Welcome to OCSG

The Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth (OCSG) offers a variety of approaches and events that will appeal to a wide range of people, encouraging growth in reflective practice and heightened awareness of God, others and themselves.

We are based in the Tower Room in The Church of St Michael at the North Gate, a room at the base of the Tower, which is reputed to be the oldest building in Oxford; it is a peaceful, prayerful place in the heart of the city.  Read more about us »

A summary of our forthcoming events is given below, together with a record of past events we have held. For more information (such as event times etc), and to register your interest, or to download a booking form, please click the event name.

To see recordings of past events, click here: [ Recorded Events

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Forthcoming Events

Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Thursday 12th October 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in the North Transept after the evening eucharist. Starting at 7.45pm with light refreshments (wine, soft drinks & nibbles) with talks commencing at 8 pm promptly, the evening will end around 9.30 pm.
Time: 7.45 pm to 9.30 pm
Cost: £15

An evening exploring the Journey from life, through death and  to the beyond, through the lens of Newman’s poem ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ and Elgar’s music, but also including a recognition of anxieties around dying and the benefits of good quality ‘end of life’ care.

With contributions from Stephen Darlington, Director of Music at Christ Church, Angela Tilby, Canon Emeritus of Christ Church and Keri Thomas, internationally-known expert on ‘end of life’ care.

– “Grant, Lord…. that through the grave and gate of death we may pass to our joyful resurrection.”

Thursday 12th October 2017
at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
in the North Transept after the evening eucharist.

starting at 7.45pm with light refreshments (wine, soft drinks & nibbles)
with talks commencing at 8 pm promptly, the evening will end around 9.30 pm.

This event is organised by  OCSG in collaboration with the Dean & Chapter of Christ Church, whose generous assistance is hereby acknowledged.

cost: £15.00
[ booking form and info sheet ]  [ Poster ]
Please download and complete the booking form
or register for this event online or contact us
(some concessions may be available)

 

 

Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 11 Nov 2017
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Cost: 35.00

The Poetry of the World Wars - a Study Day

Led by Tim Kendall, Professor of English at Exeter University,
editor of Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology.

This Study Day will be held on Armistice Day,
Saturday 11th November 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm
at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

A minute's silence will be held at 11.00am and there will be space for further personal reflection and a chance to enjoy the College grounds, weather permitting.

By courtesy of Professor Valentine Cunningham.

Coffee, tea etc provided; please bring a packed lunch.

Please register for this event [ Booking Form & Poster to follow here ]

(Some concessions may be available).  Any problems? - please contact us

Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Workshops will be held on Ocotber 7th, November 4th, January 13th and February 10th. Please see above for topics.
Time: 10.00 - 4.00
Cost: see below

These events are held on Saturdays:

Day 1 - October 7th - Introduction to the Enneagram
Day 2 - November 4th - Consolidation of the Core 
                                                Theory
Day 3 - January 13th - Introduction to Subtypes
Day 4 - February 10th - Enneagram Defences

Facilitated by Josephine Seccombe, these days are designed for anyone wanting to start an Enneagram journey, and for those who already know their type.     It is important to attend previous days in order to be familiar with the material used on successive days.

Sessions run from 10.00 to 4.00
Light refreshments provided.
Please bring a packed lunch.  

The Enneagram (meaning 'model of nine') entwines
spirituality and psychology and is ancient knowledge
re- presented for modern times.    When I know my own
type I can manage myself better, and empathise with
greater understanding other people in my life.

£25 per session
£70.00 for 3 sessions
£80 for four sessions

 [ BookingForm ]

