2020 Programme

To book your place on any of these events please leave a voicemail message

on 020 8449 6648 or email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk

We’ll be adding events for the second half of the year, so please check the website or let us know if you would like to receive updates by email.  You can also request a poster size version of the programme for a noticeboard.

Saturday 8th February 2020

10 am – 4 pm

Scripture in Colour: Praying with Icons

Audrey Hamilton

This workshop is for anyone with an interest in religious icons, though from an experiential and prayerful rather than an academic perspective.  The emphasis will therefore be on achieving familiarity with some of the key aspects of religious icons to facilitate prayer and contemplation. There will be some input on the history, theology and various types of icons, with space and time to pray with particular examples.

Audrey is the Spirituality Outreach Coordinator at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre / London Jesuit Centre where she coordinates and delivers the Centre’s outreach programme into parishes and organisations across London.  In 2014 she graduated with an MA in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College, University of London, where her particular interest was in the Christian mystical tradition.   This mysticism she believes is the heritage of everyone and she is keen to encourage contemplative practices in the midst of busy city living.  She offers spiritual direction, courses and retreat days at the Centre and at other venues.


Friday 17th April

10 am – 4 pm

An Introduction to Christian Meditation

Josephine von Zitzewitz

Meditation – contemplative silence – is found in every major religious tradition. For Christians, it is rooted in the teaching of Jesus on prayer and a long tradition that begins with the desert fathers and has been revived in the 20th century by teachers such as John Main OSB. This day provides a practical introduction to meditation and an overview of the tradition.

Josie has been meditating for 20 years and regular gives retreats. She is an oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation.

Friday 24th April

10 am – 4 pm

Signposts along a Spiritual Journey

Margaret Silf

The day of reflection will explore several scriptural signposts to help us navigate our spiritual journeys. The day is based on part of Margaret’s new book Soul Journey – with scripture and story towards the best we can be, published January 2020, Darton, Longman & Todd, London. The day will comprise several short sessions of input from Margaret, time for personal reflection, and an opportunity, for those who wish, to share our experience.

Margaret is a retreat facilitator and the author of a number of books for 21st century spiritual pilgrims. She works ecumenically and is passionate about making Christian spirituality accessible in everyday life. She is a regular contributor to the Bible Reading Fellowship ‘New Daylight’ series.


Saturday 9th May

10 am – 4 pm

Keep Hope Alive

Mary Jo Radfcliffe

We will explore what it is we hope for and how to support and develop this. In this world of diversity and division we will, through reflection, readings, poetry, music and sharing find ways of deepening our hope and bring healing to our ourselves and our fragmented world.

Mary Jo spent the first 25 years of her working life in a Convent. She then retrained in Pastoral Theology and Adult Religious Education, and now spends much of her time enabling people move from crisis to opportunity.


Friday 5th June

7 pm – 9.30 pm

An evening with the Poet RS Thomas

John Cairns

There is huge regard for the poetry of R.S. Thomas (1913-2000) and rightfully so. He is undoubtedly one of the great poets of the 20th Century with many admirers around the world. His poems articulate something deeply profound about the human condition and often in a direct and insightful way relevant to us today. The session will explore the poet’s life and a selection of his poems

John Cairns is a retired English teacher and first came to appreciate R S Thomas the man and his work through teaching his poetry to GCSE and A level students.


Saturday 27th June

10 am – 4 pm

Finding God in Nature

Jonathan Males

Time outdoors in the natural world brings many benefits – physical, psychological and spiritual. This day will offer a chance to understand why this is so, and more importantly, to spend time experiencing the beauty of nearby Trent Park. Please wear clothes and footwear suitable for walking outside and be ready to walk gently for about an hour.

Jonathan is an executive coach and spiritual director who helps people in all walks of life to know themselves better and to grow into their full humanity.


To book your place on any of these events please leave a voicemail message on 020 8449 6648 or email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk

Let us know if you would like to receive details by e-mail or to request a poster size version of the programme.


We can offer half or full day retreats, guided by a spiritual director if requested. If you are seeking a longer guided Ignation retreat, the Chemin Neuf community have an extensive and regular programme of one day and week long retreats at Sclerder Abbey in Cornwall,  and Storrington Priory in Sussex.
You can find full details on the Chemin Neuf website here, or you can email directly using  retreatsuk@chemin-neuf.org


DAY COURSES: Suggested donation £30,  Tea & coffee from 9.30 am, lunch provided.

EVENING COURSES: Suggested donation £10.

We don’t want cost to be a barrier – so please pay what you can afford.

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