2017 Series | 2018 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 2018, 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 Island retreat from August 25th to Sept 1st, 2018.
• Three weekend retreats, Praying with the Spanish Mystics
• Holy Island Fundraising Pilgrim Walk
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 2018 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.
Contemplative School of the Heart Printable leaflet
Saturday Retreats at the Hermitage in 2018
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 10th, March 10th,
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, silent prayer, lectio divina and spiritual friendship around writings from Spanish, English and Cistercian saints and mystics.
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th February
at Mount St Bernard Cistercian Abbey,
Booking at 0208 4515255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Abiding in the Wisdom
August 25th – Sept 1st, 2018
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.
Julienne McLean, Judy Barber, Revd Michael Gartland, and Roger Ferguson
Booking at email@example.com
Praying with the Spanish Mystics
Three weekend retreats 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.
March 17 - 18th, July 7-8th, Nov 17-18th, 2018
Melanie Kingston, Judy
Booking at 020 8 941 2313 or
Holy Island Fundraising Pilgrim Walk
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd April, 2018
We are organising a two day walking pilgrimage along the North Downs way to raise funds to purchase new chairs, more suitable for meditation and prayer, for the Peace Hall on Holy Island.
In the spirit of Holy Island, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's vision of an interfaith centre and in memory of St Molaise, the pilgrim walk is also celebrating the deepening encounter, and friendship, between the spiritual traditions of East and West and the Christian and Buddhist monasteries/convents in the United Kingdom.
If you would like to join the fundraising walk, or sponsor a pilgrim, please contact Susanna on 07531 474700, Julienne on 07527 993696 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagination and Creative
Spring, summer and autumn courses during 2017 (each
course comprises four day workshops on Fridays)
Friday Feb 9th, March 9th and March 23rd, April 27th
Friday May 11th, June 1st and 22nd, July 6th
Autumn painting course dates to be confirmed
Clare Barton-Harvey, Julienne McLean, Judy Barber
Prior Booking for painting courses is required at email@example.com