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(IN SITU) LECTIO DIVINA | An ancient monastic approach, being led by the Holy Spirit through Scripture.
Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes and St Gerard Majella RC Church, Brownedge Rd, Lostock Hall Preston PR55TA. Cost £20.
(IN SITU) SATURDAY 8th July 2023 - THE INTERIOR CASTLE | Exploring the 7 dwelling places of prayer with the help of Saint Teresa’s pioneering work.
THE INTERIOR CASTLE | Exploring the 7 dwelling places of prayer with the help of Saint Teresa’s pioneering work.
The day will include stillness, discussion, presentation, music etc. There will also be an opportunity to walk the labyrinth as a symbol of The Interior Castle.
VENUE: Avila Carmelite Centre, Bloomfield Avenue, Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, IRELAND.
(10am coffee) 10.30am – 4pm (Please bring a packed lunch). Cost 30 EUROs.
(IN SITU) GLENDALOUGH RETREAT - SAINT KEVIN RETREAT AT GLENDALOUGH, IRELAND -THE CAVE, THE BLACKBIRD & THE MONSTER
The stunning monastic site of Ireland’s Glendalough was founded by the 6thC Saint Kevin. Imagine going deeper on a journey with this wonderful Christian saint in Glendalough itself - just a few minutes’ walk from Glendalough heritage site is the lovely Glendalough Sanctuary, and it’s here that the day retreat will take place. We will use presentation, music, stillness, discussion, to explore the compelling spirituality of this famous hermit including the profound image of Saint Kevin’s Cave, which offer us rich ground for considering contemplative silence and why our hearts often yearn for stillness. The unforgettable story of Saint Kevin and the Blackbird will be presented through dramatic storytelling and we’ll explore questions such as: How does this story show the relationship between prayer and creation and prayer and spiritual birth? Space for inner soul work will be offered; the startling symbol of the monster of the lough can be an aid to looking at our own shadow sides and how we can bring these gently to light as well as noticing the hidden treasures we may carry. The day will end with a slow motion walking meditation in the sacred place of Glendalough.
Wednesday 12th July 10.30am-4.30pm (Coffee from 10am) Cost 85 euros (includes vegetarian lunch)
Glendalough Sanctuary also offers accommodation: Accommodation | Glendalough Sanctuary | Ireland
Labyrinth Training Day:
Saturday 2nd September 2023 11am-6pm (Please arrive early - there will be coffee from 10.30am)
Venue: Leyland Methodist Church, 9 Turpin Green Ln, Leyland, Lancashire PR25 3HA
The labyrinth is a safe, beautiful prayerful holding space and offers time to slow down, walk one's pathway, listen to the inner journey, be attuned to the freeing movements of the soul. Following the path of the labyrinth, we mindfully journey inwards towards the centre (towards God) and then walk back out into the world. Releasing, receiving and renewing, this is time to find affirming space, to deepen a sense of our true self.
This day will introduce the labyrinth and include a presentation, labyrinth prayer walks and training to support you in how to facilitate labyrinth prayer walks. There is no obligation to do anything with the training, but some participants may wish to go on to lead labyrinth walks or set up labyrinth teams in their contexts and offer others this beautiful prayer space. Facilitating labyrinth prayer walks can be a really rewarding ministry and deepen the spiritual journey of faith. All are welcome, no experience necessary.
DISCERNMENT | A time to review our callings and discern the guidance of the Spirit. The retreat includes guided imaginative prayer, the spiritual treasures of a beautiful painting and time to listen to the body’s wisdom.