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Poetry, Prayer and Silence

Does poetry make your heart sing? Do you feel drawn more and more towards silence? Do you long to pray and meditate more creatively? If the answers to these questions are ‘Yes’, then this course is for you.

It will be led by experienced teacher, retreat leader, coach and spiritual director Sue Glanville. Sue has a passion for poetry and contemplative prayer and also loves to encourage people to pray more creatively. She writes: “We will be reading and discussing a number of poems with a view to being challenged, to grow more aware, and to experience that deep sense of resonance about our own spiritual life journeys. We will draw on a treasury of poems by Mary Oliver, R.S. Thomas, John O' Donohue, T.S Eliot, and others that you yourself would like to share. We will also write our own haikus. Sit and walk in silence together. Experiment with prayer and meditation. Use the poems to inspire us to paint, write, maybe even dance!”

There will also be an opportunity for one to one sessions with Sue for those who wish.

Sue Glanville has previously led retreats at Ammerdown on topics such as ‘Positive thinking’, ‘Coming to terms with loss and change’, ‘Gratitude and optimism’. She particularly likes St Irenaeus’ statement: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”

Led by: Sue Glanville

Please arrive for 12 noon on Monday. The retreat ends with lunch on Friday.

Does poetry make your heart sing? Do you feel drawn more and more towards silence? Do you long to pray and meditate more creatively? If the answers to these questions are ‘Yes’, then this course is for you.

It will be led by experienced teacher, retreat leader, coach and spiritual director Sue Glanville. Sue has a passion for poetry and contemplative prayer and also loves to encourage people to pray more creatively. She writes: “We will be reading and discussing a number of poems with a view to being challenged, to grow more aware, and to experience that deep sense of resonance about our own spiritual life journeys. We will draw on a treasury of poems by Mary Oliver, R.S. Thomas, John O' Donohue, T.S Eliot, and others that you yourself would like to share. We will also write our own haikus. Sit and walk in silence together. Experiment with prayer and meditation. Use the poems to inspire us to paint, write, maybe even dance!”

There will also be an opportunity for one to one sessions with Sue for those who wish.

Sue Glanville has previously led retreats at Ammerdown on topics such as ‘Positive thinking’, ‘Coming to terms with loss and change’, ‘Gratitude and optimism’. She particularly likes St Irenaeus’ statement: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”

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Special offers:

Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.