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3 October Praying with Icons ‘Through the gate of the visible to the mystery of the invisible, icons are painted to lead us into the inner room of prayer and bring us closer to the heart of God’ (H. Nouwen). An invitation to experience, explore and pray with icons. With Sr Kathleen Curran and Juliet MacKellaig, members of the retreat team, Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.
28 November Who am I? Mental Health, Wellbeing and Spirituality A day exploring the complexity of identity, meaning and purpose; relationships and connections; what gives hope and what brings joy using reflective practice and mindfulness meditation. Maxwell Reay is Community Mental Health Chaplain, NHS Lothian. He has been a minister since 1993 and co-ordinates the LGBTI affirming ministry and the mental health ministry at Augustine United Church.
9 January The Generosity of Elders In the Autumn years of our lives, how do we live more intentionally out of a place of generosity and grace; of clarity and wholeness? How do we then use these gifts to nourish the lives of others? Using poetry, image and gentle conversation, this day is aimed at ‘second-half’ or retired people and those who accompany them in life. With Nancy Adams, member of the Coracle Trust, Emmaus House & Place for Hope communities.
6 February Living Compassion Through simple and profound practices, this day will explore how to nurture a compassionate relationship with ourselves and bring compassion to others around us. This work is spiritual; it helps us to connect with our inner life, increase self-awareness and choice, and live from a place of integrity. Facilitated by Vérène Nicolas, a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, mediator and Quaker.
30 April Mindfulness and Mysticism The germ of divine life is latent in each of us, an integral part of our humanity. The practice of mindfulness opens us to the gift of mysticism, moving us towards harmony with the Transcendent. This experiential day offers practice in mindfulness within the Christian mystical tradition. Carmel Byrne rscj is a team member at Garden Cottage Spirituality Centre, and has studied holistic spirituality, mysticism and compassion.
4 June Thomas Merton: Many Paths to Wholeness Merton was a man of many parts – convert to Catholicism, monk, writer, artist, peace activist, and bridge between Western and Eastern religious thought and mysticism. We will focus on Merton’s journey to God and reflect on what lessons we might learn for our own spiritual seeking in today’s world. With John Dunne, retired clinical psychologist who is also trained in pastoral ministry. UPDATE in Jan 2016 This day will now be facilitated by John McLuckie is an Episcopalian priest and is currently Vice-Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. He teaches spirituality in the Scottish Episcopal Institute and is undertaking doctoral research into Zen Buddhist influences on the spirituality of Thomas Merton and William Johnston SJ. He writes regularly for the Irish Dominican journal, Spirituality.
All days are held at: Christ Church Hall at Holy Corner next to the Bank of Scotland. It is served by Lothian Bus routes 11, 15/15A, 16, 23 and 45 which stop right by the church. There is free parking on a Saturday in neighbouring streets.
There is free parking on a Saturday in local streets at both venues.
The venue is accessible.
Hot and cold drinks, homemade soup, bread/butter and fruit will be provided.
The days are coordinated by Elizabeth White on behalf of The Epiphany Group, an ecumenical body of men and women offering spiritual accompaniment, training in spiritual direction and retreats. It is formed in the spirituality of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. For other courses, retreats and events see: www.epiphanygroup.org.uk.
Bookings are welcome for one, some or all of the days. They can be booked at any time during the year, however places are limited and early booking is advised; we will hold a waiting list once days are full.
Each session is £25. Bursary help may be available – please ask.
To book, please email Elizabeth White on firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form.