Retreat: A Celtic Well of Wisdom

November 2, 2018 - November 4, 2018

A Celtic Well of Wisdom

Friday – Sunday, November 2 – 4, 2018

A weekend retreat drawing from the Celtic well of wisdom, a spirituality for today inspired by great teachers in the Celtic world, from as early as Ireland’s 5th-century St Brigid of Kildare to France’s 20th century’s prophet of earth-consciousness, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

The retreat will consist of presentations by John Philip Newell (the Friday evening lecture being open to the public) followed by times of meditation and small-group sharing.

Listening for the Heartbeat of GodThroughout the weekend there will be periods of silence and we will join the Sisters of St John in their daily pattern of prayer.

Led by John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, who is one of the most prominent Christian teachers of spirituality in the Western world.

Born in Canada, educated in Scotland, formed by years of leadership on the Holy Island of Iona, he now lives in Edinburgh and teaches internationally – see

    • Arrivals and registration 2-4 pm Friday; ends 1:30 pm Sunday.
    • Fee $350; commuters $250; deposit $50.
    • Registration and full payment due by October 2, 2018.

    • Please note: Overnight registration for this retreat is now full. Register as a commuter and/or ask to have your name placed on the overnight waiting list.

    • LECTURE & BOOK-SIGNING – Those who are not able to attend the retreat may come to the evening lecture at 7 pm on Friday, November 2, 2018, followed by a reception and book signing.
      • The cost is $20 if a cheque is received at the Guest House by October 19.
      • Later registration is $30 assuming there is space available and a cheque is received before November 1.
      • Registration at the door is $30 if seats are available.
      • Send cheques to St. John’s Convent Guest House, 233 Cummer Avenue Toronto, ON M2M 2E8.
      • Those registered for the weekend retreat do not need to register for the Friday evening lecture.

  • All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).
  • See the regular chapel and meal schedule here »
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