2016 Series | 2017 Series
CONTEMPLATIVE SCHOOL OF THE HEART
The life of a spiritual school is nurtured by establishing a rhythm of regular meetings where, in an atmosphere of spiritual friendship, a deep schooling or education of the heart is possible. A school of the heart is understood as a threefold movement around experience of spiritual community, contemplative practice and receiving the transmission of Christian contemplative wisdom.
Throughout 2017, there are regular Saturday retreat days, which follow a pattern of spiritual practices working together for spiritual formation. These practices include spiritual conversation, lectio divina, which is in-depth listening together with sacred texts, and silent prayer. These retreats take place at the Rose Window Hermitage in North London. Please bring lunch to share with the community. A donation for the day, and the school, would be most welcome.
Other retreats and workshops during the year include –
• Three weekend residential retreats of silence, spiritual conversation and community.
• The annual Holy
• The ‘Caverns
of the Heart’ retreat
• The ‘Movements in the Soul towards Union’ workshops at the House of Prayer, East Molesey.
Creativity, artistic expression and spiritual transformation can flow freely from self-awareness, meditation and contemplative prayer. The work of the school of the heart is dedicated to offering resources, courses and companionship to nurture, guide and facilitate our creative expression. During 2017 there are ongoing ‘Imagination and Creative Vision’ painting courses being offered each term. If you are interested in joining one of our painting courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in spending a quiet
day on your own in the peace and silence of the Hermitage, please contact
us. Do let us know if you require spiritual direction during your quiet
day. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee provided.
Saturday Retreats at the Hermitage in 2017
Exploring Christian Contemplative
These monthly Saturday retreats follow a threefold
movement around experience of spiritual community, contemplative practice
and lectio divina from the writings of the Spanish Mystics, Francisco
de Osuna, St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. Please bring
lunch to share.
Saturday February 11th, April 22nd,
from 10.30am to 4pm at
Booking at 020 8 451 5255, 07527 993 696 or email@example.com
School of the Heart weekend retreats
These weekend retreats are in the spirit and rhythm of, and a preparation for, the longer Holy Island retreat in August, as we gather together in community, prayer and spiritual friendship. We will meet for silent prayer, lectio divina, walking meditation and spiritual conversation around writings from the Spanish and English saints and mystics.
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th February
Booking at 0208 4515255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Abiding in the Heart
August 26th – Sept 2nd, 2017
This seven day retreat is being offered to gather together in prayer and spiritual friendship on this ancient, beautiful and sacred island. Each day we will meet for silent prayer, Holy Communion, lectio divina, chanting and spiritual conversation around Christian mystical writings that illuminate the deepest call on our life. There will also be opportunities for conscious work in the garden, walking meditation and a pilgrimage to the cave of St Molaise.
Booking at email@example.com
Caverns of the Heart
Friday March 3rd - Sunday March 5th
Booking at 020 8 941 2313 or
Movements in the Soul towards Union
Five linked Saturdays of teaching, creative reading and silent prayer with writings from the Spanish Mystics, Francisco de Osuna, St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. Please bring your lunch to share. Cost is £20.
Saturday April 1st, May 13th,
from 10.30am to 4pm
at the House of Prayer, 35 Seymour Road
Booking at 020 8 941 2313 or
Imagination and Creative
Spring, summer and autumn courses during 2017 (each
course comprises four day workshops on Fridays)
Friday Feb 10th and 24th, March 10th and 24th
Friday May 12th, June 2nd and 23r, July 14th
Autumn painting course dates to be confirmed
There will be an advanced painting weekend course on Saturday 25th / Sunday 26th February
Prior Booking for painting courses is required at firstname.lastname@example.org