2016 feedback from different participants and events:
“I absolutely loved [it]…I found it superb! I wish I could have a copy of your script…such a store of positivity for me. The way you declaimed the scriptures was wonderful – it was like hearing them for the first time….amazing. Loved the idea of being a ‘map of the heart’, loved the knowledge of the history of the musical scene…carefully researched…deepening appreciation of the Mozart Requiem…you uncovered layers of depth, where the soul could go…I have enjoyed and felt enriched by Euan’s course…real depth and insight, the result of patient preparation…has introduced me to layers of meaning…informative and enjoyable, a deep spirituality…combination of emotional content of the music with St. John’s Gospel was unusual and very rewarding…Herzlichen danke!”
2015 participant comments included: “An excellent understanding of the music & sensitivity to & empathy of the subject – heartfelt…”A whole new way of listening.” “Meticulously prepared and presented….” “The course was inspirational and life affirming. Euan’s personality and style – his compassion, integrity and yet light touch have made it a memorable weekend – the best ever at Ammerdown.” “Provided a stimulating and challenging approach giving a deep insight…”
On behalf of the Parish of Chepstow, I should like to commend you for the Quiet Day which was organised and led by you at St. Mary’s Priory, Chepstow on Holy Saturday.
As feedback I should like to make the following observations about the day:
The ancient Priory Church had been prepared in advance in a way which lent itself well to the monastic history of the church. Stations were carefully situated throughout the building to give space and opportunities for prayer and reflection. The themes at each station led the participants on a journey around the central theme of the day ‘Called by Jesus’. These prayerful spaces were each accompanied by thought provoking visual aids to draw us into a theme for contemplation. They were placed in a way that created sacred spaces which were sensitive to the particular chosen areas of the church building.
The day allowed each person to choose how much or how little they wished to partici- pate in. However the high points of the day were the ‘Waymark’ talks which took place between the times for quiet reflection. Euan Tait has a special way of drawing you into a place of deep refection as he develops his theme throughout the day, allowing each per- son to reach their own level of contemplation.
The day was also complemented by an art workshop where Bible texts were chosen to create imaginative stations of the cross, which were then assembled and painted.
We all benefited from the way in which Euan led this Quiet Day on this most holy of days as we were drawn into the mystery of the Vigil of the Resurrection. He is without doubt the most sensitive and inspiring leader of a Retreat that I have ever encountered.
Our heartfelt thanks go to you from the Parish of Chepstow,
Yours in our Lord’s service, Revd. Christopher Blanchard. Vicar of Chepstow, 7th May 2014
Some responses(note forward slash represents individual comments. Note – “launchpad” means “talk”):
Superb presentation at the right pace. Well written aims to meditation and thought.
The soft, seated delivery is right as the subject dealt at times with emotive feelings.
Excellent preparation & printed guidelines, spoke clearly, friendly and approachable.
Offered the retreat as our own time – to do and join in or not. Relaxed and easy to talk to at the meeting time before starting. Pictures (or one) very helpful.
Good pictorial helps. Talks on paper to take away. Gentle simple but incisive talks in lovely language. Gentle humour helpful. Advent song gorgeous. Euan’s joining as ‘one of us’ during the course meals etc much appreciated.
Spoke clearly and slowly
Very well prepared. The materials are excellent and will be useful to think and meditate on over the Advent season.
The pictures are inspirational and the questions thought provoking
Gave a lot of food for thought and time for reflection after each launchpad
I found the presentation helpful, prayerful, relaxing and meaningful
Speaking slowly and with conviction, making it all sound simple.
Far exceeded my expectations, beautifully led and the right level and pace for me. I liked the handouts to refer to afterwards and will help me when I go home.
Spoke slowly, was clear in his presentation, both verbal and visual. Material was useful during the day, also to take home when more time to study scripture. Session before lunch very helpful to me at the present time./Good quality presentation and materials.”