Weekend Retreats for Busy People
26th – 28th February 2021 £150.00 per person
25th – 27th June 2021 £150.00 per person
29th – 31st October 2021 £150.00 per person
Led by Centre Team
There is no doubt that the fast pace of life can feel us feeling frazzled. Taking time out of a busy schedule to focus on out personal wellbeing has never been more needed. Our weekend retreats offer you the time and opportunity to rest for a while. They will also give a safe space to reflect on your life, to consider the decisions you may have to make, and the priorities you want to set. In the process you will become aware of Gods presence in your life.
Throughout the weekend the environment will be one of reflection and silence; the aim is to help you become aware of the movements within your own heart. Each retreatant will be offered their own guide with whom you meet each day, and who will help you to focus and reflect. This retreat is open to people of faith and no faith. All are welcome.
A Weekend for People in Recovery
12th – 14th March 2021
£150.00 per person
Led by Mossie Lyons
Sober Living – an AA themed retreat
A way of living life to the full. (Jn 10. 10)
A life of conscious connection to God, others, and self. We will explore, reflect, share, and celebrate conscious sobriety. The retreat will draw from the rich sources of the scriptures, from AA and Christian spirituality. Sober living is an invitation to all of us. All are welcome.
Mossie Lyons is director of the Kairos Community Trust, a charity which cares for and supports people in recovery from addictions. He also has a background
and training is in philosophy and theology. Over the years he has led retreats and facilitated different groups in interactive reflection.
Preparing for Easter
Lent Day Retreat
16th March 2021 £20.00 per person (Includes lunch)
Led by Centre Team
Enrich your Lenten journey through the transformative embrace of scripture, reflection, adoration and prayer. Experience Lent through a unique process of engagement that draws you deeply into this holy season. There is much wisdom in a text from the Psalms: ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46.10). May our God who is rich in love and mercy, bless us all as we journey towards Easter.
Palm Sunday Weekend
26th – 28th March £150.00 per person
Led by Centre Team
As one of the most important days in the Christian calendar, Palm Sunday is a time when we reflect on the final week of Jesus’ earthly ministry – from his entry into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover to his final day on earth.
It is also a time to prepare our hearts for Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection. The Weekend will include reflective inputs on the mystery of Easter, times for prayer and some quiet, an opportunity (for those who want it) to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation or talk one-to-one with a trained Spiritual Director. Spend Palm Sunday Weekend in silent retreat saying “yes” to God.
Three Sacred Days
1st-4th April £195.00 per person
Led by Centre Team
This is an opportunity for you to discover the Sacred “Three Days” (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) leading up to Easter. This retreat begins at 8pm on Holy Thursday with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and the Washing of the Feet. It includes time for personal and communal prayer as well as the opportunity to fully participate in each of the services.
Embracing Trust with a Woman’s Heart
14th – 16th May 2021 £150.00 per person
Led by Sister Kathleen Bryant
Retreat for Women Weekend
So many things are coming at us, so much expected of us, where is God’s invitation in all of this frenzy? God invites us to embrace trust, not just to make an act of trust. As women, God invites us to trust in the deepest reality, that we are loved beyond imagination and to trust God at work in our spiritual hungers and longings. This workshop offers a look at the specific ways’ we women are called to trust in our lives and to be faithful to a spirituality that is truly life giving.
Sr. Kathleen Bryant, a Religious Sister of Charity, lives in Dublin, Ireland
and serves on her order’s leadership team. She has ministered as a retreat facilitator, spiritual director and workshop presenter revealing her passion for justice, spirituality, formation, women’s spiritual development and the abolition of human trafficking.
Sr. Bryant has authored numerous articles and books and has presented workshops in Australia, Ireland and Africa as well as throughout the United States.
Spirituality for Our Wisdom Years
27th June – 2nd July 2021 £375.00 per person
Led by Ron Rolheiser, OMI
This retreat is designed for more mature seekers who desire to mindfully embrace the challenges and opportunities of aging and diminishment by accessing the deep wisdom embedded in the world’s
great mystical and contemplative traditions.
The goal of the Foresters program is to prepare participants to live wisely and well during their remaining years so that in the words of Henri Nouwen, “they might be able to give both their life and their death away” for the sake of the world.
Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate,
is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a communi- ty-builder, lecturer and writer. His books have been translated into many languages, and his weekly column is carried by more than 80 publications worldwide. Prior to his present position, Fr. Rolheiser taught at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province and on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome.
27th - 31st July 2021 £300.00 per person
Led by Sabeesh Jacob, CMI
There is an increasing interest in the immense spiritual potential of art in our society as symbols and images unite people and enhance spiritual connectedness and communication. In the Catholic
Church, as in major Christian denominations, the tradition of icons is undergoing a revival as
it promotes a contemplative approach to prayer and spiritual experience. This retreat will offer reflections that inform, inspire and invite interested ‘seekers’ and faithful on a journey through the image and beauty of the icon. Besides providing biblical and historical insights on the development of the icon, the retreat will guide the participants through the processes of writing, meditating, and venerating an icon.
Sebeesh Jacob CMI is an Indian Carmelite Priest and a researcher in Christian
art at KU Leuven, Belgium. His studies and reflections on Christian iconography advance an aesthetic outlook on religious spirituality and worship. He is also actively engaged in writing icons for private and public veneration at various churches in India, Belgium, and England.
Individually Guided Retreat
21st August – 30th August 2021
£470.00 per person
Led by Centre Team
An Individually Guided Retreat is undertaken in silence, a silence which allows the retreatant to find an inner stillness which better enables the person to hear God speak to them. In this inner journey the retreatant is guided by a trained Spiritual Director.
Dealing with Differences and Managing Conflict in Everyday Life
15th – 17th October 2021 £150.00 per person
Led by Lorcán O’Reilly, OMI
Differences and conflicts are a normal and an inevitable part of our daily lives. They are as common as laughter, anger, love, hope, work, play and are probably no less important than any of these. When a dispute flares up the outcome can be sadly predictable: the conflict escalates, with each side blaming the other in increasingly strident terms and the relationship may be forever damaged. How we deal with difference influences whether outcomes of our conflicts are constructive or destructive. During our time together we will see how we can develop our own skills by looking at the themes of communication, active listening, and negotiation. We will also spend time to look at what our Christian tradition teaches us about conflict. All are welcome.
Fr. Lorcán O’Reilly is a member of the Oblates and was ordained in 2000. Since then he has worked on Anglesey and in London. Fr. Lorcán holds a Masters in Mission Studies from St. Paul’s University, Ottawa in Canada and an Executive Masters in Non-Proﬁt Administration from Notre Dame University, Indiana USA. While at Notre Dame University he undertook specialist studies in the area of conflict resolution and negotiation.
At your side
Walking the talk as Christians today
5th - 7th November 2021 £150.00 per person Led by David Wells
Pope Francis has outlined how he wants us to serve one another. He calls it “Accompaniment”. During the sessions we will consider what he means by this, how it works and what it looks like. In an age of overwhelming but often superficial information, how can the message of the Gospel possibly stand out from the surrounding din? An opportunity to reflect, laugh and learn together.
David Wells is a religious education consultant whose career began as a teacher before becoming a research assistant for the Bishops’ Conference in England and Wales. Since then, his work has taken him all over the world, speaking at more than 500 conferences worldwide and guest lectures in three English universities and two seminaries. Wells has published two books: “The Reluctant Disciple” and “The Grateful Disciple,” and recently produced a DVD series titled, “Beloved Disciples.”
Follow the Star
8th December 2021 £20.00 per person (Includes lunch)
3rd – 5th December 2021 £150.00 per person
7th – 19th December 2021 £150.00 per person
Led by Centre Team
Advent provides a sacred time in which we are invited to be present and mindful to the promptings of God in our lives as we prepare to celebrate the holy feast of Christmas. Advent invites us to cultivate and deepen our sense of remembering that we are in the holy presence of God. This year’s retreat theme is “Follow the Star”. As we read in the Gospel of Luke the wise men followed the star to come and see the Christ child, we too are invited to experience the life giving presence of God through reflecting together on the story of the birth of Jesus.
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At Wistaston Hall we offer Spiritual Direction to all those who need it. Spiritual Direction is the process of accompanying a person on their spiritual journey. It is for anyone, it is
confidential, and is usually a one-on- one session with a certified Spiritual Director.
During your journey, your Spiritual Director will speak with you to reflect on what is happening in your world and will help you to notice how God is at work in your life. From this point, your director will help you to develop your personal skills to better communicate with God through prayer and meditation.