Beloved Life: spiritual practices reshaping us, reshaping the world...

Beloved Life news
a movement of spiritual practice
June 2014



the Beloved Life retreat
news from the 2014 Oxford retreat and advance notice of the 2015 retreat

A massive thank you! to all this year's retreatants for your generous and thoughtful participation. 20 of us gathered last weekend for the second Beloved Life retreat. We loved the weekend and are already looking forward to being back at the Carmelite Priory on the weekend of 5/6/7 June 2015. If that sounds good please pencil it into your diaries  :-) 


Beloved Life Soul Friend
mentoring with Gail Adams: connecting you with your joyful potential

Gail is offering a limited number of personal monthly Beloved Life Soul Friend check-ins for £45 comprising a one hour phone session plus ongoing conversation by email / social-media - encompassing Spiritual Direction, Finding Fulfilment, Nurturing your Deep Flow and Setting Goals towards all that you hope for... 

Contact Gail for further information or to book a starter session: 
mobile: 07971301904


a year of spiritual practice

We are now well into our first full year of spiritual practice - with a different practice each week. There are daily posts on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for all the feedback and interaction. It's so good to share this journey of practice together. This week's spiritual practice is 'Choose Your Icons...'



Ian's books
poet writer photographer & artist exploring spirituality culture and human-becoming

Exciting news: Ian has a new book of poems entitled 'Unfurling' coming out in the summer on Canterbury Press. Here's a haiku from Unfurling to whet your appetite!

Stop trying to prove
yourself; become a swallow 
in flight; blur of joy.

You can pre-order 'Unfurling' now direct from the publisher. 

Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living (Canterbury Press)
'Ian Adams has beautifully mined the Christian monastic tradition and found gold for our spiritually impoverished time. You can find no better guide' 
-  Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, Denver
Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times (Canterbury Press)
'These are sensual poems, elemental poems, poems of the landscape, poems of the ordinary. These beautiful poems know us. We are invited into that expansive knowing, welcomed into breathing with kind shafts of insight'  
Pádraig Ó Tuama, performance poet & author of 'Readings from the Book of Exile'

For more info on Ian's work... :  facebook  :  twitter

Morning Bell
a moment of stillness, opening up the possibility of a new day...

Each weekday morning we post the morning bell image - a way to enter into a moment of stillness in even the busiest of days. The current series is exploring the amazing wisdom of medieval English mystic mother Julian of Norwich, with photos from the coast of South Devon.  If you would like to receive the daily morning bell you can do so for free in lots of ways...
email-signup :  Facebook :  twitter  :  instagram :  flickr :  eyeem  :  tumblr

shaping the Beloved Life
spiritual practices reshaping us, reshaping the world

We'd love for you to help to continue to shape the Beloved Life project with us by interacting in social media - on Facebook Twitter and via our websiteLook out for more events and resources coming up...

Grace and peace to you
Ian & Gail

'Acquire inner peace, and thousands around you will find their salvation...'
St Seraphim of Sarov

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