Walking up to 1 mile, approximately an hour round-trip; uneven terrain with crushed gravel, stepping stones, pavers, grass.
In the retreat center dining room, the buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast breads and meats, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
Jane Austen visits us from the autumn of 1815. Her first three novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park are published, and Emma is complete. She will speak about her childhood in Steventon, her brothers and beloved sister Cassandra and her writing. After a break, we’ll resume with our second lecture that introduces the time in which Jane Austen lived. Who were all the Georges and what was the Regency? What else was happening in the world during this time that would have influenced Jane's writing?
In the retreat center dining room, the buffet offers a variety of rotating choices such as salad bar with lots of fresh toppings, sandwiches and wraps, soups, chips, and desserts, plus soft drinks, milk, coffee, tea, water.
We'll learn about the language of flowers and make our own Tussie Mussies to take home, along with a handwritten note created using a quill pen. Afterwards, we will enjoy a visit from a nationally-published author who has written several books about Jane Austen's life.
Dining room buffet.
We will learn more about tea and the rituals around serving and taking tea, which occupies a prominent place in Austen's life and work.