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Jan 9 - Mar 27, 2019

Learning to Fall—Learning Surrender from the Inside on “Zoom” with Bill Redfield

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The insightful work of Philip Simmons —“Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life”— is a series of essays that subtly explores surrender from the inside. Simmons delivers a perspective that will begin a deepening Wisdom conversation and sharing around the nuances of letting go and letting be. Rather than a book study, this 12-session group, will utilize a lectio divina to get to these nuances. This group will meet on Zoom on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm (Eastern), running from January 9, 2019 through March 27, 2019. The cost of this group is $200 and covers all twelve sessions. E-mail your interest or questions to Bill Redfield at: bill@williamredfield.com. Because the group will be small, spaces are limited.

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Jan 15 - Mar 26, 2019

New Gospel of Thomas Groups on “Zoom” with Bill Redfield

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It is possible for us to meet virtually on the Zoom Internet platform. Bill Redfield will be continuing a lectio divina exploration of the Gospel of Thomas in two separate time-limited groups. One group will meet on Tuesdays at 1 pm (Eastern) and the other at 7 pm (Eastern). Lasting for 90 minutes, both groups will commence on January 15 and run through March 26. The cost of each group is $200 and covers all the sessions. There are a limited number of open spaces in each of these groups. E-mail your interest or questions to Bill Redfield at: bill@williamredfield.com.

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Jan 26, 2019

The Core of Wisdom Christianity: A New Way of Seeing & Being with Bill Redfield

Holy Family Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

This session will review the key Christian Wisdom teachings from the first session and extend these to cover a new way of being present and seeing the world from a viewpoint of Gratitude, Abundance, Connection and Coherence. Exploring Wisdom’s View from the Cross allows us to embrace the Paschal Mystery in our own lives with greater power and meaning. Christian Loving Kindness practices will be introduced.

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Offering: $65 (includes lunch)
For registration please visit: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/core-of-wisdom-christianity

Rev. Bill Redfield retired three years ago as rector of Trinity Church, Fayetteville, NY after nearly 20 years. He’s been an Episcopal priest for over 40 years and is also an LCSW who worked in private practice in central New York and Maine. His lifelong interest is in the intersection of spirituality and the inner life. He is the creative force behind the birth of Wisdom House, Fayetteville, NY. Bill is a student of and a collaborator with Cynthia Bourgeault and serves as President of Northeast Wisdom.

This is part 2 of a 3-part series entitled Exploring Wisdom Christianity: 3 Days of Deepening Practice & Inquiry.  

The sessions are as follows:
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Principles and Foundations of Wisdom Christianity: Changing our Perspectives
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – The Core of Wisdom Christianity: A new way of Seeing and Being
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Integrating Wisdom Christianity into Life: How will the results be embodied in our lives?

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Feb 8 - Jun 26, 2019

The Future of Wisdom: Remembering Bruno Barnhart A Northeast Wisdom Zoom Study Group with Matthew Wright, Laura Ruth, Marcella Kraybill-Greggo

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Join us as Matthew Wright, Laura Ruth and Marcella Kraybill-Greggo host Northeast Wisdom’s first electronic platform experiment: a zoom study group to support the launch of the Year of Bruno Barnhart. The Future of Wisdom is not Bruno Barnhart’s easiest work to enter into; all the more perfect for a group exploration, and rich with themes that speak most directly to this Wisdom lineage and to what is emerging in these times. Let us come together to witness what emerges in the group out of the depths of his extraordinary vision.

We will host two free monthly groups, a morning series and an evening series, for five months. Each meeting will focus on one of the five chapters in The Future of Wisdom.

Second Friday of each month 6:00 – 7:30pm EST. Dates: February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10 and June 14, 2019
Fourth Wednesday 10:00 – 11:30 am EST. Dates: February 27, March 27, April 24, May 29 and June 26, 2019

Please r.s.v.p to Laura Ruth, at laurampruth@gmail.com. We encourage you to sign up and participate in the full series, either the morning or the evening sessions. In order to access zoom, download the free zoom app on your computer.

The books are on their way! For those of you who have already donated $150 or more to Northeast Wisdom during our 2018 Annual Fund Appeal, the books have been shipped from the publisher and will be distributed as soon as they arrive.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Laura at the email address above.

