Home >> Courses & Programmes

Living Prayer Course
A Course in Contemplative Prayer & Living

This new nine-month Residential Prayer Course enables one to practise contemplative living according to one’s own lifestyle. The course meets one weekend (Friday – Sunday) a month from November 2021 to July 2022, and is presented by the Living Prayer Course Team of the Institute for Applied Carmelite Spirituality and invited speakers. Food and accommodation are included.

A Brief Reflection on Prayer from Fr. Liam Finnerty, OCD

Formation is offered in contemplative prayer, lifestyle and activity through:

  • Deepening one’s experience of Silent Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Liturgy, Psalmody, Prayer Journaling, the ‘Gratitude Prayer’ and Spiritual Reading.
  • Nurturing the contemplative dimension of one’s lifestyle by exercising discernment, simplicity, forgiveness, integrity and commitment.

The ongoing process of the Course provides an environment in which to integrate contemplative practices into one’s life. This integration is accomplished in part by opening oneself to God as a community and consenting to God’s presence and action individually and communally.

Each weekend includes a review of the previous months’ practice(s), soul-friending, Silent Prayer, talks, sharing and rest. Each month’s theme is supported by a Spiritual Counsel and Prayer Practice(s).

Recent Testimonials

“I arrived on the Boars Hill on the Friday afternoon feeling tired, believing the time table will be exhausting but, but no,
it was very invigorating and uplifting, feeding the very core of my centre, my inner room. Thank you so much… there
were a number of people I spoke to throughout the weekend who commented: “This is just what I have been looking
for”. There is such a spiritual hunger in the world and our Lord’s teachings, wisdom, gentleness, caring and humour
shone through the team aiding their searching and fulfilling their spiritual needs.” SP, Oxford (LP 2019)

Download the brochure for more information:


5th – 7th November
3rd – 5th December (ONLINE)


7th – 9th January (ONLINE)
4th – 6th February
11th – 13th March
1st – 3rd April
6th – 8th May

3rd – 5th June

1st – 3rd July

Our Sustainable Price is £1,900 including food and accommodation. This can be paid in instalments over 3 months.

We are sensitive to everyone’s personal situation, so please get in touch if you’d like to attend but would like to explore alternative payment options with us.
Please call us on 07849 596572 or email: ruth.preston@carmelite.org.uk


We believe that the benefits of learning about and journeying deeper in the spiritual life should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

Recognising that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others, we are happy to offer a tiered pricing structure (Sustainable Price and Supported Price) for our courses. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Our Sustainable Price is £1,900. This can be paid in instalments.


A commitment to one’s prayer life and a heartfelt desire to draw from the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality in deepening one’s prayer experience.


Full Course (one off payment)

A one off payment for full access to the course


Full Course (monthly payments)

3 monthly payments for full access to the course

£633.33 a month

(For alternative payment plans, please call us on 07849 596572 or email:admin@carmelite.org.uk)

Registration and Next Steps

When you’re ready, please begin the registration process by completing the information form and then finalising your payment.

NB: If you have already completed the registration form and wish to pay, you can do so here.