Igniting the Flame


Igniting the Flame will begin in Australia, 2018. Applicants can apply after September, 2017 and before 20th January 2018.

A one year course defining a ‘Way of Life’ following Community of Aidan and Hilda guidelines. This distance learning course will be of interest if you are looking for a carefully structured and supportive way to make sense of your life.

The course aims to help you:

  • understand the benefits of a well thought-out personal Way of Life
  • reassess your present Way of Life
  • develop the confidence to go on exploring and refining your Christian faith
  • introduce you to Celtic spirituality


  • Distance learning
  • 10 units each of 2/3 weeks, plus time to put into practice decisions made
  • Each unit includes set readings and suggestions for further reading
  • 4 short pieces of work to hand in, each preceded by a preparation week
  • A final additional piece of work: your completed Way of Life
  • Assignments do not have to be submitted as written work
  • You keep a journal


  • Unit 1     Introduction to the course
  • Unit 2     A rhythm of prayer, work and recreation
  • Unit 3     Life-long learning
  • Unit 4     Spiritual journey
  • Unit 5     Prayer – Openness to God
  • Unit 6     Simple lifestyle
  • Unit 7     Creation
  • Unit 8     Healing fragmented people and communities
  • Unit 9     Building unity
  • Unit 10    Mission/justice


  • A tutor, your existing Soul Friend or a mentor provided by the community
  • Other students, via email/etc as negotiated


  • You will receive a pdf of the illustrated course books and should request a copy of the course reader New Celtic Monasticism For Everyday PeopleA Pilgrim Way, by Ray Simpson if you do not already have one

For further inquiries, please contact Bruce Challoner – challoner@bigpond.com