In person events on one date
Day of teaching on a Spiritual Classic text
The Could of Unknowing
with Donna Worthington, Hyning Monastery, Carnforth, Lancashire
Thurs 22nd February, 10.30am-4pm
Explore this incredible mystical text written in England during the 14th century by an anonymous mystic, probably from the Carthusian tradition, and probably written to a younger monk. It is a profound guide on prayer and the practice of Centering Prayer is derived from its teachings.
Cost: £30 incl. lunch
An encounter day retreat
Saturday 2nd March, 9.30am-4pm, with Sue Glanville
Ammerdown Retreat Centre,Somerset BA3 5SW
You may have come across quotes from Rumi in lots of different books on Contemplative spirituality. Try a day with Rumi, Sufi mystic, Islamic theologian and poet. A chance to encounter Persian wisdom – to read, discuss, meditate and enjoy. Includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
Cost: £60 inc lunch & tea
Rumi dance & music performance event
Celebrating Spring: The Poetry of Rumi
with Lennie Charles, 30th March, 2-4pm, Meditatio Centre EC1R 1XX
The poems of 13th century Sufi mystic, Maulana Jallaludin Rumi, are great treasures of Persian literature. They express the central idea of Sufism that the human soul is in exile from its maker and longing to return, articulate what it feels like to be alive, and help us understand our own search for love and the ecstatic in the coil of daily life. Performed in Farsi & English with live music from the Hejira Ensemble.
WCCM Day event: also online
Beholding Divine Beauty:
And God saw that it was very good
with Lawrence Freeman
Sat 13th April, 10.30-4pm, Meditatio Centre, London EC1R 1XX
Laurence Freeman will introduce his thinking on WCCM's theme for 2024. We will explore Beauty, Goodness and the Act of Creation in all senses, including art, theology and social justice. Please join us for a gentle day of meditation, talks and community.
In person talk: also online, 2nd in 3 series
Shouting, Cancelling, Signalling: Christ and the Anxieties of Speech
with Sarah Bachelard, 15th June, 10am-4pm French time
Meditatio Centre, London EC1R 1XX
Speaking on a whole range of issues seems profoundly fraught. Flagrant untruth and hate are asserted; speech is scrutinised for traces of ‘cancellable’ thought or attitude and the possibility of dialogue seems unattainable. How might contemplative practice make possible different forms of exchange and allow us to inhabit our words anew? Sessions 1 & 2 only online.
Cost: £40 (conc. £20);
online £20 (conc. £15)
Returning to the Centre: Mysticism of the East & Spirituality of the West
with David Cole, The Wisdom Centre, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8EL
Saturday 6th July, 10am-4pm
Focussing on the teachings of Bede Griffiths. Bede is best known for his pioneering work in Southern India, bringing together the Christian and Hindu contemplative traditions, teaching how humanity can emerge from the social, economic, ecological and faith crises into ‘a new earth and a new heaven’.
£35 inc. lunch & afternoon tea
Face-to-face events on more than one day
Evening, in person meditation teaching
An Introduction to Meditation
in the Christian Tradition
First Thursday of month, 6-7pm, Meditatio Centre, London EC1R
On the first Thursday of each month an introductory evening will be held for those new to meditation. The evenings will be led by members of WCCM.
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