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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 6-9, 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.

Friday, October 6, 2017: 5 pm – Monday, October 9, 2017: 1 pm
Meals included: dinner Thursday through lunch Monday
Cost: $500 (Room and Meals)
To register please email Cathy Dutch.
Please email Bill Redfield if scholarship is needed.

Oct 19-22, 2017

The Emergent Universe: Science and Nondulity Conference with Cynthia Bourgeault

Dolce Hayes Mansion — San Jose, CA

Join Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND) for a 5-day immersive experience where leading scientists, philosophers and spiritual teachers gather to explore a new understanding of who we really are, both as individuals and as a society. Join us for 2 days of pre-conference workshops followed by a 3-day conference filled with talks, panels, meditation, performances, music and dance. Cynthia Bourgeault will be speaking on October 19th and will continue the conversation on the following morning, October 20th.

Tao gives birth to one,
One gives birth to two,
Two gives birth to three,
Three gives birth to ten thousand beings.
~ Tao Te Ching

Quarks in an atom; molecules in a liquid; proteins in a cell; cells in an organism; neurons in a brain; people in a city; grains of sand in a dune; snowflakes in an avalanche; stars in a galaxy: when the many parts of a system interact, behaviors appear in the whole system that weren’t present in the parts themselves. These surprising “emergent” behaviors are what our universe appears to be made of, from the Big Bang, to the unfathomable complexity of Life, to the unimaginable future yet to come.

Biology isn’t applied chemistry. Psychology isn’t applied biology. Every scale, every level of abstraction brings its own universe of phenomena, complexity, questions, hypotheses, exploration and experimentation. The whole is not only greater than the sum of its parts, it is fundamentally different. Analysis and reductionism can only provide limited insights, never capture the essence of the indescribable.

Join us to contemplate who we are, as individuals, as societies, as humanity, as cosmos from the perspective of emergence, listen to what science and the timeless wisdom traditions can tell us, and surrender to the awe which emerges when the mind gives up.

Registration is currently open and the abstract system will open February 1st. Click here for more information.

Nov 2-5, 2017

Meeting the World with Trust: Transforming Fear into Faith with Mark Kutolowski

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

In this intensive 3-day retreat, we will complement our Wisdom practices of centering prayer, lectio divina, chant and conscious practical work with practices that bring interior freedom into dialogue with the body, supporting physical relaxation and a transformed nervous system. Our sessions will emphasize practical disciplines emerging from the ancient Russian health system, itself closely linked to the Eastern Orthodox contemplative tradition of hesychasm. We will explore the relationship between physical and psychic tension and fear, and physiological relaxation and faith. Beginning with solitary practices involving meditation, breathing and movement, we will eventually move into partner and group work utilizing relaxation to creatively engage with conflict both within ourselves and in our immediate environment. Participants will finish this intensive with an expanded sense of the role and potential of body practice in contemplative transformation, and practical methods to improve their physical health and body awareness.

People of all spiritual traditions (or none) are welcome. The only prerequisite is some experience with silent prayer or meditation. For information, see attached flyer.

Mark Kutolowski is an Oblate of Saint Benedict, a Centering Prayer teacher (through Contemplative Outreach) and practitioner with twenty years of daily practice, and an instructor of the Russian martial art Systema. Mark and his wife Lisa live and facilitate programs at Metanoia of Vermont Homestead and School of Christian Transformation. Mark will be joined by guides Kerstin Lipke and Laura Ruth.

For more information and to register contact: Kerstin Lipke.

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.

Jan 18-21, 2018

The Luminous Gospels: Thomas, Mary Magdalene & Philip with Matthew Wright

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

This 4-day (3-night) retreat will explore early Christian Wisdom literature, paying particular attention to the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip. These three texts came to light in the mid-20th century and give us important insight into the development of early Christianity and the Christian mystical tradition. We’ll look at what they have to teach us about Jesus, the early Church, and how they can nourish our own spiritual journeys today. Time will be spent within a rhythm of silent prayer, chanting, lectio divina, conscious work and contemplative movement.

The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest and retreat leader. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and as a teacher for Northeast Wisdom, a non-profit dedicated to the renewal of the Christian Wisdom tradition. Matthew has been working to bring forward the depth and brilliance of this stream within the wider context of inter-spiritual dialogue. As Wisdom teacher, his presence and vast storehouse of knowledge express a vibrant and living connection with the tradition, as witnessed in his new blog A Waking Heart. Matthew and his wife, Yanick, live alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.                                                                            

For more information and to register contact: Laura Ruth – laurampruth@gmail.com.

Feb 16-23, 2018

Sacred Silence: An Immersion in Contemplative Practice Week-long Retreat with Laura Ruth, Allen Bourque, Steven Bonsey, Kerstin Lipke

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

This retreat has become an annual event at Hallelujah Farm. Offering week-long immersion in Wisdom Practice in the depths of winter, this is an opportunity to delve into the elements that emerge within the container of a silent retreat, a rare treat in the Wisdom tradition. Time will be spent within a rhythm of silent prayer, chanting, lectio divina, conscious work and contemplative movement.

2018 will be the third year Kerstin Lipke and Laura Ruth have been guiding Wisdom Practice Circles at Hallelujah Farm. We welcome our guest teachers.

 The Rev. Steven Bonsey works at the juncture of contemplative practice and social justice. He is a student of Cynthia Bourgeault, a commissioned presenter of Contemplative Outreach, co-founder of the Leadership Development Initiative, Co-Director of Wisdom & Money and former Canon Pastor of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston.

Allen Bourque is a long-time Centering Prayer practitioner and tai chi teacher who has been a student of Tai Chi and related Daoist internal arts for over 20 years and is an advanced student of Cynthia Bourgeault, graduate of the Shalem Program for Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats, member of the faculty of the Life Together Community of Brookline, and a member of the Board of Contemplative Outreach Boston.

For more information and to register contact: Kerstin Lipke – kerstinlipke@gmail.com.