ADVENT – In the Spirit of Carmel
Faith Search and Keeping the Mystery
From 28th November, 2020

Journey with us this Advent in the Spirit of Carmel through our Advent Retreats – Faith Search and Keeping the Mystery. You may choose one or both retreats by clicking on their appropriate buttons below. Faith Search will take place on Saturdays – suitable for those who have time for a longer conversation on the chosen topic. Keeping the Mystery will facilitate an hour of prayer and conversation. Each retreat will be facilitated by our Carmelite team in the hope that you will have nurtured and encountered your personal friendship with God preparing to celebrate Christmas in a different way. 

Faith Search

Beginning 28th November
Online – Saturdays (10am – 12pm) in Advent

Carmelite Spirituality lays emphasis on each person possessing an experience of God. Unique to the journey of faith is the individual’s encounter with the mystery of God. Participating in our Saturday series during Advent we invite you to explore by reflecting on some of the wisdom and insight given to this well worn spiritual tradition. We hope our time together will be engaging and encouraging for people to contribute as the themes you will be exploring, touch on common issues and concerns any human person, on a journey faith, meets.

It has been said that our society is in the grip of narcissistic tendencies; where “pragmatism” and an “unbridled restlessness” is compounding the attitude “what’s in it for me?”. The end result will be a society that descends into a lack of care and concern for others.

Though within this group you will be involved in an activity calling upon your “individual” experience – nevertheless, joining such a group will contribute to building a community of faith as we begin to discover the movement of the Holy Spirit in the sharing. After proclaiming the famous text of scripture from the Prophet Isaiah 8.23 – 9.1, Jesus then sat down and stated it was being fulfilled in the “hearing” of all who were present.(c.f. Luke 4.22) Well, this is our group. It will be in the listening to one another that you will hear the Spirit and grow your faith.

No one in the group is an “expert” when it comes to the movement of the Holy Spirit. This group is about what the presentations, the reflections, the sharing can get out of you – than what you can get out of them! Silence and time alone in preparation of each group is recommended. The material will be sent in advance of each group meeting. This will form the basis of our conversational time together.

Over our Saturday time together we will be looking at:
Live-stream 10am-12noon UK time

Day 1
Saturday 28th November

“Behold, I am standing by the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come into you and eat with you, and you with me.” Rev 3.20.

Day 2
Saturday 5th December

“There is a sense in which He (God) is at the tip of my pen, my spade, my brush, my needle —of my heart and my thought…..” Teilhard de Chardin.

Day 3
Keeping company
Saturday 12th December

“It seems that what gave the early Christians courage to persevere was not a secure future, but the certainty of a companionship more powerful than anything the future could bring.” Fr Iain Matthew

Day 4
Who do you say I am?
Saturday 19th December
“For there is no state of prayer, however sublime, in which it is not necessary often to go back to the beginning”Teresa of Avila


Keeping the Mystery

Beginning 30th November
Online – Mondays (8pm – 9pm) in Advent

A series of 4 reflection evenings to prepare for Christmas. As adults we have an inner desire to do something different to help us celebrate Christmas differently and meaningfully than before. This mini-series may be for you. With its combination of Meditation, Music, Reflection and Silence let the Carmelite community engage your imagination and help keep you in touch with this desire. Join and prepare differently, for your Christmas.  

Over our Monday time together we will be looking at:
Live-stream 10am-12noon UK time

Day 1
Light from Light:
Monday 30th November

“Your Word is a Lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” – Psalm 119

Day 2
The Sound of God Approaching: Monday 7th December
The Father spoke one Word, which was his Son, and this Word he speaks always in eternal silence, and in silence must it be heard by the soul.” – John of the Cross”

Day 3
Pondering the Word:
Monday 14th December

“Lord, who can grasp all the wealth of just one of your words?”  – St.Ephraim

Day 4
Seeing the Word:
Monday 21st  December

“That which was from the beginning..which we have looked upon..the Word of life” John 1 1:3

The Carmelite team here looks forward to welcoming you to our online Advent time together.


Online Triduum Retreat – St Teresa of Avila
12th—14th October 2020 – 17:00 – 18:30 daily UK Time

Saint Teresa of Jesus continues to this day to be a figure of inspiration. On September 27th 1970 Pope St Paul VI declared:
“We do not hesitate to proclaim her Doctor of the Church, the first among women, especially for her knowledge and doctrine of divine things. In fact, we have confidence and trust that Teresa of Jesus, who was declared by a solemn decree Teacher of the Christian life, will also strongly stimulate the people of our time to grow in the love of contemplation in the soul and to the attainment of heavenly things.”

Fr Matt Blake, a Carmelite priest and renowned retreat director will expound the profound spiritual teaching of Saint Teresa of Avila simply and with clarity. He’ll show how her teachings must be at the basis of every authentic spiritual life. Make these three days a journey into divine intimacy with St Teresa, an eminent teacher of prayer and a sure guide in the spiritual life, as your companion. Please invite your friends and loved ones to join the retreat and gain insights for growth and blessings for themselves during these holy days.

In preparation for the Solemnity of St Teresa of Avila
12—14 October 2020 – 17:00 – 18:30 daily UK Time

Day 1
“Fix your eyes on Christ” : The Holy Wisdom of St Teresa, Doctor of the Church

Day 2
“God Alone Suffices”: St Teresa as Teacher and Guide

Day 3
“The Door to this castle is Prayer”: The Enduring Legacy of St Teresa

During this retreat, we are happy to offer a number of Individually Guided Sessions (IGS) and Group Guided Sessions (GGS) through Zoom.

An Individual Guided Retreat

Sometimes we need time away from our busy schedules to pray and reflect.  We are offering the opportunity to organise your own online personalised retreat, on dates and times that suit you.  

We are offering 30 – 60  minutes of online spiritual direction a day, over four, five, six or seven days.   One of our team of qualified and experienced Spiritual Directors will meet with you by phone Skype or Zoom.   

This is an on-going service that we offer.  The cost ranges from £120 for 4 days to £210 for a 7 day guided retreat.

Regular Retreats

We organise a number of retreats online, which can be done in your own time and in your own space.  Often the retreat includes, if you wish it, individual spiritual direction for 25 minutes each day, by Skype or Zoom, limited to a certain number of participants.   During these retreats we record a daily talk and meditation which you can watch live or you can watch the recording later in the day.  We send out daily sheets with reflections, scripture, prayers and questions on which to ponder.  We prepare these carefully in advance, praying as we do so. 

We usually run these online retreats during Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Advent and Christmas.

These retreats are suitable for a range of people, at varying stages of their faith journey, and we encourage those who haven’t been on an online retreat before to come and try it

For more information and dates of these retreats, please check our Online Calendar or get in touch with us to discuss what you are  looking for.

Custom-designed retreats

We can design an online retreat for a parish, a group or a diocese.  Please let us know with your requirements and we can discuss creating a retreat, of any length, suitable for your participants.