Special Events


Journeys of the Heart: An Invitation to the Spiritual Path with the Mystic Meister Eckhart

11am-4,30pm, Saturday 2 February 2019, St Luke’s Church Prestonville, Brighton, BN1 5DD

A day for those who hunger for depth in life. We are delighted to welcome Professor Mark Burrows to lead the day. Mark is a poet and scholar of medieval theology and professor of religion and literature. Our focus will be Meister Eckhart, a 13th Century priest and mystic and one of Christianity’s greatest literary and spiritual voices. The freshness of Eckhart’s imagery and the depth and universality of his teaching has attracted spiritual seekers, both Christian and non-Christian alike, down the centuries. Eckhart wrote at a time – much like our own – when society appeared to be coming apart at the seams.

The day will offer a chance to live into Eckhart’s wisdom, drawing on poetic rendering of Eckhart’s teaching by Mark Burrows, together with selections from Eckhart’s sermons. The question that will guide us, as it did Eckhart, is what it means to live into love as the very heart of our lives? No prior knowledge of Eckhart required. Bring a packed lunch. Tickets available through Eventbrite: £22 standard, £14 concessions.

“We are all meant to be mothers of God…for God is always needing to be born.” Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you’, that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart

Mark Burrows, our workshop leader, is a poet and scholar of medieval theology. A long-time resident of New England, he now serves as professor of religion and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany). He is the author of several books on theology and poetry, including Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart (2017) www.msburrows.com


Soil and Soul

10.30am-2.00pm, Saturday 9 March 2019, Plot 22, Hove 

Join us at the beautiful Plot 22 in Hove for ritual, song, food and fellowship. Into our Spring fire we will shed our winter skin and open ourselves to the wonder of this awesome happening, ‘when spring and life are new’. We will garden, cook and take time for an experiential practice, then share the findings with each other. If it is chilly or wet, we can seek the comfort of the well-equipped hut with its wood-burning stove. Limited numbers – confirm your place by emailing info@centreforspirituality.org  Suggested donations: £5 – £10 towards the work of Plot 22.

Silver Rain

‘In times of silver rain
The earth puts forth new life again,
Green grasses grow
And flowers lift their heads,
And over all the plain
The wonder spreads
Of Life
Of Life
Of Life!’

by Langston Hughes



“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