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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Thank you for a wonderful year!

Our 2017 season of retreats, courses and group weeks at Los Olivos finished yesterday, just as the autumn found its way to the mountains.

We would like to thank you all for your ongoing support of the vision and ministry of Los Olivos, and for making this again such a wonderful year.

We have shared many special moments with guests and have welcomed new retreat leaders, including Padraig O'Tuama, from Corrymeela, Mark Winter from Northumberland, author and journalist Sarah Meyrick, Erica Longfellow, from New College, Oxford, and Enneagram coaches Liz West and Jill Foulger, in addition to Mark Burrows, from the Protestant Univesity of Bochum (Germany), who led us again in a wonderful week of poetry and spirituality learning from the wisdom of Meister Eckhart.

Here is a September sunset to mark the occasion...

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Los Olivos is pleased to welcome Liz West and Jill Foulger

They will be helping people understand what the Enneagram have to offer those who are committed to a growing relationship with God? This detailed and accurate description of personality can help by increasing our understanding of ourselves and the things in our personalities that get in the way. It brings clarity to our preferred way of communicating and even to our perception of who God is. This predominantly silent retreat focuses on using the wisdom of the Enneagram to encourage us and is for both beginners and those who already work with the Enneagram.

This week we have been pleased to welcome Erica Longfellow along with her unruly women!

In the 1650s when an independent London congregation decided that women really should be silent in church, one ordinary woman, Anne Harriman stopped attending and asked that the church hold a debate on the matter, ‘for she could not walk where she had not libertie to speak’.  Harriman is part of a long line of women struggling with the competing demands of Christianity and culture. In this retreat for men and women we will consider the quandaries and choices of our foremothers in the faith, including women from history and the Bible.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

This week we are delighted to welcome Mark Burrows back to Los Olivos

He will be leading us in understanding Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart: Exploring a Vision of Wholeness in a Time of Fragmentation The retreat is an opportunity to drink deeply from the wellspring of Eckhart’s vision, and allow it to shape-shift our lives into more creative and audacious forms of faithfulness.  Bold, courageous, and sometimes outrageous, Eckhart’s language continues to be a guiding beacon of light to those seeking to live more authentically, faithfully, freely.

Saturday, 12 August 2017


A nice video, showing you what you might get up to if you add a weekend to the beginning or end of a stay here at Los Olivos! You can move the camera around for a 360 view too!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Summer break

We'll be taking a short break at the centre over the next couple of weeks, which means it may take a bit longer to get back yo your emails / calls.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Launch of the Programme for 2018 and New Website

We're delighted to let you know of the launch of our programme for 2018. It's an exciting line-up of retreats and courses, led by top class retreat leaders, including John Bell, Angela Ashwin, Mark Burrows, Emma Percy, Bishop Karen Gorham and Andrew Bain. You can find the full details in our website, on the "retreats" page.
We are also very pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website, with a fresh look and a more contemporary feel. It should also work much better for those of you using mobile devices to browse our site. You can access it here:-

We hope that you're having a great summer. You can catch up with all of our news by clicking here . ..

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Los Olivos welcomes Pádraig Ó Tuama

This week we look forward to welcoming Pádraig leader of the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland.
He will be looking at how contemporary poets are using biblical texts – appropriating the text according to their own imaginations. The retreat will explore poets whose work builds on religious literacy and stretches the boundaries of faith, belief, religion and prayer, including Marie Howe’s writings about Mary Magdalene, Symmons Roberts' Psalmody and Alison Funk’s take on the mother of the Prodigal Son, among others.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Los Olivos welcomes Sarah Meyrick

This week we welcome Sarah Meyrick to Los Olivos, hot on the heels of the release of her novel Knowing Anna. She will be inspiring our guests to write creatively. ...  ...

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Vincenzo in Madrid!

 For those of you who may be in Madrid on the 1st April - Vincenzo will
be conducting this concert. We hope to be there!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

New flights to Granada airport…/easyjet-conecta-granada-nuevos-201612…

 EasyJet have announced a new route between Manchester and Granada airports - it runs twice a week, details will be on their website from later today. Flights start in July 2017.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

The Word, 'Change'

Below is the recent post written by Daniel for Vaughan Park's Advent series

The Word, 'Change'

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Muñoz

2 December 2016

The Word, 'Change'

‘…for God in every way
would become like one of them;
he would come to them
and dwell with them,
and so God would be man,
and man would be God.
He would walk with them,
and with them he would eat and drink…’

These words from the Spanish poet and mystic, John of the Cross summarize both the heart of the Advent season and the essence of the Gospel. The moment of Christ’s coming to earth, breaking through the ceiling of human history, marks the beginning of a new world order. Change is in the air as God fully embraces humanity (and by extension creation), so that human beings may know heaven on earth.

Throughout Advent we are invited to prepare ourselves to celebrate the first coming of Jesus – the mystery of the God who walked our roads, ate our bread and drank deep from our joys and tears. We are also encouraged to watch expectantly for the second coming of the Son of Man, as foretold in the New Testament, and to join in the song of the church with the cry: “Maranatha!”. Yet, the most challenging invitation of this season is twofold: to live in the present and to embrace change. That is, to drink from the sources of deep ancient wisdom able to transform us more and more into the likeness of Christ, into the likeness of God. This invitation is to seek, hope and open ourselves to the Spirit of God, the God of surprises who makes all things new (Rev. 21.5) in the world and in our lives. The word ‘change’ is at the core of the Gospel, at the heart of all life.

May the God of change continue to transform our humanity so that we may know fullness of Life on earth, as it is in heaven.

©Daniel Muñoz

Friday, 4 November 2016

More flights to Granada airport - starting Feb 2017 . .. . .

Easyjet are opening up flights to Granada airport from Gatwick - starting from Feb 2017, and 3 times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights will be bookable from 8th November .. . . .

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Autumn News

We hope that you are all well - you can see our latest news by clicking the following link!

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Monday, 12 September 2016

This week we welcome Mark Burrows from the University of Bochum, Germany

He will be speaking on the "late poems" of modern poets which  often have a depth, urgency, and clarity not found in their early poems. During the week, we will linger with such poems, savoring their poignant voice, and learning from a wisdom that has come the distance. An opportunity to engage with poetry as a source of life transformation.