St. Michael's Convent, Gerrards Cross
St. Michael's Convent, Ham Common is now closed.
Our new Convent and Retreat House at Gerrards Cross is scheduled to open to Guests on the 5th of June 2018 – offering space in which to rest and re-charge the spirit.
The community at Gerrards Cross will include Sisters and Alongsiders living and working together to offer a ministry of hospitality (Retreats, Quiet Days, Spiritual Direction, Counselling...). We also welcome Volunteers who would like to support these ministries by helping to redevelop our mature 2-acre garden, or contributing in other ways around the house.
Private retreats may be booked by the day or residentially, for individuals or small groups (up to 13). All retreatants are allocated a bedroom that is simply but comfortably furnished. Small kitchenettes are stocked for breakfast and 'tea times'. Day Guests may also choose to have a midday meal with us. Further information is available in our Programme.
In addition to space for private retreats booked individually, we also offer:
|7-14 July||6-day Individually Guided Retreat |
Scripture based residential silent retreat, with one-to-one guidance. Suggested donation £385 suggested. Led by Sister Aileen CSC and team.
|14-16 September||5 Steps to Faith |
A weekend of learning and prayer based on a new approach to sharing the Good News using an interactive resource from Andy Roland.
Rev Andy Roland has degrees in History and Theology. For 21 years he was vicar of a small South London church, All Saints Hackbridge. His passion is to communicate with people on the fringe. 'Bible in Brief' gives a comprehensive overview of the Bible in six months, with accompanying website. 'Discovering Psalms as Prayer' tackles many of the problems people feel when they try to start praying. He writes a weekly blog on the Bible on bibleinbrief.org.
|5-7 October||First Time Retreat |
A weekend of reflection and silence suitable for those who have not been on retreat before. Led by Sister Catherine CSC.
Bells of Eternity: An exploration of the life and music of Arvo PärtFollowing a 9 year period of silence... Pärt’s new style was characterised by an austere purity, by great simplicity, and above all, by a mysticism so profound as to be tangible. His wife recalls that during his period of silence Pärt was attempting to create a new way of hearing, trying to find the mysterious source within himself and let it flow out into the world. In Jungian terms it is clear Arvo Pärt’s mature music issues directly from the Self. Perhaps this accounts for its immense popularity, for his works impart an unshakeable sense of spiritual calm to a world which, although desacralised, still hungers and thirsts for the divine. Led by Tia Kuchmy
Tia Kuchmy is a Jungian analyst with IGAP, London, who originally trained as a
musician at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. She has a special interest in linking the insights of C.G. Jung with archetypal dynamics in the realm of music, and has given talks in Jungian circles on a variety of topics, including the music of Michael Tippett, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and Wagner’s Parsifal. Tia practises in West Sussex and in south London.
|24 November||Hymns to inspire and help us on our Journey |
A Quiet Day looking at the life and hymns of Charles Wesley to take us deeper into prayer and contemplation and to find inspiration and encouragement for our daily lives. 10am to 3.30pm Hot drinks provided. Please bring a packed lunch. £20 suggested. Led by Sr Hilda Mary CSC.
Further information is available in our Programme and on our Calendar.
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By Post: St. Michael's Convent, Vicarage Way, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8AT
By Telephone: 0330 120 0631
How to Find Us
From London Marylebone the journey time to Gerrards Cross is about 20 minutes. There is also good service from Aylesbury, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Birmingham and Kidderminster via Chiltern Railways. Walking distance from the Gerrards Cross train station to St. Michael's Convent is about 10-15 minutes.
The Central Bus Station at Heathrow Airport (between Terminals 2 and 3) provides easy access to the A40 bus service to Gerrards Cross. Bus 730 from Hemel Hempstead, 740 from High Wycombe and 730/740/A40 from Uxbridge all stop at East Common, Gerrards Cross, also a 10-15 minute walk from the Convent.
Gerrards Cross is very well connected by road (M25, M40, A40) and we have ample space for parking.