Monday, 17 October 2016

Advent Retreat

Monday 28th November to Thursday 1st December 2016

The Advent retreat (Mon November 28th to Thursday Dec 1st) on the theme of “Expectancy” will be conducted by the Rev David Flagg. It will include six reflections on key Advent themes, and it will also serve as an ideal introduction to making a silent retreat. Experiencing group silence as a beginner is best done in a relatively short time frame, so the silent period will extend from Tuesday at 10am till Wednesday at 9pm.  How to make use of a time of extended silence will be addressed on Monday evening. There will be a short daily eucharist (holy communion), a time of silent adoration in the evenings, and a healing service to finish on Thursday morning. David will be available for retreatants should they wish to have a short discussion with him during the retreat.

Cost: residential full board: £297; discount of 10 %  if booked 2 months before, 28 Sept

Residential retreatants may leave early (e.g. Wed lunch) but cannot arrive late

 Cost: non-residential : £99 ; includes 3 lunches

Non-resident retreatants are ideally required to attend on Monday at 8pm for introduction to using silence, and then as a minimum from 10am to 5pm Tuesday and Wednesday

To ask more detail: contact David : 07910 141862
To book a place: contact Burrswood Admissions : 01892 865988



From 2pm arrivals
4pm tea in Drawing Room

4.30pm Eucharist (Lady Chapel) ‘Birthday of Dorothy Kerin’

6.30pm Supper (Jacobean)

8 pm Introductions (Study)
           Preparing for a silent retreat


Breakfast (Jacobean) 8.30- 9.15 am


Silence begins

1pm Lunch



6.3O pm Supper

8pm Silent Adoration (Lady Chapel)




1pm Lunch



6.30pm Supper

8pm Silent Adoration (Lady Chapel)

 silence ends



9am Eucharist (with Community Communion): ‘St.Andrew’

10am Endings (Study)

11.30am Healing Service (Church)

1pm Lunch and depart

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Developing Direction at the London Centre for Spirituality

The ongoing Developing Direction programme resumes in February 2017 with a very rich series of days led by experienced and inspired practitioners. As spiritual directors it’s easy to feel isolated and somewhat depleted. This is a good chance to both find community and be nourished in the vital ministry you offer.  All the sessions described below can be booked individually but booking as a whole course entitles you to a discount of £45.00.  Read more and book your place on the entire Developing Direction series.

Friday, Feb 10th, 11 - 4pm
Metaphor and Spiritual Direction
Dr Andrew Mayes

How can we describe to others what is happening to us on our spiritual journey? How can we depict the spiritual road that we are taking-experiences of prayer, transitions that we travel through, impediments that we face-and externalize into words the interior experiences? Based on his latest book, Learning the Language of the Soul, Andrew will help us to explore creative and inspirational metaphors for use in spiritual direction.

Dr. Andrew Mayes is currently Spirituality Adviser to the Anglican Diocese of Chichester, where he has also served as director of clergy training. He is the author of six previous books, including the widely-acclaimed Beyond the Edge: Spiritual Transitions for Adventurous Souls. Read more and book

Friday 10th March, 11 - 4pm
Accompanying The Contemplative
Liz Watson

In a busy and active society and church, contemplative prayer and living is a radical call and challenge. Are there particular needs in spiritual direction for those who are on this path? Based on years of accompanying others on this journey, Liz will help us to explore this area of our work and be better equipped to support those responding to this calling.

As a member of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) for 20 years, Liz has served in various capacities including WCCM UK School Coordinator and UK National Coordinator. She now focuses on teaching meditation, leading retreats, and offering spiritual direction. She recently contributed two chapters to the book on the Christian mystics, Journey to the Heart. Read more and book

Friday 7 April, 11 - 4pm
Suffering and The Truer Self
David Cherry

God does not send us suffering; or even desire it. But often it is in suffering that we, and our directees, find a deeper confidence and trust in God. Is this a kind of death and resurrection? By reflecting on our own experience, what we need in times of suffering and difficulty, we can find both inspiration and courage to be with others in theirs.

