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Listening from the Heart: a contemplative prayer retreat

21st October, 4:00 pm to 24th October, 2:00 pm


Cathy Davies

A retreat with Cathy Davies experiencing contemplative prayer in the light of scripture and the Franciscan tradition.

“Though silence sometimes involves the absence of speech it always involves the act of listening” (Richard Foster). An attentive silence where the heart is seeking to listen to God is the essence of contemplative prayer. In this retreat we’ll be exploring the roots of Christian contemplative prayer in scripture and also in the lives and experiences of Francis and Clare of Assisi to deepen and inform our own listening to and living for God. We’ll be hearing stories from the lives of Clare and Francis, reflecting on images of the Umbrian landscape where they lived out their contemplative calling, and enjoying the spaciousness and silence of Launde for ourselves.

For many people Francis of Assisi seems a surprising contemplative because of his active and dynamic life of preaching and serving the poor. If you don’t yourself as a natural contemplative, this might just be the ideal retreat for you to discover a fresh way of praying!

Cathy is Assistant Warden at Launde Abbey where she lives with her husband, Hadyn. Cathy’s passion is prayer and exploring Christian Spiritual traditions, which has involved leading retreats in the UK, France and Italy, including Assisi. Cathy’s other passion is young people; previous roles have included a chaplaincy in secondary education.

Early bird discount: £315 if booked before 31st July 2019.


21st October, 4:00 pm
24th October, 2:00 pm
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