In this retreat, we will be using the hymns and life of Charles Wesley as a doorway to prayer, as a way to deepen our faith and relationship to God. Charles Wesley (not to be confused with his brother John) was a fine poet and wrote well over 7000 hymns and poems, many of which […]
This retreat will focus on trust as a key aspect of our faith journeys. We’ll be using a creative project to help us consider what trust means for us and in what/whom we put our trust. So, the retreat will combine times of led reflection, creative exploration, and time alone with God.
** Please note change of date (from 5 – 7 July 2019 to 12 – 14 July 2019)……….
Come and explore new ways of praying including the imaginative contemplation of a gospel passage and a way to reflect on our day with the examen prayer. Ignatian spirituality can help us to pay more attention to God, and help us understand and identify His actions in our lives.
Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the centre of meaningful human experiences…. It is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. ~Brené Brown […]
The monastic tradition, as lived out through its diverse buildings, offers us a lens to glimpse a richer way ‘to be church’ as well as insights into quality community and even the nature of being human. Come and explore what are called The Seven Sacred Spaces in a setting that offers windows into all of them.
An opportunity for Companions, Friends and others to share what ‘Soul Friendship’ means for each of us. Following the example of ‘good ones of old’ (Jesus, Desert Fathers and Mothers, Celtic saints, Medieval mystics), we will reflect on the meaning of spiritual friendship, listening, accompaniment and direction in our own lives and within the Northumbria […]
The idea of the ‘Red Tent’ is being adapted from its ancient use to one that provides a space for women today to come together to rest, replenish and connect. In this retreat, women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their lives, share their wisdom, share their laughter and share their sorrow, […]
Finding God in Who You are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality with the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator
This course is for people who are interested in making connections between personality and spirituality. There will be an opportunity to complete the MBTI questionnaire, if you haven’t done so before, and to talk it through in an individual session. In the group we will think about themes like: ‘Finding God Within & Without’, ‘Finding […]
Let the Son of God grow in thee, for he is formed in thee, and from thee, and may become to thee a great smile and exultation and perfect joy which no-one can take from thee. How might these ancient words of Isaac of Stella inform and inspire our modern-day discipleship and spiritual formation?
We live in a culture driven by constant activity and business. The thought of resting a whole day every week might even sound scary to us as we all are affected by the pressure to do and achieve. How can we learn to stop? What lies at the heart of God’s commandment and this ancient […]