In recent years I’ve enjoyed leading retreats by the Sea of Galilee, a week of gentle reflection on the life and teaching of Jesus in the place where it happened. This has led to requests for a similar experience in Jerusalem. Because Jerusalem is such a busy place it would be misleading to call it a conventional retreat, but what I’m offering here is a reflective week with time to linger in the places, and to ponder the events, that lie at the heart of our faith.
It will be a gently guided week with plenty of space for our own discoveries. We’ll stay within the walls of Old Jerusalem and take a carefully designed journey through the week. We’ll spend significant time in each of the special places, having framed the day with worship and guided biblical reflection. We’ll go to Bethlehem, the Pools of Bethesda, the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, the Upper Room, Caiaphas’s house, the Via Dolorosa, the Holy Sepulchre, the Garden Tomb and Emmaus (Abu Ghosh). We’ll walk the walls (optional) and go on a memorable night walk.
In the afternoons there’ll be time for return visits, reflection, reading, journaling and rest, or simply wandering the streets and markets of this extraordinary colourful city, stopping for coffee or fresh orange on the way, and pondering the last week of Jesus’ life.
I hope you’ll be tempted to come to Jerusalem for this unique experience as we explore the defining events of the Christian story in this Holy City, called by some ‘the centre of the world.
- Scheduled flights on British Airways from London Heathrow
- All airport departure & passenger taxes (UK & Israel)
- Accommodation at selected hotel
- All entrance fees and local government taxes
- Qualified English speaking guide throughout the tour
- All touring in modern air-conditioned tourist coaches
- Single room supplement (limited availability) £595
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities £75
- Items of a personal nature (laundry & drinks etc)
This is the usual shape of the day
9.00: Morning Prayer with a Bible introduction to the theme of the day
10.00: Leave for visit to the day’s particular site
Afternoon: Free for return visits, reflection, reading, prayer, journaling, wandering or rest
5.30: Prayer and reflection on the day with further input on the day’s theme