Reflections on retirement

Led by Clare Herbert

In 1820 the artist Hokusai, now 60 years old, took the title Iitsu, which means “One year old again”. According to the Japanese calendar sixty represents the completion of a whole life cycle. Yet Hokusai went on to create some of his finest work after that date, in his “second life”.

In my sixties I retired and fell flat on my face, not having reflected on a new structure or content for my life, let alone on the promptings of God, speaking compassionately, if urgently, to me of new creation.

If retirement is still a distant dream, or looms a near but uncertain reality, or represents a time of rich contentment, or is for you still a bog or a fog such as that into which I fell, this retreat offers you a time for reflection, relaxation, and enrichment in your understanding of your own needs and God’s presence with you on the journey.

 To deepen our reflection on the serious challenges and fruitful possibilities of retirement we will use a traditional pattern of retreat, with talks, worship, silence and, if desired, exercises to give our reflections direction and shape. 

For those who wish to do so there will also be opportunities to share in simple, structured and respectful ways the fruits of our experience.

Clare Herbert was, before retirement, the Rector of Anne’s Soho, Lecturer in Inclusion at St Martin in the Fields, and Tutor in Pastoral Care at St Augustine’s College of Theology, where she is now a Research Fellow. She recently published her first book “Towards a Theology of Same Sex Marriage: Squaring the Circle” (JKP, London 2020), and retired to live in the Diocese of Portsmouth, where she worships at Portsmouth Cathedral and serves as a spiritual director.

This event is open to everyone.

Arrival: 3 - 5pm Mon 25th September 2023
Departure: 10am Fri 29th September 2023

Residential - £530 (20% ministry discount)