Spiritual centre open weekend

MARK NICHOLLS A centre close to Norwich with a focus on psychospiritual training is holding an open weekend on October 13 and 14.The Mangreen Trust, an educational charity which runs courses and seminars and offers conference facilities, is showcasing its new and current activities as it enters a fresh phase of its existence.

MARK NICHOLLS

A centre close to Norwich with a focus on psychospiritual training is holding an open weekend on October 13 and 14.

The Mangreen Trust, an educational charity which runs courses and seminars and offers conference facilities, is showcasing its new and current activities as it enters a fresh phase of its existence.

The trust was established from the site at Mangreen south of Norwich in 1987 by Pat and Leslie Duffield who decided they wanted to run their home as an educational and spiritual facility.

For many years it was run on their behalf by Maureen and Steven Harris but has now been taken over by the Duffield's son William and his wife Naomi with an extended range of courses and activities on offer.

The open weekend will feature a tour of the two-acre site at Mangreen Hall and an insight into programmes for personal and spiritual growth.

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There will also be an introduction to the healing art of 'attunement' and a holistic service in the Light Centre. While the building has the ambience of a chapel the focus is not on religion.

Starting soon after the open weekend, there will be a series of courses that cater for people with either a personal interest or those seeking professional qualification in psychological and spiritual healing. An eight-week course starts on October 16, there are stand-alone courses and also a two-year course that leads to a fully-accredited diploma in counselling.

The centre also has peaceful gardens, a swimming pool, an organic garden and conference facilities, though no residential accommodation.

Mrs Duffield said: "We have decided to hold an open weekend because having moved here, we are ready to launch our new vision. We are looking to attract the sort of people who would enjoy these courses and are themselves on a journey of life or people who are in some sort of difficulty or transition. We also want to attract people who have a sense of service and want to help others lead a more fulfilling life."

The couple moved up from Dorset and have transferred their Shekinah School of Pyschospiritual Training, which integrates psychological healing and spiritual development, to Mangreen.

They are anxious to point out that many activities that have been long-established at Mangreen will be retained.

Mr Duffield said: "It is about driving forward what has already been established here and building on it."

Founders Pat and Leslie Duffield, who still live close to the hall, first bought the property in the 1960s and later established Mangreen into a centre with a reputation for activities associated with healing and spirituality.

Mr and Mrs Duffield ask that those interested in attending the open weekend should call them on 01508 570444 to confirm.

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