Carmelite Spirituality & Spiritual Direction - Nurturing the Intimacy with God: Friday 12 January 2024, online

A contemplative workshop offered with the London Centre for Spiritual Direction.  Drawing inspiration from the riches of Carmelite Spirituality we will explore spiritual direction from a Carmelite perspective. Through the wisdom of mystics such as Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Therese of Lisieux, we'll delve into the beauty and potential of the human person and our intimate connection with God. Through engaging discussions, reflective practices, and shared experiences, we'll uncover insights on prayer, discernment, and the transformative power of Carmelite spirituality. Join us as we delve into the contemplative realm and explore new dimensions of spiritual direction.

For details and to book see Carmelite Spirituality and Spiritual Direction: Nurturing the Intimacy with God — LCSD


New Beginnings Retreat Day - Saturday 13 January 2024 at Cockfosters Spirituality Centre, Bramley Lane, London N4

The gift of a new year provides an opportunity to pause and reflect – on the gifts (as well as the challenges) of what has been, and on the invitations and promises of what is still to come. Join us as we look back in thanksgiving and look forward with hope, remembering the words of the prophet ‘I know the plans I have in mind for you, plans for peace, not disaster, reserving a future full of hope for you (Jeremiah 29:11).

For details and to book see 2023 Programme « Cockfosters Centre for Spirituality (


Wisdom from the Desert - Retreat Day Saturday 27 January 2024 at the House of Prayer, East Molesey

'I will lure her into the desert and speak to her heart' (Hosea 2:16)

Join us for a day 'in the wilderness' as we explore what the wisdom of desert spirituality can say to us today.  We shall draw on the treasures of some of the Desert Fathers and Mothers and learn how a rhythm  of silence and prayer can be woven into the pattern of even the busiest life.

For details and to book see Programme — The House of Prayer ( 


Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart - Contemplative Photography: Saturday 13 April 2024 at Cockfosters Spirituality Centre, Bramley Lane, London N4

Join us for time of not just looking but of truly seeing, and seeing with the eyes of the heart.  We will use our cameras (a camera phone is fine) to ‘take a long, loving look at the real’ as one definition of contemplation puts it.  It will be a time of going slowing, learning to pause and connect with what is around us, and gaze with compassion and tenderness on what we behold.  In the process we will connect with ourselves, with one another and with God who speaks to us at the level of the heart.

We will also learn how to pray with our images in the practice of Visio Divina.

No particular photographic skill is required, just a heart open to God at work all around and within us.

For details and to book see 2023 Programme « Cockfosters Centre for Spirituality (