Meditation Day Retreat: Beholding the Radiance of Creation


Date and Time

Sat 11 Jul

  • ChaplaincyPlus Meditation Retreat
    July 11, 2020
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Holy Family Centre, Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, Gloucestershire, GL4 8EX, United Kingdom




Beholding the Radiance of Creation:

Contemplation and the Healing of the World

This retreat is being held in the beautiful and scenic grounds of Prinknash Abbey, near Cheltenham.  This spacious day will include talks, silent meditation and space for  conversation and connection.

“Creation is the radiance of divine presence, the medium of communion with each other and with God”

There is a growing awareness that the created world is not separate from us, that all we have and enjoy in the world arises through a network of relationships, that we are who we are because of our participation in an interdependent whole.

Contemplation, the practice of stillness, of deep looking and deep listening, helps us come to know the essential interconnectedness and unity of creation, that we might learn to encounter the world and those around us with gratitude and wonder.

Through a programme of short talks, meditation practice and conversation, we will consider:

  • How contemplation dissolves the illusion that we are separate from creation, each other and God;
  • The interior skills that support the practice of deep looking and deep listening;
  • Encountering the world with gratitude and wonder;
  • How each moment presents an opportunity to become a place of peace and healing for those around us and for the world.

“We are not separate from those around us. Human personhood is entirely dependent on the relationships and love, encounters and gifts that create and sustain it. We are intimately connected to everything. Which means we have a moral responsibility towards this whole, because our actions have a direct influence and impact upon this whole”.

It is suggested that you bring a packed lunch for the mid-day break, although the Prinknash Abbey café is a minute’s walk from the retreat venue.

Previous experience? This Retreat is suitable for all levels of experience and for people of all faiths and none.  No previous experience is necessary.

Cost? It’s £15 to book your place on the Retreat.  If you’d like to offer more, this money will be used to fund future events to help people reconnect with the depth dimension of their faith and life.

Venue?  The Holy Family Centre, Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, Gloucester, GL4 8EX

Bring your own packed lunch – or go to the café : You are invited to bring your own packed lunch – or, if you prefer, you can go to the Prinknash Abbey café at lunchtime https://www.prinknashabbey.org/cafe .

Refreshments: Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided in The Holy Family Centre throughout the day.

Book now! Places are limited – first come, first served, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Travel?  Using public transport, there are frequent trains from Birmingham New Street to Cheltenham Spa – it takes about 40 minutes and a day return’s available for under £30. Then it’s a taxi from the station to Prinknash Abbey – about 10 miles and 15 minutes, estimated taxi fare of £18 – £23.  Alternatively, the car journey to Prinknash Abbey from Birmingham city centre is about 56 miles and 70 minutes’ drive – an easy run via the M5. When you book a place on the Retreat, you will see some questions about your travel plans: we’re keen to encourage people to travel together where possible. Particularly for participants from the ChaplaincyPlus network who are travelling from Birmingham, the journey is a great opportunity to create community!

Timing for the day? 

  • 9:30am onwards   Welcome and a cuppa
  • 10am                           Start
  • 4pm                            Finish

Further inquiries?

Speak to Sarah Thorpe sarah.thorpe@chaplaincyplus.org.uk 0798 224 8949

or Chris Whittington chris.whittington.uk@gmail.com 07952 917995

Chris was introduced to meditation in the Christian tradition at 19 when living at the Benedictine Monastery of Prinknash Abbey, spent a period as COO of WCCM, the World Community for Christian Meditation, and regularly gives talks and leads retreats across the UK.

He is also a Partner and Head of Education Law at Anthony Collins Solicitors.

ChaplaincyPlus is a charity with a vision for helping people encounter the depth dimension of faith and life. We rely solely on donations to deliver our mission, including events such as this one which are subsided to ensure the broadest reach possible. Please consider supporting ChaplaincyPlus with a donation and enable our work to remain open to all.

Due to changes in recent months with the Covid19 Virus the retreat day has been postponed for now till a later date.
However, you can book in to a virtual retreat via eventbrite.

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