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Learning to Speak from a Franciscan Heart:  A 21st-Century Language

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

A time of retreat and reflection lead by Franciscan Friar, William Short OFM

The Franciscan spiritual tradition approaches major questions of life and meaning from a unique angle.  Who is God?  Who am I in relation to God and others?  Does this world have value for a Christian?  What does it mean to be "saved"? Franciscan language focuses on God as Love, and a creation proclaimed as "good" by its Creator.  The fundamental relationship uniting all creatures is that of being brothers and sisters to each other.  This religious language has become familiar today through the words of Pope Francis in recent encyclicals like Laudato Si' and Fratelli Tutti.  Share a time of rest and reflection learning more about this Franciscan language and how easy it is to speak in our times.

Individually Guided Retreat

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

Step away from the noise and haste of your everyday life and into the quiet beauty of the Franciscan Centre Ladywell in the heart of Surrey.

Each day you will be accompanied by a trained spiritual director.

Reflections in the Mirror – Clare’s letters to Agnes of Prague

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

Reflections in the Mirror - Clare's letters to Agnes of Prague
A time of reflection and retreat led by Brian Purfield.
How can the fidelity of Clare and Agnes to their particular vocation inspire us today? We shall explore the four letters Clare writes to Agnes in their ecclesial and political context. By weaving together history and spirituality, participants will be invited into the God-centred world of Clare. By sifting out the key elements of Clare's spirituality through her letters to Agnes, we shall explore her legacy for us today.

Ecofluency Experience at the Franciscan Centre

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

Ecofluency Experience: Rediscover your ability to communicate with Nature

Rekindle your ability to commune and communicate with all of Nature, in this residential experience and workshop held in the exquisite, tranquil setting of the Ladywell Convent.

The Franciscan Centre is delighted to invite Dr Saskia von Diest to offer an Ecofluency experience within the tranquil setting of the Ladywell Convent, a space that is ideal for deep contemplation and welcoming of all faiths, belief systems and spiritual traditions, with the only proviso being an open mind and open heart. This experience is for anybody interested in communing and communicating with Nature, including those who practice it already, though no previous experience is required.

Throughout the experience, we will gently immerse ourselves in the fundamentals of how to practice ecofluency - the science, art, and magic of two-way communication with the rest of Nature.

Individually Guided Retreat

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

Step away from the noise and haste of your everyday life and into the quiet beauty of the Franciscan Centre Ladywell in the heart of Surrey.

Each day you will be accompanied by a trained spiritual director.

Individually Guided Retreat

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

Step away from the noise and haste of your everyday life and into the quiet beauty of the Franciscan Centre Ladywell in the heart of Surrey.

Each day you will be accompanied by a trained spiritual director.

Individually Guided Retreat

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

Step away from the noise and haste of your everyday life and into the quiet beauty of the Franciscan Centre Ladywell in the heart of Surrey.

Each day you will be accompanied by a trained spiritual director.

Lúnasa – A Time of Harvest

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

Join Fr. Caoimhín Ó Laoide and other members of the Franciscan Centre Team for a preached retreat, harvesting wisdom for my life, extracting wisdom from […]

Cultivating an Ecological Spirituality

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

A workshop with Jane Mellett
Join us for this weekend retreat in the beautiful surroundings of the Franciscan Centre Ladywell. During these days we will explore how to cultivate an ecological spirituality. These days will be a mix of input with plenty of time for reflection, time in nature and experiencing various contemplative practices which can help us to cultivate an ecological spirituality, nourish and sustain oneself amid ecological breakdown / discerning a way forward.

Individually Guided Retreat

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

Step away from the noise and haste of your everyday life and into the quiet beauty of the Franciscan Centre Ladywell in the heart of Surrey.

Each day you will be accompanied by a trained spiritual director.

Love is his meaning: At prayer with Julian of Norwich

The Franciscan Centre Ashstead Lane, Godalming, United Kingdom

A time of reflection led by Christopher Chapman

Julian of Norwich was a woman of prayer, a spiritual guide and the most down to earth of theologians. She lived in a turbulent time and sought to make a sense of how a good God could allow difficult things to happen. She saw no anger in God: no desire to punish or blame. For her, love was God’s meaning: love that was tender, resourceful and deep. In this retreat we will journey with Julian into ‘who’ and ‘how’ God is, and what this means for our lives.