Phil & Marie-Anne

Phil and Marie-Anne Joiner have been married for over 33 years and have 3 (grown up) children. They have worked in the areas of Church leadership, youth work and community transformation. Marie-Anne has been a musician, worship leader and an inspirational cook for many years, and Phil; formerly a research scientist, has led church, led worship and networked with many Churches and Christian organisations in between playing with his camera and supporting Arsenal football club.


Breathe Ministries would not be the same without Flapjack: The Ministry Hound! He is renowned for being the most loving and easygoing dog, and he will make sure that you get a warm and waggy welcome (but keep an eye on your socks)!


What is Breathe?

Beauty, inspiration and rest are at the heart of Breathe. Phil & Marie-Anne welcome you around the table to facilitate kingdom conversations, cultivate connections, offer support and retreat with the aim of strengthening leaders. Through extravagant hospitality, they will tailor your stay to your needs; whether this is time on your own, as a couple, or with your team.


"Whilst you are here, we are here for you and if you wish to chat, pray or share stories and chew over the issues of leadership and life then let’s do it!"

Phil & Marie-Anne


Who is Breathe for?

Breathe welcomes...

- Pastors and their spouses

- Leaders of Christian ministries

- Leadership teams

Come away from the demands, pressures and distractions of life.

Phil and Marie-Anne have first-hand experience and insight into the unique pressures on leaders and their families. So they have created inspiring spaces to to meet with God, put your feet up, and re-energise for the next season of your leadership journey.


Families are welcome in our self-catering cottage/the Hermitage.

Breathe has 10 bedrooms and can sleep up to 20 people in total.


“So our prayer is that through the ministry of Breathe, you will find yourself reconnecting with the deep love of God for you, and recharging your soul through getting loved up, fed up and built up by hanging out with us for a while.”

Phil and Marie-Anne

What does it cost?

Breathe is an ongoing Faith adventure and Phil & Marie-Anne's only source of income. As you can imagine, the financial costs are huge particularly. These prices are just here as a guide. 

For leadership

Minimum donation
£70 per person per 24hr stay

(this includes, 3 meals, all refreshments, overnight stay, use of all the grounds and facilities and time with Phil & Marie-Anne)                


Extra day (without overnight stay)

£35 per person

For couples and leaders on their own

This is on a donation basis with no formal charge. We do not wish cost to be prohibitive.

For families/
self-catering options

Self-Catering Cottage

Minimum Donation £70 per night (min 2 nights) / £350 per week


Minimum Donation £40 per night (min 2 nights)

Hermitage & Cottage

Minimum Donation £500 per week

If this ministry resonates with you and inspires you, or your church, to partner with them financially, then please do consider supporting them on a regular basis or with a one-off gift.

The setting

Phil & Marie-Anne’s home has been crafted to spark awe and wonder in every corner. Whether it’s through the vastness of the 13 acres of ancient woodland or the intricacies of the home decor, Breathe has been designed to give you the perfect setting for facilitating rest, sparking inspiration and encouraging creativity. To see more of the land, accommodation and wildlife visit the gallery pages.

The culture of the table

Jesus did so much of his ministry around food and drink. Phil & Marie-Anne place a high value on the celebration of shared meals, and have spent years growing family and community around the table. 


Marie-Anne has a particular set of skills (as Liam Neeson)

 "She will find you, and she will feed you!"


In all seriousness, the heart of food at Breathe is to nourish bellies as well as souls, and Marie-Anne has an ability to create unique, healthy, home-grown dishes that cater to everyone. All food is sourced locally/home-grown, and ethical where possible.