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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: IMPORTANT: This meeting was to have been at Trinity House but now will only be on-line via Zoom.  


Bring your own tea or coffee! [please note the REVISED TIMETABLE FOR THIS ZOOM MEETING – as of 10th May – to allow longer screen breaks. AGM starts 10 am not 10.30 as previously advertised]

10.00 – 10.45 AGM
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.10 Meditation and talk
12.10 – 12.30 Groups
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch break
1.30 – 2.10 talk
2.10 – 2.30 Groups
2.30 – 2.50 Break
2.50 Plenary

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: As this is now 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 John Philpott-Howard philpotthoward@aol.com or text/telephone 07789 985415 (NB if you booked before 30/4/21 with Sally, you don’t need to book again)

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

Event Details


28 June 2021
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


John Philpott-Howard
07789 985415


On-line via Zoom

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