Retreat Days    


I am the ‘Thou’ of God

Led by Jill Benet
26 January

A day to explore this mysterious statement as the experience of God in daily life. The day will include time for silence, reflection and practice.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. She has studied in-depth the conceptual background and has attended several retreats led by its founder, Father Thomas Keating, as well as retreats led by Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach and she is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


Thomas Merton: Master of Contemplation

Led by Peter Tyler
23 February

Thomas Merton analyses the modern condition with perceptive wit and prescribes a simple solution – a deep contemplative source in our lives connected to action and witness in the world. During our day we shall explore his message and its consequences for our lives today. We shall embrace silence, poetry and careful analysis of his writings.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Peter is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spirituality at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He writes and lectures extensively on Christian spirituality. His latest book is Christian Mindfulness: Theology and Practice (SCM 2018).


Lent Quiet Morning: Finding the Treasure

Led by Sister Melanie Kingston
23 March

We each hold the unique treasure of God’s personal love for us, although sometimes we may doubt and feel discouraged. But the treasure is there. This morning of prayer and reflection is an opportunity to draw near to this Loving God.
Starts at 10am and ends at 12:30pm.
Cost: donation. Advanced booking essential.

Sister Melanie is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a spiritual director, Psychosynthesis Counsellor and artist.


Finding Meaning in the Margins

Led by Chris Bemrose and Mike Mullins
30 March

A day exploring the transformative power of the margins. What aspects of ourselves do we – consciously or unconsciously – marginalise within us? How can we integrate those parts so as to become more whole? How are we challenged and changed by those on the margins? Where is God revealed in the margins? We will draw on our own experience, individual reflection, small groups, prose, poetry and the arts.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested Donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Chris is a former leader of L’Arche, Bognor Regis.
Mike is an experienced facilitator and coach.


Richard Rohr – Theology and Spirituality

Led by Lynne Scholefield
27 April

This one-day course on Richard Rohr’s theology and spirituality will focus on his ‘alternative orthodoxy’. We will explore some of the sources which have been significant for his teaching including biblical interpretation, Franciscan theology and spirituality and the work of Ken Wilbur on stages and states of spirituality.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Lynne lectures in Theology and Religious Studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. She spent two years studying with Richard Rohr, in person and on-line, in the Living School, at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. She has a particular interest in contemplative spirituality and is a spiritual director.


The Mystic for Today I

Led by Sr Melanie Kingston
11 May

There is a deep yearning for something ‘other’ in today’s world, a yearning which ultimately can only be filled by God. God’s desire is for an intimate relationship with each one of us. It is called the Mystical Life. This is the first of three days in which we will explore such questions as: Are we all called to the Mystical life and what are the guidelines for living it?
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Sister Melanie is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a spiritual director, Psychosynthesis Counsellor and artist.


Flourishing through Prayer: New Developments in Positive Psychology

Led by Patrick Coyne
25 May

This workshop will focus on how we can ‘Flourish’ by enhancing the benefits of prayer and meditation. Positive Psychology focusses on identifying what makes life worth living and the enabling conditions of a life worth living. The workshop will provide the opportunity to consider taking a slow approach to solving problems, turning difficulties into growth and capturing the benefits of community approaches to our journeys in faith. No prior knowledge of psychology is necessary.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Patrick was a Nurse Consultant in the NHS for many years working in several fields but particularly with those affected by addictions and mental illness. He is a spiritual director who provides days of prayer, individual and group direction as well as retreats.


On Beginning Meditation: Being Present Now

Led by Briji Waterfield
29 June

Each time we sit to meditate we are beginners. Each time we sit, we start afresh. This living in the present moment, without expectation of the future or fear of the past is the essence of meditation. It is the joy of being. Meditation creates space to be, to be yourself. This day is open to all who want to find out how to meditate in the Christian tradition. (In collaboration with WCCM.)
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Briji is a spiritual director, leads retreats and is a trustee and active member of The World Community for Christian Meditation. She has a life-long interest in meditation and the Christian mystical tradition.


