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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.

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Nov 29, 2017

Contemplative Activism: A Grounded Spirituality for Social Transformation with David Potter

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

The work of creating a more just world is seemingly endless. While the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice, our efforts toward that goal can be exhausting. How do we nurture a commitment for the long haul and avoid burn-out? What would it look like to embody our desired future now? Contemplative activism is an invitation to a posture of deep spirituality grounded in wholeness and sustainability. This workshop will explore practices for transformative social change and examine deep, abiding love as a foundation for faith-based activism.

David Potter is a practitioner of contemplative activism committed to healing and collective liberation. As Special Projects Manager at Sojourners, he brings his study of conflict transformation and experience in community development to build relationships and equip faith communities. As a trained mediator and circle keeper, David has worked in nonprofit program development and as a Restorative Justice Specialist. He is particularly interested in sacred listening, Enneagram theory, and the social construction of whiteness and efforts toward racial justice. Please see attached flyer.

Time: 7:30-9:00pm

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Jan 18-21, 2018

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

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

The timelessness and immediacy of the Wisdom teachings of Jesus invite us to the unitive Heart. These early Christian gospels open us directly to the alchemy of transformation. Join us for this 4-day (3-night) retreat as we dive into a dynamic exploration of these texts and experience how they can nourish us in times of change.

Split a piece of wood and there I am,
Pick up the stone and you will find me there.
~Gospel of Thomas

The Luminous Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene and Philip are among the oldest of the early recordings of the sayings of Jesus and may reflect most directly his conversations with his closest students and companions. The quality of the living word shines through them to this day, evident in the way they draw us deeper with each reading. They are a catalyst for the alchemical process in the inner life, illuminating a path of transformation and healing that is at times challenging, surprisingly contemporary, deeply mysterious and always enlightening.

The retreat will be held within a contemplative rhythm of silent prayer, chanting, lectio divina, conscious work and contemplative movement. As an opportunity to deepen inner life within a Wisdom community of support, people of all spiritual traditions (or none) are welcome. Download the flyer here.

The Reverend Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest and Wisdom tradition retreat leader who has been working to bring forward the depth and brilliance of this stream within the wider context of inter-spiritual dialogue. 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.

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Feb 8-11, 2018

The Deepening Creativity Wisdom School with Bill Redfield, Lois Barton

Glastonbury Benedictine Abbey — Hingham, MA

Where does Creative Wisdom come from and how can we more readily tap into its deep resources?

The Deepening Creativity Wisdom School is an experiential exploration into drawing up the deep creative Wisdom that lies beneath and beyond the ordinary mind. Supported by the tested rhythm and structure utilized in Wisdom Schools, the participants will be led through a rich investigation of deeper sources of knowing that lie outside our usual rational thought. This Wisdom School is both for those who already have some Wisdom School experience and for those who are just beginning, although some sort of meditation or other spiritual practice is assumed.

The Deepening Creativity Wisdom School will be held at Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA, from Thursday, February 8 (beginning with supper) to Sunday, February 11 (ending with lunch). The cost of this Wisdom School is $500. This is a Northeast Wisdom event, and proceeds will go directly to support the work of NEW.

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.

For more information and to register, please contact Laura Ruth.

 

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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.

To download the flyer, click here.

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Feb 16-18, 2018

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

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

This retreat has become an annual event at Hallelujah Farm. Offering weekend 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.

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.

To download the flyer, click here.

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Mar 2-3, 2018

Opening the Eye of the Heart: Jesus and Unitive Wisdom with Matthew Wright

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

This weekend retreat will explore the unitive and contemplative wisdom at the heart of the teachings of Jesus. Together we’ll look at the ways Christianity has lost sight of its own contemplative heritage and how it is being recovered today. Particular attention will be given to the recovery of early Christian Wisdom literature, including the Gospels of Thomas and Mary Magdalene. We’ll also explore the remarkable resonance that exists between the teachings of Jesus and the Near Eastern wisdom of the Sufi tradition.

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.

March 2-3, 2018
Friday: Introduction, 7:30-9 pm
Saturday:  Full retreat, 9-3 pm

For information go to https://www.centerforspiritualdeepening.org/

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