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'
Sara Maitland and Rev Dr Sally Welch
Where: The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, London E14 8DS
When: Tuesday 6 July 2021
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
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
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."