The Kentigern School: The Way of Contemplation

Contemplation cannot be taught, but we can nurture the ways that open us to the experience. It is the fulfilment of the longing for the realisation of the ‘something other’, the Real, the Divine. It is to be con-templum ‘in the temple’ or ‘at one with the holy’. For the contemplative, the primary source of faith and action in the world is this unifying relationship.

The school is a new initiative from Sacred Space and, with the support of the Diocese of Carlisle, will be launched in the summer. Two open days (dates to be confirmed, but one will be in mid-July the other in early September) will be held for prospective participants.

Only 18 places are available. The course will consist of two weekend intensives, 2-4 November 2018 and 8-10 March 2019. In between there will be learning packs n 9 key themes, including on-line work, the opportunity for group mentoring and 1-1 spiritual direction.

Much has been theorised about contemplation, but the programme on offer is not a theoretical or theological ‘course’; it is an experiential encounter.

While rooted in the wisdom teachings of Jesus, the master contemplative, it is inclusive for all sincere enquirers. You do not have to be a Christian to join in nor will the programme try to make you one. Join us if you have faith. Join us if you have none. You will not be required to accept any doctrines, dogmas or theologies. All that is required is that you are feeling that pull or calling for “something more” and that you are willing to participate fully with an open and heart and mind to discover what is true for yourself.

Approx. £275 (tbc)  (includes course materials and all meals, refreshments and accommodation for the residential weekends).

The Blencathra Centre, Threlkeld, Keswick
Located high on the side of Blencathra, the Centre is in the midst of Kentigern territory with magnificent views across the Lakeland Fells. It is a field studies centre principally used for school groups during the week and has a strong eco-friendly ethic with freshly sourced and prepared meals. Its work is largely outward bound; our work is inward bound.

At the end of our time together, there will be an opportunity for those who wish to continue support for each other and service along the Way as part of the Kentigern Community.

If you feel it is right for you and/or would like to know more, then please contact

Coming Home - Iona

A quiet, reflective retreat: Monday 25th March departing Monday 1st April 2019
St. Columba Hotel, Iona
Guided by Jeannie, Mark and Stephen

In previous years our retreats on Iona have often been very intensive. In 2019 we plan a retreat that is more contemplative without the usual group work. There will be ample opportunity to participate in the rhythms of the abbey services, have free time for reflection and contemplation and enjoy fellowship at mealtimes (the chances are you’ll meet up with old friends from previous years). There will be short teachings, guided reflections, movement and meditations each morning as well as an opportunity to walk our Chartres labyrinth, pilgrimage across the island and enjoy an evening sail.

The 2019 retreat is open only to those who have attended before and/or have already pursued inner work with us in retreat at our Mungrisdale base.

For more information please contact

Coming Home in Cumbria

30th September – 4th October 2019


Our annual intensive retreat will be switching venues in 2019 to the heart of the English Lake District. Set among the lakes and mountains of Wordsworth country


Glenthorne, Grasmere

This is a programme of deep exploration for those who long to awaken to their true nature and seek the “peace that passes understanding”. Each day will include a series of exercises for inner exploration in a safe and supportive environment led by three experienced counsellors and spiritual directors.

Costs and final details to be confirmed, but for an update and to express an interest please contact

The Sacred Space Foundation

Fell End, Mungrisdale, Cumbria, United Kingdom, CA11 0XR

Registered charity No. 328449