Flying, Falling, Catching

Sun 23 Apr 2023 - Fri 28 Apr 2023

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Flying, Falling, Catching


Flying, Falling, Catching: Practicing Trust and Finding Freedom with Henri Nouwen

During the last five years of Henri Nouwen’s life, he became friends with the Flying Rodleighs, a trapeze troupe in a travelling circus. He wrote about their act: “The ten minutes that followed somehow gave me a glimpse of a world that had eluded me so far, a world of discipline and freedom, diversity and harmony, risk and safety, individuality and community, and most of all flying and catching.”

Nouwen said that his time teaching university developed his mind and L’Arche was about the heart, while the trapeze was something quite new as he discovered “the life of the body, and the body tells a spiritual story.”

We will listen to the spiritual story of our own embodied lives, using scripture, sharing, music, and video. Through this retreat, we invite you to engage your own stories of flying, falling and catching.

Practical information

This retreat will be offered online over a period of six days, and will comprise:
👉 Four inspirational talks of 30-40 mins by Carolyn Whitney-Brown and Curt Armstrong by video link (sent in advance) for four days of the retreat.
👉 Two days where you are invited to join a small group sharing/connect with a sharing partner for a time of reflection and exchange, if you so wish.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact us on


👉 100€ per participant.

We would be thankful for further donations, as if you are able to pay more it helps those facing financial difficulty.

If it is a serious difficulty for you to pay the full amount please discuss the matter with us beforehand (email us at

English Online Retreat
Location : Online
From Sunday 23 April 2023 To Friday 28 April 2023


Carolyn Whitney-Brown lived at L’Arche Daybreak from 1990-1997, and knew Henri Nouwen well. Her book Flying, Falling, Catching: An Unlikely Story of Finding Freedom, co-authored with Henri Nouwen’s writings, was published in 2022. She lives in Canada. More about Carolyn

Curt Armstrong is a long-term member of L’Arche, founding director of L’Arche Atlanta, USA and current fundraising director for L’Arche International. He is also a life coach, a musician and a songwriter. More about Curt on his LinkedIn page