Contemplative Outreach London held its first Introduction to Centering Prayer in the late nineties. A visit to London by Fr. Thomas Keating in 2003 generated much interest and several groups became established in London and Greater London. Since then new groups have started and there is increased awareness of the practice. Contemplative Outreach London is run entirely by volunteers. As we move into the autumn we shall be looking at how best to support and help grow the London community by making more materials available, by providing training for group facilitators and presenters. There will also be Introductory days and input days to maintain continuity in teaching the method of Centering Prayer.
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An introductory day will give all the essential information you need to practise Centering Prayer. If you would like to know more or participate in regular practice with a group we offer an optional follow up of six further sessions. These 90-minute gatherings provide an opportunity to be in silence, then watch and discuss a dvd presentation by Fr. Thomas Keating. These sessions support an emerging daily practice of Centering Prayer.
If you are interested in having an introductory day in your area or an introductory evening (a taste of Centering Prayer) please contact Jill Benet. We have several people who have been specially trained and commissioned by Contemplative Outreach to teach this course.
We also offer Quiet Days. A Quiet Day will give you the opportunity to spend a day mostly in silence with a group. These days include extended periods of Centering Prayer, some input and quiet time.
For more information, contact Jill Benet
We have two centres in London where you can come on a regular basis to experience and learn about Centering Prayer. These are at the Hinsley Room, Westminster Cathedral and Our Lady of Grace and St. Edward in Chiswick.
The Hinsley Room
Morpeth Terrace, Westminster, London SW1P 1EW
Meets every Saturday morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
For further details contact: David Martin, by Email.
From January 2020 the Chiswick group will be meeting on Mondays at 7.00pm. The following dates have been set for the first half of the year:
January 13th & 27th.
March 9th & 23rd.
May 4th & 18th.
If you have not been to our group before but would like to come along please contact John O'Brien in advance on 07747 611616, or Email.