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From Russia With Love: Three Spiritual Journeys – NOW ONLINE

Nicholas Colloff

Leader

Nicholas Colloff

Nicholas Colloff is co-founder of the Prison Phoenix Trust, which teaches meditation to people in prison. He has a long association with the contemplative tradition in Christianity. While studying theology at university, he was taught the Jesus Prayer by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the long-standing Russian Orthodox Archbishop in London, and has subsequently twice helped run retreat centers and lived for 9 months in a Dominican contemplative community in the US, among other things. He has led Quiet Days/Retreats with many different groups, among them Dominican nuns, Anglicans, and Quakers. He is now based in Switzerland and is the director of a charitable foundation whose work is focused on Africa and Latin America.

During this retreat we will explore the lives of St Seraphim, Dostoyevsky and Mother Maria.

Date

Feb 17 - 19 2022

Location

Online

Conducted via Zoom or live-stream.

“The goal of the Christian Life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit”-  St Seraphim of Sarov

St Seraphim, a monk, is Russia’s most beloved, joyful saint; Dostoyevsky one of its greatest, if troubled, novelists; and, Mother Maria, a social activist (and nun), who died in Ravensbruck concentration camp, having helped people fleeing persecution in Paris, and an exemplary witness to what unites all three; namely, a searching exploration to live out the second commandment, “to love one’s neighbor as oneself”, truly living in the Spirit that makes us one.

They are three lives rooted in faith, nourished by meditation, enriched in a living community of prayer, liturgy, and study. None of their lives were easy, all three endured much, as they sought to fully embrace what it might mean to be a human person living in community, at one. The weekend will explore these lives and how we might learn from, and be inspired by them, in our own journeys in linking meditation to other resources of faith and expressing them in communion with one another.

Contribution for the Retreat – £135

 

Schedule:

Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 February 2022 – (times listed below are local French time)

  • 10:00 – 10:50 talk with Nicholas Colloff
  • break
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Q&A
  • break
  • 12:15 meditation led by Nicholas Colloff 
  • break
  • 15:00 – 15:50 talk by Nicholas Colloff
  • break 
  • 16:20 – 17:00 small groups (40 minutes) 
  • 17:00 – 17:30  Q&A  with Nicholas Colloff
  • break
  • 18:00 meditation led by Nicholas Colloff
Nicholas Colloff

Leader

Nicholas Colloff

Nicholas Colloff is co-founder of the Prison Phoenix Trust, which teaches meditation to people in prison. He has a long association with the contemplative tradition in Christianity. While studying theology at university, he was taught the Jesus Prayer by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the long-standing Russian Orthodox Archbishop in London, and has subsequently twice helped run retreat centers and lived for 9 months in a Dominican contemplative community in the US, among other things. He has led Quiet Days/Retreats with many different groups, among them Dominican nuns, Anglicans, and Quakers. He is now based in Switzerland and is the director of a charitable foundation whose work is focused on Africa and Latin America.

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