Event Details

An Oasis for the Soul –  You are invited to join Cathy at Westminster Abbey for any one, two or all three of these special Soul Care Day Retreats


Wednesday, August 7  –  Practices of Stillness and Silence in the Contemplative Tradition

Discovering the prayer of the Quiet – Lectio, Centring Prayer, Hesychia (Prayer of the Heart) and Music Meditation

We will experience various contemplative practices throughout the day both as a group and individually.   Each of these practices helps us to slow down, to listen, to become aware of the still voice of Divine Love.

We will experience two prayer practices in the morning and two in the afternoon with space after lunch for your own time.  Enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Abbey or the spacious and grand architecture of the Abbey church.  Our Lectio reading will focus on Psalm 23 and a poem by Mary Oliver. Centring Prayer will lead us into silence.  Hesychia will bring us into awareness of Christ praying for us.  Music meditation will allow music to bring us into prayer and listening of the heart.

Cost:  $125.00 + GST    ($25 of ticket purchase is non-refundable, no refunds 7 days before event)

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

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Saturday, August 10  –  Unleashing Your Creative Heart

Using Contemplative Prayer Practices and opening to Writing, Art Meditation, Collage Meditation and Poetry Meditation

Sometimes it is hard to know how to get started with our creativity and how our creativity can be used as prayer and meditation.  We will have four creative experiences that will you will be guided through to give the opportunity for you to explore different means of connecting with yourself artistically.

First, we will write together through being inspired by story and imagery.  Secondly, we will use images that can inspire our own way of drawing or creating simple images or colors with mandala drawings.  Thirdly, we will create a collage and lastly, we will gathering up fragments of words and phrases and create a poem.  Even if you think you can’t do any of these things, the process will be friendly and fun and it is always surprising what comes out!  After lunch you will have space to wander the grounds or spend time in the beautiful Abbey church.

Cost:  $ 125 + GST   ($25 of ticket purchase is non-refundable, no refunds 7 days before event)

Time:  9:30am – 4:30pm

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Wednesday, August 14  –  Celtic Spirituality – Exploring Nature as the First Word of God to Our Hearts

Prayer Practices Engaging with Celtic Poetry, Imagery and the Beauty of Nature

Our day will be inspired by the Celtic writings of J Philip Newell and his book; the Book of Creation, where he explores these topics inspired by the 7 days of Creation;  The Light of God, the Wildness of God, the Fecundity of God, the Harmony of God, the creatureliness of God, the Image of God, the Stillness of God.

Cost:  $125 + GST   ($25 of ticket purchase is non-refundable, no refunds 7 days before event)

Time:   9:30am to 4:30pm

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All 3 Day Retreats – Aug. 7, 10 & 14 (at a discounted cost)

Cost:   $ 300 + GST   ($75 of ticket purchase is non-refundable, no refunds 7 days before event)

Time:    9:30am – 4:30pm

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Note:  Meals not included, please bring your own bagged lunch, snacks and drinks.

“This retreat rocked my world, as Cathy would say. It is not often that you get to spend so much time dedicated solely to helping and healing yourself, so when that opportunity arises you need to take it! This retreat opened my eyes to so much about myself and gave me tools to take on life’s twists, turns and uncertainties. This retreat will help you feel God all around you. I would recommend this to everyone because everyone could use a little soul care!” (Erin – 2018 Retreat participant)



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