About Us

The Purpose

To create trustworthy spaces and community to explore and deepen the spiritual journey – awakening to our true self and the capacity to be fully human.

We are rooted in the open, generous and contemplative streams of the Christian spiritual tradition and we also draw on spiritual practices and wisdom from other faith traditions and the riches of the creative arts, particularly poetry. Through our weekly groups and special events, we aim to contribute in a small and yet significant way to personal and social transformation and the creation of a more just, loving world for all living beings.

The Centre

Our roots are in the city of Brighton & Hove and the Church of England. We are now an independent centre.

We meet physically in venues across Sussex.  Our meetings are often hybrid, combining online and in-person options for participation. Our weekly meditations always have an option to join online and we draw people from varied geographies.

The People

John Watters – Founder

John_smI’m committed to living my life with more mindfulness; passionate about open-minded, open-hearted Christianity and grateful for the gifts of Buddhism which have enriched my life’s path. I’m on the Editorial Board of the Journal for the Study of Spirituality and a facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal. I’m also the co-founder of the Centre for Spirituality.

Jane Bartlett – Founder

jane_smI’m a Priest in the Church of England and have an BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission and an MA in Christian spirituality. I am also an author – one of my books explored the spirituality of family life. My hope is that this centre offers a resource to explore the richness, depth and breadth of the Christian spiritual tradition, and will equip us to love and serve the world. I’m also the co-founder of the Centre for Spirituality.


“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” Meister Eckhart