Previous events

Venue: St Barnabas Church, Oxford
Date(s): 07 Jul 2017
This event is not organised by OCSG. Donation on entry - guideline £30.  Further information: [... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 21 Jun 2017
on Faith, with the paintings of Eularia Clarke Led by Revd Georgie Simpson (Director, OCSG) and... read more...
Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 25 Mar 2017
Saturday 18 February 10am - 4pm. Parish Room, St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford ENNEAGRAM... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 08 Mar 2017
An exploration  into The Lord’s Prayer: enriching our relationship with God in a sacred space Led... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 02 Mar 2017
Thursday lunchtime talks at St Giles’, Hilary Term 2017A new series of Thursday lunchtime talks at... read more...
Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 25 Feb 2017
WE REGRET THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.  Fr Geoff Wheaton has kindly offered to repeat this... read more...
Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 03 Dec 2016
Day 1 - Saturday September 24th -             'Stand Alone Subtypes'            for anyone who... read more...
Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 12 Nov 2016
The Golden Age of Eighteenth Century Hymn Writers A reflective study day exploring the work of... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 13 Oct 2016, 20 Oct 2016, 27 Oct 2016, 03 Nov 2016, 10 Nov 2016, 17 Nov 2016, 24 Nov 2016, 01 Dec 2016
Thursday lunchtime talks at St Giles’, Michaelmas Term 2016A new series of Thursday lunchtime talks... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 29 Sep 2016
The Mercy of God in Scripture and Art   “The name of God is mercy.” (Pope Francis, 2015)   A... read more...
Venue: the Meditatio Centre St Marks Church, Myddelton Square London EC1R 1XX
Date(s): 07 May 2016
The following event is not organised by OCSG. Christian Meditation: Body, Mind and Wholeness A ... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 28 Apr 2016, 05 May 2016, 12 May 2016, 19 May 2016, 26 May 2016, 02 Jun 2016, 09 Jun 2016, 16 Jun 2016
Thursday lunchtime talks at St Giles’, Trinity Term 2016The Thursday lunchtime talks at St Giles’... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 14 Apr 2016
Bandits & Camel Drivers A Reflective Study Day on the Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers... read more...
Venue: St Mary the Virgin, Iffley
Date(s): 25 Mar 2016
The following event is not organised by OCSG. SEVEN LAST WORDS FROM THE CROSS A Reflection for Good... read more...
Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 05 Dec 2015
Day 1 - Saturday October 10th - 'Guts Centre'Day 2 - Saturday November 7th - 'Heads Centre' Day 3... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 28 Nov 2015
  A Quiet Day of Reflection Led by by Revd Canon Edmund Newey (Sub-Dean, Christ Church Cathedral)... read more...
Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 31 Oct 2015
Mysticism & Poetry in the 17th Century Led by Dr Carl Schmidt with spiritual reflection and... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 30 Sep 2015
St Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Soul Led by Dr Peter Tyler and Julienne McLean Organised by OCSG... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 30 Apr 2015, 07 May 2015, 14 May 2015, 21 May 2015, 28 May 2015, 04 Jun 2015, 11 Jun 2015, 18 Jun 2015
Thursday lunchtime talks at St Giles’, Trinity Term 2015We are pleased to announce the forthcoming... read more...
Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 21 Mar 2015
Day 1 - Saturday Jan 17 - Introduction to the Enneagram Day 2 - Saturday February 7 -... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 22 Jan 2015, 29 Jan 2015, 05 Feb 2015, 12 Feb 2015, 19 Feb 2015, 26 Feb 2015, 05 Mar 2015, 12 Mar 2015
Thursday lunchtime talks at St Giles’, Hilary Term 2015Following the successful series on ‘... read more...
Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 29 Nov 2014
A Service of Blessing Choral Evenson (short form) and reception with light refreshmkents
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 26 Nov 2014
  Preparing for Advent A Quiet Day of Reflection Led by Revd Georgie Simpson with meditations by... read more...
Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 22 Nov 2014
A Day with Gerard Manley Hopkins Led by Professor Carl Schmidt with meditations by Revd Canon Mark... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 16 Oct 2014, 23 Oct 2014, 30 Oct 2014, 06 Nov 2014, 13 Nov 2014, 20 Nov 2014, 27 Nov 2014, 04 Dec 2014
A further series of 8 talks by influential speakers in the theme of Engaging positively with... read more...
Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 03 Oct 2014
A Valedictory Talk by Bishop John Pritchard, followed by questions and light refreshments.   All... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 04 Jun 2014
Led by Canon Robert Wright Wednesday 4th June 2014 10.00 am to 4.00 pm “Your life is shaped by the... read more...
Venue: St Barnabas Church, Oxford
Date(s): 09 May 2014, 06 Jun 2014
Three (advanced) workshops are to be held at St Barnabas church, in Jericho - these events are run... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 01 May 2014, 08 May 2014, 15 May 2014, 22 May 2014, 29 May 2014, 05 Jun 2014, 12 Jun 2014, 19 Jun 2014
A further series of 8 talks by influential speakers in the theme of The Wisdom of the Mystics.   ... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 24 Apr 2014
We are now delighted to announce that the talk by Fr Peter Hunter OP St Thomas Aquinas: God as the... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 29 Mar 2014
All are welcome to this workshop, led by Revd Georgie Simpson Explore different ways of praying... read more...
