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An Autumn Retreat Day with Henri Nouwen, The Lonely Mystic

This event is now fully booked. Please mail events@whirlowspiritualitycentre.org to be added to a waiting list.

This retreat will be led by Nouwen’s biographer Michael Ford.

Participants are invited to encounter Father Nouwen as a Lonely Mystic, the title of Dr Ford’s latest book. The day will explore Henri's writings on prayer and divine intimacy as well as examining his own joys and struggles as an active contemplative, yearning for God and human companionship.

Lonely Mystic is packed with original material, including the first interview with Nouwen's spiritual confidant and unpublished letters from his one-time secretary. Michael will draw from it as well as offering opportunity to connect the struggles and joys of Henri's mystical journey with our own lives of prayer.

There will be visual and audio presentations, and a chance to learn first hand about how the process of spiritual biography works.


The cost of the day is £35, which includes a light lunch.

Book online below. You should receive an automated confirmation email and later (about one week before the event) a personal reminder message with details.





Earlier Event: October 15
Simple Quiet Day
Later Event: October 23
Julian of Norwich Quiet Day