Written by Bobby Redding on 30th July 2017. Posted in: Uncategorised
Life in the modern world and especially in this digital age brings with it a whole host of pressures – not least to always be connected and busy. But sometimes we all could use a Quiet Day for ourselves, just to take time out from daily life for reflection, contemplation, or just to be.
We really do understand this at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine and have a program of events dedicated to this purpose. We recognise that it is difficult to find somewhere calm enough for this purpose, especially in Central London! However, it is hard to imagine a more peaceful urban setting for a group or individual retreat than our wonderful urban oasis.
We would love for you to come to a Quiet Day and see for yourself. These are events led by some of the foremost authorities in their fields in such a beautiful and inspiring environment.
Next Quiet Day – 22nd July 2017
This event is an opportunity to walk a labyrinth, discover its history and explore its many uses in faith and community settings today.
A labyrinth is not a maze. With no dead ends, its single path to the centre invites us to explore – a pilgrim path, a path of prayer or contemplation, a path that draws us into the present moment. These ancient patterns are found today around the world, in many contexts – from hospice to church, from school to village green. How might we engage with the labyrinth ourselves, individually or in our own work and community settings?
This Quiet day offers a peaceful labyrinth walk and time to reflect on the experience. We will learn about the history and contemporary use of labyrinths, and explore how we might use the labyrinth ourselves in our own organisations and communities – including ideas about low cost, accessible resources.
‘Solvitur ambulando’ – It is solved by walking (St Augustine)
Jan Sellers is a Quaker, writer and lecturer living in east London. With a background in higher education, Jan now specialises in working with the labyrinth as a peaceful, contemplative resource, and has led many labyrinth-themed events. She is co-editor of Learning with the Labyrinth: Creating reflective space in higher education (Sellers and Moss, eds, Palgrave Macmillan: 2016) and of Working with the Labyrinth: Paths for exploration (Sewell, Sellers and Williams, eds, Wild Goose: 2012). www.jansellers.com
The cost of £30 includes coffee and pastries on arrival, a sandwich lunch and afternoon pot of tea and cake. Kindly email [email protected] with any dietary requirements you would like us to be aware of one week before the event.
Please do click here to book your place on 22nd July if you would like to attend. If you cannot make it, make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date. If you know anyone that really does need a Quiet Day, let them know this an option – it can be the perfect antidote to a stressful period in one’s life.
You may also like to know, you are most welcome to extend your stay with us at the Royal Foundation of St Katharine by also booking an overnight guest room. To receive the special promotional discount rate starting from £80 B&B, kindly contact our reservation team direct ([email protected]) or use the promotional code RFSKEDW when booking on our website.
Previous Quiet Day – 13th May 2017
We were so delighted to welcome Brian Castle to lead our May Quiet Day.
Brian focused the day on the inner journey of reconciliation and recognising that reconciliation lies at the heart of the Christian faith.
As with all our quiet days, this was the only thing happening at RFSK, therefore all of our rooms including the Chapel were available for individuals to take time between the led sessions for personal reflection.
Thoughts of the previous Quiet Day attendees…
“Excellent! Brian was wise, challenging and reassuring.“
“Very measured and a lot of reflections.“