Venue: Blackfriars Priory
Date(s): 13 Mar 2014
This event is part of the St Giles' Talks on Dominican Spirituality Series, which have been held in... read more...
Venue: The Parish Rooms, next to St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 23 Jan 2014, 30 Jan 2014, 06 Feb 2014, 13 Feb 2014, 20 Feb 2014, 27 Feb 2014, 06 Mar 2014, 13 Mar 2014
A further series of 8 talks by influential speakers in the theme of Dominican Spirituality.   ... read more...
Venue: St Marys Church, Kidlington
Date(s): 14 Dec 2013
A Quiet Day of Reflection for Advent led by Revd Georgie Simpson & Revd Jean KingFor further... read more...
Venue: Wolfson College, Leonard Wolfson Auditorium
Date(s): 28 Nov 2013
An illustrated talk by Bishop Richard, followed by an opportunity to meet him over a glass of wine... read more...
Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 23 Nov 2013
Courtesy of Professor Valentine Cunningham with academic input by Professor Peter McCullough, (... read more...
Venue: Oxford Quakers Meeting House
Date(s): 16 Nov 2013
Ray Simpson will be extending his visit to Oxford on 14th November, when he will be giving the... read more...
Venue: Oxford Quakers Meeting House
Date(s): 15 Nov 2013
Ray Simpson will be extending his visit to Oxford on 14th November, when he will be giving the... read more...
Venue: Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, St Philip & St James Church
Date(s): 09 Nov 2013
In collaboration with OCSG, a Labyrinth Prayer Evening is being offered at the Oxford Centre for... read more...
Venue: Oxford Quakers Meeting House
Date(s): 19 Oct 2013
Given by Sister Magdalen Lawler & Tom McGuinness SJ 'The extraordinary colours of the palette... read more...
Venue: The Parish Rooms, next to St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 17 Oct 2013, 24 Oct 2013, 31 Oct 2013, 07 Nov 2013, 14 Nov 2013, 21 Nov 2013, 28 Nov 2013, 05 Dec 2013
A series of 8 talks by influential speakers in the theme of Celtic Spirituality: Christ yesterday,... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 25 Apr 2013, 02 May 2013, 09 May 2013, 16 May 2013, 16 May 2013, 23 May 2013, 30 May 2013, 06 Jun 2013, 13 Jun 2013
A series of  8 talks by influential speakers. Held on 25th April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May6th... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 07 Mar 2013
Thursday lunchtimes talks, Hilary Term 2013 A series of  8 talks by influential speakers,  [poster... read more...
Venue: The Music Room, The Gables, Eynsham
Date(s): 23 Feb 2013
Facilitated by Josephine Seccombe Introduction to the Enneagram Feb 23 Consolidation day March 23... read more...
Venue: St Marys Church, Kidlington
Date(s): 08 Dec 2012
A Quiet Day of Reflection for Advent and beyond led by Revd Georgie Simpson & Revd Jean King  [... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 29 Nov 2012
A series of  8 talks by influential speakers.  Thursdays at 12.30:11th, 18th, 25th October 1st, 8th... read more...
Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 17 Nov 2012
A reflective day, exploring the  work of George Herbert, Poet and Priest, with Professor Valentine... read more...
Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 13 Oct 2012
A series of Enneagram workshops, facilitatedby Josephine Seccombe were held on Saturdays, January... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 21 Jun 2012
Thursday lunchtimes talks, Trinity Term 2012 [poster] (word doc).   The series culminated with a... read more...
Venue: St Margarets Church, Oxford
Date(s): 26 May 2012
Various closed sessions for parish members. Held during Spring 2012
Venue: Oxford Quakers Meeting House
Date(s): 21 Apr 2012
A day of Poetry, Art & Meditation, with Anne Long and Margaret Gill. Saturday 21st April 2012... read more...
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 22 Mar 2012
Thursday Lunchtime Talks in Lent [series poster] 12.30 on Thursdays, February 23rd [Luke] and March... read more...
Venue: St Andrews Church, Linton Road, Oxford
Date(s): 20 Feb 2012
Given to members of  The Wives' Fellowship by Rev'd Georgie Simpson. Monday 20th February 2012
Venue: All Saints Convent, Oxford
Date(s): 03 Dec 2011
Saturday 3rd December 2011 10.30am till 4.30pm with Revd Jean King and Revd Georgie Simpson for... read more...
Venue: Stanton House Retreat Centre, Oxford
Date(s): 30 Nov 2011
(A closed event) led by Revd Georgie Simpson
Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 26 Nov 2011
with Professor Valentine Cunningham, Revd Mark Oakley and Revd Georgie Simpson Saturday 12th... read more...
Venue: All Saints Convent, Oxford
Date(s): 14 Aug 2011
Led by Rev'd Georgie Simpson. Monday 8th to Sunday 14th August 2011
Venue: Freeland Convent
Date(s): 28 Mar 2011
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March 2011
Venue: Begbroke Priory
Date(s): 23 Oct 2010
A Quiet Day led by Revd Georgie Simpson on Saturday October 23rd 2010 [Poster]   [Programme]  
Venue: Christ Church College, Oxford (The Priory Room)
Date(s): 02 Oct 2010
A Quiet Day led by Revd Canon George Pattison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity
Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 30 Sep 2010
[  Details of exhibition ] The exhibition will continue throughout August and September 2010
Venue: Begbroke Priory
Date(s): 13 Mar 2010
A Quiet Day led by Revd Georgie Simpson on Saturday 13th March 2010. [poster]  [flier /programme]
Venue: St Theosevia CSG
Date(s): 23 Jan 2010
An event to which OCSG contributed [ details ] Held on Saturday 23rd January 2010.
Venue: Lincoln College, Oxford
Date(s): 12 Dec 2009
A Quiet Day led by Revd Georgie Simpson on 12th December 2009 view [ details on poster ]    
Venue: Keble College, Oxford
Date(s): 07 Nov 2009
A quiet Day led by Revd Georgie Simpson on Saturday 7th November 2009 [ details on poster ]