Responding to Our Exile


Times of exile can be very painful, yet are key parts of our own stories and can be times of growth and enlightenment. Exile takes many forms.

We may find ourselves physically exiled from people or places. We may be exiled due to a conflict. We may be surrounded by people, but feel an inner sense of exile from those we live alongside. We may feel exiled from our bodies.

The global pandemic has given us a new experience of exile from our families, friends, and colleagues. We have also been exiled from the places and experiences which bring us joy and sustain us.

This day, led by Siobhan Burke and Charles Forman, is an invitation both to journey with our sense of ‘exile’, of what we have left behind, however we may have experience of it within our own story but also to reflect with the question: what might we wish to change and which new ways of being will continue to be helpful going forward?

We will journey with the ancient Israelites as they asked how they could sing the Lord’s song in a ‘strange land’. There will be space to respond to our own needs, to uncover hidden growth and, perhaps, open to joy as we start to touch into our desires and the invitations which may be waiting for us as we look to the future.

Charles recently trained in Spiritual Accompaniment and offers one-to-one accompaniment and a grow- ing portfolio of work in spirituality and personal development, alongside working as an environmental programme and project manager.

Siobhan is also trained in Spiritual Accompaniment and is part of St Bede’s Spirituality team.

Dates and Bookings

At St Bede’s Saturday 27 November 10am to 3pm (£20).