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Sep 12-16, 2018

Living in Remembrance: The Wisdom of the Sufi Path with Matthew Wright

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

In this 5 day (4 night) Sufi Wisdom School we will immerse ourselves in the rhythms and wisdom practices of Islamic spirituality: daily embodied prayer, chanting the names of God, attending to the breath, and anchoring awareness in the heart. We’ll study the basics of Sufi teaching, beginning with the Prophet Muhammad and the Qur’an, and unfolding through such spiritual giants as Ibn al-Arabi and Jalaluddin Rumi. Attention will also be given to the connections between the Islamic and Christian Wisdom streams.

This first-time event is a wonderful way to learn more about Islam and Sufism. No prior knowledge or experience with the tradition is needed—just an open heart. As with other Wisdom Schools, previous commitment to, or interest in, contemplative practice is expected. Time will be spent within the Wisdom rhythm of silent prayer, chanting, lectio divina, conscious work and sacred conversation.

The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest, serving as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY. He is also a teacher and retreat leader for Northeast Wisdom, a non-profit dedicated to the renewal of the Christian Wisdom tradition.  Matthew brings 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. In addition to his studies with Cynthia Bourgeault, Matthew has been a student of the Mevlevi Sufi path for eight years, under the guidance of Shaikh Kabir Helminski. The Mevlevi path is rooted in the teachings of the renowned Sufi mystic-poet Jalaluddin Rumi. Matthew and his wife, Yanick, live alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.

See the flyer for more details.

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

Sep 21-23, 2018

Contemplating the Enneagram with Cynthia Bourgeault, Russ Hudson

The Enneagram Institute — Stone Ridge, NY

Friday, September 21 | 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Saturday, September 22 | 9:00 AM- 10:00 PM
Sunday, September 23| 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Stone Ridge, NY | The Barn

Cost: $795; includes tuition, materials, lunch, and dinner.
($500 deposit; payment in full due by August 1, 2018.)
No prerequisite.

The Enneagram Institute® Conscious Collaborations Series brings together thought leaders and practitioners from across the Enneagram field and complementary modalities to broaden our collective understanding in deep, rich, and innovative new ways. Contemplating the Enneagram workshop explores the original meaning of the Enneagram, the history of the authentic contemplative path in the Western tradition, and how these foundations of inner work can be successfully woven with the Enneagram of personality. Russ and Cynthia come together in this brand new exploration to present a dynamic and different take on how a deeper understanding of the Enneagram, grounded in its roots, can radically expedite our psychological and spiritual growth.

Topics will include:

  • The various lineages of the Enneagram.
  • How the Enneagram relates to cosmic laws.
  • Lawful asymmetry and the dynamism of the Enneagram.
  • The Enneagram as a tool for the evolution of conscious development.
  • Using the Enneagram to work with flow rather than against it.
  • Interweaving two existing lines of inquiry—the Western tradition and the Enneagram of personality—to give birth to something new.

Workshop Co-Facilitators

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault  
Modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. She has been a long-time advocate of the meditative practice of Centering Prayer and has worked closely with fellow teachers and colleagues including Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr. Cynthia has actively participated in numerous inter-spiritual dialogues and events with luminaries and leaders such as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro.

Cynthia is a member of the GPIW (Global Peace Initiative for Women) Contemplative Council and recipient of the 2014 Contemplative Voices award from Shalem Institute. She is a founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School. She continues to contribute to The Contemplative Society in her role as Principal Teacher and advisor.

Cynthia is the author of eight books: The Holy Trinity and the Law of ThreeThe Meaning of Mary MagdaleneThe Wisdom JesusCentering Prayer and Inner AwakeningMystical HopeThe Wisdom Way of KnowingChanting the Psalms, and Love is Stronger than Death. She has also authored or contributed to numerous articles on the Christian Wisdom path in publications such as Parabola Magazine, Gnosis Magazine, and Sewanee Theological Review.

