Wisdom Schools

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Jul 20-23, 2017

Mary Magdalene & Conscious Love with Bill Redfield, Lois Barton, Deborah Welsh

The Spiritual Center — Windsor, NY

Using silence, chanting, and ritual to compliment the teaching, we will explore the presence of Mary Magdalene in the Paschal Mystery and track the possible trajectory of conscious love in our lives.

Thursday, July 20: 5 pm – Sunday, July 23: 1 pm
Meals included: dinner Thursday through lunch Sunday
Cost: $475. (Room and Meals)
To register please email Cathy Dutch at wisdomswork@gmail.com
Please email Bill Redfield at dutchred@gmail.com if scholarship is needed.

Jul 23-28, 2017

Wisdom Way of Knowing: A 5-day Retreat with Marcella Kraybill-Greggo

Moravian Theological Seminary — Bethlehem, PA

Join us for a Wisdom Way of Knowing five-day full-length Wisdom School, hosted on the beautiful campus of Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

7:30–8:00am  Meditation/Chant
8:00–9:00am  “Come and Go” Breakfast (Silent)
9:00–11:00am  Morning Teaching
11:00–11:50pm  Conscious Work
12:00–1:00pm  Lunch
1:00–2:15pm  Private Reflection  (optional spiritual direction available)
2:15–3:30pm  Sacred Movement
3:30–4:00pm  Meditation/Chant
4:15–5:15pm  Gospel of Thomas Group Lectio
5:30–6:30pm  Supper
7:00–8:00pm  “Debriefing the day”
8:00–8:30pm  Gentle movement
9:00–Overnight  Private reflection/Rest in the Great Silence

In addition to the teachings offered by the Seminary’s Wisdom team, the retreat will include select videos of Cynthia Bourgeault that were filmed at an Introductory Wisdom School. Through the power of technology and Moravian Seminary’s large screen, participants will receive Cynthia’s luminous teaching and transmission. For more information, retreat details and to apply for the Wisdom School, please go to the Moravian Seminary site.

The leader, Marcella Kraybill-Greggo, is on the board of Northeast Wisdom. Cynthia has this to say about Marcella, “Marcella has worked with me extensively over the past five years (including leadership training) and is a dynamic and profound presence in our Wisdom network, already forging some amazing teaching pathways at Moravian.” For additional background and reading about Marcella, check out: Seedlings.

Sep 10-15, 2017

The Survivor’s Guide to the Galaxy: Teilhardian Wisdom for Troubled Times with Cynthia Bourgeault

La Casa de Maria — Santa Barbara, CA

In Wisdom school format Cynthia Bourgeault will continue her groundbreaking exploration of the 20th century scientist and mystic Teilhard de Chardin with a particular eye to the insights and tools that lie awaiting us there for a more skillful and hopeful passage through the social upheavals of our present era. How do we live from the deepest wellsprings of hope, in tune with the evolutionary imperative emerging from the 14-billion-year-old universe story itself? What needs to change in our traditional understanding of the spiritual journey in order to do so? Each retreat day will include contemplation, prayer, and teachings. In addition, everyone will be expected to participate in mindful work each day, which may include tasks such as weeding, sweeping, and cleaning. This part of the program is not optional and is a key component of the retreat experience.
Attendees are expected to have an established meditation practice.

For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

Oct 5-9, 2017

Visionary Seeing Wisdom School with Bill Redfield, Lois Barton, Deborah Welsh

The Spiritual Center — Windsor, NY

Besides a science of transformation, Wisdom includes a cosmological map that explains how the universe is put together and, within this configuration, what constitutes a meaningful human life. While “Heart-Centered Living” focuses on the methodology of transformation, “Visionary Seeing” provides the context of that change—from what to what and why? The divine exchange and reciprocal feeding are presented and attention and surrender practices are deepened. The Gospel of Thomas continues to be explored, especially those logia that apply to these areas. In a longer format, our time together unfolds in the same basic balance and rhythm as in the Heart Centered Living Wisdom School.

Thursday, October 5, 2017: 5 pm – Monday, October 9, 2017: 1 pm
Meals included: dinner Thursday through lunch Monday
Cost: $525 (Room and Meals)
To register please email Cathy Dutch.
Please email Bill Redfield if scholarship is needed.

Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2017

Wisdom Group Leadership Training with Bill Redfield, Lois Barton, Deborah Welsh

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

This residential experiential learning event will present both the contextual underpinning of the Wisdom practice movement as well as a thorough presentation and practice of specific leadership skills for leading Wisdom practice groups. While we will begin with a suggestion of what human Wisdom development might be in this current age and how the Wisdom movement directly addresses this present human challenge, this training will then move directly into the practical demands and realities of Wisdom group leadership. Not only will we catalogue some of the current expressions of Wisdom groups (e.g., chanting groups, Gospel Thomas groups, book study groups, and, of course, Wisdom Schools), but we will also present, demonstrate, and practice some of the specific group leadership skills that will be demanded in each of these groups. Besides setting forth a unique perspective of the Wisdom “post-holder” as group leader and delving into some of energetic realities subtly present in this work, this training will also suggest a marriage between Wisdom spirituality and more traditional group dynamics theory.

Because there is sequential unfolding to this training and to the acquisition of deeper understandings and skills, participants will be expected to attend the whole workshop. A follow-up component in which participants can receive support and supervision will also be made available.

This residential workshop is an event promoted and sponsored by Northeast Wisdom. It will take place at Hallelujah Farm, Chesterfield, NH, beginning with dinner on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and concluding with lunch on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The cost for this training is $550 and includes room and board. A limited number of scholarships are available through Northeast Wisdom.

This training will be led by Bill Redfield, Lois Barton, and Deborah Welsh.

The Rev. William C. Redfield is an ordained Episcopal priest and a licensed clinical social worker. Although he was ordained in 1976, he spent the first half of his professional career as a group, family, and individual therapist in Maine. Later Bill served Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville for nearly twenty years. During this time he brought his passion for new forms of “Wisdom” spirituality and established “Wisdom House” as an outreach spiritual ministry in the greater community. Having retired from parish work nearly three years ago, Bill is now engaged in full time Wisdom work mainly in the Northeast.

Sister Lois Barton, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, holds basic and advanced certificates from the Spiritual Direction Mentoring Program of the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse, NY, and a Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program of Loyola University, New Orleans. Sister Lois is an experienced teacher, spiritual director, and group leader. Along with Bill, Lois has a long-established practice of Centering Prayer and also has been an active student of Cynthia Bourgeault for the past eleven years. She is the program director of The Sophia Center in Binghamton, NY.

Deborah Welsh is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and a licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is also Board Certified in Dance/Movement and has many years of experience in Body/Breath sensing and awareness. She has been teaching dance and movement for over forty years, practicing psychotherapy for over twenty, and experienced in leading a wide variety of practice groups. Deborah brings a dynamic expertise of Wisdom of the Body to the Lois’ and Bill’s Wisdom work.

Please email Cathy Dutch to request a registration. A deposit will be requested to secure your reservation.