Summer (which we have been promised is about to happen!) is often a time for reflection, retreat, holiday and a break from routines. We may feel a yearning to de-clutter, to clear out, to sit more lightly to all the “stuff” around.
Something of this spirit lies is behind “Living lightly in today’s world” which is the theme for the first UK “Five-Day Community for Spiritual Formation” which will take place in May-June next year. You can find out more about it by downloading the flier here.
The Community will be held at Drumalis, a wonderful, comfortable retreat centre on the coast of Northern Ireland. You can see more photos and read more about it elsewhere on this blogsite.
Three of the team, Sheryl, Nicola and I, met on Thursday to begin to explore the worship which will form the backbone of the five days of the community, and we all came away excited by this new venture.
On Wednesday 27th April 2016 the members of the team planning the first UK 5-Day Community for Spiritual Formation travelled by a combination of ferry, trains, planes and cars to Drumalis, Northern Ireland, for a team planning meeting and retreat.
We were bowled over by the wonderful situation and facilities of this prayer-filled, peaceful retreat centre and share a few photos below to whet your appetites!
The first UK Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation is being planned by a team of 6 who were invited to go experience a similar programme in Atlanta, USA in February 2015. Known in the USA as The 5-day Academy for Spiritual Formation, this is now a well-established programme all over American and operates in a number of other countries as well.
The team are shown below on a recent retreat held at Drumalis:
From left to right: Kenneth Browne is a spiritual director, psychotherapist and Celtic spirituality workshop leader based in London; Oseias da Silva is a Methodist minister in the Forest circuit, London;Sheryl Anderson is a minister and the Chair of the Liverpool Methodist district; Nicola Vidamour, team leader, is a Methodist superintendent minister in London; Jill Baker is a Methodist lay volunteer and pilgrimage leader, based in Glasgow; Lia Shamada (who was not part of the group who went to Atlanta, but will be the Community musical director); Jonathan Mead works in London as a minister and Learning and Development Officer in the Methodist Church.