28 feb. 2017

We look forward to welcoming you at The Meditatio Centre

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Led by Laurence Freeman OSB
Ash Wednesday 1 March 6.30 – 9.00 pm 
Cost £15 Concessions £10
Light refreshments provided
Ash Wednesday starts a springtime season of personal renewal as well as a preparation for the Easter celebration. Fr Laurence starts us off today for a fresh and liberating forty days. 

Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk and spiritual successor of John Main and has been teaching meditation in the Christian tradition since the 1970s.  He is the Founder and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation

An Introduction to Christian Meditation (Six Week Course)
Led by Briji Waterfield, Paul Doocey and Josie Von Zitzewitz
8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April
6.30 - 9.00 pm
Suggested Donation: £5
Tea and Coffee provided

Starting on Ash Wednesday with a talk by Fr Laurence Freeman, Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation, this 6-week course will introduce participants to Christian Meditation.
If you would like explore what meditation is then this is the course for you.

Briji Waterfield is the Director of Special Projects for The World Community for Christian Meditation and has had a life-long interest in the mystical traditions of Christianity and other faiths.  She is a spiritual director, leads retreats and teaches meditation.
Josie von Zitzewitz is an Oblate of the WCCM.  She is an academic teaching Russian literature and a keen runner who practices yoga.
Paul Doocey is a meditator with WCCM.  His professional background is as a Senior Manager for an autism education charity.  He is training as a psychotherapist.
Mental Health and Meditation
Mental Health, Recovery and Meditation

Led by Andrew Dugmore 
Thursday 9 March 6.30 – 9.00 pm 
Cost £15 Concessions £10
Light refreshments provided

"A personal reflection on the journey of recovery from a serious mental illness and how meditation played its part".

Andrew Dugmore is a member of WCCM and successfully recovered from a severe mental illness which he wrestled with for 20 years.  He has been a pioneer in the work of using nature as therapy, founding a social enterprise Reconnect. He is also an educator and teaches mental health first aid.
Contemplative Reflections
Meditation in Movement & St Benedict’s 12 Steps Towards God
Fr Christopher Gorst and Terry Doyle
Sat 11 March 10.30 am – 4.00 pm
Cost £30 Concessions £20
Please bring a packed lunch.  Coffee and tea provided


The day will consist of a combination of Bodywork and Meditation in stillness and in movement through Tai Chi and an exploration of the relevance of the Rule of St Benedict for a modern world and in particular through the lens of the 12 Steps of Humility.

Fr Christopher Gorst has been a Benedictine monk for 50 years spending most of these years at Ampleforth. He has been practising Tai Chi for 12 years.
Terry Doyle is an Oblate with WCCM and a well-established leader of workshops and retreats. He also works in the field of Social Justice and is UK Coordinator for Meditatio in Bringing Meditation into the Margins of Society.   
Poetry and Meditation: Looking at how Poetry can Deepen the Meditation Experience
Led by Rev Malcolm Guite
Sat 18 March 10.30 am – 4.00 pm
Cost £30 Concessions £20
Light refreshments provided

Focusing on the beautiful and mysterious 'I am' sayings in St John's Gospel, this day will look at how we can harness the power of meditation to deepen and centre our faith in Christ. Over the course of the day, priest-poet Malcolm Guite will explore meditative reflections and insights into nine of his sonnets, taken from his book Parable and Paradox.

Malcolm Guite is an English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest, and academic. 
Retreat with the Mystics 
The Saint, the Writer and the Mystic. Three Geniuses live the Crisis of Europe
Led by Dr Stefan G Reynolds
Saturday 25 March 10.30 am – 4.00 pm
Cost £30 Concessions £20
Light refreshments provided

Edith Stein, Etty Hillesum and Simone Weil.
We will be looking at how three women living through the Second World War forged their visions through a response to God, to creativity and to suffering in their lives and in those around them. It is a journey into holiness, honesty and compassion.  

Dr Stefan Gillow Reynolds is an Oblate of WCCM and an Associate of the Irish Cistercians, a regular leader of retreats and holds a Doctorate in Christian Spirituality from London University.
Retreat with the Mystics 
Spirituality and Ecology:  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry

Led by Prof Ursula King
Saturday 1 April 10.30 – 4.00 pm 
Cost £30 Concessions £20
Please bring a packed lunch.  Coffee and tea provided

This retreat day will be concerned with the deep connections between ecology and spirituality as perceived by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry.
It is hoped that this introduction to Teilhard’s and Berry’s ecological spirituality and eco-theology of love will enable participants to share in the deeper way of “seeing” developed by these two men.

Ursula King is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol.  
How can We Deepen/Renew our Meditation Practice through Lent
Led by The London Regional Coordinators, Eileen, Geoff and Graeme

Saturday 8 April
11.00 am - 3.30pm
Suggested donation £10 includes a simple lunch
To Book T: 020 8280 2283 or email uk@wccm.org

Do you find it difficult to meditate regularly? Are you experiencing doubts or difficulties?
Come along to this day to meditate together and to renew your practice.

Movement and Meditation 
SPRING: Releasing 

Led by Lucy Barnes  
Saturday 29 April
1.00 – 5.30 pm 
Cost £25 Concession £15
Tea and Coffee provided

“The chariot of the mind is drawn by wild horses …..” The Upanishads.

Tension held in the body is often compared to distraction in meditation.
On this day we will have time to look at patterns of tension through the body which we are often unaware of,  and find and suggest other alternatives with gentle yoga, breathing and relaxation.

We are really excited that Henry Gibbons Guy is showing his latest works here in March.
The exhibition is entitled Recent works from The Heath.

The exhibition will run from 7 March – 10 April. You are warmly invited on 16 March from 6.00 pm to meet him and see the works. 

Henry studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. He was Lead Tutor for The Drawing Clubs for two years. He continues to teach on The Drawing Clubs and at Central St Martins as well as at the Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch and Drawing School Central. Henry was a recipient of The Ruth Davidson Memorial Award and the Richard Ford Award, and has spent much time painting in France and Spain.