David is a tutor on the Ignatian Spirituality Course, a Spiritual Director and Anglican Priest.  Read more and book

Friday 5 May, 11 - 4pm
Desire in Spiritual Direction 
Susanne Carlsson
After a long period in Christian history when desire was frowned upon as suspect, we return at last to the joy of finding God in our deepest desire. Although familiar to many, this is still a ground-breaking insight for so many of the people we accompany. Susanne will help us to explore desire in spiritual direction and increase our confidence in drawing upon this in our work with others.
Susanne is the Advisor for Spirituality in the Rochester Diocese. She is responsible for spirituality events and formations, organising and allocating spiritual directors for the diocese. She is also trained in Ignatian Spirituality and very experienced in giving the Exercises. Read more and book

Friday 2 June, 11 - 4pm 
Identity and Rule of Life
Rachel Overton

We’re still far too inclined to equate rules with oppressive structures. Instead, it can be the boundaries within which we find our deepest identity and fullest life. Sr Rachel will help us to explore this reality for ourselves and for those we accompany.

Sr Rachel was a member of a religious community for 23 years before being called to live as a solitary religious. She has been actively involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat leading since 1989. She now lives in the Centre of Peterborough, working within the areas of spirituality and spiritual direction. Read more and book

Friday 14 July, 11 - 4pm
Introduction to the Enneagram 
Jill Foulger

Personality typologies have assisted many people over the years to understand themselves better and to appreciate the differences in others. The Enneagram is a special typology providing not just descriptors of different types of people but wisdom for the journey to wholeness. As spiritual directors, it can be a helpful lens through which to better see and support the people we accompany.

Jill is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and an Enneagram teacher. A graduate of the Enneagram Professional Training Profile with Helen Palmer, she runs workshops at all stages of the Enneagram, monthly study groups and work with teams in business and faith groups. Read more and book

One Day Workshops and
Network Day

The Spirituality of Jesus : the Centrality of the Heart in Jewish Prayer
Saturday 15th October, 11 - 4pm, led by Paul Stevens  Cost: £45

The spirituality of Jesus drew its inspiration entirely from Jewish sources. This day workshop aims to introduce the fundamentals of Jewish spirituality and show how Jesus’ spiritual practice and teaching is informed by his Jewish roots and its profound understanding of the heart. . The day sets out to examine the distinctive Jewish features that characterise the spiritual expression of Jesus and will focus particularly on the ‘Shema Israel’ (Hear, O Israel’) which is still regarded as the foundational prayer of Judaism. Read more and book

Meeting the Darkness: Reflective Day, Led by Nicola Mason and Jane Booth
10:30 - 4pm Saturday 5th November, Cost: £45

At this season of dwindling daylight, we will take time to reflect on the experience of darkness in our lives: does it hold gifts as well as challenges, and is there is a way in which we can meet and embrace it, rather than simply endure it? We will consider what light some of the saints, writers and poets who journeyed through their own darkness can offer to guide us on our way. There will be some input and opportunities for sharing within the group, balanced by time for individual reflection and exploration, and an invitation to participate in two simple group meditations.  Read more and book

Preparing for Advent with Flowers with Ken Browne, Friday 25th November, 10 - 1pm Cost: £25  (£20 for those also booking on the Network Day on Saturday 26th Nov)

Flowers have been, and are, an inspiration for many and the Holy Spirit makes itself known in the secret redolence of flowers. Flowers give joy and happiness and are an outer expression of inner emotions, including loss and love. At this time of advent Kenneth will use the experience of ‘being’ with flowers to enhance the theme of waiting. The morning will include the ‘waiting’ as flower arrangements unfold .We will also examine the symbolism of the Advent wreath together with poetry and storytelling about flowers. There will be time for silence and a flower meditation to help cultivate the Divine within ourselves and deepen our sense of waiting.  Read more and book

News, Nourishment and Networking
The London Spirituality Centre Network Day
Saturday, 26th November 2016

10.30 for an 11.00 start – 4.30  Cost: £30 Full Price; £25 for Members of the Community of Spiritual Directors
A time to:
o Connect with other spiritual directors
o Hear the latest news from the Centre;
o Find out about the growing Community of Spiritual Directors;
o Pray together and bless one another in our ministry;
o Be inspired for the work.
Read more and book your place

And a reminder that giving to the Centre is effortless - and free - if you route your online shopping through easyfundraising. 

The Church of St Edmund, the home to the Spirituality Centre is open from Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 3.00pm offering a peaceful and contemplative resource.

There are quiet areas for reading and prayer. Fresh coffee is available for a small donation.

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