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A Personal Invitation from Cynthia Bourgeault

Dear Wisdom Friends,

Our FOURTH annual Maine Wisdom InGathering is now officially open for registration. The dates are May 30 through June 5, 2020. Mark it on your calendar!

Once again we are delighted to offer a relaxed, affordable, family-friendly Wisdom School in the heart of scenic Stonington, Maine. This year’s program will feature our signature blend of daily teaching, meditation, chanting, body prayer, and conscious practical work, as well as generous unprogrammed time for exploring the natural paradise here and reconnecting with old friends. This year, our ever-popular “adventure day” will come at the end of the week, on June 5. Once again, we are pleased to be able to offer children’s programming as an integral part of our Wisdom work together.

Our theme this year is 2020: HONORING THE YEAR OF PERFECT VISION. The morning teachings will feature a “sneak peek” into my forthcoming (September 2020) book, Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal World, where we explore some powerful new perspectives for working skillfully in a world apparently hopelessly divided and gridlocked.

In the afternoons we will bore into some of the deeper practical applications of this vision as Matthew Wright leads us once again in his popular exploration of Sufi prayer of the heart and Tim Shriver and Brie Stoner showcase their remarkable “Inspiration Nation” project, a visionary effort to reintroduce civility and virtue into our present political scene. With a major primary election coming up the following week, our gathering will come, as they say, “not a moment too soon.”

Our time together will also showcase music and the arts, including a concert by Quaker chant writer Paulette Meier to launch her new album of chants, and an original one-act play by professional actor/playwright and budding wisdom student Doug Hertler called Merton and Me, which played to rave reviews in our Claymont Wisdom school last December.

This year the logistics for the event will be managed by our dedicated Wisdom duo, Mary Ellen Jernigan and Eileen Clark, two very caring and responsive presences, who have set up a special e-mailbox just for the occasion. They will be happy to work with you on all aspects of logistics, accommodations, and other details. If you would like to talk to Eileen or Mary Ellen by phone, just send a note to ingathering2020@gmail.com with your phone number and the best time for one of them to give you a call.

We hope you’ll join us—whether for the first time or as a returning InGathering regular. This is the time for our Wisdom tribe to gather, and you are all welcome, regardless of experience and even if you see yourself as merely riding in on the coat tails of a spouse (a lot of our very best wisdom students began this way!) It’s a wonderful imaginal synchronicity that our first full day this year happens to be Pentecost Sunday, reminding us once again that the winds of God are sweeping strongly through our world, and that our presence here as a wee “pop-up” conscious circle is both needed and blessed.

As Rumi says, “Beyond right and wrong there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” I am hoping to meet as many of you as possible in Stonington, May 30 to June 5. Registration will be capped this year at 80, so don’t wait too long before signing up!

All the wait list information, logistics, and details are in one place, on the 2020 Maine InGathering Event page.

Blessings,
Cynthia

 

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