Meditation at St Antony’s Priory: The Fellowship of Silence

We welcome people to practice meditation in the beautiful space of the Chapel at St Antony’s. Sessions currently take place on the second Saturday of the month, 10.30am-12noon.

We find that in the silence people of different beliefs and backgrounds are able to practice meditation together.

The name “The Fellowship of Silence” comes from a book by Revd Cyril Hepher, sometime vicar of the Church of St John the Baptist, Newcastle (1906-13), who started a silent prayer meeting in the church over a hundred years ago. Click here to read more about this story. 

We hope that these sessions might evolve into a sustainable group, in which the practice of meditation and contemplative spirituality can be shared and supported.

What to Expect

Every session follows a similar format, suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience who might appreciate the benefit of practising wih a group.

Usually there will be a short introduction, two periods of silent meditation, and time for sharing and questions. Guidance will be offered, following the principles of ‘Just Meditation‘, but if you have an existing practice then please feel free to do whatever you would normally do.

There is no need to book, and payment is by donation, but please do arrive on time as it will not be possible to join the session after it has begun.

Refreshments will be available from 10am, and everyone is very welcome to stay on for a cuppa and a chat after the session as well.

Dates for 2023

Monthly sessions on the second Saturday of the month, 10.30am-12noon.

Refreshments available from 10am (and afterwards as well).

14 January
11 February
11 March
15 April
13 May
10 June
8 July
12 August
9 September
14 October
11 November
9 December

All welcome, no need to book, but please do try to arrive on time. 

Online Meditation Sessions

Online meditation sessions run every Wednesday morning, 8-8.30am.
More information, including how to register for the sessions (and receive the Zoom link), can be found here.

Durham University Meditation Society

The University Meditation Society meet at the Priory every Wednesday, 2-3pm, during term time. Sessions are led by members of the Priory team and by the students themselves. There is a Facebook group (private) here.