This is a programme of our main retreats for 2018. Other events will be announced on the Latest News page. You are welcome to come at any time for spiritual guidance, to join in the daily routine of the Augustinian Community and to enjoy the peace and prayerfulness of Clare Priory.
|Way of Silence - in our busy lives today we can lose sight of God and what matters in life. St Teresa of Calcutta says "God is a friend in silence. His language is silence." It is through this silence that we come to know God, the teacher within, our hidden treasure. These days are for those who wish to have a time of silence and prayer. They are led by our Priory Team who wish to share their experience of silent prayer, or meditation as it is also known. They are for those who are experienced in the practice of silent prayer, and for those who wish to learn and find out more about this way of praying. Everyone is welcome. A 'Way of Silence' day is an opportunity to learn about and practice contemplative prayer - the key to intimacy with God, self-knowledge and inner change. Jesus said "Go to your inner room, and God who is there, will teach you everything." 10.30 to 3.00pm
|Feb||13||Family Day - for parents, grandparents and children. Introducing Christian meditation to children through contemplative and creative activities||Donation||Priory Team|
|20||The Way of Silence - The Breath by Richard Rohr||Donation||Priory Team|
|27||Journeying with poets through Lent CANCELLED - DUE TO BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS. Sr Angela has re-booked for Tuesday 13th March and hopes you will be able to join us then.||£30||Sr Angela Morris|
||Women's Word Day of Prayer 2.00pm CANCELLED - due to bad weather|
|Mar||8||Icon Interest Day - for those working on their own icon an opportunity for advice and to share with others.||£40||Annette Ashton|
|13||Journeying with poets through Lent - re-scheduled from 27th Feb. Starting at 9.30am||£30||Sr Angela Morris|
|20||The Way of Silence - Stilling the body for prayer - led by Chris Hurley. A day of silence, simple movement and meditation, including sitting, standing and lying on the floor. Please bring a mat if you have one. 10.30am to 3.00pm Mass at 10.00am if you wish.||Donation||Priory Team|
|21||Mindfullness follow-up day 2.00 to 5.00pm||Donation||Dr Mark Chambers and Jennie Thornton|
|Introduction to Mindfullness 9.30am to 5.00pm||Donation||Dr Mark Chambers and Jennie Thornton|
|28-1 April||Holy Week Retreat - for those who wish to find out more about leading a religious life||£280||Fr Stefan Park OSA|
|April||5||Icon Interest Day - for those working on their own icon an opportunity for advice and to share with others.||£40||Annette Ashton|
|12||Healing Prayer Evening. 7.00 to 8.30pm||Sheila Graham|
|13-15||Spring Retreat. An invitation to come and refresh your mind, body and spirit,
looking at creation anew, in the beautiful countryside around Clare Priory
|17||The Way of Silence - Monastery without walls. 10.30am to 3.00pm||Donation||Priory Team|
|May||13||Pilgrimage Day at Clare Priory. 11.30am Rosary, Reconciliation, Mass|
|14-20||A workshop/retreat on Icons, under the expert and prayerful guidance of Fr. Richard Cannuli OSA, providing a creative and spiritual experience for those familiar with icons and those discovering this treasured art form for the first time. Gold leaf and pigments will be provided. Participants leave with a finished icon.||£495||Fr Richard Cannuli OSA|
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The Way of Silence - led by Valerie Quinlivan 10.30am to 3.00pm "Joy, Delight & Gratitude": This quiet day will focus on how we can be glad and thankful on every day that the Lord has made, even when there is darkness and terror in the world. Oscar Romero wrote, “Christians cannot be pessimists”.
|26-28||Flower Festival weekend|
|29||Family Day - for parents, grandparents and children. Introducing Christian meditation to children through contemplative and creative activities. 10.30am to 3.00pm||Donation||Priory Team|
Mindfulness Follow-up Day 2.00pm to 5.00pm. For those who have previously attended the Introduction days.
