Weekend Retreats, Courses and Events at Nicholaston House

 Nicholaston House is the perfect place for a weekend retreat, course or event. In addition to organised weekends, bookings from church groups looking to lead their own events are welcome.


'Seeking Stillness' - Healing Tides (a journey of the heart) with Sarah Chabowska and Libby Dobson

27-31 - March 2020

...Sabbath Rest and a journey towards inner healing...

Event Type: Retreat

Theme/Focus: Sabbath Rest and a journey towards inner healing...

Check In: 4 p.m. Friday

Check Out: 10 a.m. Tuesday

Led by: Sarah Chabowska and Libby Dobson

Libby and Sarah invite you to take a journey of discovery into the spacious place of God's love. We will consider the importance of Sabbath rest, and experience its healing gifts, as we take a break from the busyness of life. Give your spirit a chance to breathe, and your body and soul a chance to rest and be restored as we reflect together upon the ebb and flow of our lives.

Throughout this retreat we will offer original music and song, art work and visual images, poetry, reflections, Scripture, one-to-one, quiet times and personal space to support your journey.

To sustain and nurture you on this journey you will be offered:

  • Original music and song
  • Art work and visual images
  • Poetry
  • Guided reflections
  • Scripture
  • Opportunity for one-to-one sessions
  • Personal space to relax and reflect
  • Time to be still


"Sarah and Libby have a real gift for creating an atmosphere and welcome, and respect for where participants are at."

"They offered a calm and safe place - welcome to all."

"The gentle pace of the retreat, the beautiful thought-provoking poems, songs and readings and their humour - all these created a quality sacred space that was very moving."

About the Leaders:

Libby Dobson has been writing and performing contemplative songs for a number of years. Her CD recordings include ‘In Your Arms’, ‘Deep Calls to Deep’ and ‘Wide Horizons’. 

Sarah Chabowska has been involved in leading prayer in a variety of contexts, and has been writing her own poetry for many years.

Together they have produced a CD entitled ‘Peace’ which includes a selection of their songs and poems. Both Sarah and LIbby are trained in ‘spiritual accompaniment’ and have been leading retreats together since 2013, in retreat centres, parishes and with other Christian groups.

Their retreats have proved very popular, many people finding them a refreshing oasis to which they return again and again.


Sarah and Libby joined us for a week earlier in 2019 and we share this short clip as a preview of what they offer (via Facebook).

Non-residents are welcome as long as they can participate in the whole retreat (i.e. Friday Evening through to Monday Evening) so they can be part of the group and part of the journey. 


GOD'S House: The Story of Nicholaston House, by Derrick Hancock.The incredible story of a retreat house in one of Wales’ most spectacular beauty spots has been published.

‘God’s House’ is a detailed account of how Nicholaston House came into existence by the man who had the vision and was given instruction direct from God.

In 1990 God unmistakably led Sue and Derrick Hancock to Swansea to see a vision fulfilled which God had given them some years previously. The booklet (A5, 53 pages, colour) gives a brief factual account of what God did and is doing. It has been written for two reasons - to give glory to God and to show what very ordinary people can do when they step out in faith with God. 'All that we have accomplished, You have done for us' - Isaiah 26 v 12.