Experience of the Spirit

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    Seeking Sanctuary and Stillness

    A time set aside to enjoy spaciousness and quiet in your own home and join with others on-line to share a sense of connection. Different spiritual practices will be offered on each of the days, to help you to focus, and to settle into a place of deep peace and openness to all that is; the flowing vastness of presence. We will join together for silent worship and reflection during the day.
    We encourage people of all faiths and non to participate
    These days will be ‘live’ for part of the day (Timings will be GMT+1) with time for you to create your own space for stillness and quiet during the rest of the day
    There will be an opportunity for asking questions and sharing reflections during the day
    You may join us for any combination of between one and four of the days.
    Participants have the option to join in with all four day retreats running throughout 2018 at a total cost of £55.

    Living the Heart of Christianity

    This is a 6-week online retreat with inspiration from Marcus J. Borg's The Heart of Christianity. How can we live passionately today by practicing timeless elements of Christian faith? It is an opportunity to reflect on and incorporate into daily life themes of the heart: faith, practise, opening, rebirth and justice. It can speak to those who struggle to identify with the Christian tradition as well as to those approaching the tradition 'again for the first time'.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    Each week there will be written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections.

    A Taste of Life Writing for Transformation™

    This self-paced course introduces a process of writing for authentic, creative self-expression and personal development. A “no red pens” approach results in greater awareness, mindfulness and self-acceptance through a gentle stream of guided tools you can use just five minutes at a time.
    The course includes three multimedia modules and a workbook, based on the work of Joanne Klassen, creator of Life Writing for Transformation™. Each module introduces key concepts from the book followed by exercises, examples, a review and additional optional learning activities.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    Each week there will be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with.
    This course is intended for anyone who has planned to write about their life, spiritual journey, or unique experiences. This course will provide the guidance to begin.
    This is the first time that *Life Writing for Transformation* TM has been made available as an online course. It is an ideal introduction or refresher course.

    Spiritual Practices for Every Day

    How do you make space in your day to be spiritually present? What spiritual practices resonate with you? This course is an opportunity to explore what we mean by ‘spiritual practice’ and why it is important. You will be offered a variety of spiritual practices to work with, in your own time. We will all share our experiences together as an online community using forums. The course will include a live Quiet Day on Saturday 27th October 2018 (10:00 – 16:00 GMT), that you can take part in wherever you are.
    This course can be completed in your own time. We encourage you to spend a short time each day engaging with a spiritual practice.
    There will be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and ask questions.
    The spiritual practices will be drawn mainly from the Christian tradition and offered in a way that makes the course open to all.

    Exploring Quaker Spirituality

    In this series of six *purely online* webinars running from 7.00pm to 8.30pm every Thursday evening from 8 November to 13 December, we will explore what Quaker spirituality is all about and how it speaks to us today.
    This webinar series will introduce you to central elements of Quaker spirituality, including: silence, worship and vocal ministry; experiencing all of life as sacred; the inward teacher; the contemplative and the prophetic; queries and uncertainty; discipline, discernment and leadings. All the webinars will be recorded and can be viewed later.
    Only basic computer skills are needed for this course, together with access to e-mail and the internet. The course takes place in Woodbrooke's online learning website, for which easy registration details will be provided. Full guidance will be given on how to access the course's material, and help is available if you get stuck at any point.
    This online course is based on six live ninety-minute webinars.
    Each webinar is recorded so you can follow the course using the recordings if you wish.
    Downloadable resources and a discussion forum will be available to help you explore the webinar material further.
    We recommend that you set aside about 2-3 hours per week to follow this course.
    The course will not assume any prior knowledge, although some awareness of Quakerism and its history would be an advantage.

    Spirit Dance

    Some say we are human beings having a spiritual experience, whilst others suggest that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. The truth is, we are embodied and alive with the spirit of life. Using the 5Rhythms™ moving meditation practice, we will explore how breath and body connect us more fully to life and all things. Join us and dance into a deeper relationship with yourself, others and the spirit of life itself. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

    Transformative Life Writing Alumni Retreat

    This writing retreat is for alumni of the Introduction to Life Writing for TransformationTM course which is run annually at Woodbrooke. It is an opportunity to re-connect with other life writers and to re-visit the power of the transformative tools. The theme for this year is love, and its many hues. There will be time for private writing, a support group for writers of longer term projects, as well as the usual space to share our unique life experiences.

