The Hidden Kingdom of God: The Vision of Wisdom THIS RETREAT WILL TAKE PLACE 21 - 28 AUGUST 2021

A week of silence and spiritual reflection on themes from Scripture


Leader: Margaret Barker, Julienne McLean and Rev. Michael Gartland

Cost Information: £385 single room, £560 for two people sharing a twin, £224 dorm. Full board and lodging costs.

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. It is a sanctuary of peace, holiness and radiance and has a long history of Christian pilgrimage. It has been home to the Tibetan Buddhist community since 1992 and is, uniquely, a place where ancient spiritual currents of East and West intertwine and flow swiftly and deeply together.

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.  In particular, the Christian ‘desert’ tradition of prayer strongly resonates with the Buddhist tradition of meditation, as expressive of deepest reality.

In this eighth year of annual summer Christian retreats on the island (since 2012), the daily programme will include silent prayer, Holy Communion, creative liturgy, chanting and spiritual conversation. This year, within the context of a contemplative retreat, Margaret Barker will be leading daily morning teaching sessions (lectio divina, with icons) on the hidden tradition of the kingdom of God, Holy Wisdom, the Queen of Heaven, the mysteries of ascension, resurrection and glory and the celebration of creation. There will be opportunities for conscious work in the garden, walking meditation and a pilgrimage to the cave of St Molaise.


The cost for the retreat is £190, payable to the Contemplative Spirituality Network.

Enquiries & Bookings

For all enquiries and booking, please contact Julienne on 020 8 451 5255, 07527 993696, or email juliennemclean@btinternet.com with your name, address and phone number.

Further information: www.contemplativespirituality.org

Accommodation: There is single, twin room and dormitory accommodation available - please indicate the accommodation you would like when you contact Julienne. She 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.