Retreats, days and courses

Here are brief details of events I am involved with in coming months. For more information please click on the links.

Seeing in the Dark

Meeting God within times of struggle and uncertainty

Saturday November 13th, 2021, 10am to 4pm

at The Living Well, Vicarage Lane, Nonington, Dover CT15 4JT

Life is joyful, beautiful and a rich blessing, but also difficult, painful and mysterious. This day will draw on imagery from the Christian spiritual tradition to explore the part struggle plays within human growth and our experience of God, with insights from the writings of John of the Cross, Julian of Norwich, George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Hadewijch. With their help we learn to travel by night deeper into God. We discover how Christ willingly falls into the depths of our difficulty. We wrestle with God, yet find ourselves held by love. We learn to move in rhythm with the changing seasons of our lives.  We travel the trackless wastes between endings and beginnings, and find hope along the way. 

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Earthed in God

Four Movements of Spiritual Growth

Saturday November 20th, 2021, 10am to 3.30pm

at Cockfosters Centre for Spirituality, London


In the Bible, spiritual growth is likened to the natural development processes of plants, and the part played by gardeners, whether human or divine. Growing in God’s Life will explore four recurring movements of this growth:

·       Becoming rooted and grounded in God

·       Emerging into being in response to God’s invitation

·       Struggling towards abundance through resistance

·       Bearing fruit and being willing to fall


These four are movements, not stages. They are seasons that meet us afresh within a lifetime of growing, stirring us once more into abundant life.  Jesus, the teller of parables, invites us to hold the mystery of creation in mind and heart, like seed in the hand of a sower. ‘Look’, he says, ‘see what happens if you are grounded in God’s good soil. Behold the wonder of who you are and what you might become.’

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 Peace be with you

An online reflective morning for Advent

St. Augustine's College of Theology

December 4th 2021, 10am to 1pm

We live in times of division. Many of us carry hurts from our past. Yet Jesus enters the room of how life is for us and breathes peace. As Advent begins, we will explore how we might receive and share the peace that begins with a mother giving birth to a son. We will draw on insights from the bible, the Christian spiritual tradition and poetry

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Men Pray Too: An individually guided retreat for men

March 14th to March 18th 2022

At Penhurst Retreat Centre, near Battle, Sussex


An individually guided retreat (IGR) is largely silent but with an opportunity to meet each day, one to one, with an experienced guide. The emphasis is on attentiveness: we have time to catch up with ourselves - with our hopes, fears and desires. We pay attention to the Word of God as it meets us where we are; and we seek to discern the movement of the Spirit within our experience, drawing us in to fullness of life.

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Send my Roots Rain

Finding spiritual sustenance within ministry

Saturday January 29th 2022, 10am to 4pm at St. Benedict's Centre, West Malling, Kent


Send my Roots Rain will explore ways of allowing the life-giving water of the Spirit to soak down to the roots of those involved in ministry – whether lay or ordained.

Our roots lie in our story, in our experience of calling, and above all in abiding in relationship with our life-giving God. With the demands of ministry and the uncertainties that hang over the future, our roots can become dry. In caring for others we can neglect to look after ourselves. Yet every minister is also a disciple, called to the intimacy of companionship with Christ and continued growth in the Spirit. Our spiritual, physical and emotional health matters to God, who calls each one by name.


This day aims to help participants discover practices and ways of prayer that will refresh and sustain their ministry and, at the same time, go with who they are and how life is.

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Choosing Life

A retreat for those seeking a new direction in their lives.

Monday 17th October to Thursday 20th  October 2022

at Penhurst Retreat Centre, near Battle, East Sussex

Led by Christopher Chapman


Choices face us within our relationships, work, and ministry. Sometimes we are aware of a specific choice that is ours to make; at other times what we recognise is the need for change, without seeing where this leads us. Sometimes events jolt us out of our former path and we don`t know how to respond.

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