Prayer Development


In 2007 the Bishop of London Challenged the Moot Community to seek to become contemplatives to be able to sustain the vision of Moot – to be able to discern a complex God in a complex culture. The place of prayer and contemplation in our lives is therefore important as we seek to discern God. Our Moot Rhythm of Life in its aspirations and spiritual practices has an explicit expectation that we will go deeper in regular committed prayer. As Karl Rahner, a German theologian has said, “Christians of the future will be mystics, or there will be no Christians at all”.

Moot promotes two forms of event for prayer development:

Short Weekend Retreats (Fri Evening to Sun lunchtime)
These short retreats are organised in groups of 5 to 12 people.  They are either led from St Mary Aldermary’s as an ‘in-retreat’ or going away using two houses we have access to in the Brecon Beacons in Wales and in the Colman’s Estate near Basingstoke.  We usually draw on a facilitator for these weekends. Costs are kept as low as possible just to cover expenses.   We tend to plan these in either the Spring or Summer periods. See Events section of this website for actual retreat events.

Prayer Development Days (Usually a Saturday)
Moot has for sometime been promoting new/old ways to engage with prayer, particularly forms of contemplation. This prayer development day seeks to enable participants to explore and experience different forms and approaches to prayer, to work out what particular approaches resonate with what you seek to include in your spiritual time.  We tend to plan these for the Winter to early Spring periods.  See Events section of this website for actual retreat events.

For all our Prayer Development Events, we tend to use three facilitators for these days:

Julie Dunstan,
a good friend of Moot and a spiritual director trained in forms of ignatian prayer with a background in psychotherapy and meditation.

Ian Adams
a New Monastic, Co-director of  Stillpoint Oxford and Retreat conductorwill lead the day. This event is open to all people who are exploring prayer – whether you feel a novice, struggle with it or just want to go deeper.

Padraig O-Tuama
a poet, contemplative, peace-activist involved in reconciliation work in in Northern Ireland and further afield.

Ian Mobsby
Our own Priest-Missioner with a background in Occupational Therapy with an MA in Pastoral Theology with a background of alternative worship, new monasticism and contemplative/sacramental approaches to prayer and worship.