“But the silence in the mind is when we live best…” Retreat

“But the silence in the mind is when we live best…” Retreat

Susan Fogarty and John McEllhenney
  • Location: Kirkridge Farmhouse
  • Starts: October 12, 2020 6:30 pm
  • Ends: October 15, 2020 12:30 pm
  • $550 per guest

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Program information

 “….Within listening distance of the silence we call God …..”

A 4 day  residential retreat featuring: the contemplative poetry of RS Thomas; opportunities for reflection in the woodlands and gardens of Kirkridge; music inspired by the poems; all woven into the rhythm of life and prayer that is the hallmark of an Iona inspired community.

RS Thomas [ 1913 – 2000] was a poet and priest, one of Wales’ greatest 20th century writers. Through his poetry he explores the elusive relationship between human and God.   The presence and the absence that can be experienced in the silence.

Limited to 15 people with exclusive use of the Farmhouse, led by Susan Fogarty an acclaimed reader of Thomas’s poetry and John McEllhenney author of A Masterwork of Doubting-Belief: R. S. Thomas and His Poetry, both are experienced retreat leaders.

Susan Fogarty is a founder and director of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society, facilitating RS Thomas events in Aberdaron and elsewhere since 2013.  She specialises in reading Thomas’s work: engaging her audience to move through the poetry, in churches and the natural environment. Linden Bevan-Pritchard wrote “Susan’s readings of the poems give voice to the meaning”   She has written articles for The Church Times, Faith & Freedom and Christians Aware.  Susan has devised and co-led retreats with John McEllhenney using the poetry of RS Thomas in England and Ireland

Pennsylvanian John McEllhenney, retired Methodist minister, trained historian, and lover of poetry, began reading the poems of R S Thomas in 1973. He visited RS three times in the 1990s and published A Masterwork of Doubting-Belief: R. S. Thomas and His Poetry in 2013. He has lectured on RS’s poetry in the UK and the US and has led or co-led retreats based on RS’s poems on both sides of the Atlantic. A participant in one retreat said: “I could listen to John speaking all day – Gentle, prompting, dropping nuggets to chew on in our own meditation.”

Cost is $550 includes double occupancy room, board and tuition. *If you are planning on commuting, please call Janet Lewis at 610-588-1793 for commuter rates.