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FRI

14

Stories that might shape us: a residential retreat with John Bell

14th June 2024 - 16th June 2024

Whether we have always been believers, or are trying to grapple with faith, there are stories in the Bible which have the potential to deeply influence us, positively or negatively. In this retreat we will reflect on some well known texts in search of hidden meaning, and some stories rarely read in public which may be very liberating.

John Bell is a preacher, hymnwriter, composer, lecturer and broadcaster, and will lead this residential retreat.

John is a Resource Worker with The Iona Community, who lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations around the world. He is a hymn writer, author and occasional broadcaster, but retains a primary passion for congregational song. John is based in Glasgow and works with his colleagues in the areas of music, worship and spirituality. He is a founding member of the Wild Goose group.

Stay in one of our lovely en-suite bedrooms - full board

WED

20

Lone Wolf Album Launch with Reid

20th June 2024, 19:00 - 21:00

We're thrilled to invite you to the 'Lone Wolf' Album Launch with Reid this June! This will take place in our Chapel at The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine.

What to expect from the evening? Imagine a pop-up music festival where every moment is fleeting but, unforgettable. Picture yourself in a field, surrounded by music and firelight, among strangers who somehow feel like old friends. The music plays softly, creating a cozy atmosphere that feels both ancient and welcoming. This is the world of 'Lone Wolf' - a mix of songs, poems, and stories in the alt folk genre.

There will be opportunity to enjoy food, drinks and and various theatrical support actst at the Yurt Café from 5.30pm, before the concert starts!

SUN

7

Stay Sunday ~ 7th July 2024

7th July 2024 - 8th July 2024

Come and enjoy our StaySunday offer which allows you to experience a full 24 hour residential retreat with our Open Reflective Days.

Stay in one of our lovely new Chapelside en suite single bedrooms B&B.

Kindly note that places are limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

MON

8

Open Reflective Day ~ 8th July 2024

8th July 2024, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted to invite you to our Urban Oasis for our Open Reflective Days in 2024. These are our most popular retreats allowing you to have a personal quiet day to reflect and recharge away from the distractions of everyday life.

You may use this day as time to pray, do some life admin or maybe to finish that project you need to focus on. Most people choose to begin their day by joining the welcome meditation. 

During the day you are welcome to join our optional services held in our Chapel.

Option to StaySunday

You can stay over on Sunday through to the Open Reflective Day on Monday to enjoy a full 24 hours residential retreat experience.

Kindly note that places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Click the link below for more info on how to book.

THU

18

The Strengths of a Leader: Residential Retreat with Roger Bretherton

18th July 2024 - 19th July 2024

The Royal Foundation of St Katharine have been working with the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln to co-create a strengths-based retreat for senior leaders.

This two-day residential retreat will draw upon Character Strengths Psychology to provide evidence-based insights and practical exercises on how to lead authentically and effectively.

It will introduce the 24 positive qualities of character – like wisdom, self-control, gratitude and love – shown by thousands of scientific studies to create a flourishing life and productive work, and demonstrate how using our own unique character strengths can change not only our mood state, but the whole social system in which we lead.

TUE

2

Kay Kanté London Life Art Exhibition

2nd July - 28th July 2024

We are delighted to host Kay Kanté Art Exhibition, "London Life" in July! Kay Kanté is a new and emerging artist who lives and paints in East London. She captures the vibrant and dynamic life of East London, finding beauty in ordinary people and ordinary places. The exhibition will be held in the St James Garden Room, located in the St Katharine Community Centre, part of The Royal Foundation of St Katharine.

Don't miss out on this exciting event!

Public viewing in July:

Tuesdays: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 6-8pm

Wednesday: 17th, 11am-2pm

Thursdays: 4th, 18th, 25th, 6-8pm

Saturday 13th: Meet the Artist, 11am-3pm

Sundays: 21st and 28th, 11am-3pm

SAT

20

Listening for the Still Small Voice: an online retreat with Steve Radley

20th July 2024 -

An online retreat from the Chapel and gardens of The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, with Steve Radley.
Both cost and time can make it hard to travel away for a retreat, so St Katharine’s bring this retreat into your home.

Join us for 2 hours to explore how your smartphone can help you notice God within the ordinary, build relationships and quieten our minds, centring us in the present moment. We can only ever meet God in the present which is where God’s renewal always starts and progresses from.

