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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Autumn News

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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.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

This week we welcome John Bell of the Iona community

He has been talking on the Christian debates on sexuality which have largely ignored the contribution of gay people to the theology, spirituality, worship and witness of the churches. It is not just the mystics, but composers, artists, and authors who have held faith and broadened the horizons of the faithful. Names such as Poulenc, Britten, Michelangelo, Hammarskjold, James Baldwin and others lesser known have been concerned with God as much as with gender.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

This week we have been joined by Andrew Bain from Emmaus House in Edinburgh

He will be helping us understand the Rule of St Benedict. In the midst of our 24/7,
busy lives this is Benedict's invitation to attune our hearts to "hear" God in
new and deeper ways. For Benedict the reality of our shared life with people
is the "workshop" in which we'll learn to use what he calls the tools of
the spiritual life. Looking at the Rule together, and listening through daily
lectio divina we explore how Benedict's wisdom can lead us into greater
freedom and joy.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Email address changes for Los Olivos

This is to let you know that we have been experiencing significant email problems since the 8th August, and have had to change our email addresses. You can now reach us on:
Los Olivos (general)
Emails sent to our old addresses won't get to us any longer.
If you have send us any emails in the last week, and had been expecting a response it is likely that we didn't receive your email, please can you resend it!
Hope that you are having a good summer.
greetings from Spain
Guy and Dani

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

This week we welcome +Jonathan Clark

Bishop Johnathan 

Who will be leading a week of biblical and theological reflection to explore creatively the key themes in Matthew's Gospel. This retreat/course is aimed at clergy and preachers who want to resource and equip themselves to preach on the year A (2016-17) lectionary gospel readings. The course includes: theo-logical reflections and explorations of the Gospel according to Matthew, daily worship, and time for personal prayer, reflection and relaxation.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Monday, 2 May 2016

This week we welcome +Graham Usher to lead us to Places of Enchantment

Places of Enchantment: meeting God in the Sierra Nevada
There is a long tradition of finding God in the great outdoors and seeing creation alive with the Holy Spirit. This retreat uses the incredible landscapes around Los Olivos to enter into a conversation with God, to pause in his presence, and to explore the scriptures in different ways. Input includes talks, walks, gathered silence, liturgical responses, and being creative within the landscape. Led by Bishop Graham Usher, author of Places of Enchantment, meeting God in lanscapes (2012).

The weather is looking great too, which should make being outside a real pleasure!

Sunday, 6 March 2016

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Daniel, on passing (with distinction) his PhD on Friday

After several years of very hard work during our closed season here at Los Olivos, Dani arrived at the big day of his viva for his PhD at the Complutense University of Madrid on Friday 4th March.

It was a quite grueling three and a half hour session of presentation, question and answer, and final assessment.

In the end the panel (which included Prof. Martyn Percy from Oxford University) were unanimous in awarding him a distinction for his work on "Anglican Identity as Mestizaje (hybrid) Ecclesiology: cultural contextuality and relational catholicity before and after the Anglican Covenant", and a PhD in Religious Sciences.

Monday, 25 January 2016

It's 2 years and a day since this was launched - time flies . . . . .

We need to order some more for the centre too - a useful reminder!

dani book

Thursday, 24 September 2015

This week we have been joined by Irma Dueck from Canada . ..

She has been exploring with us - Practices, Rituals and the Path of Peace.
Bread, wine, water, olive oil…ordinary things that when done in community, become extraordinary.
We've had some great weather, and one of our guests Alex Le Rossignol captured this sunrise today . ..


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

This week we are pleased to welcome Colin Thompson to Los Olivos

he is speaking on  .. .

Praying with hymns  --- Colin will help us reflect on the great classic hymns as examples of prayer, including the use of hymns in Lectio Divina. No singing required, though there will be opportunities to sing and listen to music throughout the retreat.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The final stretch of coastal motorway to open in September 2015

This final stretch of the much anticipated motorway, means that Almeria city is now joined with Granada city via the coast. It also means that if you are looking at flights for 2016 Almeria airport could be a possibility, at around 1hr 30mins from the Lecrin motorway junction, so around the same time as Malaga airport.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

This week we are very pleased to be joined by Spencer Reece .. . .

he will be leading us into -
Poetry as Portals to the Divine
An exploration of the poetry of George Herbert, Emily Dickinson and
James Merrill, among others. Led by award winning American poet and
Episcopal priest Spencer Reece, author The clerk's tales (2004) and The
road to Emmaus (2013).

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The weather is not as it appears in the picture!