The frantic pace of modern life often leads to ill-considered decisions, shallow relationships, trivial pursuits and a sense of loneliness that destroys the experience of meaning that makes life worthwhile. Whilst we know that we should slow down, become more present and live in the moment, we often do not know how to change. 

Conversations 2019 will explore a way of life and accompanying practices that will enable you to live differently. Laurence Freeman, Benedictine monk, internationally acclaimed retreat leader and the director of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) will be the speaker on the day. 

This is not new, but forgotten wisdom in an age of stress, speed and anxiety that we need to re-discover.

Laurence Freeman, Benedictine monk, internationally acclaimed retreat leader and the director of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) will be the speaker on the day. He has written numerous books on the different ways meditation can lead to personal and organisational transformation. His latest book is titled ‘Good Work’ (2019).

The programme is suitable for those who would like to embrace life with new depth and meaning, discover the freedom of other-centredness and so deepen their relationship with God. It will help anyone beginning to explore the fruits and benefits of meditation in the Christian tradition.

The day will consist of teaching, practice and conversation with a focus on strengthening practical wisdom in our daily lives.

We are living in an age that needs to deliberately choose for the contemplative dimension. In this session we will explore what is meant by meditation and how this practice within the wisdom tradition of the Christian faith could influence our lives.

The teaching of Jesus on prayer shows us that he is a teacher of contemplation and why this lifts Christianity out of the moralistic and fundamentalist dead-end in which, for many today, it seems to have ended up.

Desert wisdom describes a monk saying “The world has gone mad”. However, a day will come when people will see a sane person and say “look he is mad, he is not like us”. This session will explore how a contemplative practice can save us from the dangerous dehumanisation of modern life and our descent into isolation showing us as Christians where to drink from the spring of wisdom today.

Cost per person including fees, refreshments and a light lunch.