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

Apr 14-21, 2019

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 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.