A few years ago Christopher Jamison a Benedictine monk from Worth Abbey became well known through the BBC TV series The Monastery, afterwards he wrote the very popular book ‘Finding Sanctuary’. It was even review by Richard and Judy. Since this programme the traditional idea of having time out to reflect on our lives or have someone to accompany us on our spiritual travels has seen a revival.
What is a Spiritual Director or Soul Friend?
Spiritual direction is a time-honoured term for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which one person consults another, more spiritually experienced person about the ways in which God may be touching her or his life, directly or indirectly. In our postmodern age, many people dislike the term “spiritual direction” because it sounds like one person giving directions, or orders, to another. Some prefer the term Soul Friend or Spiritual Companion. What we call it doesn’t make any real difference. The reality remains conversations about life in the light of faith. If you wish to find out more please contact a chaplain.
What is a retreat?
A retreat is exactly what it sounds like — the chance to step aside from life for a while, to rest and just ‘be’ in a welcoming, peaceful place. Retreats are for ordinary people at any time in their lives. There are no expectations on anyone going on retreat and you don’t need to be a churchgoer. A good place to find out more is through The Retreat Association