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Jul 25-28, 2019

Mary Magdalene and Conscious Love with Bill Redfield, Laura Ruth

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

Mary Magdalene and Conscious Love will be at the heart of a four day Wisdom School taking place at Hallelujah Farm, Chesterfield, New Hampshire. Bill Redfield and Laura Ruth welcome you to a collaborative time of inquiry and experience together. Register now!

Love is the central force that holds all of life together. And yet there are so many myths and misconceptions about love, it ceases to be much more than an irrelevant and harmless platitude. Wisdom Christianity can provide a lens through which love’s meaning can be restored. And this perspective is informed by Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene. Join us in a Wisdom School that conceptually, ritually, and experientially explores this central force through the lens of this relationship. The approach will be a direct inquiry into the heart of life that will have significant implications for us all.

Using silence, chanting, and ritual to compliment the teaching, we will explore the presence of Mary Magdalene in the Paschal Mystery. Then, using her relationship with Jesus as our starting point and model, we will explore the possible trajectory of conscious love in our lives. Participants will have the opportunity to unpack and critique some of the unconscious assumptions of love in our cultural models in order to explore a deeper understanding of love’s truth.While helpful, previous attendance at an Introductory Wisdom School is not required. Conscious, practical work and contemplative movement will be a part of the retreat, along with time for integration. All traditions are welcome, and an ongoing commitment to spiritual practice is essential.

Retreat Guides: The Rev. William C. Redfield is an Episcopal priest and a licensed clinical social worker. Ordained in 1976, he spent the first half of his career as a group, family, and individual therapist. Bill served Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, New York for nearly twenty years. There, he brought his passion for new forms of “Wisdom” spirituality to fruition, and established “Wisdom House” as an outreach spiritual ministry in the greater community. Retired from parish work, Bill has been engaged in full time Wisdom work since 2014 at Wisdom’s Work. He is currently offering “Wisdom Mentoring,” the confluence of the rivers of psychological work and spiritual work. This work open to anyone seeking to deepen their experience of Wisdom, and for those being called to lead Wisdom practice groups. Wisdom Mentoring is done in person or on the Zoom platform and is aimed at profound transformation—from the inside out. Laura Ruth has been co-faciliting Wisdom practice circles and retreats with Kerstin Lipke at Hallelujah Farm for the past several years. In this work, she holds space for the deep dive into experiential, embodied, heart-centered Wisdom practices designed
to nourish personal practice, ground life in community, and serve the process of transformative presence in daily life.

Retreat begins: Thursday, July 25th at 5:30 with a light supper. Retreat ends: Sunday, July 28th at 1:30 after lunch.

Cost: All are welcome at Hallelujah Farm. The suggested contribution for this retreat is $550 which includes a $75 deposit. However, we are grateful for your support in the amount you feel you can afford.

Venue: Guests receive generous hospitality from Sandy & Roger Daly of beautiful Hallelujah Farm. Accomondations are in shared double rooms. A limited number of single rooms may be available upon request for an additional suggested contribution of $25/night or $625 for the retreat

Information & Registration: Contact Laura Ruth at laurampruth@gmail.com. In order to hold your place, the following deposit is requested: $75 by July 4th. Click here to download the flyer.

Jul 28 - Aug 2, 2019

Wisdom School: The Divine Exchange with Marcella Kraybill-Greggo, Jeanine Siler Jones

Moravian Theological Seminary — Bethlehem, PA

Join us for a Divine Exchange five-day Wisdom School, hosted on the beautiful campus of Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

This Divine Exchange Wisdom School will engage participants in Jesus’ teachings based in ‘exchange’, a conscious participation in expressing divine love. These ‘exchange’ Wisdom teachings invite us into deep surrender and a full receiving of God’s love and mercy. Out of that abundance, we can experience the felt sense of the exchange that is expressed in passages such as the vine and branches (John 15), opening ourselves ever more deeply to participate with this Divine manifestation.

This Wisdom School will highlight teachings on the Divine Exchange from Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal priest and Wisdom teacher. Participants will receive Cynthia’s luminous teaching and transmission and the integration of this teaching will be facilitated by on-site Wisdom leaders: Marcella Kraybill-Greggo and Jeanine Siler Jones.

Wisdom School participants will experience the rhythm and tools specific to a ‘wisdom way of knowing’, an ‘integral way of knowing’ which engages and harmonizes the three intelligence centers: heart, mind and movement. Attendees will participate in a balance of ‘prayer and conscious work’, known in the Benedictine tradition as ‘ora et labora’, with teachings and sacred movement interspersed.

