“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.” – Rumi
This page lists all upcoming workshops and events at The Centre.
You can read more or book by clicking on the event title in red, or associated image.
We have a wonderful new programme of courses an workshops including: All Kinds of Ways of Praying and our Developing Direction series. All of our courses on offer are found on this page.
Encounter Open Evening
6-9pm - Free
6 April 2017
Encounter Open Evening covers: Who trains as a spiritual director/companion? What does the course involve? The session will be led by Julie Dunstan, Encounter Director.
Free Lunchtime Performance:
The Seven Last Words from the Cross by Joseph Haydn
Wednesday 12th April, 1- 2pm
Performed by: Penny Saunders, Violin; Helen Saunders,Violin; Alan Thorogood, Viola; Francis Saunders, Cello
This beautiful work by Haydn is now an Easter tradition at the Centre. We do hope you can join us and feel free to bring your lunch. Tea and coffee will be available
There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Bishop's Lent Appeal
*NEW* Pray as You Can... Not as You Can't
Led by Rosey Feuell
Monday evenings 6 – 8.00pm with refreshments available from 5.45pm Dates: 27th March & 3rd April + 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th June Cost: £120
The course is designed for practising or trained spiritual directors, those exploring this ministry and those working in, say, pastoral care, therapy and listening situations where one may “advise” others on prayer. We aim to demystify prayer by considering various simpler kinds together and to discuss issues which may arise when working with directees/clients. There will be opportunities for personal exploration of the methods/material as well as discussion, problem-solving and further input from the tutor. Participants will be encouraged to share from their own practice insofar as this is comfortable and within limits of confidentiality. Above all, we will be thinking of how to handle responses we receive to the key spiritual direction question “How are you praying at the moment?” There are no “perfect” ways to pray, so it is good to have confidence in encouraging people to develop their own style/s of prayer. Hearing the experiences of others may help greatly.
The Course is open to people of all Christian traditions, those of other faith groups, and any who are seeking refreshment and greater depth in their prayer.
Supervision for Spiritual Directors
20 – 21 May & 10 – 11 June 2017
Led by Antonia Lynn & Julie Dunstan
This is a 4 day training course in supervision for those working as spiritual directors taking place on 2 weekends: both Saturday and Sunday from 11 – 4.
Topics to be covered include:
Friday, Feb 10th, 11 - 4pm
THE LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL
Metaphor and Spiritual Direction
Dr Andrew Mayes
How can we describe to others what is happening to us on our spiritual journey? How can we depict the spiritual road that we are taking-experiences of prayer, transitions that we travel through, impediments that we face-and externalize into words the interior experiences? Based on his latest book, Learning the Language of the Soul, Andrew will help us to explore creative and inspirational metaphors for use in spiritual direction.
Dr. Andrew Mayes is currently Spirituality Adviser to the Anglican Diocese of Chichester, where he has also served as director of clergy training. He is the author of six previous books, including the widely-acclaimed Beyond the Edge: Spiritual Transitions for Adventurous Souls.
10th March 11 - 4pm
AT THE STILL POINT
Accompanying The Contemplative
In a busy and active society and church, contemplative prayer and living is a radical call and challenge. Are there particular needs in spiritual direction for those who are on this path? Based on years of accompanying others on this journey, Liz will help us to explore this area of our work and be better equipped to support those responding to this calling.
As a member of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) for 20 years, Liz has served in various capacities including WCCM UK School Coordinator and UK National Coordinator. She now focuses on teaching meditation, leading retreats, and offering spiritual direction. She recently contributed two chapters to the book on the Christian mystics, Journey to the Heart.
7 April 11 - 4pm
THE GIFT OF THE CROSS
Suffering and The Truer Self
God does not send us suffering; or even desire it. But often it is in suffering that we, and our directees, find a deeper confidence and trust in God. Is this a kind of death and resurrection? By reflecting on our own experience, what we need in times of suffering and difficulty, we can find both inspiration and courage to be with others in theirs.
Antonia is a tutor on the Ignatian Spirituality Course, a Spiritual Director and Trustee of the London Centre for Spiritual Direction.
5 May 11 - 4pm
ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
Desire in Spiritual Direction
After a long period in Christian history when desire was frowned upon as suspect, we return at last to the joy of finding God in our deepest desire. Although familiar to many, this is still a ground-breaking insight for so many of the people we accompany. Susanne will help us to explore desire in spiritual direction and increase our confidence in drawing upon this in our work with others.
Susanne is the Advisor for Spirituality in the Rochester Diocese. She is responsible for spirituality events and formations, organising and allocating spiritual directors for the diocese. She is also trained in Ignatian Spirituality and very experienced in giving the Exercises.
2 June 11 - 4pm
HELD IN LOVE
Identity and Rule of Life
We’re still far too inclined to equate rules with oppressive structures. Instead, it can be the boundaries within which we find our deepest identity and fullest life. Sr Rachel will help us to explore this reality for ourselves and for those we accompany.
Sr Rachel was a member of a religious community for 23 years before being called to live as a solitary religious. She has been actively involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat leading since 1989. She now lives in the Centre of Peterborough, working within the areas of spirituality and spiritual direction
14 July 11 - 4pm
KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU
Introduction to the Enneagram
Personality typologies have assisted many people over the years to understand themselves better and to appreciate the differences in others. The Enneagram is a special typology providing not just descriptors of different types of people but wisdom for the journey to wholeness. As spiritual directors, it can be a helpful lens
through which to better see and support the people we accompany.
Jill is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and an Enneagram teacher. A graduate of the Enneagram Professional Training Profile with Helen Palmer, she runs workshops at all stages of the Enneagram, monthly study groups and work with teams in business and faith groups.