CACS - Carmelite Studies



The Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality (CACS) will launch the following programmes in September 2019:

Living Prayer: A Carmelite Prayer Course on the Practice and Deepening of Contemplative Prayer and Living 

September 2019 - May 2020

This new Nine-Month Prayer course enables one to practise contemplative living according to one's own lifestyle. The Course meets one weekend (Friday - Sunday) a month from September 2019 through May 2020. 

For more information, please go to 'CACS - Living Prayer'.


Spiritual Direction Training Programme (Carmelite Tradition)

September 2019 - July 2021

This new two-year Programme builds on an interpretation of the experience of journeying towards intimacy with God as expressed in the life of the Carmelite saints and deriving principles from this for the growth and flourishing of the spiritual life. One does not need to be a Carmelite or even know much of Carmelite spirituality to be part of the Programme. All that is necessary is to have a heartfelt desire to draw from the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality in deepening one's own bond with God and to walk with others as they journey through life.

There are four five-day intensives in residence at the Carmelite Priory, Oxford (two intensives per year). The remainder are eight overnights (four per year) at the Carmelite Priory and distant learning through a phased release of materials online, mentor support via Skype and gatherings facilitated by online video conferencing technology.

The programme includes two certificates: Certificate in Spiritual Formation (Carmelite Tradition) which will be received at the successful completion of the first year of the course, and Certificate in Spiritual Direction (Carmelite Tradition) awarded at the successful completion of the second year of the training programme.

Dates for First Year

Intensive: September 11-15, 2019

Overnights: November 29, 2019; January 24, 2020

Intensive: March 25-29, 2020

Overnights: May 29, 2020; July 24, 2020

Dates for Second Year

Intensive: September 2-6, 2020

Overnights: November 27, 2020; January 29, 2021

Intensive: March 24-28, 2021

Overnights: May 28, 2021; July 30, 2021


For the cost, we are offering a tiered pricing structure (Sustainable Price and Supported Price) and people are to select the price that feels appropriate for them. We're doing this because we recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others.

Our Sustainable Price is £1,340 per year. This can be paid in instalments and covers the cost of the course and helps us to sustain our learning facilities.

Our Supported Price is £1,220 per year. This can also be paid in instalments and reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of the course and is intended for those with minor financial need.

Our quoted prices are for tuition, meals and refreshments, and full access to the Carmelite Priory facilities like our quiet rooms, chapel and library during course days.

About accommodation: For those who wish to stay at the Carmelite Priory during the Intensives and Overnights, they can call Ruth Preston at 01865 730183/730133 to find out about availability and rates and to book your accommodation. Course participants who stay at the Carmelite Priory will receive discounted accommodation rates.

For further information on the above courses or to book a place on the courses, please go to www.cacarmelitesp.co.uk or email: courses@carmelite.org.uk or phone: 01865 735133 (press 1 for Retreat Centre).

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