Hosted by Jenny Campbell
Saturday March 2 2024 – 10-4pm [arrivals from 9.45]
Price includes lunch and refreshments
Ancient sparks of fire with Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard of Clairvaux, as the founder of Cistercian monasticism, is important for any visitor to Waverley Abbey, as the ruins over the river from the House are those of his monastic movement. His spirituality is, therefore, topical and relevant for reviving the life of prayer today. The retreat day will give insights on the Christian pilgrimage or journey from his Lenten Sermons on Psalm 91 ‘He who dwells’. In extracts from the sermons we join the crowd following Jesus, hidden under His shoulders, through trials and temptations to run the final lap in the glory of the resurrection.
The sermons are important for today in that they teach us to rest, to pray, to be quiet in the love and friendship of Jesus Christ. Those who choose to join the retreat will find a space to rest, to pray, to be revived, to learn and to be refreshed in the love of God.
About Jenny Campbell
Jenny has taught on diverse theological programmes and is currently Deputy Programme Leader in the MA on Spiritual Formation at Waverley Abbey College. Her published books include the spiritual disciplines and studies of prophecy and prophetic movements in history. Her study of Bernard of Clairvaux, In Search of Friendship teases out the relevance of a monastic revival today. Jenny has worked to equip the church in the areas of retreat direction, spiritual formation, and prophecy for three decades in Africa, UK, and Europe.
Waverley Abbey House is a grade II listed property. The first floor (where most courses are held) and the second and third floors (where bedrooms are located) are reached by stairs. In the event of a fire, you need to be able to walk downstairs at an average walking pace, without assistance.