|Donation||Dr Mark Chambers and Jennie Thornton|
|31||Introduction to Mindfulness 9.00am to 5.00pm||Donation||Dr Mark Chambers and Jennie Thornton|
|June||6||Reflective Walking||Donation||Mary Handforth|
|7||Icon Interest Day - for those working on their own icon an opportunity for advice and to share with others.||£40||Annette Ashton|
|16||Medieval Beguines 'Love is everything' 10.30am to 3.00pm||£30||Julie Hopkins|
|19||The Way of Silence - Finding Your Hidden Treasure 10.30am to 3.00pm||Donation||Priory Team|
|21||Healing Prayer Evening 7.00 to 8.30pm||Sheila Graham|
|6-8||The Psalms as Christian Prayer. The weekend will open with a general introducjtion to the Psalms and their role in Christian prayer. Selected psalms will be explored together to illustrate the potential of these ancient prayers for our lives today.||£150||Fr Kieran O'Mahony OSA|
|14-15||Annual Craft Fair - we are not open for Retreats, but please come and enjoy this two day event.|
|17||The Way of Silence 10.30am to 3.00pm||Donation||Priory Team|
|24-29||Individual Guided Retreat||£350||Sr Frances Moore|
|August||21||The Way of Silence||Donation||Priory Team|
|21-26||Individual Guided Retreat||£350||Sr Frances Moore|
|September||7||Word into Silence. 7.00 to 9.00pm||£10 or donation||Fr Laurence Freeman OSB|
|The content of 7th and 8th are stand-alone talks||8||Word into Silence. For many the new experience of silence that they find through meditation surprisingly awakens a new hunger for the Word - for scripture and other wisdom texts. Learing to read scritures in the light of contemplation is one of the great gifts and discoveries of the spiritual journey and one of the great needs for our wisdom-deprived world. 11.00am to 4.00pm||£30 or donation||Fr Laurence Freeman OSB|
|18||The Way of Silence - led by Chris Hurley - 10.30am to 3.00pm||Donation||Priory Team|
|October||5-7||Autumn Retreat||£150||Mary Hadforth|
The Way of Silence 10.30am to 3.00pm
|23||Faith as green as a leaf - some thoughts on R.S. Thomas 9.30am start||£30||Sr Angela Morris|
|24||Mindfulness Follow-up Day 2.00pm to 5.00pm. For those who have previously attended the Introduction days.||Donation||Dr Mark Chambers and Jennie Thornton|
|25||Introduction to Mindfulness 9.00am to 5.00pm||Donation||Dr Mark Chambers and Jennie Thornton|
|November||20||The Way of Silence 10.30am to 3.00pm||Donation||Priory Team|
|23-25||Making Sense of the Christmas Gospels (Luke 1-2). The first two chapters of Luke's Gospel are an important introduction to the whole Gospel. Each "scene" will be explored, first in the context of Luke 1-2 and then in the light of the potential for Chrstian living today.||£150||Fr Kieran O'Mahony OSA|
|December||1||Open Day of Healing||Donation||Fr Laurence Brassill OSA and Pauline Edwards|
** IGRs run from Tuesday morning until after lunch on Sunday.
For all days where we ask for a donation refreshments will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch
All residential prices include full board and all meals.
On the second Saturday and Sunday of July the grounds of the Priory are given over to a Craft Fair which is usually extremely well received. There is a small charge for admission but there is a wonderful variety of art and crafts on display with a number of exhibitors demonstrating, including lace-making, wool-spinning, metalwork, woodturning, and many more. There are also children's entertainers, refreshments, hot and cold food, and a licensed bar.
Photos from previous events are accessible by visiting the Craft Fair page.
The 2019 Craft Fair is due to be held on the weekend of July 14th/15th. We will contact all registered exhibitors around late February/March just as soon as we are ready to invite applications, there is no need to re-register even if you have not yet taken part.