Mary Magdalene and Conscious Love Wisdom School with Bill Redfield, Laura Ruth

Jul 26-29, 2018

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.

The Mary Magdalene and Conscious Love Wisdom School will be held at Hallelujah Farm, from Thursday, July 26 (beginning with a light supper at 5:30 pm) to Sunday, July 29 at 1:30 after lunch. The suggested donation for this Wisdom School is $475 which includes a $75 deposit. However, we are grateful for your support in the amount you feel you can afford.

This training will be led by retreat guides Bill Redfield with Laura Ruth.

The Rev. William C. Redfield is an ordained Episcopal priest, a licensed clinical social worker, and serves as President of the Board of Northeast Wisdom. 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-facilitating 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. She serves on the Board of Northeast Wisdom.

Cost: All are welcome at Hallelujah Farm. The suggested contribution for this retreat is $475 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. Accommodations 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 $550 for the retreat.

Information & Registration: Contact Laura Ruth at In order to hold your place, the following deposit is requested: $75 due by July 4.

This retreat is made possible by a generous grant from the Narthex Foundation.