The Contemplative Space was started to nurture and encourage healthy wholistic living with an openness to the mystery and creative work of God, through spiritual direction and contemplative practices.
Jonny’s work in spiritual direction follows years of exploring the contemplative life and creating spaces for others to explore prayer, formation and creativity. He loves to provide the hospitality of listening; which was slowly formed in him through serving those in poverty and participating in spiritual formation groups.
It was during a dark and desert like season that Jonny became profoundly aware of the great need and value of spiritual direction. This planted a deep desire in him to accompany others in the various seasons of their life. Several hundred of hours providing spiritual direction have followed and Jonny remains committed to this work of companioning others in their spiritual lives.
A few extra personal notes…
Nottingham, England is home for my wife and I — with our two adult-children using it as their base as they venture out into the world. For the last two decades I have been a designer, artist (see JonnyNorridge.com) and university lecturer. This continues to be a meaningful part of my working life alongside my work in spiritual direction
A good week for me includes: enjoying work and creativity; time to sit with a book; listening to music; good food, drink and conversation; cycling, walking or some other form of exercise; gathering with our faith community; and enjoying prayer, meditation and silence as key daily practices.
Background and Upbringing
I was bought up in Oxfordshire, with parents who were pastors and four brothers. This is not the space to go through all the various seasons of my life; save to say, there have been many joys, losses, challenges, grief and graces. All this plays a part in my formation and understanding of what a Christlike life looks like and shaping my desire to live compassionately, contemplatively and creatively.
Good Practice, Accountability & Community
I received my training with Sustainable Faith‘s School of Spiritual Direction. Sustainable Faith have many schools around the world — my training was in Amsterdam. See more details on my formational training here.
I am part of Sustainable Faith‘s School of Spiritual Direction teaching team facilitating the training and formation of new spiritual directors in the UK and Europe. We have many schools running in several locations with new cohorts starting in the autumn. My work as a teacher and supervisor of spiritual directors comes out of my desire to see qualitative and quantitive growth in the wider community of spiritual directors.
As is good practice for all spiritual directors, I regularly engage in supervision on my work. For me this takes two forms: peer-group supervision and one-to-one supervision with an experienced spiritual director and trained supervisor. I also offer these forms of supervision to other directors.
About two and a half decades ago, I joined a burgeoning Vineyard church plant in Nottingham. Throughout the growth of that community I have served and led within various teams and small groups in the life of the church in a voluntary capacity. This has included roles with compassion and poverty alleviation, prayer and worship, teaching, theology, spiritual formation, pastoral care and hospitality.
Before, above and within all these communities, relationships and affiliations, I seek to live simply as a faithful follower of Jesus — attentive to the Spirit — open to the Presence of God.