Cynthia Bourgeault is currently one of the core faculty members at The Living School for Action and Contemplation.

Russ Hudson is one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. He has been teaching all levels of Enneagram programs in many settings throughout the world since 1991, and has co-authored five major Enneagram books, including the Wisdom of the Enneagram. Russ holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

After over a quarter of a century of teaching the Enneagram work across the planet, Russ has focused powerfully on the developmental aspects of the system more than simply describing personality styles. He uses the Enneagram to develop presence in people and help them go beyond psychological patterns to the deeper resources of their consciousness, allowing much greater inner freedom and creativity. He also trained for years in some of the original teachings behind the Enneagram to learn, experientially, the inner dynamics of the system, and takes students far beyond a static way of typing people. Russ has often been quoted as saying “The real Enneagram does not put you in a box. It shows you the box you did not realize you were already in and shows you the way out.” Russ is a co-founder of The Enneagram Institute®, and is a Founding Director and former Vice-President of the International Enneagram Association.

Cost: $795; includes tuition, materials, lunch, and dinner. ($500 deposit; payment in full due by August 1, 2018.)
For more information, please go to The Enneagram Institute’s site listing. This event is produced by The Enneagram Institute. For questions, contact their support team.

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Sep 22, 2018

Awakening in Our Bodies and as Christ’s Body through Centering Prayer, Chant and Gesture with William Sheehan, Allen Bourque, Hannah Lynn Mell

St. Paul's Episcopal Church — Lynnfield, MA

Cultivating a more fully embodied spirituality has become an important and welcome focus recently. Yet the theme is not new in Christianity. An eloquent 11th century poem by St. Symeon the New Theologian begins, “We awaken in Christ’s body as Christ awakens our bodies.” Using this poem as a touchstone, we will cultivate awakening to our individual and group aliveness through Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, and in-depth explorations of chant and gesture. Embodied movement may be done standing or sitting. Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of Boston.

9am-4pm EDT

Download the flyer here. 

View the evite here.

  • Suggested donation: $30.
  • Pre-registration requested.
  • Please bring your own lunch.
  • Coffee, tea and water provided.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing.

Led by Fr. William Sheehan, OMI; Allen Bourque; Hannah Lynn Mell

Register or questions: allen.bourque@gmail.com 
Allen’s website: http://contemplativemovement.info
Hannah’s website: https://www.totalresonance.com

Oct 5-8, 2018

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 our “Heart-Centered Living Wisdom School” focuses on the methodology of transformation, the “Visionary Seeing Wisdom School” 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. Our time together unfolds in the same basic balance and rhythm as in the Heart Centered Living Wisdom School. Participants will have to opportunity to delve deeply into their own unique life purpose.

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 over four 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 twelve years. She is the program director of The Sophia Center for Spirituality in Binghamton, NY.

Deborah Welsh, Ed.D., a Wisdom Leader and creator of “Wisdom of the Body,” has worked with Bill Redfield and Lois Barton co-leading Wisdom Schools since 2010. She is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, and Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, specializing in dance and movement as sacred. Her underpinnings are in modern and improvisational dance, the psychology of C.G. Jung, yoga, and exercise physiology.

Cost: $500.

For more information and to register, please contact Cathy Dutch, wisdomswork@gmail.com.

Oct 11-15, 2018

The Way Of Union – The Metaphysics Of Early Christian And Sufi Wisdom with Matthew Wright

Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre — Mesachie Lake, B.C.

Join The Contemplative Society and the Rev. Matthew Wright for a four-night Wisdom School that will explore the metaphysics undergirding the teachings of Jesus and the early Christian Wisdom tradition, as well as their relationship to a similar stream of teaching that flows through Islamic Sufism. These teachings present us with a coherent and luminous map of the human journey from timelessness into time, and deeper into integration and conscious union. We hope you will sign up and come with us as we seek to “enter the bridal chamber”, what Jesus calls the place of mystical union already present within our own hearts, accompanied on our journey by the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip, as well as by the words of Sufi masters from Ibn al-Arabi to Jalaluddin Rumi. Please fill out this form to register.

