2019 National Silent Retreat
January 13th – 16th, 2019, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ
Light and Shade, led by, Laurence Freeman,
Benedictine monk and Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation
For further details please download: 2019 National Silent Retreat
The New Zealand Community for Christian Meditation
An invitation to meditate
We invite you to practice meditation with the support of a group and for spiritual companionship.
Our groups are growing communities of people who chose Christian Meditation as a spiritual practice. We value the support and learning we receive from each other. We acknowledge a common life source that nurtures our unfolding, even though we might call the experience by different names – God, Christ, Love, Spirit, Universe, Creator.
Every time we sit to meditate we are entering a tradition.
Fr John Main
We can meditate outside of any spiritual tradition but, it will always lead us back home where we belong: the heart.
Fr Laurence Freeman
Christian Meditation, an ancient form of contemplative prayer, is deeply anchored in the teachings of the Early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers of the 4th and 5th centuries.
It echoes the spirit of the psalmist’s words:
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD
The present day global spread of meditation in the Christian tradition expresses a universal human need for stillness and presence in a world ruled by a pace of change not previously experienced in human history.
Prayer today, often dominated by our intellect, can lose its connection with the heart. Meditation in the Christian tradition reconnects us with the heart, the spirit within, and opens us to its transforming influence in our lives.