I am a Christian laywoman trying to follow Jesus through a life of prayer and action. I have spent time over the years with both Ignatian and Benedictine religious communities learning their spiritualities, and have knowledge of a number of prayer traditions.
I trained in Spiritual Direction on the 2-year course on Ignatian Spiritual Accompaniment held at St Bede’s Pastoral Centre in York, which was led by Cecilia Goodman CJ, an outstandingly gifted spiritual guide and mentor. I trained in retreat direction at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre where I was a residential member of the team and where I directed retreats and helped train spiritual directors and prayer guides.
I offer spiritual accompaniment and retreats to individuals, as well as quiet days, weeks of guided prayer, experiential prayer workshops and retreats to parish and other groups. I also offer time-limited vocations guidance for people trying to discern what path in life God is calling them to follow.
I am a trained supervisor and offer supervision to spiritual directors.
I have an MA in Christian and Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College, London.
While most people who come for spiritual direction are Christians, I am open to working with people unsure of their faith but seeking God.
Holy Week ‘Retreat in Daily Life’
Coronavirus has led to changes here:
Due to instructions to keep away from gatherings, retreats and retreat days at Sussex Heritage Centre have been cancelled until further notice.
However, as an alternative, I am offering a ‘Retreat in Daily Life’ which you can do in your own home during Holy Week. This will involve a daily meeting by Skype or, if necessary, by phone, of up to 30 minutes each day, and a commitment by you to pray for 20-30 minutes each day at home. During our daily meetings I will offer you guidance on what to pray with, and help you understand what is going on between you and God in your prayer times.
This Reatreat in Daily Life can last between 2 and 7 days, according to what you desire and can commit to, and will be available between Sunday 5th and Saturday 11th April 2020.
A small financial contribution will be requested from those able to pay, to be discussed with each person individually. This will enable me to offer this time of spiritual guidance to as many people as possible, which is especially important when church services have been stopped.
If you are interested, please get in touch through my contact page to arrange a regular time to meet, and decide on initial prayer material.
Individually Guided Retreats
If you’ve often wondered about trying a retreat, but not known what to expect or whether it’s for you, why not check out the short 2- and 3-day retreats which are ideal for beginners, as well as being perfect for people who can only afford a few days away or cannot manage weekends. For more information on Individually Guided Retreats (IGRs) look at the ‘Retreat’ section. Maybe this is the year you ‘put out into the deep’ and meet God trustingly in the silence.
These IGRs are all based at the Sussex Heritage Centre. Book online with them at http://sussexheritage.co.uk
I am now working as the Retreat Director for the Sussex Heritage Centre
This is an exciting opportunity to work with a retreat and pilgrimage centre in the countryside close to the historic town of Arundel. They can offer accommodation, meals and activities for small and large groups. Take a look at what they offer…
Upcoming Retreats at Sussex Heritage Centre
Thursday 27th May 2021: Quiet Day of Reflection with chance of individual spiritual direction, 10am-4pm
Thursday 17th June 2021: Quiet Day of Reflection with chance of individual spiritual direction, 10am-4pm. No theme, just silence, prayer, creative materials, walking of sitting among nature.
For details, visit http://sussexheritage.co.uk
Pentecost Retreat: 2-day Individually Guided Retreat 21-23 May 2021
2-day Individually Guided Retreat 18-20 June 2021
2-day Individually Guided Retreat Friday 18 – Sunday 20 June 2021. Silent retreat with a one-to-one session of spiritual direction on Saturday and on Sunday. Fully catered.
2-day Individually Guided Retreat Friday 9 – Sunday 11 July 2021. Silent retreat with a one-to-one session of spiritual direction on Saturday and on Sunday. Fully catered.
For details and to book, visit http://sussexheritage.co.uk