How do you make space in your day to be spiritually present? What spiritual practices resonate with you? This course is an opportunity to explore what we mean by ‘spiritual practice’ and why it is important. You will be offered a variety of spiritual practices to work with, in your own time. We will all share our experiences together as an online community using forums. The course will include a live Quiet Day on Saturday 27th October 2018 (10:00 – 16:00 GMT), that you can take part in wherever you are.
This short introductory breathing meditation give us a chance to pause for a few minutes during the day to be still and reconnect with the present. It can help us to let go of the myriad of thoughts that whirl around our brains and focus, just for a little while, on being here, present and connected with our inner being and the source of our existence.
This is a 6-week online retreat for European Quakers, using devotional and inspirational material by European Quakers. In addition to readings, there will be suggestions for activities and exercises appropriate to a retreat. Participants will share reflections and experiences with each other along the way. The retreat is thus an opportunity for both individual and group spiritual development, as well as an opportunity to learn from the rich experience of European Friends.
- Course leader: Julia Ryberg
This online retreat involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.
Emilia Fogelklou (1878-1972) was a Swedish Quaker, mystic, author, teacher of religion, peace builder during two world wars, and the first woman in Sweden to receive a degree in theology (1909). Her message remains fresh, inspirational and challenging. This 6-week retreat will be an opportunity to reflect on brief passages of her writing and their meaning for your faith and life. It is a personal retreat that offers reflective interaction with other participants and the retreat leader.
- Course leader: Julia Ryberg
A time set aside to enjoy spaciousness and quiet in your own home and join with others on-line to share a sense of connection. Different spiritual practices will be offered on each of four the days, to help you to focus, and to settle into a place of deep peace and openness to all that is; the flowing vastness of presence. We will join together on-line for silent worship and reflection during the day.
• We encourage people of all faiths and non to participate
• These days will be ‘live’ for part of the day (Timings will be GMT+1) with time for you to create your own space for stillness and quiet during the rest of the day
• There will be an opportunity for asking questions and sharing reflections during the day
• You may join us for any combination of between one and four of the days
Participants have the option to join in with all four day retreats running throughout 2018 at a total cost of £55.
- Course leader: Gill Pennington