Online Courses from the Carmelites

Our online courses are designed to allow you to grow in your spirituality, from the safety and comfort of your own home. All courses will be streamed live and you will have the opportunity to access the material after the course.

Our Course Highlights

  • There will be video content and at least two 30 minute presentations for each lesson.
  • Course elements will be added weekly but you will be able to work at your own speed.
  • There will be reflection questions for each session where participants will be able to send their responses to the instruction, who will respond.
  • Most material will be available for 6 months unless otherwise indicated.

Courses Coming This Year

We have lots of inspirational courses planned for this year so please check back regularly. Here are some of the up and coming courses we have on the horizon.

Letting Teresa Speak:  An exploration of her life and teaching
Starting May, 2021
(Postponed – details to follow)

About the course

Postponed – Details to be updated soon

The course will explore the main themes of Teresa’s life and spiritual teaching. By allowing Teresa to speak to us through her own words, it will provide participants with an insight into her character, her concerns, and the central themes of her mystical theology. While each week will consider a different aspect of Teresa’s life and thought, it is anticipated that themes will re-emerge and develop over the course of the sessions, so that a holistic view of the saint emerges.

The course is suitable for those with little or no previous contact with Carmelite spirituality, for those wishing to ‘find a way in’ to Teresa’s writings, and for those who wish to develop further their appreciation of her unique teaching on prayer.

Over 6 weeks, this NEW ONLINE COURSE by the
Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality, Oxford

Full Cost – £150

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Deposit Only – £70

Pay a non refundable deposit now.

Pay Balance – £80

You can only pay the balance of the course admission price if you have first paid the deposit.

Introduction to the whole course:

The course will explore the main themes of Teresa’s life and spiritual teaching. By allowing Teresa to speak to us through her own words, it will provide participants with an insight into her character, her concerns, and the central themes of her mystical theology. While each week will consider a different aspect of Teresa’s life and thought, it is anticipated that themes will re-emerge and develop over the course of the sessions, so that a holistic view of the saint emerges.

The course is suitable for those with little or no previous contact with Carmelite spirituality, for those wishing to ‘find a way in’ to Teresa’s writings, and for those who wish to develop further their appreciation of her unique teaching on prayer.

Over 6 weeks, this is a  NEW ONLINE COURSE
by the
Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality, Oxford
From 8th May 2021

Your Course co-ordinator:
Sr Jo Robson, OCD

Sr Jo is a member of the Carmelite community in Ware, Hertfordshire. She is currently the joint coordinator of the initial formation programme for Carmelite sisters in the UK and a member of the editorial team for Mount Carmel. She participates in the Beyond Teresa research project based at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and is presently exploring patristic influences on St Teresa’s life and writings.

Schedule of Sessions

Session One. Teresa: her Life and Times
Session Two. Teresa and tradition: the origins of religious life and the history of Carmel
Session Three. Reading Teresa
Session Four. Teresa and the human person
Session Five. Teresa and prayer: the individual
Session Six. Teresa and prayer: the ecclesial perspective

COST: £150 (Non-refundable Deposit with registration £70)

Letting Teresa Speak

Schedule of sessions – to begin at 14:00 hrs UK time (times may vary)

8th May – Session One: Teresa: her life and times
The first session will establish the key events in Teresa’s life as well as filling in some of the background details. We will also take time to consider some of the historical, social and religious aspects of sixteenth-century Spain. This will help us understand how some of the themes in Teresa’s writings emerged from the particular context in which she was living.

15th May – Session Two: Teresa and tradition: the origins of religious life and the history of Carmel
Session two will continue to explore Teresa’s context, this time looking at the trajectory of religious life from its origins to the way of life she encountered when she entered the Monastery of the Incarnation. This will reveal how tradition influenced Teresa and guided her thinking about the new communities she was establishing.

22nd May – Session Three: Reading Teresa
The third session will start to explore Teresa’s texts, looking at how she came to write them and different approaches to reading them. We will also begin to explore Teresa’s teaching on prayer, which is the primary focus of all her writing.

29th May – Session Four: Teresa and the human person
Session Four will explore Teresa’s ‘theological anthropology’ or her understanding of the human person and the process of transformation we undergo as we journey from the first stages of prayer towards the goal of mystical union.

5th June – Session Five: Teresa and prayer: the individual
In this session, we will look at Teresa’s own struggles with prayer, her experience of conversion, and how she came to base her teaching on prayer on the twin ideals of friendship with the human Christ and the journey inwards to the centre of the soul.

12th June – Session Six: Teresa and prayer: the ecclesial perspective
The final session will examine the ecclesial dimension of Teresian prayer; how prayer occurs both within and for the church. In particular, we will explore Teresa’s great insight that prayer concerns something bigger than simply the individual’s relationship to God and is inextricably bound up with our relationships within the human community.

