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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April 2019

Living with the Mystics

April 13 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
St. Nicholas’ Community Centre,
Bury Street
Guildford, GU2 4AW United Kingdom
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Living the Contemplative Life: What gets in the way. Led by Jill Benet. Drawing on the work of Trappist monk and founder of the Centering Prayer movement, Fr. Thomas Keating and that of Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, wisdom teacher and hermit, we shall consider whether there is more than meets the eye in the obstacles we encounter in our contemplative practice. All welcome. Suggested donation £10. Bring your own lunch - tea and coffee provided from 10am.

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May 2019

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

May 4 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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

Consent on the Go: An Introduction to the Welcome Prayer

June 1 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
St. Giles Parish Centre,
Bury Lane
Codicote, Hertfordshire SG4 8XX United Kingdom
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This afternoon of enrichment consisting of periods of silent prayer and some teaching input will be of interest to those who already have an established practice of silent prayer or are seeking to establish one of whatever type. We will be looking at the Welcome Prayer in which we consent to God's presence in our daily lives. Doors open at 12:30pm for a bring-and-share lunch with those who are able to come early. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. Suggested…

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Centering Prayer Immersion Weekend to Deepen our Practice

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - June 9 @ 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 @ 6:00 pm - September 20 @ 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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Finding Fulfilment

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - October 4 @ 6:00 pm
The Ammerdown Centre,
Ammerdown Park
Radstock, Somerset BA3 5SW United Kingdom
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Led by Jill Benet, Antonio Benet and Jacqueline Evans. A Wisdom way of working with Centering Prayer, The Law of Three and Alexander Technique.

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October 2019

Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop (Islington)

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:45 pm
United Reformed Church,
120 St. Paul's Road
Islington, London N1 2LR United Kingdom
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Led by Carole O'Reilly and Sebastian Harries. Come along to learn the basics of the Centering Prayer method. There will be opportunities to practice during the day. Suggested donation £10. Tea/coffee will be provided; please bring a packed lunch.

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Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop (N. Kent)

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. Helen’s House,
Church Street
Cliffe, Kent ME3 7QP United Kingdom
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A six-hour workshop introducing the basic principles of Centering Prayer with a detailed explanation of the method and opportunities to practice. Suggested donation £10. Bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. If required there will be six one-and-a-half hour follow up sessions. These cover essentially the same basic material so even if you couldn't make it to the workshop itself you are welcome to attend the follow up sessions. Further details from Steve Pearce (below).

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