Exploring the Religious Life…
Are you wondering if you might be called to the religious life? Come and spend some time living in a monastic community, and looking at how the Rule of Saint Benedict provides instruction on balancing the various parts of life. Through sharing in CR’s worship and prayers, household and garden chores, studying scripture, attending addresses and discussions on the religious life, participants can experience this life from the inside, explore questions and embark on a journey of discernment.
Open to single men and women aged between 18 and 45.
IGR’s enable you to spend a week in personal prayer and reflection on scripture, sharing silence with the Community.
There are no addresses as in other retreats. Rather, each person, meeting daily with an experienced guide, follows their own path as it seems God is leading them. The emphasis is on integrating body, mind and heart in faith.
Led by the Mirfield IGR Team
The cost for this retreat is £420
As Christians, we journey with Christ through the years of our life. Sometimes people leave their ordinary surroundings and make a special journey to spend time in the presence of God in a special place. Our Pilgrimage retreats are an invitation to come to such a place and stay with us for a short time – to worship, eat and talk with the brothers of the Community; to explore faith together; and to see what the Rule of Benedict might have to say for your own daily living. Come and walk with us, wherever you are on your faith journey. Whether you come alone or bring a group from your parish you will find companions for that journey and experience the mystery of the Resurrection, the life-giving love of God at the heart of all things.
Led by Brothers CR
The cost of this retreat is £135 per person
Lay Lent Retreat
We will be looking ahead to Easter, taking some of the wonders of the church’s liturgy for Easter as our guide.
Leader: Fr Thomas CR
This week revives something of a tradition at the Community. Once known as ‘sin week’ it is open to all, and offers a chance to find out about making and hearing confessions in the Church of England, and ways of understanding the practice. We will look particularly at issues posed by the needs of safeguarding and how to respond to difficult cases. There will be an opportunity to make your confession to a priest of your choice and to explore liturgical aspects.
The week will be introduced by Bishop Alison White.
Leaders: Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark and Fr Thomas CR
An opportunity to draw aside and reflect on your life’s journey as we unfold the history of the ancient form of the labyrinth and its use as a sacred space for prayer and meditation.
Whether you walk the turf labyrinth by candlelight, an indoor cloth ‘pebble’ labyrinth, or a hand-crafted wooden finger labyrinth, follow the winding path to the still and abiding centre.
Plenty here to inspire and respond to – in prayer, poetry, prose or artwork.
Leader: Kay Barrett, Veriditas labyrinth facilitator
Heart & Soul Singing Retreats aim to combine singing in harmony with rest, nurture and inspiration.
This retreat offers an opportunity to take time out whilst discovering the joy of using your unique voice in harmony with others.
Heart & Soul Singing Retreats are very inclusive. They attract people who have sung before and people who haven’t and every other singing experience in between. The singing sessions are informal and no previous singing experience, or the ability to read music, is required. A varied repertoire of songs and rounds are shared, which can include songs from the African continent, both spiritual and secular, Taize chants, Georgian songs and original songs from the Natural Voice repertoire. Keely teaches each harmony part in a call and response way so that a song is built up in small and memorable portions. As we listen to each harmony part we build up a sense of the whole song and where we fit in.
Keely Hodgson is a composer and Natural Voice Practitioner and community singing leader who directs several informal singing groups and a large community choir. She arranges music for voices, writes songs and works as a composer and a music specialist in Special Needs settings, using her voice, guitar and cello. She has led singing retreats in North Yorkshire since 2010. As a Natural Voice Practitioner, she is committed to sharing the joy of singing with others and helping those who have not sung before to discover their unique voice.
The Community has longstanding links with the Community of St Mary the Virgin at Wantage. This is a good time for all, sharing the fruits of Religious Life, and the commonality of life together in Christ, wherever we truly find ourselves.
GOD’S SPRING TIME
Reflections for Lent
Lent is the Old English word for Spring – a time of new life and fresh growth.
During this silent retreat weekend, Fr John Gribben CR and Sr Elizabeth Jane CSMV will
lead reflections on Lenten themes.
There will be the opportunity to join the Sisters in their chapel for the Daily Office and Eucharist,
and also to meet with the leaders for individual conversation.
The Retreat begins with Tea together at 4 pm on Friday 1st March and ends after dinner on Sunday 3rd March.
Cost: £120 (This includes full board and the Retreat).
Enjoy a weekend of monastic hospitality, prayer and worship with the Community, including a visit to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on the Saturday. The colder weather of early March should create some good clouds of steam and smoke! A reasonable level of mobility is required for this excursion as there are steps in several places. Holy smoke on the Sunday. Participants are invited to bring along some railway-related pictures, books, stories or artefacts to share with the group
Leader: Br Philip CR
In the Bible spiritual growth is likened to the natural development processes of plants, and the part played by gardeners, whether human or divine. Meeting God in the Garden will explore four recurring movements of this growth: becoming rooted and grounded in God; emerging into being in response to God’s invitation; struggling towards abundance through resistance; bearing fruit and being willing to fall. They are seasons that meet us afresh within a lifetime of growing, stirring us once more into abundant life.
Leader: Christopher Chapman, retreat leader, spiritual director and author of Earthed in God: Four movements of spiritual growth.
The Psalms are full of praise for the mighty works of God – a closer look shows how much of this stands behind Jesus’s own message and journey, and continues on into the sacramental life of the Church, and our daily praying of the Psalms.
Leader: Fr George CR
As Christians, we journey with Christ through the years of our life. Sometimes people leave their ordinary surroundings and make a special journey to spend time in the presence of God in a special place. Our Pilgrimage retreats are an invitation to come to such a place and stay with us for a short time – to worship, eat and talk with the brothers of Community; to explore faith together; and to see what the Rule of Benedict might have to say for your own daily living. Come and walk with us, wherever you are on your faith journey. Whether you come alone or bring a group from your parish you will find companions for that journey and experience the mystery of the Resurrection, the life-giving love of God at the heart of all things.
The cost for this retreat is £135
You will spend a week in personal prayer and reflection on scripture, sharing silence with the Community. There are no addresses as in other retreats. Rather, each person, meeting daily with an experienced guide, follows their own path as it seems God is leading them. The emphasis is on integrating body, mind and heart in faith.
Led by the Mirfield IGR Team
The cost for this retreat is £420
Peace, not as the world gives
In an uncertain and violent world, what is peace? Where do we search for it? How can we help others to search? and to find peace?
At the break of the church’s year, Fr Thomas reflects on the coming of our God and His peace.
For the last eighteen years Simon has been Richard’s spiritual director and during this time they have met regularly at The Community of the Resurrection to reflect on many different aspects of life and prayer and responding to the world in which we live. In these conversations they will share their different perspectives and experiences of God and open the conversation up for those joining the retreat to question and respond.
It will take place within the rhythm of the community’s life of prayer and give those participating the opportunity to participate in that daily pattern of worship, silence, reflection and sharing, while listening “to the way of the heart”
Led by Fr Simon Holden CR and Fr Richard Carter
The cost for this retreat is £125