The Othona community has its roots in the aftermath of the second world war - its early pioneers created a movement that sought to pursue reconciliation and understanding between people of different faiths, cultures and nationalities. Othona’s founder, Norman Motley, an RAF chaplain started the community in 1946 as a place for people to come together for periods of reflection, discussion, discovery and spiritual renewal. In fact, Othona Bradwell also has a sister community in the South West of England that offers its own range of activities and opportunities. However over the years Othona has became so much more than that – a movement, a place to develop friendships and experience a living community, though the two communities keep the vision close to their heart.
Othona Bradwell of today is a place of welcome to people from all walks of life and all ages. We offer visitors a choice of themed activities and courses that run pretty much throughout the year. There is a wide diversity of activities ranging from art to appreciation of nature, self discovery weekends, music, dancing, films, crafts, stargazing and space… the list goes on - with the traditional festivities at Easter, Christmas and New Year and daily celebrations in the ancient chapel nearby - and all this within the important context of the experience and rhythm of community living. Take a look at our upcoming events and start planning your trip.
What will you get out of visiting us? Well, we are many things to many people. For some it is a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on; to others a place of spiritual exploration (with plenty of beautiful coastline as inspiration); to some a place of peace and for others a vibrant social mixture. In summer and in holiday times the community is filled with the sound of families, and children involved in summer activities. School groups also make an appearance during certain times of year. Your visit is hosted by a dedicated core team who help the community function smoothly.