Saint Melangell was a female saint of the 7th century. According to tradition she came here from Ireland and lived as a hermit in the valley. One day Brochwel, Prince of Powys, was hunting and pursued a hare which took refuge under Melangell's cloak. The Prince's hounds fled, and he was moved by her courage and sanctity. He gave her the valley as a place of sanctuary, and Melangell became Abbess of a small religious community. After her death her memory continued to be honoured, and Pennant Melangell has been a place of pilgrimage for many centuries. Melangell remains the patron saint of hares.
The Saint Melangell Centre operates in a Christian context supporting people in need through reflection, listening and pastoral care, by providing:
• Time and space, for individuals or groups, to talk through difficulties in a constructive way, to learn and grow in understanding and deal with life's challenges more effectively.
• A space for reflection that is away from the stresses and routines of every day life.
• Facilities for education, training events, retreats and quiet days.
The Saint Melangell Centre is situated in beautiful surroundings at the head of the Tanat Valley at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains. It takes its name and inspiration from the 12th century Shrine Church of Saint Melangell.
The Centre was established in 1998 as the Cancer Help Centre and Ministry to the Sick. Initially the organisation concentrated on supporting cancer sufferers and their families. People also visited the Centre seeking support for a range of other emotional and mental health issues.
In 2003 the Centre refocused its activities beyond those suffering with cancer and changed its name to The Saint Melangell Centre, with a broader remit to support adults with emotional, spiritual and mental health needs. Currently it has an emphasis on healing and spirituality offering a place of welcome and hospitality to people of all faiths or none.
The Centre supports people of all faiths or none.
The Saint Melangell Centre relies on the generosity of individuals, churches and organisations to enable the continuation of our work. If would like to help support our work, you can find out here how to make a donation.
The Saint Melangell Centre is located on the opposite side of the small lane in front of the church.
With stunning views of the mountains and valley, it is a beautiful place to pause and find a quiet contemplative space. You can spend some time sitting in our garden; or making use of our day room, 'Beudy Bach'; or spending a few peaceful nights in our Shepherd's Hut.
The Saint Melangell Centre is situated at Pennant Melangell, 2 miles outside the village of Llangynog. From the centre of the village follow the brown tourist sign to the Church of Saint Melangell along the lane to the end of the valley.
The lane is narrow and is unsuitable for coaches and other large vehicles.
A bus service operates from Oswestry to Llangynog. Further bus information can be found on the Tanat Valley Buses Website. The Saint Melangell Centre is a pleasant 2 mile walk from the centre of Llangynog, following the brown signs to the Church of Saint Melangell.
These facilities are available for you to use for a quiet day or to stay for a few nights retreat.
To book our Shepherd's Hut and Beudy Bach
Please complete the form below or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01691 860408. The Shepherd's Hut and Beudy Bach are available for sleeping, writing and quiet reflection. In the hut, there is a single bed, writing desk and chair, and an airchair. Beudy bach day room has a self-catering kitchen; dining area; and a sofabed is available for those who wish to stay but may find the steps to the shepherd's hut difficult. There are clean and simple toilet facilities as well as access to a shower and further facilities in the St Melangell Centre. Outside there is a small garden in which to enjoy the valley view.
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