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Silence and Self-knowledge: Wisdom from the Desert

Why have our Christian friends through the centuries seen silence and self-knowledge as indispensable elements in spiritual growth? Is it still true for us today? We will look for insight and inspiration in the lives and wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers of 4th century Egypt.

Venue: Trinity House [IMPORTANT: This meeting may have to be on-line via Zoom, depending on likely Covid-19 restrictions near the time. You will be notified if this change to an on-line meeting becomes necessary.]


Registration & tea/coffee from 10 am

Spidir AGM 10.30 to 11.15 am

Conference First Session 11.30 am to 1.00 pm

Lunch Break 1.00 pm to 1.45 pm

Conference Second Session 1.45 pm to 3.00 pm

Final Plenary 3.00 pm

Guest Speaker: Liz Watson

Biography:  Liz is a member of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) and lives in Cornwall.  She has served the meditation community in various capacities over the past 20 years, including a term as UK National Coordinator.  She now focuses on teaching meditation, leading weekend and 7 day retreats and offering spiritual direction. She is drawn increasingly to the Christian mystical tradition and to contemplative approaches to the Bible. She also has a developing interest in meditation in prisons, and in 12 step programmes for freedom from addiction and in contemplative approaches to spiritual direction. She contributed two chapters to the book ‘The Journey to the Heart’ on the Christian mystics and recorded the CD ‘Images of Meditation’ with its accompanying booklet. 

After graduating with a degree in Latin, Liz pursued a career in the UK public library system to senior management level.  Retiring early, she took the opportunity to study for an MA in Theology.

Cost: If we are able to meet at Trinity House, Members pay £10 and non- Members £15. If it has to be changed to an online (Zoom) meeting,  the day is Free but donations will be gratefully received! For details on how to donate, click the DONATE button on the Home Page. Spidir will be sending a donation of £250 to WCCM.  

Book your place with Sally Lowe sallylowe1943@gmail.com/Tel 01306 884467

Further enquiries: sallylowe1943@gmail.com OR susanjcharles@aol.com

Event Details


28 June 2021
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
£10 – £15


Sally Lowe
01306 884467


Trinity House
4 Chapel Court, Borough High St
London, SE1 1HW
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