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Special Opportunity: Margaret Silf

Born to Fly

Friday – Sunday, September 20 – 22, 2019

The story of the caterpillar’s metamorphosis into the butterfly is a remarkable model of how an all-consuming garden pest transforms into a creature that brings life to the plants it pollinates and joy to all who encounter it.

If this can take place in the humble caterpillar, how much more so for the human family, engaged on a journey of spiritual evolution towards the best that we can become.

During this retreat we will explore something of this ‘great work’, especially in the context of our own troubled and turbulent times, and how we too are in process of transformation, birthing an inner butterfly, and invited to be co-creators of a different kind of future for humanity.

Led by Margaret Silf, BA, MA, who was born and brought up in Sheffield, England and now lives in Staffordshire. After working as a translator in Germany, she was employed as a technical author in the IT industry until 2000, when she left regular employment, to devote herself to creative writing, and accompanying others on their spiritual journey through retreats, workshops and days of reflection.

She is the author of several books for contemporary pilgrims searching for a spiritual way in a confusing and turbulent world. Margaret travels extensively, and describes herself as a ‘boundary dweller’, discovering deep spirituality in those both within and beyond the traditional “church”.

She is passionate about making Christian spirituality accessible and attractive to modern pilgrims and relevant to everyday life in the 21st century.

  • Arrivals and registration 2-4 pm Friday; ends 4:00 pm Sunday
  • Fee $240; deposit $50
  • Registration deadline: September 13, 2019
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  • See also: Sacred in the City, led by Margaret Silf, Tuesday to Thursday, September 24 – 26, 2019 - here »

  • All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).
  • See the regular chapel and meal schedule here »


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