Stephen Radley is an Anglican priest, professional photographer and members ambassador for the Guild of Photographers. A military veteran, he found healing from his military experiences through photography. In 2021 he was awarded the Amateur Photographer Magazine Unsung Hero Award.

SAT

20

Andy Rider leads a discernment day on discovering next steps or vocation

20th July 2024, 10:15 - 16:00

A Discernment Day – how do I discover my next step or my vocation?

The Church of England adopted Andy’s discernment model from his Grove book Discovering my next Step republishing it as Life is for giving. During this day Andy will explore the five pieces of his discernment jigsaw enabling participants to reflect deeply on where God has brought them and where he may be taking them next. A great day for anyone wondering about how and where God may be calling them.

Andy Rider is a bi-vocational Anglican priest working in London’s East End and as Director of a Langley Trust. For over 30 years he has ministered in central and east London largely with young people many of whom he has had the privilege of accompanying as they discern God’s call on their life, into new areas of work, relationship, leadership and professional ministry.

SUN

11

Stay Sunday ~ 11th August 2024

11th August 2024 - 12th August 2024

Come and enjoy our StaySunday offer which allows you to experience a full 24 hour residential retreat with our Open Reflective Days.

Stay in one of our lovely new Chapelside en suite single bedrooms B&B.

Kindly note that places are limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

MON

12

Open Reflective Day ~ 12th August 2024

12th August 2024, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted to invite you to our Urban Oasis for our Open Reflective Days in 2024. These are our most popular retreats allowing you to have a personal quiet day to reflect and recharge away from the distractions of everyday life.

You may use this day as time to pray, do some life admin or maybe to finish that project you need to focus on. Most people choose to begin their day by joining the welcome meditation. 

During the day you are welcome to join our optional services held in our Chapel.

Option to StaySunday

You can stay over on Sunday through to the Open Reflective Day on Monday to enjoy a full 24 hours residential retreat experience.

Kindly note that places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Click the link below for more info on how to book.

SAT

4

Paula Gooder leads a Study and Reflection day Praying the Psalms

4th September 2024, 10:15 - 16:00

A Study and Reflection Day Praying the Psalms through Joy and Sorrow

The Psalms are the ancient prayer book of the people of God and have been prayed daily for more than 2500 years. During this day we will reflect on the lasting power of the Psalms and how they can contribute to our prayer life today. During the day there will be lots of input but also space for reflection and personal prayer.

Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas focus on the writings of Paul the Apostle, with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians and on Paul’s understanding of the Body. 

SUN

8

Stay Sunday ~ 8th September 2024

8th September 2024 - 9th September 2024

Come and enjoy our StaySunday offer which allows you to experience a full 24 hour residential retreat with our Open Reflective Days.

Stay in one of our lovely new Chapelside en suite single bedrooms B&B.

Kindly note that places are limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

MON

9

Open Reflective Day ~ 9th September

9th September 2024, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted to invite you to our Urban Oasis for our Open Reflective Days in 2024. These are our most popular retreats allowing you to have a personal quiet day to reflect and recharge away from the distractions of everyday life.

You may use this day as time to pray, do some life admin or maybe to finish that project you need to focus on. Most people choose to begin their day by joining the welcome meditation. 

During the day you are welcome to join our optional services held in our Chapel.

Option to StaySunday

You can stay over on Sunday through to the Open Reflective Day on Monday to enjoy a full 24 hours residential retreat experience.

Kindly note that places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Click the link below for more info on how to book.

SAT

14

Jill Weber leads a Quiet Day on 24-7 Prayer

14th September 2024, 10:15 - 16:00

We are delighted to welcome Jill to lead a quiet day with us. 24-7 Prayer has a vision to create a Hub for the 24-7 Prayer Movement, a Home for the global network of 24-7 Communities (including the Order of the Mustard Seed), and a local House of Prayer, Mission and Justice. Their mission is to bring renewal and resource to the Church, to be a place where God’s purposes are birthed, and leaders and ministries are incubated.

Jill Weber is Director of Houses of Prayer at 24-7, married to Kirk and they have one daughter. Jill is the Global Convenor of the Order of the Mustard Seed, trained spiritual director and a writer. She loves walks in nature and is passionate about helping others to be awake to the presence and activity of God.

THU

3

Personal Residential Retreat including time with a Spiritual Director

3rd October 2024 - 4th October 2024

Personal Residential Retreat including time with a Spiritual Director

The Royal Foundation is offering an opportunity to come for a personal one-night residential retreat with an opportunity to meet 1:1 with a listener.

