Establishing Peace in Ourselves – Half Day Retreat


Date and Time

Sat 22 Jun

  • ChaplaincyPlus half-day Retreat
    June 22, 2019
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm


St Luke's Church Centre, Great Colmore Street

St Luke's Church Centre, Great Colmore Street, Birmingham, B15 2AT


Half day contemplative retreat

“The peace we seek is already here”

The Retreat will give space for us to go deeper in our connection with God. When we are so busy with responsibilities and activity, we can forget that, through Jesus, God speaks a simple, radical, often challenging message: the peace we seek is already here, buried in the field of our lives like a precious jewel, even as our lives can feel very far from being peaceful.

Why is this peace hidden from us so much of the time? Because we cover it with a veil of mental noise and clutter, then look for it in the wrong place, in the wrong way, using the wrong tools.

Meditation is a simple way of parting this veil of mental noise, so we can be reacquainted with Him – the true peace that is always present.

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

  • The peace we seek is already here;
  • The interior skills that uncover this ever-present peace;
  • The challenges we can face in our practice;
  • How we become places of peace in the world.

“Meditation in the Christian tradition is a simple practice through which we are gathered and unified and learn to be present. And as we learn to be present, we discover the peace we seek is always present.”

Preparation for the Retreat? By way of preparation for this retreat, you may wish to read the notes from the talk on this topic given earlier this year.

Previous experience? This Retreat is suitable for all levels of experience: no previous experience is necessary.

Cost? It’s £10 to book your place on the Retreat. You are invited to bring your own packed lunch: the last half hour of the morning will give time to share lunch together. Places are limited – first come, first served, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Venue? St Luke’s Church Centre, Great Colmore Street, B15 2AT, which is 10-15 minutes’ walk or a short taxi-ride from New Street Station, just the other side of the Mailbox. Onsite parking also available. A map, with more information on how to find St Luke’s Church Centre, is available here: http://stlukesbirmingham.org/how-to-find-us

Timing for the morning?

9.00 – 9.30          Arrival and refreshments

9.30 – 12.30        Contemplative Retreat

12.30 – 1.00        You are invited to bring your own packed lunch, to finish the morning

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.


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