Little Things That Fill the Whole World - A Contemplative Retreat with James Finley

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James Finley

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This is an opportunity to reflect upon little things in everyday life that help us experience the mystical dimensions of daily living. James will suggest simple methods of meditation to help us explore each little thing the retreat focuses on. Time will be given for short periods of silent group meditation and discussion of the themes presented.

Themes explored in the retreat include:

  • Such a little thing as being struck by how trusting and accepting small children tend to be can help us awaken to the ultimately trustworthy nature of life as it is
  • Such a little thing as learning to listen can help us hear the still, small voice that guides, reassures and helps us to help others
  • Such a little thing as a single act of compassion can help us to become tender hearted toward the hurting places in ourselves and others and all sentient beings
  • Such a little thing as pausing to ponder the mystery of birth and death can help us to see in ourselves and others that which is too beautiful to die

The reflections will be drawn from the following sources:

  • the Christian mystics
  • the Bhagavad Gita
  • the koans in the Buddhist text The Gateless Barrier
  • the Tao Te Ching
  • TS Eliot's Four Quartets
  • Plotinus
  • poems of Rumi
  • and related sources in the perennial traditions

Tiered price (click here for more information): £470 / £360 / £250

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Includes all programme content, 2 nights accommodation (depart Monday morning), full board and refreshments.


James Finley has been a student of contemplative prayer for more than 20 years, and has studied with Thomas Merton. He is the author of several books including The Contemplative Heart, and leads meditation workshops and retreats throughout North America. James' website.