Thanks so much for our day of reflection. A great way to start the year for me. It made me realise that our spiritual life needs the help of a structure or framework to enrich our relationship with God. It poses a challenge!’

Friday September 21, 2018: EYES WIDE OPEN. “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows“, St. Francis of Assisi. £50:00

This day offers you the opportunity to sense the presence of God in the sights and sounds of nature. St. Paul reminds us, ‘…that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.’ Together we await the coming together of all things in God.

Throughout this day will engage our senses in the natural world as we explore God’s presence that always surrounds us.

Friday October 19th, 2018: ‘TURN UP THE QUIET’. A Beginner’s Guide to Contemplation. £50:00

We are besieged by noise. From the coffee shop to the relentless demands of social media. We live surrounded by a variety of electronic tones indicating messages, missed calls or alerts. Our phones and tablets increasingly rule our lives. Many now retreat into a private world of noisy silence filled with a personal selection of tunes, films or audio-books. Many acknowledge we are losing the art of listening.

This day explores what attentiveness offers, for at the heart of prayer lies the gift of becoming attentive to God’s voice. You will explore how such attentiveness will enrich your daily life and improve your well being. 

Friday November 16, 2018: LEARNING TO SPEAK WITH GOD, SO WE MIGHT SPEAK ABOUT GOD. Exploring St. Dominic’s Nine Methods of Prayer. £50:00

This day introduces us to three practical approaches to daily, personal prayer. It serves as an introduction to our full day seminar on St. Dominic’s total nine methods of prayer. The day is completely self contained and a valuable encouragement for those wanting to establish a simple daily prayer practice.

The day establishes the purpose for prayer and introduces a practice of a simple, daily prayer rhythm. Such a rhythm will lay the foundation for a creative, daily encounter with God.

Saturday December 1, 2018: Advent Retreat. /ˈadv(ə)nt,ˈadvɛnt/ Awaiting The Arrival Of Christmas. £50:00

Advent means the arrival of a notable person. This is a popular annual event here in the Oratory, and we are holding it on a Saturday this year to make it more accessible. It offers us the opportunity to take action and create some much needed space in the run up to Christmas.

This retreat will offer opportunity to reflect upon the courage and confidence of Mary, the mother of God,. In her journey from teenage fiance to God’s faithful and responsible servant we will discover the relationship between conviction, call and sacrifice both in her life and our own.

Friday January 11, 2019: LEARNING DESERT WISDOM. In Conversation With The Desert Fathers & Mothers. £50:00

As we begin a New Year we might seek some deeper wisdom to help us navigate the year ahead. This day will consider the way of life pioneered by St. Anthony and others in the third century. The lives and sayings of these nuns and monks have laid the foundation upon which living faith has been built down the centuries. What might they offer us as we seek to deepen our friendship with God?

This is a day for personal inspiration and encouragement, as well as challenge, as we seek the face of Jesus in our technological and material age. Can we find the desert of God’s inspiration within the city limits of our own daily experience?  Can we discover a fresh awakening in our walk with God?

These desert mothers and fathers are identified as the key influence behind many renewal movements such as Devotio Moderna and the Methodist Revival in Britain under the Wesley brothers.

‘When the holy Abba Anthony lived in the desert he was beset by accidie (apathy), and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, “Lord, I want to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my affliction? How can I be saved?” A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Anthony saw a man like himself sitting at his work, getting up from his work to pray, then sitting down again and plaiting a rope, then getting up again to pray. It was an angel of the Lord sent to correct and reassure him. He heard the angel saying to him, “Do this and you will be saved.” At these words, Anthony was filled with joy and courage. He did this, and he was saved.’

Friday February 15, 2019: FINDING GOD IN PAIN, DISAPPOINTMENT & LOSS. £50:00

Life can deal anyone of us a challenging situation. We encounter unanticipated and unwanted circumstances which are completely unwelcome. Why do bad things happen to God’s people? Are there lessons that can support me on my journey?

This day offers an opportunity to discover God in our fractured lives and together determine how we might draw some comfort from the journey we never expected. For eighteen years Micha was full time carer for his first wife Katey as she battled progressive MS until her death. Jayne experienced painful divorce, life as a single mum and faces a daily chronic pain condition. Join us as we go in search of bread for our journey through life.

