Organisations supporting Spiritual Development

The Retreat Association

The Retreat Association provides an information resource for those involved in retreat work (both in retreat houses and the local community) and spiritual direction, offering advice and information to individual inquirers, parishes and various groups.

Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Bucks HP14 4BF
01494 569056
http://www.retreats.org.uk
๐Ÿ“ง info@retreats.org.uk

South West Spiritual Directors’ Network

An ecumenical community of people offering spiritual direction and accompaniment; prayer guidance, leading quiet days, retreats, and training in Myers-Briggs and Enneagram typologies.ย  It holds an annual conference for members, and maintains a register of members offering these ministries.

Network Chairperson: The Revd Preb Nick Taylor, 50 Summerlands Park Ave., Ilminster, TA19 9BT
01460 929392
๐Ÿ“ง nickruthtaylor@gmail.com

Exeter Diocesan Spiritual Direction Referral Service

A service run by the Anglican Diocese of Exeter, but for anyone, providing help for those seeking a spiritual director, and support for those offering this ministry. For help in finding a spiritual director:
Spiritual Direction Referral Service, The Old Deanery, EXETER, EX1 1HS,
07722 106632
๐Ÿ“งย spiritual.direction@exeter.anglican.org
http://www.exeter.anglican.org and enter “Spiritual Direction” into the search box.
Enquiries are also welcome from spiritual directors wishing to apply for membership of the panel of spiritual directors.

Exploring Prayer

The purpose of “Exploring Prayer Days” is to help people deepen their relationship with God and with themselves. By discovering more of God’s love and guidance in our lives, we learn to trust him more deeply; by sharing our faith with others we draw closer to them; when we are at peace with God and others we find the peace of God within ourselves.
During the day (10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.) different approaches to prayer are explored, including the use of silence, guided meditation and imaginative use of the scriptures – new methods building on old traditions. It is hoped that participants – clergy and laity – will take back some of the experiences and ideas to their parishes. People of all denominations are welcome.
Much of the exploration takes place in small groups of six to eight people – this allows a greater degree of sharing with one another. Requests from parishes and mission communities welcome.

Co-ordinator: Marian Gilpin – marian.gilpin@btinternet.com

Secretary: Janet Goddard – ๐Ÿ“ง janet.goddard@exeter.anglican.org