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Feb 14-18, 2019

Sacred Silence Retreat: Stillness & Contemplative Practice with Laura Ruth, Kerstin Lipke

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

Winter’s invitation is to move downward and inward, to join the plants and hibernators in darkness, waiting, and unknowing. To listen in the quiet depths of the heart, opening to a greater mystery within. Practicing together in silence calls us to the core of who we are, inviting transformation at the deepest levels and preparing us to be in the world with equanimity and grace.

This 4-night retreat is a rare opportunity to go deeply into silence and solitude within a Wisdom community of support through the practice of silent prayer. We will also experience:

Lectio Divina or “sacred reading” – an ancient monastic practice of listening to the Spirit speak to our hearts through Scripture. Sacred Chant – no prior singing experience necessary! Body-awareness Practice and gentle, natural movement. Conscious Practical Work – a practice of presence and attention.

People of all spiritual traditions (or none) are welcome. Prior experience with silent prayer or meditation may be helpful. This retreat is generously supported by The Friends of Incarnating Wisdom.

Retreat Guides: Laura Ruth & Kerstin Lipke.
Retreat begins: Thursday, February 14th at 5:30pm with a light supper. Retreat ends: Monday, February 18th at 1pm after brunch.
Cost: All are welcome at Hallelujah Farm and we are grateful for your support in the amount you feel you can afford. As a guideline, a suggested contribution for a shared room is $395 (includes a $75 deposit). Single rooms may be available upon request for a suggested contribution of $495 (includes $75 deposit).
Venue: Guests receive the hospitality of Sandy & Roger Daly at beautiful Hallelujah Farm. Most accommodations are in shared double rooms.
Information & Registration: Contact Kerstin Lipke at kerstinlipke@gmail.com. In order to hold your place, the following deposit is requested: $75 due by January 31st.

For more information click here to download the flyer.

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Feb 21-26, 2019

Wisdom School Southwest: “The Desert in the Desert” with Cynthia Bourgeault

Redemptorist Renewal Center — Tucson, AZ

This is high season in Tuscon, so this Wisdom School might be particularly appealing to those of us in the Northeast.

The Desert Mothers and Fathers is our theme for this special event Wisdom School. These early Christians living in the desert developed a way of life that has much to teach us in this age. Cynthia brings us a rhythm of silence, contemplation, teaching and personal time during these desert days at the beautiful Redemptorist Renewal Center in the northwest part of Tucson, Arizona. This is a special event Wisdom School so there are no prerequisites for attendance. We will begin with Cynthia Bourgeault after dinner Thursday, February 21 and end at noon on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. All meals are included.

Recommended reading: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers by Benedicta Ward, Listen to the Desert by Gregory Mayers, and The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton.

You might also wish to listen to Cynthia’s Desert Fathers & Mothers audio teaching from the last retreat to familiarize yourself with these concepts.

Please contact Jane Waldron Bearce at 602-725-9260, or by email at wisdomschoolsouthwest@gmail.com for more information.

Download this flyer for more details, contact information and to register.

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Mar 9, 2019

Integrating Wisdom Christianity into Life: How will the results be embodied in our lives? with Bill Redfield

Holy Family Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

The final session of this series will review the key items from the first two sessions and will assist us to bring Wisdom Christianity into our lives. We’ll focus on the difference in endpoints between Contemporary Christianity and Wisdom Christianity. We’ll explore how Wisdom understanding and practice allows us to live in paradox and mystery, deepens our compassion, and aids us in finding our life purpose.

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Offering: $65 (includes lunch)
For registration please visit: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/integrating-wisdom-christianity-into-life

Rev. Bill Redfield retired three years ago as rector of Trinity Church, Fayetteville, NY after nearly 20 years. He’s been an Episcopal priest for over 40 years and is also an LCSW who worked in private practice in central New York and Maine. His lifelong interest is in the intersection of spirituality and the inner life. He is the creative force behind the birth of Wisdom House, Fayetteville, NY. Bill is a student of and a collaborator with Cynthia Bourgeault and serves as President of Northeast Wisdom.

This is part 3 of a 3-part series entitled Exploring Wisdom Christianity: 3 Days of Deepening Practice & Inquiry.  

The sessions are as follows:
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Principles and Foundations of Wisdom Christianity: Changing our Perspectives
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – The Core of Wisdom Christianity: A new way of Seeing and Being
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Integrating Wisdom Christianity into Life: How will the results be embodied in our lives?

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