Maine Wisdom InGathering 2020 with Cynthia Bourgeault, Matthew Wright
Overview. The 2020 InGathering program will begin on Saturday evening, May 30 and conclude on Friday, June 5, with our “Adventure Day.” While we strongly encourage participants to come for the entire week, we can accommodate a limited number of flexible arrangements for those with weekday or weekend commitments. The first session will be on Saturday evening in the Stonington Town Hall. On Sunday there will be a full day of activities including a special celebration of Pentecost. On Monday and continuing through Thursday we will settle into our regular Wisdom rhythms: morning and afternoon teachings, prayer, chant, conscious work, and a simple lunch together in the Odd Fellows Hall just across the street from the Town Hall. Evenings will have time for making connections and fellowship as well as Paulette Meier’s Quaker Chant Concert and Doug Hertler’s Thomas Merton play.
Cost: The program fee is $175 per individual and $225 per family unit, no matter its size. This fee covers our basic operational expenses and lunches on Monday through Thursday, which we will prepare as part of our practical work together. The basic fee applies to all participants, regardless of the number of days in attendance. In addition, you will have your accommodation costs in a variety of price ranges, transportation expenses, breakfast and dinner on your own, and whatever extra you want to plan for tourist adventures.
Registration Wait List. This event is now at capacity. If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number. Do not send any money at this time. If a space opens up, we will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. If we notify you of an opening prior to April 1, we will send you a registration link; a $75 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. After April 1 the full program fee is due.
Accommodations. Stonington is a picturesque Maine fishing village with a variety of motel and rental housing options at a range of prices. You can either book your own accommodations or apply for a spot in one of our limited Northeast Wisdom booked houses. If you are booking your own, we recommend that you work with our local partners in Stonington at the Island Agency: http://www.islandrentalsmaine.com, or telephone the office at (207) 367-2828. Christina Carter at the Island Agency has worked to help find accommodations for our previous InGathering participants and knows the various possibilities well. Other internet-based agencies that are also reliable and experienced include http://www.vacationrentals.com and www.rentalsmaine.com, which is locally based in Blue Hill and can also be reached by phone at (207) 354-5444. If you have booked a house and have a room to spare and are looking to connect up with other InGathering participants who might like to join you, please let us know at email@example.com.
Northeast Wisdom Managed Housing. Northeast Wisdom has rented three large houses in Stonington, where we are able to provide accommodations for twenty-five to thirty people depending on sleeping configurations: Harbor View (21 Seabreeze Ave), Harbor Heights (19 Seabreeze Ave), and Sea Cake (15 Seabreeze Ave). The cost of a room in these houses ranges from $400 to $675 for the entire week. If a room is shared with another person (whether by sharing a double bed or two people with twin beds) the price per person will be more modest. Each of these houses has a kitchen for meal preparation. After you have registered for the InGathering, we will work with you to find the optimal configuration for your requirements and budget. If this option appeals to you, please act quickly to secure a room in one of these houses, by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, a phone # and any helpful details about the accommodations. If needs be, we will look into renting additional space, but at the moment we cannot guarantee Northeast Wisdom sponsored housing beyond these already booked properties.
Payment: Since our contracts require us to pay in advance for these houses, we are asking for a non-refundable deposit of $100 to hold a room in one of these houses with non-refundable full payment due by April 1. This will give us the opportunity to try to find another person to use the room we are holding for you if your need to cancel. If we are able to reassign a cancelled room, we will refund all of the room payments you have made. After you have made tentative arrangements with us, we will send you the link for how to pay online or by mail.
Contact. Questions about the InGathering may be sent to the event managers Eileen Clark and Mary Ellen Jernigan at email@example.com. If you would like to speak to either of them by phone, use this email address to give your phone number and the best times to call you.
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Chanting as a Communal Spiritual Practice with Paulette Meier
A weekend workshop with Paulette Meier: Friday evening through Sunday lunch.
“Chanting is at the heart of all sacred traditions worldwide…. it is fundamentally a deep-immersion experience in the creative power of the universe itself. Because to make music, you must engage those three core elements out of which the earth was fashioned and through which all spiritual transformation happens: Breath – Vibration – Intentionality.”
~ Cynthia Bourgeault, from The Wisdom Jesus (p. 161-162)
From time immemorial, people have sung and chanted together to lift spirits, to heal suffering, to open hearts, to unify souls, and to come closer to God. Sufi wisdom says that chant is the bridge between sound and silence. Since producing her CD, “Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong,” Quaker Paulette Meier has discovered the power of chant as a spiritual practice through “Wisdom Schools” led by Cynthia Bourgeault. She is now led to encourage Friends and others to experience this contemplative tradition. We will primarily draw on the chants of Quaker wisdom Paulette has more recently composed and recorded for group chanting, embodying these and other spiritually supportive words in our deep memories. Facing each other without need of written music, our chanting opens our chakras, building energy to strengthen and heal us. All of us are singers in this tradition! Experienced singers may enrich the experience, but this is an opportunity for hesitant or shy singers to join your voice in the safety of group chant. An opportunity for composing new chants from beloved texts will also be provided. Together we will create musical vibrations to nourish and connect our spirits – with each other and with the divine within us.
“Chant is singing our prayers. Chant is vocal meditation. Chant is the breath made audible in tone. Chant is discovering Spirit in sound.”
~ Robert Gass
Paulette MeierPaulette Meier is a singer/songwriter, whose work as a peace educator led to her award-winning CD, “Come Join the Circle: LessonSongs for Peacemaking,” used in classrooms and families around the country to inspire and help children learn the ways of non-violence. While a Quaker artist-in-residence at Pendle Hill, Paulette was inspired to set some early Quaker texts to song and record them in chant-like, a cappella style. The resulting CD, “Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong,” opens a window on Quaker spirituality and offers a meditative focus in spiritual practice.
Her second album of Quaker chants is due out in 2020. These chants were recorded after the 2019 Pendle Hill retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault and Marcelle Martin with wisdom community musicians Nick Weiland and Andrew Breitenberg and the support of Northeast Wisdom.
For more information about Paulette and the chants visit visit her website here.
Begins Friday evening July 17, and ends Sunday July 19, 2020 after lunch.
$495/private room; $430/shared room; $300/commuter. Fee includes program, meals, and room.
Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.
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