Abiding in the Heart of Love

26 August 2017 - 02 September 2017

Leader: Julienne McLean, Judy Barber, Rev Michael Gartland, Roger Ferguson

Cost Information: £385 single room, £280 per person in a twin, £224 dorm. Course fee £190

Course outline

The ancient and sacred location of Holy Island is what the Celtic bards call a ‘thin place’ where spiritual realities are powerfully present. Gathering together in prayer and spiritual friendship on this retreat allows ourselves to be drawn more deeply into the mystery of this beautiful island, as a place of sublime stillness and infinite spaciousness.  
The second half of the last century was one of deepening encounter between spiritual traditions of East and West. In particular, the Christian ‘desert’ tradition of prayer strongly resonates with the Buddhist tradition of meditation, as expressive of deepest reality. Holy Island, as a sanctuary of peace, holiness and radiance has a long history of Christian pilgrimage and has been owned by a Tibetan Buddhist community since 1992. It is, uniquely, a place where ancient spiritual currents of East and West intertwine and flow swiftly and deeply together.
 Each day we will meet for silent prayer, Holy Communion, creative liturgy, lectio divina, chanting and spiritual conversation around Christian mystical writings that illuminate the deepest call on our life. We will share selections from the writings of the Spanish and English mystics, St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, Francisco de Osuna and Richard Rolle. There will be opportunities for conscious work in the garden, walking meditation and a pilgrimage to the cave of St Molaise that brings us into the radiant stillness of our heart.
Daily Retreat Schedule
7.00am              Silent prayer
8.00am              Breakfast (silent)
9.00am              Eucharist
10am - 12          Morning Session
12.30pm            Lunch (silent)
3.30 – 4.30pm   Work in the Garden
5 - 6pm             Walking Meditation and prayer
6pm                  Supper (silent)           
8.00pm             Evening Session


The cost for the retreat is £190. To book, please send an email to info@contemplativespirituality.org with your name, address, phone number and accommodation preference.

Could you also send a deposit cheque of £50 made out to the 'Contemplative Spirituality Network' to Flat 20, Christchurch Court, 171 Willesden Lane, London. UK. NW6 7XF. The remaining £140 is due by 31st May 2017.

The cost of the accommodation and full board (vegetarian) for the retreat (7 days) is £385 for a single room, £280 for sharing a twin room and £224 for sharing a dormitory. This cost is paid directly to the Holy Island interfaith centre at the beginning of the retreat.

Enquiries & Bookings

For all enquiries, further information and booking the retreat, please contact Julienne on 020 8 451 5255, 07527 993696, Judy on 07816 155 483 or email:

Email: info@contemplativespirituality.org