Come and stay with us so as to enjoy the chance to step aside and spend some time pausing, reflecting, seeking and praying.

We are delighted to confirm our listener for this retreat will be Mary Monfries who is an experienced Spiritual Director and experienced retreat guide.

SUN

13

Stay Sunday ~ 13th October 2024

13th October 2024 - 14th October 2024

Come and enjoy our StaySunday offer which allows you to experience a full 24 hour residential retreat with our Open Reflective Days.

Stay in one of our lovely new Chapelside en suite single bedrooms B&B.

Kindly note that places are limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

MON

14

Open Reflective Day ~ 14th October

14th October 2024, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted to invite you to our Urban Oasis for our Open Reflective Days in 2024. These are our most popular retreats allowing you to have a personal quiet day to reflect and recharge away from the distractions of everyday life.

You may use this day as time to pray, do some life admin or maybe to finish that project you need to focus on. Most people choose to begin their day by joining the welcome meditation. 

During the day you are welcome to join our optional services held in our Chapel.

Option to StaySunday

You can stay over on Sunday through to the Open Reflective Day on Monday to enjoy a full 24 hours residential retreat experience.

Kindly note that places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Click the link below for more info on how to book.

THU

17

Courageous Spaciousness: a residential retreat with Grace Owen

17th October 2024 - 18th October 2024

When God invites us into an unknown place it takes courage to step away from the familiar busyness and demands of every day life. Come and join this residential retreat where we will reflect creatively on four areas of our lives: soul, body, companions, voice. Step into the spaciousness and discover what this divine invitation reveals and yields for you, and us.

Grace Owen is a Spiritual Director, Retreat Facilitator and Life Writer. Grace is a companion to those who desire to mature in their relationship with God and enable the greater flourishing of people and planet through accelerating social justice impact. 

Stay in one of our lovely en-suite bedrooms - full board

FRI

18

A Residential Retreat with Richard Carter

18th October 2024 - 19th October 2024

We are delighted to welcome back Richard as he leads this residential retreat with us.

Richard is Associate Vicar for Mission at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. His ministry includes working closely with those who are homeless, and refugees and pastoral care of the many people who come through the doors of the church on the edge of London's most public square.

Richard Carter is the founder of the Nazareth Community whose members gather from everyday life to seek God in contemplation and to learn to live generously. He is the author of The City is My Monastery: A Contemporary Rule of Life and most recently Letters from Nazareth: A Contemplative Journey Home.

Richard leads many retreats and quiet days and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4.

THU

24

Crossroads Residential Retreat

24th October 2024 - 25th October 2024

“Stand at the crossroads and look. Look for the ancient paths. Ask where the good way is and walk in it and you will find rest for your soul.”

Run over 2 days for small groups of up to 8 people and facilitated by 2 experienced coaches, this retreat provides a unique space for people at a crossroads in life to pause, step back and reflect on where they are, the questions they find themselves in, what they really want and how to take steps forward. The crossroads could be vocational, such as a career change, or relational, such as divorce or separation. It could be a significant interruption in life from a change of circumstances or health, or simply a sense of wanting something different from life.

SUN

3

Stay Sunday ~ 3rd November 2024

3rd November 2024 - 4th November 2024

Come and enjoy our StaySunday offer which allows you to experience a full 24 hour residential retreat with our Open Reflective Days.

Stay in one of our lovely new Chapelside en suite single bedrooms B&B.

Kindly note that places are limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

MON

4

Open Reflective Day ~ 4th November

4th November 2024, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted to invite you to our Urban Oasis for our Open Reflective Days in 2024. These are our most popular retreats allowing you to have a personal quiet day to reflect and recharge away from the distractions of everyday life.

You may use this day as time to pray, do some life admin or maybe to finish that project you need to focus on. Most people choose to begin their day by joining the welcome meditation. 

During the day you are welcome to join our optional services held in our Chapel.

Option to StaySunday

You can stay over on Sunday through to the Open Reflective Day on Monday to enjoy a full 24 hours residential retreat experience.

Kindly note that places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Click the link below for more info on how to book.

THU

21

Finding Stillness Residential Retreat

21st November 2024 - 22nd November 2024

“Be still and know.”


This retreat is about helping you to more habitually find a place of calm within you that has you able to be less reactive and more aware of your choices in life. Run over 2 days for small groups of up to 8 people and facilitated by 2 experienced coaches, it will give you the opportunity to find real space in your life, to reconnect to what really matters to you and equip you with simple everyday practices that help you strengthen and maintain an inner peace and stillness in the face of whatever life throws at you.

