Abiding in the Wisdom of Love

A week of silence, spiritual reflection and deep engagement with the mystical writings from the Christian contemplative, or mystical, tradition.

25 August 2018 - 01 September 2018

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

Cost Information: £385 single room, £280 for two people sharing a twin, £224 dorm. Full board and lodging costs.

Course fee £190

Course outline

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 is a sanctuary of peace, holiness and radiance and is what the Celtic bards call a ‘thin place’ where spiritual realities are powerfully present.

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Uniquely, it is a place where ancient spiritual currents of East and West intertwine and flow swiftly and deeply together. The Centre for World Peace and Health is a focal point for meditation, peaceful refuge from the hectic world and multifaith retreats. So, 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.   

During each day of our retreat, 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, payable to the Contemplative Spirituality Network.

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 and booking, please contact Julienne on 020 8 451 5255, 07527 993696, Judy on 07816 155 483 or email info@contemplativespirituality.org with your name, address and phone number.

Please include 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 2018.

Further information: www.contemplativespirituality.org

Accommodation: Please indicate the accommodation you would like when you contact Julienne or Judy. They will then contact Holy Isle to book your room. See this website for pricing. Payment for accommodation will be made upon arrival on Holy Isle.