Living in Liminal Spaces

12th October 2024
9.30am - 4.00pm
St. Katharine's, Parmoor

The word ‘liminal’ comes from the Latin limen, meaning a ‘threshold’. Liminal spaces are places of transition and change. We will all find ourselves in these spaces many times throughout our lives.

Whilst liminal spaces are hard places to exist in, as Richard Rohr says, ‘much of the work of authentic spirituality and human development is to get people into a liminal space and keep them there long enough that they can learn something essential and new.’

During this retreat day we will journey together on a walking meditation that will help us to reflect on our own liminal spaces. We will reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by liminal times. And ponder how, rather than trying to escape them, we can be fully present during times of liminality.

Weather permitting this retreat will have a mix of inside and outside meditations. Please come prepared to be outside.

Walking Through Winter:
Journeying Through Loss

Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th January 2025
Ashburnham Place, Battle

Just as winter comes each year, we will all encounter spiritual winters of loss. These seasons come with so many questions. Who is God? How is God at work in this season? Who am I? What’s the meaning and purpose of life?

For many of us we find ourselves enduring winter seasons, desperately looking for any sign of spring, or trying to force spring ourselves. But, if we can embrace winter and ‘get out into it’, we will discover there is real beauty to be found even in the bleakest of winters.

During this retreat we will reflect on our images of God and ourselves, and how these impact our journey through winter. We’ll explore how spiritual practices such as lament, the Examen, and journeying with others can help us ‘brave the elements’ of winter to authentically journey with God, through the depths of winter, experiencing the warmth of His loving presence, whilst holding on to the promise that spring will come.

Weather dependent, participants will be encouraged to spend time out in the beautiful grounds of Ashburham Place, so please come prepared, as has been famously said, ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing!’

We’ll also be putting into practice the Danish art of Hygge. So, expect lots of cake, candles, and crackling fires with plenty of time to get cosy, rest and reflect. Informal spiritual accompaniment will also be available.

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    Spring bluebells artwork used with kind permission of Sam Thulin.