Growth in Prayer & Reflective Living (GRPL)

In person in Edinburgh

October 2023 – April 2024


Applications Open

This course aims to help participants develop and deepen their experience of prayer and live more reflectively. It offers the opportunity to explore faith, discover meaning and come to a deeper, more intimate, relationship with God.

It provides space to examine hopes and desires and to move towards fullness of life in ourselves, and those around us, in the global community to which we all belong.

We are excited to be able to offer this course in person this year.


Who is the course for?

The course is open to those of any denomination and none. No particular experience of prayer is required, only a desire for God. Participants should be prepared to share some of their experience of prayer with others. Because of the participatory nature of the course a commitment to regular attendance is important.

What previous participants have said:

  • The regularity has helped create a focus and a rhythm in an otherwise quite chaotic life. 
  • I found the course very fulfilling
  • New ways to think about God and about prayer
  • God has become more approachable
  • It has helped me see areas I can work with God in my prayer life and
    it has made me more excited about prayer
  • The course has slowed me down, made me take more time with God.


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Course Content

Participants are offered opportunity to:

  • Experience different ways of praying taken from Ignatian and other spiritual traditions. These include coming to stillness, silent waiting, praying with scripture, imaginative contemplation and review of the day.
  • Explore aids to prayer and reflection including journaling, artwork, body awareness, music and use of images.
  • Develop and deepen awareness of different perceptions of God and self.
  • Begin to discover a way of making prayerful choices in tune with God’s hopes and desires for the world through an introduction to Ignatian discernment.



The method is primarily experience based and reflective. Sessions include input, space for prayer, guided prayer and reflection and small group sharing. Participants are offered the opportunity of one-to-one spiritual accompaniment and towards the end of the course there is a short retreat.




This course will take place at
Christchurch Church Morningside,
6a Morningside Road,

EH10 4DD


Course Dates for 2023-2024

The course begins in October and ends shortly after Easter; it will be held on Thursday evenings 7.00 – 9.15pm.

Thursday Evenings

Term 1

Oct 26th  / Nov 2nd  / Nov 9th  / Nov 16th  / Nov 23rd  / Nov 30th  / Dec 7th  / Dec 14th

Term 2

Jan 11th  / Jan 18th  /Jan 25th  / Feb 1st / Feb 8th

Term 3
Feb 22nd / Feb 29th  / Mar 7th  / Mar 14th  / Mar 21st  / Apr 11th / Apr 25th 
Retreat weekend: 
Friday April 19th 7.00pm – 9.15pm and Saturday April 20th 10.00am – 4pm.



The cost of the course is £434.  
A registration fee of £50, deductible from the total cost, is payable when
an applicant is accepted. The balance may be paid in instalments.


Applications open

This in-person course aims to help participants develop and deepen their experience of prayer and live more reflectively. It offers the opportunity to ask the deeper questions of life and to discover a closer connection with God. It provides space to examine the nature of our experience, and to move towards the fullness of life we long for in ourselves, in those around us and in the global community to which we all belong.

Places are limited. Please apply as soon as possible.

For more information please contact   
Sharon Laidlaw Course Tutor

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Once we have received your application you will be invited for an informal interview .



The Epiphany Group  (EG) is keen that no-one should be excluded from our courses for financial reasons. We encourage applicants to seek funding from other sources and can offer suggestions on this.

Please contact us for further information.

Do also contact us at the above address if you wish to make a donation towards helping someone else
take part in the course.

There is also a limited EG Bursary and Development Fund, supported by donations, which is available to those in need of assistance.

Application for Bursary (DOCX)


Journeying On (GPRL 2) Online Course via ZoomISC logo

A follow up  course is offered by Ignatian Spirituality Centre  
for those who have completed GPRL.