Date: Sunday, July 28 – August 2, 2019
Cost: $725
Time: Participants may check into your room starting at 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon, July 28. Our first meal together will be Sunday dinner at 5:30pm. The retreat ends on Friday, August 2 at noon; you will be provided a “to-go-lunch” following our last morning session.
More information and to apply: click here.
Questions: Email Marcella Kraybill-Greggo

Aug 14-18, 2019

Introductory Wisdom School, Part A, “A Wisdom Way of Knowing” with Heather Ruce, Catherine Regan, Joy Andrews Hayter

Mercy Center — Burlingame, CA

This Introductory Wisdom School will set the foundation for the importance of wisdom schools in our era. Using Cynthia Bourgeault’s e-course teachings, together we will explore our three centers of intelligence, the Rule of St. Benedict, and the Wisdom tradition as the Way of the Heart so that we might show up in the world as more conscious planetary servants.

Heather, Catherine, and Joy will facilitate the integration of Cynthia’s transmissions and invite a ‘wisdom way of knowing’ through a daily rhythm of periods of video teaching from Cynthia, Centering Prayer, mindful work, mindful movement, sharing, and contemplative free time.

Heather Ruce, M.A. is a spiritual director and meditation teacher. She leads monthly Wisdom Practice Circles desiring to help others wake up to a different kind of presence. She has been trained as a therapist and in a mindfulness and somatic based approach to trauma healing.

Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, clinical psychologist, and adjunct program staff member at Mercy Center where she coordinates the Centering Prayer Program. Her great interest is in the renewal of contemplative practices as a path of transformation — of ourselves and of our world.

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God’s ever-present love. As a Professor Emerita of chemistry, she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.

Click here to download the flyer.

For all the details and registration, please visit the Mercy Center site.

Sep 26-29, 2019

Being with Change: Discovering Wisdom in Times of Transition with Kerstin Lipke, Laura Ruth

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

Join us during this poignant time of year, as summer yields to autumn and the call inward begins again. Exploring the delicate, creative interplay of inner and outer, activity and stillness, and silence and speaking, we will listen more deeply to, and move with, what is brought forth during times of transition.

This 3-night retreat is an opportunity to begin to cultivate greater awareness within the midst of change, that challenging but inescapable part of our path without which transformation cannot occur. Held within a Wisdom community of support, we will participate together in practices that relate to our theme:

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 is helpful.

Retreat Guides: Kerstin Lipke & Laura Ruth together form Incarnating Wisdom. They have been facilitating experiential Wisdom retreats and practice circles for the past several years. Committed to Wisdom that is alive, embodied and responsive, Laura and Kerstin are actively listening for how to serve from the heart through practice in our individual lives and in community, and in the dynamic relationship with daily life and the world.

Times: Begins Thursday, September 26th at 5:30pm with a light supper; ends Sunday, September 29th 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 $350 (includes a $75 deposit). Single rooms may be available upon request for a suggested contribution of $425 (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 September 12th.

To download the flyer, please click here.

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

Oct 11-14, 2019

The Way of the Heart: Christian, Sufi and Hindu Mysticism with Matthew Wright

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

How do we awaken the Heart? How do we experience life through the heart center? For centuries, Christian, Sufi and Hindu mystics have been drawn to the heart, knowing it as our primary source of spiritual perception and connection as well as being the seat, or center, of selfhood. Through the heart we experience the inner nature of Life, in the moment. Our great Wisdom traditions teach that the heart knows through a visceral, resonant connectivity within wholeness and relationship. This brings us into direct contact with the realities of beauty, tenderness and love.

We will explore the Path of the Heart through three primary doorways; Jalaluddin Rumi, St Theophane the Recluse and Ramana Maharshi. These three will be our entry into the Wisdom teachings of Sufism, Christianity and Hinduism. Matthew will weave together teaching and heart practice from each path that focus on cultivating our hearts in relationship with the Divine Heart.

Our time together will be held within a Wisdom rhythm of silent prayer and meditation, chant, embodied practice: movement and conscious practical work, as well as Lectio Divina style reading of interspiritual texts.

Guest Teacher: Matthew Wright
The Rev. 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 blog A Waking Heart. In addition to his studies with Cynthia Bourgeault, Matthew has been a student of the Mevlevi Sufi path for nine years, under the guidance of Shaikh Kabir Helminski. The Mevlevi path is rooted in the teachings of the Sufi mystic-poet Jalaluddin Rumi. Matthew and his wife, Yanick, live alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.

