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Jan 28 - Jun 23, 2020

Northeast Wisdom Book Discussion Zoom Group

Live Online Book Discussion Group

Wisdom Way of Knowing:
Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart
by Cynthia Bourgeault (2003)

Once a month starting in 2020 ~ January through June

The Wisdom way of knowing is about using our whole being to see. We can prepare our hearts to awaken–and re-awaken–and perceive using “more of us,” not just “knowing more.” Our heart knows the way.

In our 6 month Tuesday book discussion group we will intentionally cultivate Wisdom knowing through:

  • Supportive group discussions connected with readings in The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault – 1 chapter a month
  • Mindful attentional practices
  • Meditation
  • Body movements and sacred gesture

This book discussion group experience is designed for seekers who want to cultivate a deeper connection with the Wisdom tradition which lies at the headwaters of all sacred paths. As we come together in community, seeking inspiration and practices for our awakening, we will leave with a felt sense of our deepening presence and how we can be of service in the world.

To enroll: email: Marcellak2@aol.com. Please indicate in your email which group you are registering for: 10:00-11:30am EST (7-8:30am PT) or 4:00-5:30pm PT (7-8:30pm EST).

Dates: Fourth Tuesday of the month: 1/28, 2/25, 3/24, 4/28, 5/26, 6/23

Contribute: Suggested donation of $60 to Northeast Wisdom, or any amount that is sustainable for you. You may donate to Northeast Wisdom online by following this link, click on the yellow “Donate” button. Please include in the memo line “Wisdom Way of Knowing Book Group”. Thank you.

Platform:  Zoom…so a computer with an eye is needed, along with a free download of zoom. Earbuds are suggested for clarity of hearing.

Facilitators: Marcella Kraybill-Greggo, Jeanine Siler Jones, Nan Delach & Elizabeth Combs will facilitate the morning group from 10:00 – 11:30am EST. Heather Ruce, Susan Latimer, Susan Cooper & Heather Vesey will facilitate the evening group from 4:00 – 5:30pm PT. Each facilitator brings expertise from the varied traditions of psychotherapy, ministry and body work which will all weave together in this offering.

From The Wisdom Way of Knowing Forward by Thomas Moore:

“Here is where I think this book on the Wisdom tradition has great value. This is not a wishy-washy sermon advocating wisdom in some generic sense. It gets down to the particulars of ancient teachings, the tough and challenging parts, that aim at spiritual intelligence and a carefully examined way of life… I welcome this carefully crafted book and recommend it to any reader looking into an uncertain future, feeling insufficiently prepared for the challenges of a complex culture of the twenty-first century. You don’t need factual knowledge as much as you need the special kind of wisdom described in these pages. Take the vision offered here and create your own path, guided by centuries of sharp, perceptive insight into the spiritual life….”

Sponsored by Northeast Wisdom

 “As one’s level of being increases, receptivity to higher meaning increases.
As one’s being decreases, the old meanings return.”  
~ Maurice Nicoll

Mar 12-15, 2020

Engaging the Enneagram as Wisdom Practice with Jeanine Siler Jones

Rock Point Retreat Center — Burlington, VT

Know your conditioning so your heart can be a more faithful instrument.
     ~ Cynthia Bourgeault

Join us as we come together and experience a practical engagement of the Wisdom lineage through the lens of the Enneagram. How can this map illuminate our habitual patterns so that we might soften our identification and participate in life more directly and authentically? How might it guide us in tracking all three centers of knowing so that we bring more of ourselves into Presence? How might we surrender more fully our attachments and habits as we shift the quality of our attention and open into the possibility of a more immediate and reciprocal relationship with the Divine in our lives?

With alert observation and surrendered mind, find the moment when thought arises before it gets attached to emotions/habits.

We will follow a Wisdom School rhythm with meditation, sacred chanting, Lectio Divina, movement and mindful work. We will engage somatic and attention practices, exploring the Wisdom roots of the Enneagram, and tracking what jams the signals around our hearts. Together we will create a walking Enneagram and let this ancient symbol teach us. We will play with listening, silence and sharing, and there will be free time to integrate, rest and explore the beauty of Rock Point.

For more information please see the flyer here.

To register and for any questions please contact Craig at csmith@diovermont.org or at 802-863-3431 by February 15, 2020 (online registration is temporarily unavailable).

Retreat begins: Thursday March 12 with registration 3:30 ~ 5:30. Our first gathering will be at 5:30.

