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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 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.

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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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Apr 2-7, 2019

Luminous Wisdom – Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault

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

This Wisdom School will trace the roots of the Christian mystical and visionary tradition as they bear on the rich lineage of teaching and practice being transmitted through Cynthia and her students. As with all Wisdom Schools, there will be a balance of teaching, meditative sitting, liturgy, and embodied practice. A meditation practice is the only pre-requisite.

Members are able to apply as of 10:00 am PST on December 11 – become a member today! Applications will open to the general public on January 15 at 10:00 am PST. 

The cost of this retreat is $600-$1200 CAD depending on accommodation type (includes teaching fees, accommodations, and meals). A limited number of partial scholarships will be made available – please apply alongside your application if needed! A $100 CAD non-refundable deposit will be requested from you once your application has been accepted, and you have received your offer to attend. For enquiries or questions please phone 250-381-9650 or email admin@contemplative.org.

Cowichan Lake Education Centre is nestled amidst 44 acres of Douglas fir forest with 1200 feet of secluded Cowichan Lake shoreline the centre is a full service conference and outdoor learning facility. The centre offers an inspirational setting. Visitors to the region will enjoy the spirit of adventure as they explore the West Coast temperate rain forests, mountains, wetlands, and marine environments of the Cowichan Valley. The centre is strategically located at the gateway to the majestic landscape of Carmanah-Walbran and the Juan de Fuca marine trail, as well as the spectacular rugged terrain of the world-renowned West Coast Trail. Wireless Internet is available in the main hall, and cell phone reception is available though we ask you to limit your use of devices.

In the spirit of adventure and knowledge, the centre encourages and creates a flexible and relaxed atmosphere for guests to enjoy recreational activities from hiking and swimming to birdwatching, photography, the arts and music. We are confident that participants will reap many rewards at this location, especially if they come with the intention of bringing an open attitude, a sense of humour, and goodwill. Whatever challenges present themselves, Cynthia Bourgeault often reminds us these are precisely the conditions for experiencing the full benefit of a retreat.

Performing daily Benedictine work will also be an integral part of the Wisdom School. This will include some type of physical task such as light work on the grounds or housekeeping, such as bathroom clean-up, sweeping, etc. This will allow us to move more into our bodies as we balance the work of our time together. 

Although silence and mediation are a component of Wisdom Schools, they are not full silent retreats. The schedule will include teaching sessions, time for group sharing, and question and answer sessions, as well as free unstructured time. Typically, silence will be practiced from the final sit in the evening through to the next morning session after breakfast. 

Given all the above, we ask you to carefully consider if this event is suitable to you prior to applying.

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May 12-17, 2019

The Wisdom of Jesus and the Light of Christ with Cynthia Bourgeault, Marcelle Martin, Paulette Meier

Pendle Hill — Wallingford, PA

The first Quakers were convinced they had rediscovered the original form of Christianity, in which the risen Christ was their inward Teacher, guiding them directly. From its inception, Quakerism has been deeply rooted in the living presence of Christ, experienced as the inward Light. Both faith and practice emerge from maintaining a steady connection to this wellspring of compassionate abundance and ethical action.

In this five-day Quaker Wisdom School, Cynthia Bourgeault, drawing from classical/enduring mystical principles, will guide us in exploring Jesus as a Wisdom teacher who invited his followers to a radical transformation of consciousness. Marcelle Martin will help us examine the Quaker experience of the Light of Christ within, which leads faithful people to participate actively in God’s transforming work in the world. And Paulette Meier will help to make the whole exploration heart-riveting by leading us in chants based on the words of passionate Quakers who experienced the living presence of Christ.

Material will be drawn not only from Quaker writers through the centuries, but also from the canonical gospels and the Gospel of Thomas. Our time together will include rhythms of communal worship, prayer, study, and work.

Cynthia Bourgeult is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, who travels globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. A long-time advocate of the meditative practice of Centering Prayer, she has worked closely with such colleagues as Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr and has participated in numerous InterSpiritual dialogues and events with such leaders as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro. 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.

Paulette Meier is a singer/songwriter, whose work as a peace educator led to her award-winning CD, Come Join the Circle: Lesson Songs for Peacemaking, used in classrooms and families around the country to inspire and help children learn the ways of non-violence. While a Quaker artist-in-residence at Pendle Hill, Paulette was inspired to set some early Quaker texts to song and record them in chant-like, a cappella style.

Her Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong opens a window on Quaker spirituality and offers a meditative focus in spiritual practice. We will learn the chants in this collection, and they will be woven into our meditation and work together. For more information about Paulette and the chants visit: http://www.paulettemeier.com/spiritual-wisdom.html.

Marcelle Martin is a member of Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Her best-selling book Our Life is Love (QuakerBooks of FGC) explores the ten essential elements of the Quaker spiritual journey. She has led retreats at Quaker meetings across the country and for four years was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill. She is the author of two Pendle Hill pamphlets, Invitation to a Deeper Communion and Holding One Another in the Light. Her blog, “A Whole Heart,” is at www.awholeheart.com.

Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center welcoming all for Spirit-led learning and community, located in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.

To register, please see the event listing at the Pendle Hill website, here. If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for the Pendle Hill Financial Assistance Application form before you register. The cost of this retreat is $985/private room; $885/shared room; $540/commuter.

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Jun 15, 2019

Annual Christian Contemplative Day of Reflection with Matthew Wright

Holy Family Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

Annual Christian Contemplative Day of Reflection
Entering the Nondual Heart of Christ: Christianity as Participatory Mystery
9:00am – 5pm

The focus of this day is to bring together and strengthen the area’s Christian Contemplative community at the Holy Family Retreat Center campus. This enriching day of Contemplative Retreat, Prayer, Teaching and Community promotes going deeper into Contemplative union with God and with one another.

During this day we’ll explore ways of moving beyond a Christianity understood primarily as belief system, and instead will engage our principal doctrines of Trinity and Incarnation as participatory mysteries that Christ calls us to enter. We’ll give attention to the “unitive” or “nondual” dimension of Christian faith, the recovery of heart-centered Christian contemplative practice, and pioneering Christian voices such as Teilhard de Chardin and Raimon Panikkar.

Rev. Matthew Wright, M.Div is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and is a Board member and teacher for Northeast Wisdom. Matthew lives with his wife, Yanick, alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY.

Offering: $45 (includes lunch)

More information and to register: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/entering-the-nondual-heart-of-christ

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