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Jan 9 - Mar 27, 2019

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

Online

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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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

Online

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 22 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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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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Apr 5-6, 2019

Awakening the Heart: A Christian/Sufi Wisdom Retreat with Matthew Wright

Center for Spiritual Deepening at St. Aidan's — Alexandria, VA

This Friday/Saturday retreat will draw on Christian and Sufi wisdom, exploring the human heart as an “organ of spiritual perception”– that part of each of us that can “see” and live from oneness. Too often our culture teaches us to value the individual above all else. But the eye of the heart sees from the Whole, finding each part’s place in relation to the Wholeness of things. How do our lives fit within the larger Life to which we belong? How do we live with balance and compassion? Come and learn from two great Wisdom traditions about living from the heart through teaching, chant, movement, and contemplative practice.

The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition within a wider inter-spiritual framework. Alongside his practice of Christianity, he draws deeply from the sacred worlds of Islamic Sufism and Vedanta. Matthew serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and lives with his wife, Yanick, alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.

Friday introduction, 7:30-9 pm
Saturday retreat, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
$50 registration/$15 if Friday only

To register go to www.centerforspiritualdeepening.org

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Apr 14-21, 2019

Journey to the Heart of Love: A Passage through Holy Week (week-long retreat) with Laura Ruth, Steven Bonsey, Adwoa Lewis-Wilson

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

Dear Friends of Incarnating Wisdom,

What is it to stay present to what arises in the preparation and in the vigil at the tomb? To be with this holy event in relationship to our daily lives and what is arising in our lives now? 

This Holy Week, we will live deeply into the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, particularly through the Gospel of John and the Holy Week Liturgies. Over the course of the week, we will work with Jesus’ encounters with four women in the gospel of John, as illuminated in Bruno Barnhart’s The Good Wine:

The Wedding at Cana, (Jn 2:1-11);
The Woman at the Well, (Jn 4:4-42);
The Anointing at Bethany, (Jn 12: 1-8);
Mary Magdalene at the Tomb (Jn 20:1-18).

These ancient stories will come to life, here and now, through contemplative liturgy, guiding meditations, and sacred conversation. The meetings between the women and Jesus will serve as icons that beckon us into a deeper conversation about transformation and manifestation in our inner lives, and our lives in the world. 

You are invited to join us as we gently open together to the Mystery of this time, with the weeklong retreat beginning on Palm Sunday for supper, and welcoming friends for the weekend arriving midday on Maundy Thursday. We will end together on Easter Sunday morning.

Laura will be holding the circle with the Rev Steven Bonsey and Adwoa Lewis-Wilson.

With love and an open ear, 
Laura, Kerstin, Adwoa and Steven

This retreat is an experiential exploration into the sacred passage through Holy Week in the Wisdom tradition. It is an invitation to practice together, following a map of the events of Holy Week, in a container of deep silence and recollection. We begin to enter into the heart, and what it might be to ‘stand by’ in the spirit of Mary Magdalene. Opening to the possibility that we may accompany, as Cynthia Bourgeault has written, and bear witness to “Jesus on his timeless passage through death, to the very source of life, and back into the world”, touching upon “the intense transformational energy of the Pascal Mystery.” 

We will listen for what emerges in ourselves and in community together, and through the stories of the four women. Conscious love and awakened presence; interconnectedness and dying to self; living water and witness of the heart – these are themes that animate practices of silent prayer, conscious practical work, wisdom chant, lectio divina, sacred conversation, gesture and movement, and Eucharistic worship. It is an experiential and participatory retreat: join us!

Retreat Guides: Laura Ruth, the Rev. Steven Bonsey, & Adwoa Lewis-Wilson.
Week-long Retreat begins: Sunday, April 14th at 4:00 pm followed by a light supper.
Weekend Retreat begins: Maundy Thursday, April 18th at 12:00 pm with lunch.
Both Retreats end: Easter morning, Sunday, April 21st at 10:00 am with an optional brunch.
Cost: All are welcome and we are grateful for your support in the amount you feel you can afford. As a guideline, suggested contributions for these retreats are:
April 14 – April 21, 2018 week-long (7 nights) retreat: $575 includes $95 deposit. April 18 – April 21, 2018 weekend (3 nights) retreat $350 includes $75 deposit.
Venue: Guests receive the hospitality of Sandy & Roger Daly at beautiful Hallelujah Farm. Accommodations are in shared double rooms. Single rooms may be available upon request for an additional suggested contribution of $25 per night.
Information & Registration: Contact Laura at laurampruth@gmail.com. Checks may be made out to Incarnating Wisdom and mailed to Laura Ruth at 17 North Bear Swamp Road, North Middlesex, VT 05682. Click here to download the flyer.

To hold your place, the following deposits are requested: Week-long retreat: $95 is due by April 1. Weekend retreat: $75 is due by April 4.

This retreat is generously supported by The Friends of Incarnating Wisdom.

The Friends of Incarnating Wisdom enthusiastically invite your support as well.
Thanks to Helen Daly’s vision and generosity, the work has been seeded and begun. We look towards the future, grateful for the ongoing partnership in 2019 with Roger and Sandy Daly, and John Daly and Leigh Marthe of Hallelujah Farm, as we gather with a growing Wisdom community in practice together.