School of Prayer from the Carmelites
Starting March 20th, 2021

About the course

The School of Prayer is intended for those who realise the importance of prayer in their lives and are seeking a deeper relationship with God and support and encouragement in their search. It is not intended as an academic programme; the course will be mainly experiential. Participants will be invited to take an active part in spiritual conversation, workshops and small group sharing. It will also include essential reading, intended as a framework and support for the ongoing process of prayer, reflection and growth. For participants, it will offer the opportunity to be nourished by the rich treasures of Christian prayer with particular reference to the Carmelite tradition – and at the same time to explore their own prayer journey and share this experience with others.

The School of Prayer comprises of Level I and II. Each level stands alone. You may take Level I and then a break to return to Level II at your own convenience when next it is offered. Level II builds on the modules explored in Level I.

To form people of prayer. The course draws primarily from lived Carmelite spirituality and prepares course participants to be a prayerful presence in the world. The course may also enrich and deepen the prayer life of those who are more at home in other Christian or Catholic traditions of prayer or spiritual formation.

COST: £350 (Instalments Available)

Prayer Guides Course
Starting March 20th, 2021

About the course

The Prayer Guides Course is intended for those who desire to deepen their prayer experience and feel called to accompany others who turn to them for support on their spiritual journey. As part of the course, experiential sessions in which aspects of prayer – forms of prayer, difficulties in prayer, aids to prayer, etc. – will be explored. Presentations on basic skills for leading prayer sessions in different contexts will, listening skills and relationship dynamics will form part of the course. The Prayer Guides course is, therefore, suitable for a wide range of people: those who work in pastoral settings (hospitals, chaplaincies, prisons, spiritual direction and retreat ministries) and those who realise the importance of prayer in their lives and are seeking a deeper relationship with God and support and encouragement in their search.

COST: £150 Deposit

The Prophetic Spirituality of Elizabeth of the Trinity
 Starting February 2nd, 2021

In this 10 week course you will learn about Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, why her spirituality continues to be relevant for today, and the main themes in her writings. Drawing on Elizabeth’s experience, this course will provide you with a systematic study of the foundational means and principles for an authentic response to Christ’s invitation and calling to deeper conversion and intimacy, as well as participation in his mission.  This course will cover.

  • The formative influences on Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth’s life and legacy
  • Elizabeth’s prophetic spirituality and why it’s so powerful
  • The power of the sacraments in Elizabeth’s life and spirituality
  • The transformative power of scripture in Elizabeth’s experience
  • How Elizabeth can help us appreciate silence and contemplative prayer
  • How Elizabeth can help us engage the culture of today
  • Elizabeth’s relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Elizabeth’s Trinitarian spirituality
  • How Elizabeth’s teaching can help us to respond and be perfectly conformed to Christ Crucified

COST: £270

Prayer, Virtue and Discipleship:  Keys to Pastoral Ministry
Sessions: Mondays 25th January, 1st & 8th February 2021
Time: 18:00 – 21:00 hrs GMT

This online Zoom course aims to enrich the pastoral ministry of participants and to make accessible to them the formative wisdom of Christian mystics and spiritual masters. The short course is, therefore, suitable for a wide range of people: those who work in pastoral settings (hospitals, chaplaincies, prisons, in ministry) and those who are simply interested in understanding more about the spiritual life and pastoral ministry. 

The course will be delivered in three sessions configured thematically, and each will feature particular spiritual masters from the ancient, medieval and modern traditions including John Cassian, Augustine, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Francis de Sales, and Thérèse of Lisieux. 

COST: £75

Spiritual Directors Training Programme
September 2021 – May 2023

  • The Spiritual Direction Training Programme (Carmelite Tradition) builds on an interpretation of the experience of journeying towards intimacy with God as expressed in the life of the Carmelite saints and deriving principles from this for the growth and flourishing of the spiritual life. The programme therefore has its foundation in the spirituality of the Carmelite tradition. At the heart of this spirituality is a prayerful listening and response to the God who befriends us and an expressing of this experience through a life of contemplative awareness and friendship with one another.
  • The Programme is centred on journeying with others who seek to deepen and grow in their personal relationship with God. There are no set rules for this, and no single pathway, but a willingness to deepen one’s contemplative awareness and to respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit who is ever calling us and working towards the greater fulfilment and wholeness of each person.
  • One does not need to be a Carmelite or even know much of Carmelite spirituality to be part of the Programme. All that is necessary is to have a heartfelt desire to draw from the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality in deepening one’s own bond with God and to walk with others as they journey through life

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