - at present there is only a couple of hours generated electric light per week, and
  * the land is cared for sustainability in harmony with its existing wild and mountainous environment, to provide biodiversity of bird, insect, mammal and amphibian species. It is being planted largely with flora which normally occur in this area.


Disserth y Mynydd, Ithon Duon, Rhandirmwyn

Contact Us:

Revd. Michael Gaitland
Email Contact


Rt. Revd. Jack Nicholls
Rev. Dr. D.S.Lake
Revd. Mike Gaitland
Sr. Ruth Furneaux

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