    Introduction to Life Writing for Transformation

    ‘Greet yourself in your thousand other forms. As you mount the hidden tide and travel back home’ Hafiz. Whether you are looking for practical tips to kick start your writing, or seek deeper personal transformation, this course provides a safe, inspiring retreat. Introducing key tools of Transformative Life Writing™ that minimise your inner critic, enabling you to re-connect with your authentic voice. On completion, writers join the wider community of Transformative Life Writers™. This includes newsletters, and an annual retreat at Woodbrooke.

    To save From fear: spiritual disciplines for difficult times

    The culture of fear in which we live, coupled with our own personal anxieties, is an impediment to deepening our spiritual life. Centred in worship, this retreat will offer individual and group reflection and exploration of ways of embracing hope and optimism. Together we will seek to open ourselves to 'that perfect love which casts out fear' and thus enable our growth in the Spirit.

    Sharing our Stories

    A weekend combining quiet retreat and opportunities for sharing and celebrating diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. Focussed on Quaker worship and fellowship, with a choice of creative activity, personal sharing, and workshops on gender and sexual diversity and faith, we will reflect on how being Quaker supports our personal journeys and lets our lives speak. This weekend will provide a safe, welcoming space for LGBT+ Friends, including those beginning to understand their sexual or gender identity, and those who have been closeted for years.

    The Art of Natural Prayer

    Prayer is the natural heritage of everyone, including  people of spirit with no fixed or Christian faith.  We will explore prayer through silence, song, walking in nature, meditation and mediation, working with the regenerative sacred source of the universe. By taking responsibility for our spiritual practice, we become fully human by our service to natural prayer, enabling us to be a blessing to others. Anyone with hospitality of soul, or who is seeking doorways to personal spiritual practice, is welcome.

    Time in a safe haven: a retreat for spiritual directors

    This retreat is designed for all those who are actively involved in providing spiritual direction and/or accompaniment on a one to one basis. We aim to connect with the spirit as well as with each other through practices that engage head, heart and hands. There will be plentiful opportunity for networking, individual quiet time, and spiritual refreshment in Woodbrooke's beautiful grounds.

    Quaker Mysticism: Exploring The Heart of Quaker Spirituality With Rufus Jones & Thomas Kelly

    What is mysticism?  How do mystical experiences differ from other sorts of encounters with God?  What is the relationship between mysticism and Quaker faith and practice? Those are three of the questions that participants and tutors on this course will consider together.  As we reflect on those questions, we’ll pay special attention to the life and work of two authors—Rufus Jones (1863-1948) and Thomas Kelly (1893-1941)—who produced classic explorations of Quaker mysticism that can still speak to us today.

    Dance for Joy

    If you enjoy dancing and music from all around the world, then this is the weekend for you. We will dance to a wide variety of music and in different styles, some lively, some more meditative. Circle dance enhances our sense of community, of wholeness and of harmony, drawing as it does on the diverse heritage of traditional cultures and a range of musical genres. Experienced and less experienced dancers are all welcome.

    The Hero/Heroine’s Journey: Uncovering The Secrets of Story

    Traditional stories provide a template for our lives. As the hero is called from comfort to a risky journey and as the heroine must be courageous in order to be transformed, so must we. At journey’s end we return different. In the sessions we will listen, dance, sing, play, write and draw in an engaged workshop process. This intense course requires physical and vocal engagement in order to deepen our collective presence and unveil the power and secrets within the story.

    Self Care retreat

    Self-care isn’t selfish; it enables us to become more aware and resourceful so that we can be more present and helpful to others.
    Here you can reflect, discern and tune in to your heart and gut wisdom as well as what the head can offer. There will be self-care and reflection activities (not strenuous) from traditions such as Tai Chi, Yoga and the Enneagram. Days 1, 3 and 5 are facilitated and days 2 and 4 are quiet days.