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June 24, July 8 & 15: Thought for the Day, BBC Radio 4, 7.45am.
October 7 & 10: St Paul's Cathedral 'Autumn Prayer Walks: Sauntering in the City', 12.30-5pm. To book (or for more details) click here: stpauls.co.uk.
October 12, 14 & 19: Ode to Autumn: Walking retreats in Winchester, Hampshire. 1.15pm - 6pm. More details here!
October 18: Autumn Stillness Day-Retreat in Riddlesworth, Norfolk - details tbc very soon.
December 1: Advent 20 e-mail series. Details will follow in the autumn.
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HUSH! Once a month I run a contemplative one-hour space called HUSH at Christchurch, Winchester. It's gently based around a theme each time, and we use poetry, music, and in particular stillness, to help us go deeper into the space of this present moment. 8pm in the back of the church. I'm having a rest for the summer now, but dates for the autumn will follow.
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A quick summary of 2016
It's been a full and fruitful year, and I feel hugely privileged to have had some wonderful opportunities to engage with people like yourself. We've had a sun-filled series of 'Spring Saunter' retreats at Mottisfont Abbey, and some wind-swept, leaf-blown wanders for the recent Ode to Autumn series.
Many of us enjoyed a powerful journey through Lent - as a community gathered virtually each day to reflect spiritually and respond practically. I spent a week at the glorious Lee Abbey to speak on 'living soulfully', and enjoyed some fabulous times in Norfolk using the Wigwam Centre's outdoor labyrinth to guide seasonal retreat days.
This summer I spent an intensive week in South Africa working with organisations, CEOs, leaders and one-to-one professionals exploring 'spiritual intelligence'. I've also broadcast a number of Thought for the Day slots on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. A real highlight of my year was the publication of a new book Soulfulness: Deepening the Mindful Life - which became a top-ten best-seller at my favourite spirituality-and-arts festival, Greenbelt, at which I appeared in August. Most recently, I spoke at St Paul's Cathedral's Sunday Forum.
I concluded the year by guiding my e-mail series Advent 20, which helped me - and I hope you, too! - to make space ahead of Christmas, to engage with a beautiful season at a deeper, more soulful level.