A public event will also be held in Victoria on the evening of October 15 at UVic’s Interfaith Chapel. More information to come soon.

New to Matthew?  Rob King, a participant in our last Wisdom School on the Gospel of Thomas, had this to say about him: “If you have not had a chance to experience Matthew’s teaching, you will be in for a real treat…He has a unique ability to take what seems like difficult teachings and make them understandable and alive in a way that leads to personal transformation…[The Gospel of Thomas] became a living epistle!”

Register today!


Cost: $900 CAD (private) – a limited number of partial scholarships will be made available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please apply via this form alongside your registration.

Fees include overnight accommodations and vegetarian meals. Check out the Cowichan Lake Research Station website for more information on the venue. For more general information, please contact us by email at admin@contemplative.org or at 250-381-9650.

Nov 1-4, 2018

Awakening Wisdom: The Dance of Movement & Stillness with Deborah Welsh, Laura Ruth, Kerstin Lipke

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

Join us as we create together a gentle and safe container for befriending our bodies and exploring what it is to be alive moment by moment. This process of discovery, through dance, movement and creativity will be held within the essential Wisdom rhythm of silent prayer, chanting, lectio divina, conscious work, and sacred conversation. As these practices nourish our inner being, in community they expand our awareness of the whole, supporting us to be ever more connected, grounded, supple and awake in daily life.

In this long weekend (3-night) retreat, we welcome people of all spiritual traditions (or none). Some experience with silent prayer may be helpful. No particular physical ability or prior experience with dance or movement is necessary. All bodies are welcome!

Deborah Welsh, Ed.D., a Wisdom Leader and creator of “Wisdom of the Body”, has worked with Bill Redfield and Lois Barton co-leading Wisdom Schools since 2010. She is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, and Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, specializing in dance and movement as sacred. Her underpinnings are in modern and improvisational dance, the psychology of C.G. Jung, yoga, and exercise physiology.

Download the flyer for more information.

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

Nov 1-4, 2018

Vermont Wisdom School with Marcella Kraybill-Greggo

Rock Point — Burlington, VT

Vermont’s second Wisdom School offered by the Rock Point Intentional Community is coming in November – *preregister now to save a place!

From mid-afternoon Thursday, November 1, 2018 until mid-afternoon Sunday, November 4th, 2018, we will gather at Rock Point’s Bishop Booth Conference Center, 20 Rock Point Road, Burlington, Vermont.

This is a second introductory (with new material) wisdom school that will include periods of teaching, chanting, meditation, lectio divina, body movement, and conscious work. This Wisdom School will offer a teaching on deepening our THREE Centered Way of Knowing/Integral Wisdom Knowing: Intelligence of the mind, the emotional center, and the moving center. Our leader/facilitator will be Marcella Kraybill-Greggo with collaborating members of the Rock Point Wisdom School. Marcella is a teacher, spiritual director, dynamic participant in the wisdom school community, and serves as Vice-President of the board of Northeast Wisdom. She lives in Bethlehem, PA with her husband and ten-year-old daughter, and spent her early years in Tanzania, Africa as a child of medical missionaries. Marcella is Co-director of the Spiritual Direction Graduate Certificate Program at Moravian Theological Seminary as well as the Clinical Director for Moravian’s MA in Clinical Counseling. She holds a Masters in Social Work along with a certificate in Spiritual Direction.

The total retreat costs are:

Single room            $420
Shared room          $330
Commuter               $240  

This includes lodging/meeting space, all nine meals (we got rave reviews from our first Wisdom School!), program costs and honoraria. Some limited scholarship aid will be available.

Registration forms will be available and online in early August and accepted in order of our receiving them. A 50% deposit will be required with registration, nonrefundable unless we are able to fill a cancelled space.

*To preregister, and guarantee a spot – no deposit required until time of registration – contact Michael Hechmer at Mhechmer@me.com.