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Through the Shadows to the Light

Much loved course leader Margaret Silf is offering this year to journey with us through Lent and Easter. With her help, we will ponder on the events of Holy Week, seeking to recognise and respond to the patterns of Jesus' suffering and the reality of his resurrection in our own lives, and our own time and place.

Margaret writes: “During this weekend we will spend time journeying with Jesus through the final days of his earthly life, and then go on to discover the ways in which his resurrection power is a reality in our own lives and our own world.

To engage with the Passion and death of Jesus is to face the depths of our own collusion with the powers of darkness, as well as the ways in which we ourselves have experienced betrayal, humiliation, abandonment and even the loss of any felt sense of the presence of God. We will seek to engage honestly with these events, discovering what they mean for us personally and where we find ourselves in their unfolding.

The resurrection narratives, especially if we have experienced them ‘at a distance’, can leave us feeling a bit desolate – it may not feel like new life for us! Yet these accounts reveal a risen power whose presence becomes real and active precisely in a context of doubt and disillusionment, fear, blindness and despair. Taking the resurrection appearances of Jesus as a guide we will reflect on how resurrection can become a Now-Event, with the power to transform our own time and place.”

Margaret Silf is an ecumenical lay Christian, committed to working across and beyond the denominational divides and to accompanying people on their journey. She is the author of a number of books on the spiritual journey for 21st century pilgrims who may or may not identify with institutional religion. She is a regular and much-loved contributor at Ammerdown: “Margaret is wonderful: gentle, simple and holy”; “She always manages to be deeply spiritual and yet down at everyone’s level”; “Her communication is fantastic, greatly helped by her sincerity and her sense of humour”.

* Margaret is staying on to run a Monday to Friday retreat. We are offering a special rate of £570 to anyone who would like to attend both the weekend course and the retreat.

Led by: Margaret Silf

Please arrive by 6pm on Friday. Retreat ends with lunch on Sunday.

Much loved course leader Margaret Silf is offering this year to journey with us through Lent and Easter. With her help, we will ponder on the events of Holy Week, seeking to recognise and respond to the patterns of Jesus' suffering and the reality of his resurrection in our own lives, and our own time and place.

Margaret writes: “During this weekend we will spend time journeying with Jesus through the final days of his earthly life, and then go on to discover the ways in which his resurrection power is a reality in our own lives and our own world.

To engage with the Passion and death of Jesus is to face the depths of our own collusion with the powers of darkness, as well as the ways in which we ourselves have experienced betrayal, humiliation, abandonment and even the loss of any felt sense of the presence of God. We will seek to engage honestly with these events, discovering what they mean for us personally and where we find ourselves in their unfolding.

The resurrection narratives, especially if we have experienced them ‘at a distance’, can leave us feeling a bit desolate – it may not feel like new life for us! Yet these accounts reveal a risen power whose presence becomes real and active precisely in a context of doubt and disillusionment, fear, blindness and despair. Taking the resurrection appearances of Jesus as a guide we will reflect on how resurrection can become a Now-Event, with the power to transform our own time and place.”

Margaret Silf is an ecumenical lay Christian, committed to working across and beyond the denominational divides and to accompanying people on their journey. She is the author of a number of books on the spiritual journey for 21st century pilgrims who may or may not identify with institutional religion. She is a regular and much-loved contributor at Ammerdown: “Margaret is wonderful: gentle, simple and holy”; “She always manages to be deeply spiritual and yet down at everyone’s level”; “Her communication is fantastic, greatly helped by her sincerity and her sense of humour”.

 

* Margaret is staying on to run a Monday to Friday retreat. We are offering a special rate of £570 to anyone who would like to attend both the weekend course and the retreat.

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Special offers:

Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.