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How do I feel about being at Castlerigg this year? It is interesting! It’s good to be able to work with both children and young people around Christmas time, because it adds a good sense of both joy and excitement to Christmas that you yourself may actually forget or put aside a little bit of as you grow older.

It’s good to be able to celebrate the build up to Christmas in a range of different settings and centres. I’ve celebrated the build up to Christmas in schools, working with children helping them to prepare for their Christmas plays and parties, and making things for advent, and I’ve celebrated the build up to Christmas in another retreat centre, where there were some Christmassy/advent resources and activities added into the program.

This year at Castlerigg, I’m looking forward to celebrating the build up to Christmas and working the advent retreat along with other members of the team as well as working one of the advent days in a school in Barrow along with the rest of the community.

I’m really looking forward to the next week and a half both living and working at Castlerigg in the build up to Christmas.

Merry Christmas 

Matty