What We Do

The Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group exists to make the journey of ‘knowing God’ richer and deeper, and to offer companionship on the journey. It does this in a number of ways.

Cumbria Wide Events
We support the development of Mission Communities across the County, and the vision of ‘God for all’. Ecumenical groups sometimes ask us to lead events such as a Lent group, guided week of prayer or quiet days.

For those who want something more in-depth, we run two courses in rotation:

Nourishing The Soul Course

Running from January to November 2021 on Zoom
This comprises 10 sessions at approx monthly intervals.

Topics include:
  • Definitions of spirituality
  • Images of God
  • Mindfulness, Psychology & Spirituality
  • Wholeness and Healing
  • Different ways of using the Bible in prayer
  • Discernment
  • Monastic & Denominational spirituality e.g. Franciscan, Carmelite, Benedictine, Wesleyan, Celtic, Ignatian etc
  • Silence and solitude, desert and wilderness experiences
  • Contemplation and meditation
  • Creativity & Spirituality e.g. music, poetry, art
  • Creation & Spirituality
The day also includes worship and group sharing.

Spiritual Direction Training
This comprises 10 sessions at approx monthly intervals. The topics are similar to the above, but taken to a deeper level. Afternoons are given over to triad work (i.e. practical experience in offering spiritual direction).
Completion of the Nourishing the Soul Course is usually a requirement.
The course costs approx £300. Bursaries are available on request to those who are unwaged or on a limited income. Drinks, but not lunch, are included.

Spiritual Direction
Many people find it helpful to have a Spiritual Director (or Companion).  This is someone who commits themselves to journey with another in their walk with God.
We have a list of trained Spiritual Directors, and are able to help people find the right director for them.
We also offer ongoing training and support for all who work as Spiritual Directors.  (In order to train as a Spiritual Director, it is normally a pre-requisite to have been on the Nourishing the Soul Course first, but previous experience is taken into account.)

If you would like to know more about the Day-events or Nourishing the Soul,
please contact the CESG Secretary

Alison Butland
  The Rectory,
CA10 2EA  
Tel: 01768 201027 alisonbutland@gmail.com

If you would like to know more about Spiritual Direction, or if you would like to have a Spiritual Director,
or if you would like to be trained as a Spiritual Director, or if you are a Spiritual Director (and not already on our List of Directors)
please contact the SD Co-ordinator:

Mrs Ruth Lee:
Stable Cottage, Kirkoswald, Penrith, CA10 1DQ
Tel: 01768 898604


Spiritual Direction List and Resourcing
If you are a Spiritual Director and would like to be added to our List of Directors, and if you are interested in the Resource Days that we hold, then please contact the SD Resource Co-ordinator:

Mrs Ali Betteridge
2 Etterby Lea Grove
07717 090202 ali.cesg67@gmail.com

What Participants Have Said About Courses
  • ?What I am most thankful for on the Course so far, is insight into great wisdom from the past that is still as fresh as ever and relevant for our spiritual life today.  I remember especially John Chrysostom’s prayer to prepare for reading scripture and his inspiring reflection on why we need to read the Bible.
  • Nourishing the Soul was very meaningful for me. In spite of struggling through the early months, I was able to feel nourishment and hope. I feel I have grown in ways I never expected.
  • I have loved the togetherness in prayer, the teaching, lunch and triads. The prayer times have been touching and meaningful with praise and worship to music enriching.
  • It has been a privilege to be part of this course in such a beautiful environment, enjoying fellowship with a lovely group of people and empathetic tutors with a great depth of knowledge and understanding. The sessions have always been interesting and stimulating.


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