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!
Once a Priory…
Light and glory
Blue skies all year round…
A peaceful chapel
Dazzling stained glass
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.
Through a programme of teaching, silence, worship and reflection based on a Benedictine monastic pattern,
the Five-Day Community for Spiritual Formation
- root spirituality in Christian faith and tradition
- provide opportunity for participation in community life
- form people for life in a changing world
Check the posts below for more information about this year’s event which takes place in LEEDS 13th – 18th May 2018