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  • Fri

    Going Beyond - The Bede Griffiths Retreat

    4:00 pm

    This retreat is for anyone interested in the work of Benedictine Monk Fr Bede Griffiths, or in how the experience of India can help illuminate the Christian tradition in new ways.

    The in-person retreat is now fully booked, however if you'd like to join us On-line real-time, follow this link. If after reading the information you'd like to book your place, we'd love to see you!   Going Beyond: On -line

    John Ryder writes "Many Christians have struggled to find the Christ we know in our hearts in the churches where we grew up.  We imbibed an image of God delivered in dualistic terms, excluding perspectives from other spiritual traditions. 

    Jane Lichnowski and John Ryder, along with Revd Ian Spencer, will offer a weekend to facilitate a deepening process of spiritual understanding through an exploration of the Katha Upanishad. This accessible Hindu scripture opens up questions of life and death, and invites us to journey into the ultimate nature of who we are. It provides an opportunity to hear and reflect on the Katha Upanishad, held within the Benedictine rhythm of the day as at Shantivanam (Bede's Indian monastery), with times of meditation and prayer, silence and sharing.  Also, opportunities for yoga, contemplative walking in the beautiful grounds, and an Indian-style Eucharist.

    This is a unique opportunity rarely offered in the UK, do book early to secure your place.


    Jane Lichnowski and John Ryder are founder-members of the Bede Griffiths Sangha, a loosely - knit community of people formed 25 years ago after the death of Father Bede. (see

    Revd Ian Spencer is an Anglican Priest, Warden of Holland House, and yoga teacher. 

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