An Oratory retreat is your invitation to encounter God. You are invited step back, draw breath and take time to deepen your personal encounter with God.  Click ‘Retreat Dates‘ for a list of upcoming dates. The emphasis is upon deepening your friendship with God through contemplation and attentiveness to God’s Spirit.

Each retreat enjoys  a clear focus to guide your personal journey through the day. They are built around three core components,

  • Relaxed engagement in practical, guided, contemplative prayer,
  • Interacting with material purposefully designed to open up pathways leading deeper towards God’s heart, and
  • Time for personal attentiveness to the presence of God
‘A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken’   Ecclesiastes 4:12

Retreat days are for everyone, not reserved for leaders or ‘spiritual’ people. They are for anyone seeking to discover the reality of God and find more of who they are created to be and may become.

None of us ever stops emerging into all the fullness God has for us. Each of us needs to pay attention to the still small voice that calls us onward and directs our steps. We do not require special practices but do need to learn to grow increasingly attentive to the presence of God. As St. Nicolas Cabasilas, a layman who pursued God in the 14th Century, declared,

‘Everyone should keep his art or profession. The general should continue to command; the farmer to till the land; the artisan to practice his craft. And I will tell you why. It is not necessary to retire into the desert, to take unpalatable food, to alter one’s dress, to compromise one’s health, or to do anything unwise, because it is quite possible to remain in one’s own home without giving up all one’s possessions, and yet to practice continued meditation’

An encounter day retreat affords you space to step away from your daily routine, to reflect on what lies behind you, to consider where you are today and to gaze into God’s fture for you.

Some Participants’ Comments

‘I learned some new ways to be still with God even though I’ve been to many retreats before. A fantastic day.’

I found the day very stimulating and well structured in terms of personal space‘ Eric Giachardi

‘The first time I have been on something like this, I would definitely go again.’

A treasured space to dig deeper in my relationship with God. Relaxed and safe’ Sally Newman

‘A great venue & scrummy food.’

It helped me to see more clearly what has been going on in my life and has taken away fears of the future‘ Jean Giachardi

An intimate space I felt free to engage in

‘I loved the whole day, Micha was inspirational and very honest.

‘It offered me a chance to draw aside, reflect and listen to God. I found the retreat affirming and a contemplative lift. Both the venue and the food was great.’

Encounter days are restricted to no more than twelve participants. This creates a sense of a learning community without becoming a seminar group. They are NOT teaching days, nor training days. They are days where you encounter God.

Micha & Jayne also want to ensure that there’s time for personal interaction with them in the spaces of personal encounter. Both Micha & Jayne engage in Spiritual Accompaniment and Mentoring.

In recognition that we are integrated, whole people, at one with God and God’s creation, all food is home prepared and drawn from healthy sources. Lunch is taken together as a general rule and the table conversation is itself always a source of joy and encouragement. Our consistent refrain, ‘This is the day that the Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it’.

The recommended cost of the day inclusive of all materials, refreshments and lunch is £49 per person. Any difficulties with this please contact Micha. The proceeds all go to ensure that the vision of the Oratory as a House of Prayer continues.

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!’ ‘Thank you for such a wonderful day.’

Participant’s Comment from an encounter with Advent