Friday 8th – Sunday 10th – First Steps on the Contemplative Path: An Introduction to the Christian Contemplative tradition retreat weekend. Spend a weekend learning about the Christian heritage of the contemplative tradition, plus techniques & practices which will enable you to deepen your connection & relationship with God. Douai Abbey, Reading, Berkshire. Contact venue here to book.
For your prayers: Sunday 10th – Monday 11th David will be at the Community of Aidan & Hilda’s Caim Council.
Sunday 10th: New Forest Forest Church. NESTING PLACES
This month we will be exploring nesting places and the safety, sanctuary and intimacy they afford. From nest building to nest leaving we’ll reflect on nests as a part of our pilgrimage.
Location: Moonhills car park, near Hill Top, (between Beaulieu and Exbury).
For your prayers:
Sunday 24th David will be speaking at Lighthouse Community church, Hardley. 10.30am start. All welcome to come along.
Monday 25th David will be at a Pioneer Minister’s Network day.
Fair Weather Forest Meditation: On Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, and 17th 2pm-3pm (providing the weather is good!) David will be leading a time of nature based meditation in the New Forest. Meet in the forest carpark opposite Beaulieu Road station.
A free event open to all.
Sunday 8th. New Forest Forest Church: 4pm start. Trees, meadow & River Walk
Main activity of the meeting is a walk including a short section of the Test Valley Way, and a visit to the ancient Mottisfont Oak Tree, one of the oldest and largest of its species in the U.K.
Location: Spearywell Wood car park. Mottisfont Estate. O.S. 1:50,000 Map 185. M.R. 316276. Just off the B3084. 1.25 miles North of Dunbridge
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th – Christian Mindfulness retreat weekend. Discover a deeper connection with God and learn how to become more fully aware of the Divine presence in every part of everyday life.
This weekend is perfect for beginners and experienced alike. Learn what mindfulness and meditation are and what benefits come from a specifically Christ centred practice.
The Greenhouse Christian Centre, Poole, Dorset. To book contact venue here
Sunday 22nd – David will be speaking at Bethany Christian Fellowship, Holbury. 6.20pm start. All are welcome to come along.
Monday 13th – Friday 17th – Passing the Harp retreat week – the Celtic art of storytelling.
Storytelling has long been a part of our humanity. The ancient Celts, like many cultures, loved stories. The eighth-century historian Bede tells us of the ancient Celtic tradition called “Passing of the Harp,” where communities would gather and tell stories through the evenings around a fire, with food and drink flowing. This tradition was continued in the Celtic monastic communities.
Come and spend a week learning about and from stories of the Celtic saints, and get creative in your own writing.
The Open Gate Retreat Centre, Holy Island, TD15 2SD. To book contact the venue here
Sunday 19th - New Forest Forest Church – Mandalas and Meal - (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF RHYTHM AND TIME FOR SUMMER SOCIAL).
Come and create some flower mandalas and stay for a meal. Meet at Knowlton Church and Henge at 3pm. Knowlton, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5AE
For your prayers: Friday 24th – Monday 27th. David will be part of the team running the Community of Aidan & Hilda exhibition stand at the Greenbelt festival.
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