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Early Snapshots of Contemplative Fire

Travelling Light, Dwelling Deep through a shared, three-fold rhythm of life symbolised by the celtic trefoil, lived as prayer, study, action – a continuous exploration of being, knowing, and doing.


A tulip reveals a natural portrayal of the trefoil




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Living the Mystery: the Way of Christ the contemplative

Experiential course learning in depth about the Christian Mystical Tradition – focusing on




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Pilgrimage to Now/here

This provides an opportunity to recover the ancient understanding of pilgrimage by discovering the holy in the every day without the need to journey to a holy site as an end point.



The Companions on the Way gather round the fire in The Lodge at the start of The Pilgrimage to Now/here (at least in the colder months of the year!)

We re-discover how to walk slowly



to be attentive to what is ‘here’ and ‘now’, treading lightly on the earth




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The Gathering

The community extends a warm welcome to anyone who would like to share in contemplative worship and discover more about the reflective dimension of Christian faith. There are monthly Gatherings for the sharing of Holy Communion following the ancient patterning of the Eucharist that seeks to re-imagine in language and symbol the Christian story, celebrating the festivals and creativity, giving opportunity to experience contemplative prayer and conviviality through shared stillness, and song and so build community.

We gather in ancient churches


In old barns


Bubbles of prayer at the end of one Gathering


The Table of Friendship at Harvest: bread baked by the community; Fair Trade wine poured out, fruits to share

And school halls


Advent Gathering – Make straight the way of the Lord


Table of Friendship: The simplicity of Lent


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Celebrating creativity

© Charlotte Wright – paintings inspired by photojournalism


‘Oh that my words were written down … O that they were inscribed’ (Job 19: 23) An opportunity for people to inscribe their own words to God in clay.


Using gifts of creation – such as flowers and water – to explore the theme of the day


Contemplative use of the camera – providing images of transfiguring light



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Creativity expressed through music –

ranging from African drum to simple chants often inspired by a short Biblical text of the day.


Rev’d Philip Roderick playing the Hang drum



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Creating a Community of Christ at the Edge

There is an annual opportunity to gather Companions on the Way in a place of beauty and deep stillness that enables a deeper exploration of what it might mean to be an expression of a community of Christ at the Edge.

Each day is patterned around

As a community we have a strong commitment to learning kinaesthetically. Many have discovered what life-changing truths can be revealed through prayerful attentiveness to the body’s movement through time and space. Each day we would pray using a body prayer. These are sacred postures that are another way of praying without words but offer, for example, profound opportunities to express the Lord’s prayer or a season of the church’s year.

During one of the retreats, the trefoil – the symbol of our rhythm of life – was drawn on the beach. Each Companion had the opportunity to walk it out. This was a powerful experience for many – to walk the edges, to stand in the spaces, and to cross the thresholds. As we silently shared in the experience so community continued to be created.


On a previous retreat a labyrinth was created on the beach. Each person had time to slowly walk through this, being open to the insights such attentive walking could offer about our journey into God.

The Sevenfold Labyrinth




Creating a community of Christ at the edge enables creative opportunities to emerge in the development of liturgy, equipping for service and resources for the journey.

It is from this edge place that creative thinking and practice is emerging. One of the forms that it is taking is in the Beacon Series of publications exploring the Christian contemplative tradition and its relevance to the three fold rhythm of life. The first in the series is an exploration of ‘Stillness’. These 12 page booklets with a delightful interweaving of theology, prayer, and practice are available from the office for £3.50 incl p&p.

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