The Fellowship of Meditation

Contemplative Meditation

See our Dorset retreat Menu


What will happen when you come to your first meeting for contemplative meditation?

Try to arrive five or ten minutes early to find the sentence displayed. Come in quietly, remembering “Making Space for Stillness”. As you choose a chair and sit comfortably, your aim is to be expectant and alert, but relaxed. Begin to familiarise yourself with the sentence. Close your eyes.

Remember that you share a common purpose with the people around you, this makes meditating together easier than on our own as individuals.

Often, before the meditation begins, the reader will ask for the names of three or four people who are “laid upon our hearts”, as the Quakers say. These names will be “dropped” into the final silence, as described in “Meditating for and with Others”.

The papers that guide our meditation are in three sections. After each, there will be a period of silence. In each silence, we repeat the sentence in our minds until we no longer need it. Sometimes the sentence is distilled into a single phrase or the Word of Life. Then the supporting words fade away and we rest in the light of God’s presence. Meetings last no more than forty–five minutes.

The method is simple, but not easy, and needs regular practice. When we use the sentences in our meditation at home, we repeat the sentence for as long as seems helpful. Five minutes will be enough to begin with. Repeat your sentence again and again, whenever opportunity for stillness occurs.

When you join the Fellowship, you will receive monthly notes, including a sentence for each week. For more information on these, please see 
“Become a Member” and then contact us.

Meetings of the Dorchester branch held at 8 Prince of Wales Road;

  • First Sunday of the month 5.00pm - 5.30pm - short Christian meditation
  • Second Monday of the month 3.00pm - 3.45pm - Christian meditation and a study group
  • Third Wednesday of the month 7.30pm - 8.15pm - Christian meditation
  • Fourth Monday of the month 3.00pm - 3.45pm - Christian meditation.

We hold regular meetings across the UK

Southern England

Somerset, Gloucester & Bristol - meetings held in Bath/Corsham; Keynsham; Bristol (Seamills); Chipping Sodbury & Taunton

West Dorset & Winton - meetings held in Dorchester; Winton and Othona (Burton Bradstock)

East & North Dorset - meetings held in Cerne Abbas and Wimborne

Hampshire & Wiltshire - meetings held in Stockbridge


Meetings are held near Trafalgar Square

Hertfordshire, Essex and Buckinghamshire

Meetings are held in Welwyn

The Midlands

Meetings are held in Grimsby & Nottingham

West Midlands and Shropshire

Meetings are held in Selly Oak

The North

Meetings are held in Leeds; Knaresborough & Leyland


Meetings are held in Greenock; Largs; Paisley & Ardossan


Meetings are held in New Zealand

The Council have developed these guidelines to assist those who have been chosen to read at the meetings. 

Brief Guidelines for Readers at Meetings March 2017.pdf (432.9KB)