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Apr 14-21, 2019

A Virtual Holy Week Retreat with Bill Redfield

Online

While Holy Week is an intense and holy time in the Christian calendar, most people are unable to participate in a residential retreat. In response to this need, I will be leading a Virtual Holy Week Retreat this year, starting on Passion/Palm Sunday, April 14, and concluding on Easter Sunday morning, April 21. Daily, it will have four components—three of which will be recorded and will be able to be accessed at the participants’ convenience. These components will include a morning meditation with periods of silence, a more substantial message with reflections, and an evening meditation. The final component will be a daily lectio divina group on Zoom online for those who are able to participate.

For a full description of this virtual program and instructions for signing up, please visit Bill Redfield’s website:

https://www.williamredfield.com/program/virtual-holy-week-retreat

There is no cost for this program. Participants will be able to determine the level of their own involvement.

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Apr 18-21, 2019

Journey to the Heart of Love: A Passage through Holy Week (week-end retreat) with Laura Ruth, Steven Bonsey, Adwoa Lewis-Wilson

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

Dear Friends of Incarnating Wisdom,

What is it to stay present to what arises in the preparation and in the vigil at the tomb? To be with this holy event in relationship to our daily lives and what is arising in our lives now? 

This Holy Week, we will live deeply into the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, particularly through the Gospel of John and the Holy Week Liturgies. Over the course of the week, we will work with Jesus’ encounters with four women in the gospel of John, as illuminated in Bruno Barnhart’s The Good Wine:

The Wedding at Cana, (Jn 2:1-11);
The Woman at the Well, (Jn 4:4-42);
The Anointing at Bethany, (Jn 12: 1-8);
Mary Magdalene at the Tomb (Jn 20:1-18).

These ancient stories will come to life, here and now, through contemplative liturgy, guiding meditations, and sacred conversation. The meetings between the women and Jesus will serve as icons that beckon us into a deeper conversation about transformation and manifestation in our inner lives, and our lives in the world. 

You are invited to join us as we gently open together to the Mystery of this time, with the weeklong retreat beginning on Palm Sunday for supper, and welcoming friends for the weekend arriving midday on Maundy Thursday. We will end together on Easter Sunday morning.

Laura will be holding the circle with the Rev Steven Bonsey and Adwoa Lewis-Wilson.

With love and an open ear, 
Laura, Kerstin, Adwoa and Steven

This retreat is an experiential exploration into the sacred passage through Holy Week in the Wisdom tradition. It is an invitation to practice together, following a map of the events of Holy Week, in a container of deep silence and recollection. We begin to enter into the heart, and what it might be to ‘stand by’ in the spirit of Mary Magdalene. Opening to the possibility that we may accompany, as Cynthia Bourgeault has written, and bear witness to “Jesus on his timeless passage through death, to the very source of life, and back into the world”, touching upon “the intense transformational energy of the Pascal Mystery.” 

We will listen for what emerges in ourselves and in community together, and through the stories of the four women. Conscious love and awakened presence; interconnectedness and dying to self; living water and witness of the heart – these are themes that animate practices of silent prayer, conscious practical work, wisdom chant, lectio divina, sacred conversation, gesture and movement, and Eucharistic worship. It is an experiential and participatory retreat: join us!

Retreat Guides: Laura Ruth, the Rev. Steven Bonsey, & Adwoa Lewis-Wilson.
Week-long Retreat begins: Sunday, April 14th at 4:00 pm followed by a light supper.
Weekend Retreat begins: Maundy Thursday, April 18th at 12:00 pm with lunch.
Both Retreats end: Easter morning, Sunday, April 21st at 10:00 am with an optional brunch.
Cost: All are welcome and we are grateful for your support in the amount you feel you can afford. As a guideline, suggested contributions for these retreats are:
April 14 – April 21, 2018 week-long (7 nights) retreat: $575 includes $95 deposit. April 18 – April 21, 2018 weekend (3 nights) retreat $350 includes $75 deposit.
Venue: Guests receive the hospitality of Sandy & Roger Daly at beautiful Hallelujah Farm. Accommodations are in shared double rooms. Single rooms may be available upon request for an additional suggested contribution of $25 per night.
Information & Registration: Contact Laura at laurampruth@gmail.com. Checks may be made out to Incarnating Wisdom and mailed to Laura Ruth at 17 North Bear Swamp Road, North Middlesex, VT 05682. Click here to download the flyer.

To hold your place, the following deposits are requested: Week-long retreat: $95 is due by April 1. Weekend retreat: $75 is due by April 4.

This retreat is generously supported by The Friends of Incarnating Wisdom.

The Friends of Incarnating Wisdom enthusiastically invite your support as well.
Thanks to Helen Daly’s vision and generosity, the work has been seeded and begun. We look towards the future, grateful for the ongoing partnership in 2019 with Roger and Sandy Daly, and John Daly and Leigh Marthe of Hallelujah Farm, as we gather with a growing Wisdom community in practice together.

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