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Sabbath: The Hidden Heartbeat of Our Lives


Thu 17 Oct 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Vaughan Park Retreat Centre, 1043 Beach Rd, Long Bay, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: hilaryoxfordsmith

A day retreat with poet, author and scholar, Professor Nicola Slee, UK.

Join Nicola Slee on a reflective walk into the woods of deep Sabbath. This quiet day will draw on Nicola’s recent book, which weaves together poetry (her own and that of Wendell Berry, in his decades long oeuvre of Sabbath poems), journaling and reflections on the challenges of finding Sabbath in an increasingly driven and workaholic culture – both inside and outside church.

Nicola will share something of her own struggles to make and keep Sabbath, and something of the gift that the rich notion of Sabbath can offer us in a variety of different ways, if we are willing to enter into the alluring and scary place of not-doing. There will be opportunities for quiet, creative writing, prayer and conversation. Each participant will also be gifted a copy of Nicola’s book, Sabbath: The hidden heartbeat of our lives.

Professor Nicola Slee is a poet, an acclaimed author in the fields of feminist and practical theology, spirituality and prayer. She is Director of Research at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, UK, Professor of Feminist Practical Theology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and Visiting Professor at the University of Chester. She was a Distinguished Academic Visitor at Vaughan Park in 2009 and returned for the Scholars’ Gathering in 2015.

$80 (includes retreat and catering).

Come to dinner with Nicola
You are also invited to join Nicola for dinner at 6pm at an additional cost of $25.00 per person.
Those who cannot attend the day retreat are also welcome to join Nicola and others for dinner at a cost of $25.00 per person.

To reserve your place for the day retreat and/or for dinner please email

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