Community for Spiritual Formation

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Covid-19 has disrupted life as we know it across the world.  At this time we hold in prayer all who are suffering sickness and bereavement as a result of the virus and we pray for those who on the front line in health care and scientific research.

In Britain and Ireland, the Community for Spiritual Formation reluctantly cancelled both the June and October 2020 events but we are now hopeful that the retreats planned for November 2021 and July 2022 will go ahead.  

More details follow:

Waiting on the Word: 7th – 12th November 2021, Cliff College

  • A full Five-Day Community focussing on poetry and images for the Advent season. Our two presenters will be Dr. Malcolm Guite, well-known contemporary poet (and much else besides) and Sister Margaret Crinyion OSM a Roman Catholic nun who lives as a hermit.
  • A flier, giving more information about the event and the presenters can be downloaded here.  
  • Registration is open for this event and places are filling up fast.  If you are interested in attending, please email the registrar at to check availability and request a registration form.  

Divine Intimacy, Ordinary Holiness: 10th – 15th July 2022, Durham

  • Picking up from the cancelled event this year, Gemma Simmonds CJ, a well-known author and broadcaster on spirituality has again agreed to be with us to explore this fascinating theme. The second speaker is yet to be confirmed.
  • Registration will open for this event during 2021.

Registration forms will be added to the website in due course.


The AGM which was planned to take place at Cliff College on Sunday 18th October 2020 will not now take place. Instead the AGM will be held online on Wednesday 1st December 2021. More details will be sent to members in the autumn.

Aspects of Community: To be rearranged in the future

Sessions led by Rev. Dr. Roger Walton on Aspects of Community in the Gospel of John.

We currently do not have a date in mind for this event, but hope that it will be arranged.

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