Located at Boars Hill Priory, Oxford, the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality is run by a team of Discalced Carmelite friars and laypeople. It welcomes all who desire to seek their own way to the wholeness and the meaning of life.

The centre offers courses and programmes, based mostly on Carmelite spirituality and its ancient tradition of prayer.

Many courses and other activities are online for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. Click on the images below for details of latest programmes. Or click here for a summary list of all retreats for 2022.

Our annual conferences and events are larger opportunities to deepen your spirituality by drawing on the insights of fellow Carmelites, renowned speakers and revered Saints. Click here for more details.

  • Talks are recorded and made available to those who register for 3 months.

  • As a Secular Carmelite you can save £20 for the online experience. 

  • Seculars can register with the discounted rate of £100 for the event.  

  • Use Coupon Code SS2022

  • To attend in person please email ruth.preston@carmelite.org.uk

'The person who wants to win the world for Christ must have the courage to come in conflict with it.' 
Bl. Titus Brandsma

As a university professor, Titus contributed to Catholic emancipation in the Netherlands. As a journalist, he spoke out against discriminatory ideologies and defended the freedom of the press. All these aspects made him a special resistance hero. His courage and perseverance are inspiring for many worldwide and the qualities he embodied – Faith, hope, and love – are vital for a living faith for Christians, and indeed, for all people of goodwill.

This summer school will explore:

  •       the spiritual sight and luminous life of Father Titus

  •       review his courageous response to Nazi ideology

  •       consider how Father Titus 'answered hate with love,' sought to see the image of God in others,
          even his persecutors, and strove to be a 'light in the murky night.'


Course Instructor: Dianne Traflet, J.D., S.T.D.

Dianne Traflet is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Administration and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Seton Hall University School of Theology, New Jersey, United States. She is the author of St. Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait (Pauline Books and Media, 2008).

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This retreat is part of a series of weekend retreats. Each weekend stands alone, with its own theme, but all are connected by the contemplative dimension and offer a different perspective to help us live in continual awareness of God’s presence. Through ‘contemplative listening’ we will explore how and to what/to whom we listen as we open ourselves to listen ‘with the ears of the heart.’ We will engage with poetry and music to help attune us to God who speaks into our silent listening.

Date: June 24 - 26

Time: Friday 19.00 – Sunday 12.00 Noon (UK Time)

Venue: Online / In Person at the Priory

Led by: Carmelite Retreat Team

Click here to register