Special Events

Soil and Soul

Saturday 13th May, 10.30am-3pm

Join us for a bread making skills workshop at Plot 22, a magical community allotment in Hove. The bread making will be led by Plot 22 co-ordinator Emma Houldsworth, using an outdoor clay oven. The day will also include an opportunity to garden,  periods of meditative silence and reflections on bread in the Christian spiritual life. There will also be time for community and plenty of shared cups of tea.  Plot 22 is a beautiful double allotment space, with a wood cabin (with stained glass windows!), fire pit, compost loos, pond, meandering paths and undercover areas (in case of rain). The workshop is limited to eight people. Suggested donation is £10 each, which will cover costs and also contribute to the work of Plot 22. Please email  info@centreforspirituality.org to reserve your place.  Further details will then be sent out.

 

Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk

Wednesday 21 June, 7.30pm – 9.15pm

Come and celebrate the height of summer. We walk a replica of the medieval 12th Century labyrinth found in Chartres Cathedral, France. The Labyrinth is a non-dogmatic, generous symbol of invitation that people are often magnetically drawn to. The single, spiraling path of the labyrinth which leads to a central area is a metaphor for our life and spiritual journey. You walk the same path back out returning to the beginning. There are no tricks or dead ends unlike mazes. The walk will be accompanied with evocative live music played by Cathy Rowland. Introductory talk on the Labyrinth at 7,30pm, walk will start at 7.45pm.

In the last thirty years, walking the labyrinth has re-emerged as a meditative practice and a symbolic image of pilgrimage, not in the geographical sense, but of the journey we each make through life: a journey to the centre, a return to the heart, back to the Spirit who faithfully waits for us. Walking the labyrinth allows dimensions of ourselves to come into our consciousness; a way to meet our true selves. No experience of labyrinths or meditation needed.

Tickets available on the door: £8 standard / £5 concessions.

 

Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality

Saturday 9 September 2017, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Mindfulness means awareness, a lucid and appreciative ‘knowing’ what we are doing as we are doing it. Join us for an introductory day of mindfulness practice. The day will be led by Tim Stead, Anglican priest and celebrated author of the book, Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality. Making Space for God.

Come and explore what mindfulness has to offer Christianity; we will do this primarily through the experience of simple mindfulness practices. Through the practices, Tim will also reflect on such questions as: can mindfulness help us to find the stillness of God in the storm?; can mindfulness help us to know God’s will?; can mindfulness help us to love our neighbours and our enemies? The day is aimed at those who have an interest in mindfulness and the gifts it offers Christian Spirituality. No prior experience of mindfulness required; experienced practitioners of mindfulness are also welcome.

Tim Stead is an Anglican priest and Area Dean in the Oxford Diocese. He has practiced Christian forms of contemplative prayer for 30 years and is an accredited Mindfulness teacher at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, the only priest in the Church of England to have done this training.

Praise for Tim’s book from John Pritchard, retired Bishop of Oxford: “This is the book on mindfulness many of us have been waiting for! Tim Stead writes with disarming honesty for anyone seeking a fruitful and truthful way to live”.

Tickets must be bought in advance through Eventbrite. £25 standard, £15 concessions. Numbers are limited so advanced booking is recommended.

 

Zen and Christian Spirituality

Saturday 21 October, 10am – 4pm

We are living in a world in which tension, hostility and violence seem to be increasing, and some of this appears to be religiously motivated. Peace is only possible when we truly try to understand one another, and that involves listening and entering into dialogue, however uncomfortable and unsettling that may be at times. Christian conviction is that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, and so dialogue is both an affirmation of the fundamental dignity of every human being as created in that image and also a looking for that image, even when it appears to be different from what we expect on the surface. As Pope Francis tweeted in September 2016, though: ‘Dialogue is born when I am capable of recognising others as a gift of God and accept they might have something to tell me.’

This day will consider what Zen and Christian spirituality have to give each other by exploring Jesus’ parables, Zen koans (stories of encounters between Zen Masters and students), and times of meditation. It is open to anyone, regardless of their religious affiliation or background, but who are – in Zen terms –  wanting to see into our true nature, and thus discover the source of love, compassion and peace.

The Revd Canon Dr Chris Collingwood is Canon Chancellor at York Minster, where he has responsibility for the public programme of the Minster, which includes overseeing all aspects of learning as well as inter-faith matters. In addition to being an experienced spiritual guide in the Christian tradition, Chris is also an authorised Zen teacher in the Wild Goose Zen Sangha, which is part of the international White Plum Asanga.

Tickets must be bought in advance through Eventbrite. £25 standard, £15 concessions. Numbers are limited so advanced booking is recommended. The day will be held at Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton.

 

Quiet Garden Morning

The first Thursday of most months

The Quiet Garden Movement provides outdoor space for contemplation and rest in a variety of settings, including private homes. The gardens offer rest, refreshment, stillness and reflection in a context of natural beauty, and are open to people of all faiths and none. We are offering a monthly Quiet Garden in Saltdean at Moray Cottage. As well as the tranquillity of the garden, both the South Downs and the sea are 5 minutes away. There is also a labyrinth cut into the grass of nearby Saltdean Park.

The mornings are led by Revd. Kate and Revd. Judy and although the garden offers silence, after introductions and prayer, they are both available to listen on a one to one basis if requested. Refreshments are provided.

A donation of £5 is suggested. Once expenses are covered, the surplus goes to the Quiet Garden Trust, and this goes toward to the seeding of new Quiet Gardens and may even help with the support of those in developing countries. Booking is essential on either 07878959327 or rev.kate.lawson@gmail.com. as the capacity is 8 people.

 

 

 

“Silence is a dwelling place that is at once horizontal, allowing connection with the thisness, the singularity of everything, but also, at the same time, vertical. It allows us to find through those things doorways to the eternal.” Richard Rohr