Firbush Retreat: November 8-10, 2023

Event Location

Firbush Study Centre, near Killin, on Loch Tay, in the Highlands of Scotland.

Firbush Retreat, 8-10 November 2023. In-person, Loch Tay, Scotland.

Theme: Growing up into Christ: Paul’s preaching and vision for the church in Ephesus. 
Hard wired into its focus on Christ, the topic makes clear the mutual inseparability of theology and Christian life, Old and New Testament, Christ and the Spirit, and of the whole Trinity in all that God does. As usual, the aim of the Retreat is to make in-depth understanding of the bible / good theology available to all in accessible language without loss of content.

Outline programme (download Firbush 2023 Program PDF)


  • Dr Robert Walker: Law and Grace: Old Testament preparation for Christ 
  • Rev Dr Bruce Ritchie: Union with Christ: its nature and outcome 
  • Ephesians: Christology and Christian life - speaker tbc (as above)
  • Dr Tom Noble: Trinitarian transformation
  • Dr Robert Walker - Christ the new Adam: head of a restored “new" creation
  • Dr Kerry Magruder: The personal impact of Pauline Christology on a scientist
  • Jennifer Floether, Jock & Margaret Stein, Bruce Ritchie: Growing up into Christ: pastoral perspectives 

Venue: Firbush Point (Edinburgh University Field Centre), South Loch Tay, 3 miles from Killin


RESIDENTIAL in the main building (2 days): Edinburgh University (UoE) 

Cost per person (2 night stay inc. full board accomm. & activities):

  • UoE student £122 (no conference fee)
  • UoE Staff/Alumn £135 (incl CF conference fee of £13
  • Non UoE £185 (incl CF conference fee of £7)
  • Child under 18 £122 (under 6 yrs free

Full day visitor fee £25 (incl activities, packed lunch, dinner, CF £5); Students £20 (no CF), plus breakfast 8.30am £10 (if required).

NON-RESIDENTIAL but self catering on site


  • UoE Student, Staff, Alumni -  £120 for a two night self-catered stay.
  • Non UoE guest    -  £160 for a 2 two night self-catered stay.
  • Each pod has 1 Double bed and 1 Single Sofa Bed. (3 pods available)


  • UoE Student, Staff, Alumni - £240 for a two night self-catered stay.
  • Non UoE   - £280 For a two night-self-catered stay.
  • Lodges have 4 single beds between 2 twin rooms (one bathroom)

All meals, breakfast, packed lunch, dinner, are available to self catering guests at £10 per meal = £30  total.

Booking / Contacts & questions

Please use the booking form in the attachment (download Firbush 2023 Program PDF) to indicate:

  1. Residential preferences. 
  2. Any allergies / dietary requirements. 
  3. If “self-catering” whether you would like breakfast, packed lunch & dinner at £10 per meal (£30 per person),

Contacts Robert  Walker:  or phone  +44 (0)131 228 6431, mobile/WhatsApp 07708 658 237

Booking asap (esp. for pods / lodges) or deposit £25 (total numbers limited to 32 for breakfast / dinner)
Bank Transfer or Cheques to "Avalon Education”, sent to Dr Jock Stein, 35 Dunbar Road, Haddington, EH41 3PJ .
For Bank Transfer details, please contact Bob Walker, or Jock on 01620 824896 or email:   
Please also email Jock to notify him of any bank transfer or cheque in the post.

Best wishes,


Contact / booking / questions
Robert  Walker:

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Firbush 2023