Saturday March 9, 2019: Lent Retreat. In Search of Transfiguration. £50:00

This day explores the tension that exists between the Now and the Not Yet. We live in a highly sophisticated, secular landscape whilst seeking to discover God in everyday experience. Jesus lived the tension between the acclamation of Palm Sunday, the isolation of Gethsemane, the public humiliation of the Cross and the transcendence of Resurrection.

We can find ourselves in any one of these staging posts along life’s journey. Yet, we can also discover our capacity for transfiguration in which appearance changes from potential negative to enduring positive. In doing so we are enabled to re frame our outlook and find how to walk on with renewed energy, focus and hope.

Friday April 26, 2019: DISCOVERING MY PURPOSE AND PROMISE IN GOD. £50:00

Each of us is invited to live on purpose with God. Yet many of us struggle with breaking free from society’s division of life into three chapters; education, work, retirement. Whilst we may intend to slow down as we age, we retain the desire to engage and realise our full potential. As Jung said, “We are forever becoming“. Church struggles to make sense and make space for those in the so called ‘retirement’ zone.

If we finish full time employment aged 65, we can anticipate living  well into our eighties. Our children and grandchildren must prepare for even greater longevity. This day looks at the changing face of retirement and how we might continue to both love and serve God throughout our life. It presents a challenge to clergy, lay leadership and laity alike.

Friday May 10, 2019: EYES WIDE OPEN. “Nature is a volume of which God is the author“, William Harvey. £50:00

This is a popular retreat. The day offers you the opportunity to sense the presence of God in the sights and sounds of nature. St. Paul reminds us, ‘…that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.’ Together we await the coming together of all things in God.

Throughout this day will engage our senses in the natural world as we explore God’s presence that always surrounds us.

Friday June 7, 2019: Pentecost Retreat.

I baptise with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am – so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptise you in the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Matthew 3:11

This day will look at the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the person in the Trinity who empowers Jesus’ disciples on earth; that’s you and me. This same Spirit is associated with supernatural gifts made available to the church for the work of mission and service. Yet, little appears to be spoken about the Spirit today.

We shall look at the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the disciple, drawing upon scripture and our experience of ministry across the church over many years. There will be plenty of opportunity to bring questions as well as participate in the ministry of prayer and encouragement.

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The timings.

9:30 Arrival, registration refreshments.

10:00 Session 1

11:30 Refreshments

11:50 Session 2

13:15 Lunch

14:00 Session 3

15:00 Refreshments

15:30 Session 4

16:30 Finish and refreshments

BOOKING. To register, please email stcuthbertsoratory@gmail.com with ‘Registration’ in the subject line. You will receive details of how to pay the £50 cost inclusive of refreshments, home cooked lunch and all materials. All relevant information will be emailed to you. For more detailed enquires please call the Oratory on 07846 494556.

If booking for a series of retreats we are pleased to offer a season ticket for your choice of five retreats for the price of £215. We will take payment for these five retreats on initial booking.

If you need overnight accommodation for a retreat, we have one en suite room in the Oratory available for £70 B&B or £85 Full Board. Alternatively we can give details for the Wisdom Centre in Romsey (three miles away) where they have a self contained cottage.

 

Be-Still-Know_largeBe still & know day retreats.

The Be Still and Know retreat is something Jayne and I can bring to your small group, cell or wider congregation. It offers an introduction to the purpose and practice of retreat. We will explain the nature of a retreat and how it can be incorporated within a busy and demanding lifestyle.

All we need is a suitable venue and refreshments and food for those attending. Drop us a line and we can talk through how such a day might encourage your community in their daily pursuit of God.

The retreats provide an opportunity to step from the ordinary in search of the extraordinary presence of God. The author of the ‘Be Still & Know‘ devotionals in Voice of Hope and an experienced retreat facilitator, Micha Jazz together with his wife Jayne, a spiritual coach, leads retreatants in a day of structured meditation and contemplation.

 

A retreat in your church or home.

The St Cuthbert’s team, Micha & Jayne Jazz, are also available to provide bespoke retreats and pilgrimages for individuals, groups, church leadership teams, organisational directors etc., supporting you in finding a fresh focus in prayer, enriching your encounter with God or facilitating discernment processes as you move forward. If this is something that you think might benefit yourself or your team please either email stcuthbertsoratory@gmail.com or phone Micha on +44 (0)7846 494556.