Welcome to Beloved Life – exploring spiritual life and practice drawing on the wisdom of the Christian contemplative path – the work of Gail Adams and Ian Adams.

You are the Light of the World our Body Prayer for the Beatitudes – is now available to download from Proost.

We were so disappointed to have had to cancel our retreats in 2020 due to Covid 19 precautions. So it was wonderful to return to beautiful Ammerdown near Bath this August to lead a Breathe Deep retreat. More retreats and events are being planned for 2022 and 2023 – we hope to see you somewhere near you!

Thank you for sharing the inner path and outer journey with us…

Grace and peace to you

Ian & Gail

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  1. Rev Hilary Franklin Posted on March 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I am a friend of Cheryl Gissing . Your website is fascinating and I am interested in your retreats.

    1. Ian Adams Posted on April 7, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Hi Hilary very good to hear from you – and good to hear that you like what we are exploring. Our next retreat is the weekend of 30 May – 1 June near Oxford. There’s more info here on the website:

      Could that work for you? Grace, peace Ian

  2. Annette Kaye Posted on April 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I would like to subscribe to your blog – but can’t find a subscribe option.
    Thanks, Annette

    1. Ian Adams Posted on April 4, 2014 at 6:27 am

      hi Annette, thanks for pointing that out! will try to sort that ASAP 🙂 Peace to you Ian & Gail

    2. Ian Adams Posted on April 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      that’s sorted now Annette – see the subscribe option bottom right of page
      thanks, peace

  3. Stephen Warren Posted on June 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Many thanks for the Beloved Life Retreat from which Trudy and I have just returned.
    We found it restorative, inspirational and reassuring.
    Could I have and email address to discuss art and poetry support for a Medical Humanities Longitudinal Module entitled “The Good Samaritan”?

    1. Ian Adams Posted on June 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

      great to have you with us 🙂
      use this email: ian@thestillpoint.org.uk

  4. David Posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Ditto Steve & Trudy’s comment from David & Vicky!
    Re-imagined; Newly-adventured; Alively-generous … XX

    1. Ian Adams Posted on June 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

      that’s great to hear – lovely to have you with us
      peace I+G

  5. Sean Posted on September 25, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Hi Ian, and thanks for the Beatitude Haikus. Enrolled on Celebrate Recovery a few years ago, and this ‘series’ has sharpened and enlivened the message many times over. Thank you

    1. Ian Adams Posted on September 27, 2014 at 7:52 am

      heh that’s great to hear – thanks so much for letting us know. Grace and peace to you, Ian

  6. Dorothy Sharp Posted on December 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Ian
    Could you sign me up to receive the Morning Bell email please?

    1. Ian Adams Posted on December 22, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      that’s done with pleasure Dorothy, hope you enjoy Morning Bell – peace to you Ian

  7. Mike Daniels Posted on December 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Dear Ian,

    My neighbour put me on to your book ‘Running Over Rocks’, he looked in my heart and saw what I needed! It’s truly a beautiful and practical book that I am benefiting from in more ways than I can describe 🙂 Thank You!!!

    I wondered if you have any spaces left on The Unfurling Retreat on Iona next Year?

    Many Thanks,

    Mike Daniels
    Isle of Arran

    1. Ian Adams Posted on December 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

      hi Mike – that’s great to hear! Thank you for letting me know.

      You’ll need to speak with the Iona Community directly re spaces on the week there:
      01681 700404.

      Hope to see you on Iona 🙂
      peace to you

  8. B Kelly Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Dear Ian, is it possible you could contact me about the possibility sometime in 2015 or in 2016 about leading a weekend or longer retreat at Sandymount Retreat House near Liverpool.

  9. Miriam Posted on March 7, 2015 at 3:35 pm


    I am wondering if there are any more details available for Ian’s Bristol poetry event on the 27th of March?

    Thank you,

    1. Ian Adams Posted on March 7, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      hi Miriam and many thanks for your email. It’s at Foyles bookstore in Cabot Circus. Starts 6pm on Friday 27 March. Hope to see you there! Peace to you

  10. Miriam Posted on March 17, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Hello Ian,

    Thank you so much for your reply, I am very sorry for the delay in mine! (I have not had internet access for the past week)
    Is there an entry fee for the Bristol bookshop event?
    I am also wondering, if it isn’t too much trouble, could you let me know the details of the Sheffield event? I am not sure yet which event will be best for me to attend (Bristol or Sheffield)

    Every Blessing
    Miriam xxx

    P.s I am afraid I cannot seem to access the Facebook page you linked to.

    1. Ian Adams Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:12 am

      hi Miriam.
      Both events are free.
      The Bristol event is at Foyles bookstore and begins 6pm Friday 27 March.
      The facebook link is: https://www.facebook.com/events/795076387228431/
      The Sheffield event is at the 35 Chapel walk art gallery and begins at 8pm Friday 24 April.
      The Facebook link is https://www.facebook.com/events/649768135127362/
      It may be that you can only see these if you are on Facebook?
      Let me know of you need any more info 🙂
      peace to you Ian

  11. Miriam Posted on March 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you so much Ian 🙂

  12. Miriam Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    If all goes to plan I hope to be there on Friday at 6pm xxx

  13. Jacque Posted on October 14, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Hi Ian, a challenging and thought provoking day at the Old Deanery, thank you. Please can you let me know the name of the painting you showed of Mary washing the feet of Jesus, it was so powerful. Many thanks, God bless, Jacque

    1. Ian Adams Posted on November 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Hi Jacque good to hear that you enjoyed the day. The painting is called ‘Anointing his feet’ and it’s by American artist Wayne Forte. Peace to you Ian 🙂

  14. Elly Posted on December 3, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Sorry, finally found it in a hidden junk folder. Looking forward to my daily moment to pause with morning bell.

    1. Ian Adams Posted on December 15, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Great Elly – hope you find Morning Bell helpful – and good to be sharing the journey. Peace to you Ian

  15. Charmion Mann Posted on May 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Ian – Thank you for the day at the Old Deanery on Thursday for spiritual directors/compassionate listeners. It was so enriching and energising.
    A friend has asked if I can recommend where she might go for an individually guided retreat, & I am wondering if this is something that you offer?
    Peace and Joy

    1. Ian Adams Posted on May 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Charmion, thanks for this, and good to hear that you enjoyed the day. I’m afraid that I don’t offer individually guided retreat. Some retreat houses may be able to offer this, particularly when connected to religious communities. An alternative might be for your friend to speak to Gail about the one-to-one soul-friending that she offers – she can contact Gail for a free half hour exploratory conversation: theseechange@gmail.com
      Peace to you

  16. Gerry Edwardson Posted on April 8, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Dear Ian and Gail
    Morning Bell no15 in Prayer to the Trinity series
    Thank you so very, very much!
    This morning’s mailing, met me exactly at my point of need and reminded me yet again…
    Through all darkness,
    all emptiness,
    all powerlessness,
    I need to keep my eyes fixed on God.
    Bless you for all that you are doing,

    1. Ian Adams Posted on April 8, 2020 at 10:32 am

      Thanks Gerry for letting us know, and thank you for your blessing.
      You will be in our prayers this week, please pray for us…

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