SAT

16

A Quiet Day with Roger Preece: Finding Soulfulness in a Digital World

16th November 2024, 10:15 - 16:00

Finding soulfulness in a digital world

The power of technology has revolutionised the way we work and connect with the world.

How do we appreciated all the positive aspects of the digital world, whilst protecting ourselves from what causes harm to our souls? During this day we can disconnect from the virtual world and reconnect with ourselves, to power down and recharge.

Roger Preece is Master of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine and an experienced executive coach. As a former IT Director with a degree in electrical engineering, he is fascinated by all things technical, but has been reflecting for many years on the unintended consequences of the digital revolution to create harm to ourselves and to society.

SAT

30

Chine McDonald leads a Quiet Day on the myth of divine motherhood

30th November 2024, 10:15 - 16:00

Unmaking Mary: The myth of divine motherhood

For 2,000 years, the Virgin Mary has been depicted throughout art, literature and culture as symbolising the perfect mother: chaste, beautiful, meek, mild and white. These supposed virtues and symbols have shaped not just Christianity but wider popular culture; and have contributed to harmful views about motherhood and what it is to be a woman. This retreat will offer a time for reflection on the impacts of these tropes on us, and attempt to create a space to exhale; freeing ourselves from the burden of perfection.

Chine is Director of Theos, the religion and society think tank. She was previously Head of Public Engagement at Christian Aid and spent two decades working in journalism, media and communications across faith, media and international development. 

FRI

6

Waiting, watching, awakening - Advent Retreat with Christopher Chapman

6th December 2024 - 7th December 2024

The Christian year begins not with the great feasts of Christmas, Easter or Pentecost but with waiting. Advent is in many ways a stark season - a time to be in touch with our deepest desires and needs. It is a season of longing directed towards Christ, revealed as God-with-us, Emmanuel. Advent is a season of waiting, but in hope and in expectation.

Christopher Chapman is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual director. is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual director. He is a guest director at St. Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat Centre and an associate tutor at St. Augustine’s College of Theology. He is the author of Seeing in the Dark, Earthed in God and Send My Roots Rain. Christopher is a guest director at St. Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre and an associate tutor at St. Augustine’s College of Theology.

SUN

8

Stay Sunday ~ 8th December 2024

8th December 2024 - 9th December 2024

Come and enjoy our StaySunday offer which allows you to experience a full 24 hour residential retreat with our Open Reflective Days.

Stay in one of our lovely new Chapelside en suite single bedrooms B&B.

Kindly note that places are limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

MON

9

Open Reflective Day ~ 9th December

9th December 2024, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted to invite you to our Urban Oasis for our Open Reflective Days in 2024. These are our most popular retreats allowing you to have a personal quiet day to reflect and recharge away from the distractions of everyday life.

You may use this day as time to pray, do some life admin or maybe to finish that project you need to focus on. Most people choose to begin their day by joining the welcome meditation. 

During the day you are welcome to join our optional services held in our Chapel.

Option to StaySunday

You can stay over on Sunday through to the Open Reflective Day on Monday to enjoy a full 24 hours residential retreat experience.

Kindly note that places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Click the link below for more info on how to book.

SUN

1

Christmas Market

1st Dec 2024 10:00 am - 16:00 pm

Come along to our highly anticipated Christmas Market! In partnership with Urban Makers we'll have a selection of stalls. 

We'll also have arts and crafts games for the families, alongside our Christmas tree sale and community carols for all to enjoy!

MON

17

Tallash/تلاش Art Exhibition

17th July - 22nd June 2024

We are delighted to host the Tallash/تلاش Art Exhibition from 17th - 22nd June. This exhibition invites you to reflect on borders and refugee journeys through powerful photography and video installations.

Located in container 2, close to the Yurt Café, the exhibition encourages contemplation on movement, borders, and belonging.

Artists Majid and Arash share their experiences with the public, and what it means 'to keep trying'. Using simple materials and makeshift structures that resonate with the reality of refugee lives, Tallash/تلاش consists of short videos and photos taken by Majid and Arash at the France-UK border and in London.


Supported by the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London and The Royal Foundation of St Katharine.

Public viewings:

Mon, Tue, Wed from 1-5pm

Thu, Fri, Sat from 4-9pm

Don't miss this immersive experience!

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