PRAYING WITH MUSIC: LATEST MUSIC RETREAT DATES
These retreats are explorations of the inner life of music, its spiritual and emotional forces, by a praying poet. While they are neither singing weekends nor do they involve in depth technical analysis, they welcome performers and non-performers alike into an experience of the works that aims to greatly enrich their imaginative response to the music and words – music as a constantly unfolding creative gift in each life.
2018 feedback below – and see FEEDBACK TAB.
2017 feedback included: ..a knowledgeable and passionate leader….I was amazed at the depth of knowledge and the obvious love of the retreat leader for his subject…he is both humble and humourous, a good combination…it really was superb…” (Douai,Bruckner)
Douai Abbey: Easter Retreat (29th March -1st April) Handel Messiah – mainly concentrating on Parts 2 and 3.
Easter Retreat 2018: Waiting and welcome.
To walk with Jesus through love, sharing his way to the Cross; to wait for Jesus on the Easter Saturday, listening to the Holy Spirit stir in our hearts; to welcome the resurrected Christ on Easter Sunday with a “living, rushing water” joy. The new gift of each year’s Triduum is the freshness of its grace, in how we open our beings anew to the life of Christ. This year Douai offers a new way to experience this holy time: a pilgrimage through great music, Handel’s Messiah, prefaced by reflective talks to help us live this pilgrimage fully. The time will as ever be infused by the liturgies of the community in the great Abbey Church. Participant feedback included: “Excellent speaker, with deep insights into the spiritual message of Easter…what a delight to have Euan run it…very interesting, highly knowledgeable…Euan guided us through the Easter story passionately (but gently), using Handel’s ‘Messiah’ as a conduit, and embroidered his own beautiful poetry…He led us beautifully into contact with God and ourselves…”
Writing to God:
creating our own prayers, psalms, journals and poems
(Douai Abbey, 26th – 28th October 2018)
The beauty of relating to God is that we are called to speak freely and with utter honesty to Jesus, to open our hearts fully without fear. Our creative written responses help open us up to this life-giving relationship, and during this weekend we will be exploring how to write prayers, our own versions of psalms, short poems and journal entries: an exciting creative journey that aims to greatly enrich our own work. It is recommended you bring your own writing materials – laptops or notebooks as you prefer. SEE FEEDBACK TAB FOR RESPONSES TO 1 DAY VERSION.
Ammerdown, 30th November – 2nd December 2018. *NOTE: REVISED DATE*
“Unto us a child is born”
Praying with Handel’s Messiah for Advent.
Euan returns to Ammerdown in 2018 to explore the joyful transformation of heart and spirit that the Messiah’s Part 1 Christmas music represents – as part of our Advent time of praying and preparation for Christmas. While the opening Symphony is both solemn prayer and a release of joyful energy that foreshadows the Christmas music, the opening numbers shows God reaching out to us afresh when we still long for redemption – touching those aspects of ourselves that are still struggling. The Christmas music sings of our new spiritual freedom, God calling to us always to rediscover His love and salvation as a new gift, almost as if received for the first time this year.
All retreats start on Friday evening and end with Sunday lunch.
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