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Hello Stranger – a voyage of discovery, inward and outward, with Thomas Merton, Anthony de Mello, Thomas Moore and Henri Nouwen.

Our journey begins with silence and stillness and the words of Thomas Merton to acquaint ourselves a little more with that ‘stranger’ within us and to create space for ‘the other’ and the world around us. Anthony de Mello challenges us to ‘wake up’ and as we make our way we ask the question: ‘Who am I?’. Thomas Moore invites us to see that once we are able to face ourselves and life around us, we start to discover our authentic selves and he reminds us that the spiritual life is living the poetry of the world. Finally Henri Nouwen is our guide as we bring this all together in the way we live our lives in the midst of others. We shall share our journeys with our fellow pilgrims as we discover together in prose, poetry, stories, music, film, discussion and silent meditation.

Led by: Mark Scholefield

Please arrive by 6pm on Friday. Course ends with lunch on Sunday
 

Listen to the living walls.

Who are you? Who

Are you?

Whose silence are you?                                                         

(Thomas Merton)

 

It is impossible to appreciate the complexity of others if we are not able to love ourselves, knowing our contradictions. A positive love for one’s own soul then might extend beyond oneself to include the world, and it might have more weight than an abstract tolerance of humankind. .......... Welcome the other into your life, both the stranger and the strange.              (Thomas Moore)

 

Our journey begins with silence and stillness and the words of Thomas Merton to acquaint ourselves a little more with that ‘stranger’ within us and to create space for ‘the other’ and the world around us. Anthony de Mello challenges us to ‘wake up’ and as we make our way we ask the question: ‘Who am I?’.

Thomas Moore invites us to see that, once we are able to face ourselves and life around us, we start to discover our authentic selves; and he reminds us that the spiritual life is living the poetry of the world. Finally Henri Nouwen is our guide as we bring this all together in the way we live our lives in the midst of others.

We shall share our journeys with our fellow pilgrims as we discover together in prose, poetry, stories, music, film, discussion and silent meditation.

The time will come

when, with elation,

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror,

and each will smile at your other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was yourself.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

 

all your life, whom you ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

 

the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

(Derek Walcott)

Mark Scholefield has been contributing to the life and work of the Ammerdown Centre since 2005 and has led courses on Thomas Merton, Anthony de Mello and the Art of Awareness as well as regular pilgrimages and meditation sessions and zen retreats.

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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.