Retreat begins: at 5:30pm with a light supper.

Retreat ends: Monday at 1pm after a shared meal.

Information & Registration: Laura Ruth will be holding the Incarnating Wisdom post during this retreat, on-site and for registration. You may contact her at laurampruth@gmail.com. To download the flyer, click here.

Deposit: In order to hold your place, a $95 deposit is requested, made out to “Incarnating Wisdom” and sent to Laura Ruth at the address below. Thank you!

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 $525 (includes a $95 deposit). A limited number of single rooms may be available upon request for an additional $25 per night.

Venue: Guests receive the hospitality of Sandy, Roger and John Daly and Leigh Marthe at beautiful Hallelujah Farm. Most accommodations are in shared double rooms.

Thanks to the generosity of Friends of Incarnating Wisdom, we are grateful to continue to be able to make these events accessible to all, offering them with a pay-as-you-can suggested contribution.

Oct 12, 2019

Exploring the Wisdom of the Gospels with Bill Redfield

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

Among the various titles given Jesus is “Wisdom Master.” An exploration of the Gospels Wisdom Parables will give us an understanding of what this title might imply. Using a Lectio Divina approach, we will unpack such parables as the Laborers in the Field, the Parable of the Talents, and others. You will end the day appreciating Jesus as “Wisdom Master” and with a method that gives the Gospels a living meaning.

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
$65, includes lunch
To register, please follow this link https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/wisdom-of-the-gospels

Oct 28 - Nov 2, 2019

Mr. Gurdjieff, meet Mr. Teilhard! with Cynthia Bourgeault

Claymont Society for Continuous Education — Charles Town, WV

A practical and intensive exploration of the convergence between two wisdom streams. The 2019 Wisdom School at Claymont is a special 5-day intensive immersion and exploration of the convergence between teachings of Gurdjieff and Teilhard led by Cynthia Bourgeault with daily movements by Deborah Rose Longo.

Date: October 28 – November 2, 2019 

Time: Monday dinner – Saturday lunch 

Location: Claymont Society for Continuous Education, 667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414.

Those of you who have been working with Cynthia know how much the Fourth Way Gurdjieff Wisdom tradition and the Teilhardian Wisdom stream have influenced her thinking.  She is writing a new book on the points of commonality and tension between these two Wisdom streams.  She will be exploring some of her work during this time: Teilhard and Gurdjieff in conversation.

Points of Commonality

  • The Scale of Things (both men envision a cosmos at its actual size, depth, and vast interplanetary scale, not the “flat earth” or “spiritualized realms” of classical metaphysics.
  • Materiality and Embodiment: Moving beyond the Matter/Spirit divide
  • Cosmology: A comparative Look at the Two Cosmological Maps
  • Reciprocal Feeding: The whole system is a seamless whole, ecologically interdependence
  • Dynamism: Gurdjieff’s Law of Three and Law of Sevem Teilhard’s Omega Point and movement toward a future
  • The Collective: Anticipation of a Second Axial Spirituality based on Teilhard’s “Complexification/Consciousness” and Gurdjieff’s Obligolnian Strivings.

Points of Tension

  • Consciousness: Are human beings Conscious or Unconscious?
  • Human Nature: Teilhardian Optimism and Gurdjieffian Pessimism
  • Devotion: active power of transformation, or merely self-delusion

Making a New World

  • Ternary Metaphysics
  • Love

The daily schedule will include morning exercise and/or silent meditation (alternating), morning and afternoon teaching sessions by Cynthia, late afternoon movements led by Deborah Rose Longo; practical work (mostly around getting lunch together, some gardening and work on the land), and evening discussion, reflection, observations, concluding with short silent meditation. 

The cost of the school is $695, and includes lodging and meals for five days at the Claymont Society in Charles Town, West Virginia. Registration for the school is by application only. Please fill out the Wisdom School application form. Upon notification that you are accepted into the school, a deposit of $100 is required to hold your place in the school. The rest of the payment is due 30 days before the school begins. Your deposit and program fees are fully refundable up to two weeks before the event.  Scholarships are available for those who need assistance.

For more information e-mail Bob Sabath at Friends of Silence or phone him at 202-531-7572. Make out checks to Friends of Silence and send to Friends of Silence, c/o Wisdom School 2019, 120 Jubilee Lane, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. 

We want to make this event available to all those interested regardless of their financial means. Scholarships and payment plans are available. Contact Friends of Silence or Bob Sabath for more details.