Seeds of Contemplation

Led by Ian Mobsby

New Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best loved books. Many praise it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those of Thoreau.

New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western humanity, in order to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, "Every moment and every event of every human life on earth plants something in their soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of people . Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because many are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."

This is a silent retreat, harnessing the wisdom of the book in daily learning sessions and times of silent group contemplation. There will be a daily Eucharist and one session each day will be open for discussion. 

No experience of meditation necessary but a willingness to engage with silence and learn or deepen prayer practices.

Ian Mobsby is a writer, speaker, missioner, CofE Priest and enthusiast of new monasticism. He is currently the Woolwich Episcopal Area Mission Enabler in the Diocese of Southwark and Priest in Charge of St Luke Camberwell in Peckham that includes the Wellspring Community Peckham. He has past involvement in three fresh expressions/ emerging communities including being a founding member of Moot, a New Monastic community in Central London. He is an Associate Missioner of the Archbishop’s Fresh Expressions Team, an associate lecturer of the South East Institute for Theological Education, a national selector for pioneer ministry, and Mission Advisor to a number of Dioceses in the Anglican Communion.

This event is open to everyone.

3 - 5pm Mon 28th Oct 2019 to 10am Fri 1st Nov 2019

Residential - £430 (20% ministry discount)