Events

“Reconnecting to the divine in nature”

_An Eco-Spirituality retreat for Christians seeking to reconnect their faith to nature_

Date

17th - 19th September 2021

About the Event

Aim:

Are you struggling to do church as normal in the midst of the unprecedented climate and ecological crisis we face?

"Reconnecting to the divine in nature" is a weekend retreat geared at Christians enquiring into the place of nature, creation and eco-spirituality in their faith. The aim is to help retreatants develop a deeper connection to and love for the sacredness of nature as an expression of the divine in their own spiritual journey. In this, we will be relying partially on Joanna Macy and Chris Johnson's book 'Active Hope' but from a fundamentally Christian perspective.

Objectives:

• Reflect on the current ecological crisis and explore what Christians are being called to
• Explore Christian spiritualities (Franciscan and Celtic) that foster a connection to the sacredness of nature.
• Learn a process that allows us to accept the seriousness of the ecological crisis whilst working from a place of hope and gratitude, in re wilding the earth and honouring God
• Learn from and travel with others on their spiritual journey.
• Provide a network and spiritual long-term support for Christians and eco activists.

Audience:

Christians and especially Christian leaders and activists in the church, business and not for profit organisations, enquiring into the place of nature, creation and eco spirituality in their faith and life.

Principles:

The retreat will immerse retreatants in God's creation - slowing us down to natures pace. Providing time for reflection, meditation, prayer and stillness inspired by nature. It will draw upon the Bible, "Active Hope", as well as evolutionary biology.

Retreat Facilitators:

Mike Mullins and Karen Durkin are both leadership development facilitators, coaches and retreat leaders.

Venue Timings and Cost:

The retreat will be held in woods at Church Farm, Ardeley, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG2 7AH, from Friday 17th September Arriving 3pm for a 5pm start, through to a finish on Sunday 19th at 4.30 pm.

Retreatants will need to bring their own tents. If you prefer not to camp in a tent, there are wooden cabins available to hire in the woods at an additional cost. Please see Church Farm's website for detail of how to book and prices: Church Farm
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. The cost per person is £110 (Excl. VAT). Please contact Mike Mullins at mikemullins1964@gmail.com or on 07973 642 875 for further information and to book a place.