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Our Summer 2021 Event 

Pilgrimage - the inner and outer journey

Join us either in person or online at this year's Retreat Association Summer Event.

Join us at this year's Summer Event where our theme is

'Pilgrimage- the inner and outer journey'

Guest Speakers:

Sara Maitland and Rev Dr Sally Welch

Where: The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, London E14 8DS

When: Tuesday 6 July 2021

10–10.30am Arrivals


10.30am Welcome and prayers – Rev Barry Preece, Chair of the Retreat Association


10.45am Rev Dr Sally Welch – Pilgrimage: The Outer Journey


11.30am Coffee break


12.00 Sara Maitland – Pilgrimage: The Inner Journey


1pm Lunch


2.15pm Retreat Association activities – Alison MacTier, Executive Director


2.30pm Q&A session with speakers, facilitated by Patron Rev Graham Sparkes 


3.15pm Free time for fellowship, resources, reflection


3.45pm Closing worship


4.00pm Tea & departures

Attend in person or online!

To book a place, click the “Book Now!” button below or print off and return the booking form with your payment.

About our last Summer Event in 2019

Our Summer Event was a wonderful celebration of talks, discussions, good company and fine weather as friends from the Orthodox tradition shared their wisdom on the history and meaning of icons.

Guest speaker Fr Anastasios Salapatas gave a fascinating history of the icon particularly from the Greek Orthodox tradition.

Fr Stephen Platt from the Russian Orthodox tradition spoke in depth about the significance of the Samaritan Woman at the Well - the story depicted in the Retreat Association icon.

Patron Rev Graham Sparkes facilitated a Q & A session with both speakers giving their insights on the general theme of icons.

There was also time for conversation, sharing wisdom and enjoying the wonderful grounds of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine for guests and contributors alike.

The day concluded with Orthodox worship in the beautiful chapel of the Royal Foundation.

Our grateful thanks go to our speakers, patrons, trustees, members, our hosts and all those who attended and made this such a special day!

"Thank you for an excellent day… very enriching."

"An excellent, well-organised day with interesting input and discussion."

"Thank you for a valuable day – learned a great deal."

"Really good, refreshing and enriching day. Lifted my soul and energised me for God’s calling."