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.

    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 six 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.

    Living Awake to the Spirit: Practices to Nurture the Soul

    What does it mean to live awake to the Spirit? To nurture this openness throughout the day? Join us as we explore these questions and discover practices for opening to the Spirit within our unique lives. All spiritual traditions offer such practices; they are prayer-full practices. We will consider what hinders our living more fully open to the Spirit, and we’ll look at spiritual awakening in dark times. We will include individual reflection time and group learning and sharing.

    Listening and Gathering: Holding Space for Spirit

    Do you hold space for others? Or feel drawn to try? Perhaps you’re someone who listens and accompanies; gathers and grows community; or facilitates conflict resolution. This course invites you to explore the personal aspects and spiritual source of such practice. Join us to welcome a spaciousness that holds and nourishes connection with spirit, ourselves and each other. We will learn by being and doing - come prepared to practice, reflect and share.

    O Be Joyful: finding joy through singing and reflection

    We’ll spend most of this weekend singing simple harmony songs from around the world, some sacred, some secular, some lively, some meditative. All songs will be taught by ear. You’ll also have opportunity for reflection, choosing between writing, art activities and time in the garden, so the singing can nourish your life. We’ll cultivate joy and gratitude. This course is for anyone who wants to sing, including those who aren’t confident. Different songs from last time I ran this course.

    Ancient Paths: A retreat with the labyrinth

    Time to be; time to rest; time to walk the labyrinth, to find ‘a different way of knowing.’ Unlike mazes, labyrinths have just one path to the centre and back again, a path that offers space for prayer, reflection, meditation, release. We’ll learn about labyrinths as a spiritual resource and explore their patterns through reading, music, images and silence. We’ll experience labyrinths indoors and outdoors, including a labyrinth we’ll create ourselves in the garden – a pattern to take home.

    Honouring My Lineage

    We invite participants into a gentle space of enquiry as to how we relate to our lineage – our mothers and fathers but perhaps also other lineages that shape who we are. The tone of the gathering will be contemplative. There will be the invitation to tap into the wisdom of the body and include creativity if you would like to. It is certainly not a requirement that you have a sense of connection to your ancestors!

    Jung and the Wounded Healer: Myth & Reality

    This course will take a fresh look at the wounded healer in the light of Jung the person and his work. Relevant myths will be explored, e.g. Chiron; the Fisher King, so that the archetypal dimensions can be seen. The reality of the wounded healer in current healthcare practice will also be a focus. Through input, experiential work and an enactment of a relevant legendary tale the wounded healer will be considered both in theory and in lived experience.

    24 hours for Stillness: an Experiment with Light retreat

    The experiment with Light practice offers a structure for waiting in the Light to see ourselves and our lives. We will use this structure to be still, to reflect and to worship together. This can guide us into a deep listening and expectant waiting. There will also be unstructured quiet time alone. We will start at noon and end by noon the next day

    Losing Sight of the Shore

    This course is for all those who wish to use the visual arts (experimental drawing, mixed media and sculpture) as tools for exploration and self-discovery. We will provide a safe, nurturing space for you to reflect upon where you are on your journey. Using the metaphor of small boats representing our fragile lives on wide open seas, we will dare to ‘lose sight of the shore’ and see where the flow takes us.

    Light in our Lives: Recasting Our Life’s Stories

    The basic story of our life cannot be changed. Yet we can decide how our personal narrative should be read. In a series of writing and journaling exercises, imaginatively interrogating and recasting the light and dark of our lives, we hope to discover the depths of wonder and mystery which is ourselves. In recognising the continuing revelation of Light in our own lives, we can appreciate our place in an “incomprehensible Whole”.

    Quaker Fellowship for Afterlife Studies Annual Conference

    Quaker Fellowship for Afterlife Studies annual conference is open to all. Near death and pre-birth experiences, memories from former lives and many other phenomena are regularly reported. What is the true nature of a human being? We will explore spiritual/psychic experiences and focus on the urgent need for recognition in the present day western world that we are not merely physical beings living a finite life.

    Dancing with Words: Life Writing Inspired by Movement

    The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. Mata Hari
    Using simple forms of movement, we will explore our stories and set off on our creative writing journeys. Nurturing and deepening our experience through awareness exercises and walking meditations through the beautiful gardens of Woodbrooke, we will begin to write our stories and poems. No previous experience necessary.
    Feedback from previous courses: ‘Sustaining empathy and understanding’. ‘Steady, unhurried pace..’

    Walking with a Smile into the Dark

    "_But there is a deeper, an internal simplification of the whole of one's personality, stilled, tranquil, in childlike trust listening ever to Eternity's whisper, walking with a smile into the dark._" Thomas Kelly
    Accepting that there is much that we do not know and cannot control frees us to walk the path of faith. We will use this weekend to explore alone and together how we can let go of what blocks us and be more open to the guidance of the Spirit