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Abiding in the Radiance of the Heart

Dates: August 23, 2014 - August 30, 2014

Course Leader: Julienne McLean, Viv Stacey , Judy Barber & Rev Michael Gartland

Cost: 329 single room, 252 sharing twin, 196 dorm. Course fee 175

Retreat Details

The retreat is being offered in response to the quickening of desire in many Christians who feel drawn to live as contemplatives in the world and long for deeper understanding of Christian contemplative wisdom to support this call. The main purpose is to be gathered together in prayer and spiritual friendship on this sacred island to share a daily rhythm of creative liturgy, silence and spiritual reading from the Carmelite and Franciscan Spanish mystics, Francisco de Osuna, St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross.

Each day we will meet for silent prayer, lectio divina and spiritual conversation around a portion of the Christian wisdom writings that may illuminate the deepest call on our life. Simple and inclusive forms of chant and rite will take us deeper into silent prayer and there will be opportunities for meditative work or walking that bring us into the radiant stillness of the heart.

This wisdom will be illuminated by the Spanish mystical writings on prayer. St Teresa of Avila takes us into the path of Joy and Delight and St John of the Cross accompanies us in the Path of the Beloved, as we participate, altogether, in the fullness of God’s love.

Daily Retreat Schedule

7.00am Silent prayer

7.30am Eucharist

8.15am Breakfast (silent)

9.30 - 12pm Morning Session

12.30pm Lunch (silent)

Afternoon Free

5 - 6pm Practice

6pm Supper (silent)

7.30pm Evening Liturgy

Entering night silence


The cost for the retreat is 175. To book, please send an email to info@contemplativespirituality.org with your name, address, phone number and accommodation preference.

Could you also send 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 125 is due by 30th January, 2014.

The cost of the accommodation and full vegetarian board during the retreat (7 days) is 329 for a single room, 252 for sharing a twin room and 196 for sharing a dormitory. This cost is paid directly to the Holy Isle Centre at the beginning of the retreat.

Enquiries & Bookings

Tel. Julienne on 0208 451 5255 or Viv on 01483 771757

Email: info@contemplativespirituality.org