Lighthouse in a storm: Spiritual community for turbulent times

How can you create a resilient spiritual life, in the midst of global crisis? How can you fully weave together your spirituality and your work for the world? How can you be a light for others in a dark time? A ten week in-person programme for young adults (under the age of 40) from any spiritual tradition or belief system, offered by St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace with some bursary places for men and people of colour available.

‘St Ethelburga’s is a ‘maker of peace-makers’. Our core aim is to build community resilience for times of ecological and social emergency. We build strong, cohesive communities across differences of all kinds, through practical, collaborative action. Our vision is for a peaceful, just and inclusive world, rooted in care for each other and our common home.   We believe in the potential of crisis to precipitate change and renewal.’


“Continuing to do pioneering work in a world as crazy and painful as ours without constantly grounding yourself in sacred practice, would be like running into a forest fire dressed only in a paper tutu.”
(Marian Woodman)

The pandemic was just the beginning. We are entering into times of profound uncertainty, watching things unravel around us. Where can we find the inner resources to help us weather the storm? How can we root ourselves in what is essential? Can we be a light for others in a time of growing darkness?

Spirituality and faith are a vital resource for both personal resilience and global transformation. But the rampant materialism and cultural disintegration in the world around us, can have a negative impact on spiritual depth, sometimes without us realising. We see a need to resource young (and young-ish) adults who are engaged in activism, service, leadership or innovation, to keep inner lives powerful and pure, for the long haul. This programme will teach a simple method for crafting an inner space inside ourselves, and an outer structure in our lives, that protects our practice from the distractions and distortions in the wider landscape. Armed with these tools, you’ll be able to stay rooted in what is Real, and hold fast to what is sacred, no matter how tough things get.

Do you want to….

deepen your spiritual practice so it is strong and unshakeable, in an atmosphere free of dogma?
be part of a community that stretches across traditions and cultures?
weave together your spiritual practice with your work for the world, so there is no separation?
grow your inner resilience for the turbulent times ahead?

Are you….

under the age of 40?
already committed to some form of spiritual practice?
engaged in activism, service, leadership or innovation?
….if so, come and join us!

What will we cover?

The course is built around a cycle of 4 elements designed to help us ground a committed spiritual life, fit for whatever is on the horizon. Each element is repeated in more depth in the second half of the course.

• Disciplined practice: Spiritual practice, resilience and the role of discipline
• Inner work: Reclaiming our psychological shadow
• Navigating conflict: Living wisely in a polarised and post-truth world
• Loving Earth: Connecting to the wider web of life

Midway through the programme there will be a weekend day of service, where we offer our time to a regenerative ecological or social project.

For more information contact Justine Huxley on 0207 496 1611 or