Sandra Holt

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Sandra is an author and trained Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition who works from Polwarth Parish
Church offering Contemplative Workshops and Reflective Days. 

These can take place in Polwarth Church with its interior labyrinth and Canal Garden beside the Union Canal, Edinburgh. Most can also be organised in a venue of your choice for your group.

Originally devised for faith groups they offer thought-provoking material for all and can be tailored to suit:                   ​

Peace Be With You

A day of quiet for those who seek an introduction to contemplative prayer with poetry, music and scripture in the peaceful setting of Polwarth Church sanctuary and canal gardens or your own venue, date to suit. Suggested donation of £150 per group to Polwarth Parish Church.

Compassionate Community

A half-day workshop to build community through story-telling and compassionate communication and produce a Charter of Compassion for your community. For those who recognise that compassion is the keystone of community and wonder why it is so often lacking in our relationships. Sandra applies her experience working in the public sector, the charity sector, education, business, and with the churches in Scotland to help participants explore:

  • What draws people towards a community
  • How compassionate communication enhances wellbeing
  • How poor communication damages individuals and community
  • How God communicates with us and for us
  • Communicating compassion to ourselves and to neighbours near and far.

The workshop format is engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking. Sandra’s interactive illustrated presentation offers opportunities for meaningful reflection and creative discussion.

At your preferred location, date to suit. Suggested donation of £100 per group/congregation to Polwarth Parish Church

Being Mindful in Faith

A day retreat exploring connections between Mindfulness and Contemplative Christianity. At Polwarth Church or your own venue, date to suit. Suggested donation of £150 per group to Polwarth Parish Church.

Contemplative Stewardship

A day workshop for communities of faith seeking a practical theology of stewardship to help: balance the budget, inform the difficult decisions, attract resources and forge creative partnerships. Sandra is a former Church of Scotland Stewardship Consultant and Member of The Institute of Fundraising. She was awarded the post-graduate degree of M.Th. by Edinburgh University for research into the theology and practice of stewardship taught in the Church of Scotland from 1950 to the present. Working from Polwarth Kirk-on-the-canal Sandra offers her insights and guidance for a contemporary and contemplative approach to the challenges facing congregations as they seek to resource their work. At your preferred location, date to suit.Suggested donation of £150 per group/congregation to Polwarth Parish Church

An Invitation to Embrace Change

A day retreat to contemplate the changes life brings. At Polwarth Church, or your own venue, date to suit. Suggested donation of £150 per group to Polwarth Parish Church.

God-Talk for the 21st Century

A day retreat with Jack and Sandra Holt for those who seek to communicate the Christian faith in meaningful and contemporary language. At Polwarth Church, or your own venue, date to suit. Suggested donation of £150 per group to Polwarth Parish Church.

Individual Spiritual Direction is also available.

Email Sandra to discuss: sndrholt@gmail.com