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At such a time God may, perhaps, send out a shaft of spiritual light … and show you some of his secrets…
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January 2019

Finding Fulfilment: Life is only Real when I Am

January 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - January 25, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
The House of Prayer,
35 Seymour Road
East Molesey, KT8 0PB United Kingdom
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Led by Jill Benet, Jacqueline Evans and Antonio Benet. What are the obstacles that prevent us from being receptive to conscious impulses coming from beyond ourselves? ‘Finding Fulfilment’ retreats are based on the Wisdom way of working. The retreat will follow a rhythm consisting of extended periods of Centering Prayer, study sessions on the Law of Three, experimentation with the embodying principles of Alexander and the practice of conscious work. When we let go of habitual ways of thinking we…

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I am the ‘Thou’ of God

January 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The House of Prayer,
35 Seymour Road
East Molesey, KT8 0PB United Kingdom
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Led by Jill Benet. A day to explore this mysterious statement as the experience of God in daily life. The day will include time for silence, reflection and practice.

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February 2019

8-day Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

February 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - February 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am
The House of Prayer,
35 Seymour Road
East Molesey, KT8 0PB United Kingdom
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Led by Jill Benet. Intensive Retreats provide an opportunity to immerse participants in the practice of Centering Prayer as taught by Contemplative Outreach and to become more immersed in the conceptual background of the spiritual practice. The Intensive Retreat includes up to 3 hours of Centering Prayer each day and videos from the ‘Spiritual Journey’ video series. The retreat is mainly held in silence with time for personal reflection. It is recommended for those who have attended an Introductory Workshop…

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March 2019

Exploring the Welcome Prayer Practice

March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - March 4, 2019 @ 4:00 am
The House of Prayer,
35 Seymour Road
East Molesey, KT8 0PB United Kingdom
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Led by Jill Benet and Jacqueline Evans. Sometimes called ‘consent on the go’, the Welcome Prayer as described by Rev Dr Cynthia Bourgeault ‘is a powerful path for connecting the inner consent of Centering Prayer with the outer requirement of unconditional presence in daily life’. This longer weekend will allow time to revisit the method of the Welcome Prayer and review its background, as well as time to practise. There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and silence.

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May 2019
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Cynthia Bourgeault. From Performance to Gift: Deepening the Practice of Centering Prayer

May 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. Dunstan’s Church,
Earle Road
Liverpool, L7 6HD United Kingdom
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Cynthia has said that ‘there are too many doing Centering Prayer in their heads, preoccupied with the correct application of “their” sacred word or struggling to achieve a thought-free inner state.....Once the kenotic nature of the prayer is grasped and trusted all this falls away. As “letting go” becomes an embodied gesture rather than a spiritual attitude...Centering Prayer immediately drops out of the head... the practice shifts from some thing you perform to something you give.' Cynthia will lead practitioners…

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Cynthia Bourgeault. Preaching in Liverpool.

May 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

On Sunday 5 May 2019 Cynthia Bourgeault will be preaching in Liverpool. First, at 10.00am at St Bride’s Church, Percy Street, Liverpool L8 7LT; then at Evensong at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (L1 7AZ) at 3.00pm.

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Cynthia Bourgeault. Putting the Mind into the Heart.

May 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Bride’s Church,
Percy Street
Liverpool, L8 7LT United Kingdom
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Centering Prayer and the Christian Contemplative Tradition: ST BRIDE’S PUBLIC THEOLOGY LECTURE. This talk will explore the practice of Centering Prayer from both a theological and neurological perspective. It will look at how this no-frills method of meditation in the Christian tradition differs from the standard ‘entry-level’ mindfulness practice with which it is often confused. It will also explore how Centering Prayer sheds new light on that ancient Christian intuition that contemplation is not simply a spiritual pathway or devotional…

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June 2019

Centering Prayer Immersion Weekend to Deepen our Practice

June 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - June 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
The House of Prayer,
35 Seymour Road
East Molesey, KT8 0PB United Kingdom
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Led by Jill Benet. This weekend offers the opportunity to spend time in silence with a small group and deepen the experience of Centering Prayer. The weekend is suitable for those who are familiar with and are establishing their practice of Centering Prayer as well as experienced practitioners.

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September 2019

Immersion Retreat Gift of Life: Life and Living, Death and Dying

September 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - September 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
The House of Prayer,
35 Seymour Road
East Molesey, KT8 0PB United Kingdom
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Led by Jill Benet. On this Retreat we shall be exploring the gift of life in all its phases, even those of diminishment and death, as phases of evolution and transformation through Christ, using the DVD series with Thomas Keating OCSO. The retreat will be held mostly in silence with extended periods of Centering Prayer and with ample time for personal reflection.

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October 2019

8-day Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat

October 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - November 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am
The House of Prayer,
35 Seymour Road
East Molesey, KT8 0PB United Kingdom
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Led by Jill Benet. This retreat is an experience of integrating contemplation and action through silence, solitude and community. Recommended for those who have attended an Introductory Workshop and who have been practising Centering Prayer for at least six months.

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