Next Course: Silence in Lent

Thursdays 15/02/2018 – 08/03/2018, 6.30-7.30pm, Introductions: 6.00 for newcomers.

This is a simple drop-in space for silent sitting/contemplation/meditation. We will sit on stools, chairs or cushions for 2×25 minutes with a chance for slow walking meditation inbetween. This meditation space is open for people of any religion or none, though Christian in background.

Complete beginners or people desiring direction can come at 6.00pm and will receive guidance – please notify me by Email. If you come for a succession of weeks you can do the ‘Contemplative Exercises’ as a powerful and straightforward introduction to meditation and a contemplative life-style.

St Matthew’s Bethnal Green

St Matthew’s Row


E2 6DT



What is it?

The course stretches over 8 weekly sessions of about 90 minutes each. It is practice-oriented and exercise-based. There will be no preaching or discussing of any worldview or faith. The course will introduce students to silence through meditation, the Jesus Prayer and the basics of a contemplative lifestyle. Each week participants will be given exercises for daily life; it is important to dedicate 30 minutes daily for practice outside the course itself.

You will learn how to:

– comfortably sit in silent meditation

– tame the wandering mind

– use different postures and anchors to remain focussed

– embody silence

– walk mindfully

– infuse your life with unceasing prayer

– face your own darkness

– forgive and let go

– be open for an encounter with divine light

Who teaches?

max headshot - 1Max Noak has walked the path of silence for four years. He was taught in the tradition of the Jesuit Franz Jalics in his Bavarian retreat and now practices with the London Zen group. He has offered courses in silent prayer at churches, schools and theological colleges. Max studied theology in Berlin, Heidelberg and Cambridge. He works as a steward for St Paul’s Cathedral and worships at St Matthew’s Bethnal Green.



Telephone: 02034870379


This page will contain course materials and reflections.