Southern Counties

Contemplative Outreach: Southern Counties promotes the practice of Centering Prayer through Taster sessions, quiet days and local groups. We build communities of encouragement, supporting each other’s practice and learning together.

Taster Sessions

Introductory sessions in Centering Prayer are offered to small and large groups. These will describe the meditation method and how to deal with the thoughts which inevitably flood the mind as we come to silence. There will be an opportunity to experience a Centering Prayer sit and ask any questions.

Centering Prayer Groups

We offer a number of Centering Prayer groups. While Centering Prayer can be done privately most of the time, a regular sharing of personal experience is very supportive and a place of learning. It serves as a means of accountability and encouragement to remain committed to the daily practice. By sharing our experience of Centering Prayer with others, one’s own discernment of the ups and downs of the practice is sharpened and the spiritual friendship that we offer one another provides a space in which to grow. We are companions together on a transformational journey.  

There is a list of the current (January 2023) groups below.

If you are interested in learning more, or want to set up a Centering Prayer group in any area of the Southern Counties, please contact either Ian Traynar (Southampton) on 07792 782056 or email Peter Bone,  

Centering Prayer groups meeting in Sussex:

For general information on this area contact Peter Bone, Email:


Every Sunday from 7.15pm - 8.15pm at Firle Church, BN8 6LP
Chanting and Centering Prayer
Contact: Jen White 01273 858946


Weekly on Thursday afternoons at St. Paul's Church in Chichester
Contact: Peter Bone, Email:

Online Group (hosted from Midhurst)

Weekly Zoom meetings on a Tuesday afternoon.
Contact: Peter Bone, Email:


This group is currently paused.   If interested in attending on resumption please make contact.
Contact:  Lisa Plessy Email.

Centering Prayer groups meeting in Southampton:

There is a regular weekly online prayer meeting. To receive details for this please contact Ian Traynar via this Opt-In form here. Or text him on 07792 782056.