Retreat ends: Sunday March 15, 2020 after lunch (about 1:30).

The cost of the retreat is $420 for a single room, $330 for a shared room and $250 for commuters. Cost includes all meals and lodging. Limited scholarship help is available.

Jeanine Siler Jones, LCSW, is a therapist at Siler Jones Counseling in Asheville, North Carolina and has been an Enneagram teacher for 15 years. In 2009 she dove deeply into Wisdom work, playing with the Wisdom roots of the Enneagram as Gurdjieff brought it to the West. Jeanine works with people interested in spiritually integrated therapy, is a primary igniter of Wisdom School Southeast, a contemplative group and Wisdom School retreat leader in the lineage of Cynthia Bourgeault. Jeanine holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, a Certificate in Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is trained as a Wisdom infused Spiritual Director from Moravian Theological Seminary. Read more about her in Northeast Wisdom’s Seedlings.

In collaboration with the Rockpoint Wisdom Community. For venue information see The Rock Point Center and The Rock Point Intentional Community.

Mar 29 - Apr 3, 2020

Imaginal Wisdom School 2020 with Cynthia Bourgeault

Valle Crucis Conference Center — Banner Elk, NC

Join Cynthia at Valle Crucis Conference Center—a lovely, rustic retreat setting in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina—where Cynthia has offered Wisdom Schools since 2012.

When: Sunday evening, March 29 – Friday lunch April 3, 2020
Where: Valle Crucis Conference Center, Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Cost*: Non-refundable Deposit: $300, Double Occupancy: $1,100, Single Occupancy: $1,400
Register and pay by filling out the form at the bottom of this page, or register HERE.
*We have a limited number of scholarships available. See the registration form for more information.

Questions? E-mail Robbin Brent

Following is an excerpt from a three-part exploration of the Imaginal Realm, written by Cynthia.

The term “imaginal realm” has its immediate provenance in Islamic mysticism, but the idea itself—if truth be told, an archetype more than an idea—is common to all the great sacred traditions. It is traditionally understood to be a boundary realm between two worlds, each structured according to its own governing conventions and unfolding according to its own causality. In traditional metaphysical language, it is the realm separating the denser corporeality of our earth plane from the progressively finer causalities which lie “above” us in the noetic and logoic realms. Put more simply, it separates the visible world from realms invisible but still perceivable through the eye of the heart. In fact, this is what the word “imagination” specifically implies to in its original Islamic context: direct perception through this inner eye, not mental reflection or fantasy.

I say “boundary,” but the imaginal world is actually more of a confluence, for the word “boundary” suggests a separation while what is really at stake in this realm is an active flowing together. “Where the two seas meet” is a beautiful Sufi metaphor to convey the essence of what actually happens here. The imaginal realm is a meeting ground, a place of active exchange between two bandwidths of reality. That is how its cosmic purpose is fulfilled and—I will attempt to demonstrate shortly—the way in which it can be most fruitfully understood.

Following are links to Cynthia’s three-part exploration series on the Imaginal, offered on the Northeast Wisdom website:

Part 1 of 3: Introducing the Imaginal
Part 2 of 3: Where is the Imaginal Realm Located?
Part 3 of 3: Is the Imaginal Realm Real?

Apr 14-18, 2020

Second Year Intensive Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault

Glastonbury Benedictine Abbey — Hingham, MA

Closed group, open only to second year students in the Living School.

To find out more about the Living School please contact CAC, https://cac.org/

Apr 20-21, 2020

Public Talk and Contemplative Practice with Cynthia Bourgeault

London, England

Public Talk , followed by day of contemplative practice based on “The Secret Embrace,” Thomas Keating’s final teaching. Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach London. For more information contact Jill Benet, coordinator at jillbenet@hotmail.com.

Apr 23-26, 2020

Introductory Wisdom School with Bill Redfield

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

Wisdom describes a foundational lineage of spiritual knowledge that underlies all the world’s specific faith traditions and that outlines a manner of spiritual transformation. Participants will be introduced to the Wisdom Way of Knowing, including three-centered Knowing, Benedictine balanced living, and Heart-centered living. The balance and the rhythm of our time together cultivate and deepen the seedbed of the heart into which the teachings can be sown. A meditation practice is an assumed prerequisite.

Tuition: $250, plus accommodations
Commuter – $75
Private Room, Hall Bath – $225
Private Room, Private Bath – $500
Registration link: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/wisdom-school

This retreat is co-sponsored with Copper Beech Institute.