The Mystic for Today 2

Led by Sr Melanie Kingston
6 July

There is a deep yearning for something ‘other’ in today’s world, a yearning which ultimately can only be filled by God. God’s desire is for an intimate relationship with each one of us. It is called the Mystical Life. This is the second of three days in which we will explore such questions as: Are we all called to the Mystical life and what are the guidelines for living it?
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Sister Melanie is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a spiritual director, Psychosynthesis Counsellor and artist.


Visions of the Living Light

Led by Julie Hopkins
28 September

A reflection day on the inspirational wisdom of the 12th Century Benedictine Abbess, Hildegard von Bingen. Hildegard’s unique creative genius ranged from prophetic teaching, symbolic doctrinal exposition and scientific enquiry to liturgical music, drama and hymnody. Our focus is the evocative multi-layered imagery for Caritas (Love) and Sapientia (Wisdom) in her illustrated visions and accompanying commentaries and through meditation on her musical compositions.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Julie was ordained as a Baptist Minister in 1977 and has since worked as a theologian, preacher and retreat leader across the ecumenical spectrum. She lectured for 11 years at the Free University of Amsterdam and is currently involved in writing and teaching study-reflection courses on Christian spirituality for church and retreat groups.


The Still of the Moment

Led by Helen Overell
5 October

This workshop will explore the still quiet within a moment through a reading of contemplative poetry from earlier times to the present day. We will consider the stillness within images such as a candle flame or a quiet pool of water. There will be writing exercises, both individual and collaborative, and opportunities to share what is written.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Helen has published widely in magazines and anthologies. Her first collection is Inscapes & Horizons (St Albert’s Press, 2008) and her second is Thumbprints (Oversteps Books, 2015). Her website is: www.overell.co.uk


The Mystic for Today 3

Led by Sr Melanie Kingston
19 October

There is a deep yearning for something ‘other’ in today’s world, a yearning which ultimately can only be filled by God. God’s desire is for an intimate relationship with each one of us. It is called the Mystical Life. This is the third of three days in which we will explore such questions as: Are we all called to the Mystical life and what are the guidelines for living it?
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Sister Melanie is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a spiritual director, Psychosynthesis Counsellor and artist.


Born to Fly

Led by Margaret Silf
26 October

The story of the caterpillar’s metamorphosis into the butterfly is a remarkable model of how an allconsuming garden pest transforms into a creature that brings life to the plants it pollinates and joy to all who encounter it. During this day of reflection and connection we will explore something of how we too are in process of transformation, birthing an inner butterfly, and invited to be co-creators of a different kind of future for humanity. (Based on the theme of Margaret’s two new companion books Hidden Wings, July 2017 and Born to Fly – a handbook for butterflies-in-waiting, November 2017)
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.


Deepening Your Meditation: Awakening and Transformation

Led by Briji Waterfield
16 November

A quiet day for meditation and reflection. Short talks and texts will help us to deepen our practice. There will also be an opportunity to share experiences to help us on our journey. The day is suitable for those who have been meditating in the Christian tradition as taught by John Main OSB. (In collaboration with WCCM.)
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Briji is a spiritual director, leads retreats and is a trustee and active member of The World Community for Christian Meditation. She has a life-long interest in meditation and the Christian mystical tradition.


Light without and Light within

Led by Antonia Lynn
30 November

A day to explore the Advent themes of light and darkness through Celtic spirituality. A reflective and creative space to draw breath at the end of the Church’s year, so that we can allow God to make us ready for the gifts of winter and Advent.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Suggested donation: £25 - Advanced booking essential.

Antonia has a long experience of spiritual direction and giving retreats. She is a tutor on the Encounter formation course in spiritual direction, a supervisor for people in spiritual ministry and a trustee of the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. She is excited by creative connections between Ignatian and Celtic spirituality: 'finding God in all things’.