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The Wisdom of Mary for Christian Discipleship

with Revd Canon Dr Georgina Byrne

Friday 13th October - Sunday 15th October

Despite her evident presence in the gospels, Mary is often overlooked as a model for Christian discipleship. This retreat encourages participants to reflect on Mary in four key moments of her life and offers opportunity to ponder our own call to follow her son day by day. In the annunciation and birth narratives we are challenged in how we listen attentively to God, how we discern God's will, and how we test it. We are encouraged by Mary both to prepare and to be surprised by God. We examine Mary's readiness to be taught by Jesus, how she lived as one among many and let her son take the glory. We ponder Mary's participation in the crucifixion and ask what it tells us about how all Christians share in the suffering of the world. Finally we engage with Mary at Easter and Pentecost and think about how we live lives that are fully alive with God's transforming power in our own situation. This retreat will offer meditations on key scriptural texts, making use of images, poetry and music to enable Mary's voice to speak to our own desire to follow her Son as our Saviour

210 residential; 130 non-resident

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Mindfulness and our Relationships

with Revd Shaun Lambert

Tuesday 7th November - Thursday 9th November

Relationships are at the heart of living life in all its fullness. In this retreat Shaun will show us how to cultivate whole and fulfilling dimensions in our relationships: with God, our own self, others and creation. Even in our most intimate relationships we often run them on automatic scripts, becoming aware of this is the first step in changing those relationships. Shaun will show us some of the other steps along with simple and embodied practices for learning relational and spiritual attention. The retreat will be interactive and dialogic and make full use of Abbey House as a 'thin' place, a place to transcend our self-limitations

200 residential; 120 non-resident

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