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2016-2018 Orkney Training in Spiritual Conversation and Spiritual Direction comes to an end.

Springing from a thread of contacts, conversations and meetings, and then a Retreat in Daily Life – held over a Lenten week in 2016 in Kirkwall, Dounby and Holm and directed by Carole Phelan, Rachel Inglis and Judith Irving – Orkney Training in Spiritual Conversation and Spiritual Direction flowed into life with a question: “What do you want?”


Now, this two year journey of training has come to an end. Held from late 2016 to summer 2018, the training was offered and facilitated via weekly Skype sessions, together with many emails, stacks of PDFs of handouts and articles, and a well-loved, well-used and immensely creative Facebook Group Page. The full and complete training ended successfully and fruitfully with Pirjo Little and Sally McNeish (the two trainees) and Rachel and Judith (the training team) sharing a wonderful and joyful residential June weekend at West Manse and Brotchie, on the Orkney island of Westray.


This comes with great thankfulness for and to, Pirjo, Sally, Rachel, and Carole; Julia Meason and Tom Miller, who are part of the ‘team’ on Orkney, and all our intrepid triad helpers – Barbara, Derek, Di, Duncan, Helen, Katie, Rissa, Sue and Val. God bless you all.


“People destined to meet will do so, apparently by chance, at precisely the right moment.” (Traditional)


New Spiritual Direction Training in Perth in 2018-2019

Beginning in September 2018, the Epiphany Group will offer Spiritual Direction Training in Perth. This is a new venture, but builds on a strong foundation for the Epiphany Group and on so much good work that has gone on before, centred in Perth.


For, it was in 1990, that Celia Matthews, then Leader of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Training for Ministry, was invited to be part of the Craighead Spirituality Centre’s Taking it Further course, based at Craighead in Bothwell. Following that, in 1992, Celia organised a Retreat in Daily Life for those in and around Perth, led by Roman Catholic Sisters from St Andrews. Then the Craighead team said training ‘off-site’ could be offered. So Gero McLoughlin, SJ came monthly to Perth for two years to deliver courses in Faith Accompaniment and Spiritual Direction.


It was in Celia’s home that the inaugural meeting of the Epiphany Group took place.


As well as RDLs, individual and group spiritual direction and supervision, and other training, a very memorable feature of Ignatian spirituality in Perth was the Quiet Days held at Celia’s home. These were noted for the welcoming warmth, their inclusive spirituality, wide-ranging subject matter, and superb hospitality.


This new course will be hosted at Celia’s home, as well as at St John’s Episcopal Church, Perth. It’s good to be back; good to know that a new Epiphany Group training will take place in Perth in 2018-2019.

What does it mean to live the concept of Integral Ecology?

Annual Conference

5-7 Oct 2018

St Mery's Kinoull




St Mary’s Retreat Centre,

Kinnoull, Perth.

Map location

Facilitated byJulia MacDonald.

Ongoing Formation for Members; 5th May; Dunblane

the blessing of being a group

Saturday, 5 May 2018

A Day of Ongoing Formation
for Members of the Epiphany Group

Facilitated by Helen Bailey

St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Perth Rd, Dunblane, FK15 0HQ

Visit Members’ Area for more details


Lent Retreat Online: ISC

Pray daily,  meet weekly

A new Ignatian venture offered by the  Ignatian Spirituality Centre (ISC),
with the support of the Epiphany Group and its directors Scotland-wide.

More information visit:

Forthcoming Quiet Days in Aberdeenshire, South West & South East

Rhythm of the Seasons

Forthcoming events in Aberdeenshire

In your area>>> North



Refreshing Streams

In your area >>> South West



A Quiet Day for Lent

In your area >>> South East

Forthcoming quiet days & events in South East

Quest days and weekends in Edinburgh:

In your Area>>  South East 

Our Training Co-ordinator shares her own spiritual formation journey on Pathways to God.


Judith Irving is an Ignatian spiritual director and trainer who lives in Catterline, Aberdeenshire. Presently, she is Training Co-ordinator for the Epiphany Group. She describes her own formation  and how she has overcome geography to spread Ignatian spirituality in remote areas.

Pathways to God

Visit  Pathways to God

Residential Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living course, Kilmuir, near Inverness

autumn trees beside a loch

Applications invited: A residential Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living course will be held over four weekends from November 2017 to May 2018. The venue will be The Coach House, Kilmuir, Inverness IV1 3ZG.

Epiphany Group Residential Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living Course 2017 (PDF flier and application form)

Area Meeting of the W-SW Members’ Group

Barbara Buda has invited members of the W-SW Members’ Group to a meeting at 11am on Tuesday, 28 March at ISC, Glasgow. The main focus of this gathering is to share what has emerged – and still is emerging – from the October Gathering in 2016. It would be great to see as many members of our group as possible!


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