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Apr 18-21, 2019

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

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

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 laurampruth@gmail.com. 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.

May 12-17, 2019

The Wisdom of Jesus and the Light of Christ with Cynthia Bourgeault, Marcelle Martin, Paulette Meier

Pendle Hill — Wallingford, PA

The first Quakers were convinced they had rediscovered the original form of Christianity, in which the risen Christ was their inward Teacher, guiding them directly. From its inception, Quakerism has been deeply rooted in the living presence of Christ, experienced as the inward Light. Both faith and practice emerge from maintaining a steady connection to this wellspring of compassionate abundance and ethical action.

In this five-day Quaker Wisdom School, Cynthia Bourgeault, drawing from classical/enduring mystical principles, will guide us in exploring Jesus as a Wisdom teacher who invited his followers to a radical transformation of consciousness. Marcelle Martin will help us examine the Quaker experience of the Light of Christ within, which leads faithful people to participate actively in God’s transforming work in the world. And Paulette Meier will help to make the whole exploration heart-riveting by leading us in chants based on the words of passionate Quakers who experienced the living presence of Christ.

Material will be drawn not only from Quaker writers through the centuries, but also from the canonical gospels and the Gospel of Thomas. Our time together will include rhythms of communal worship, prayer, study, and work.

Cynthia Bourgeult is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, who travels globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. A long-time advocate of the meditative practice of Centering Prayer, she has worked closely with such colleagues as Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr and has participated in numerous InterSpiritual dialogues and events with such leaders as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro. Cynthia is the author of eight books: The Holy Trinity and the Law of ThreeThe Meaning of Mary MagdaleneThe Wisdom JesusCentering Prayer and Inner AwakeningMystical HopeThe Wisdom Way of KnowingChanting the Psalms, and Love is Stronger than Death.

Paulette Meier is a singer/songwriter, whose work as a peace educator led to her award-winning CD, Come Join the Circle: Lesson Songs 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.

Her Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong opens a window on Quaker spirituality and offers a meditative focus in spiritual practice. We will learn the chants in this collection, and they will be woven into our meditation and work together. For more information about Paulette and the chants visit: http://www.paulettemeier.com/spiritual-wisdom.html.

Marcelle Martin is a member of Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Her best-selling book Our Life is Love (QuakerBooks of FGC) explores the ten essential elements of the Quaker spiritual journey. She has led retreats at Quaker meetings across the country and for four years was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill. She is the author of two Pendle Hill pamphlets, Invitation to a Deeper Communion and Holding One Another in the Light. Her blog, “A Whole Heart,” is at www.awholeheart.com.

Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center welcoming all for Spirit-led learning and community, located in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.

To register, please see the event listing at the Pendle Hill website, here. If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for the Pendle Hill Financial Assistance Application form before you register. The cost of this retreat is $985/private room; $885/shared room; $540/commuter.

Jun 15, 2019

Annual Christian Contemplative Day of Reflection with Matthew Wright

Holy Family Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

Annual Christian Contemplative Day of Reflection
Entering the Nondual Heart of Christ: Christianity as Participatory Mystery
9:00am – 5pm

The focus of this day is to bring together and strengthen the area’s Christian Contemplative community at the Holy Family Retreat Center campus. This enriching day of Contemplative Retreat, Prayer, Teaching and Community promotes going deeper into Contemplative union with God and with one another.

During this day we’ll explore ways of moving beyond a Christianity understood primarily as belief system, and instead will engage our principal doctrines of Trinity and Incarnation as participatory mysteries that Christ calls us to enter. We’ll give attention to the “unitive” or “nondual” dimension of Christian faith, the recovery of heart-centered Christian contemplative practice, and pioneering Christian voices such as Teilhard de Chardin and Raimon Panikkar.

Rev. Matthew Wright, M.Div is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and is a Board member and teacher for Northeast Wisdom. Matthew lives with his wife, Yanick, alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY.

Offering: $45 (includes lunch)

More information and to register: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/entering-the-nondual-heart-of-christ

Jun 20-23, 2019

The Embodied Heart: Finding Presence in Daily Life with Allen Bourque, Laura Ruth

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

From a Wisdom perspective, the heart is an ‘organ of perception’ and our place of connection with Presence and Life. In the Taoist tradition, seeing and responding from the heart have always been intertwined with our bodily experience. Strengthening our relationship with our embodied hearts allows us to open more fully and attune to the varied circumstances of our everyday lives.

Join us for a weekend retreat that offers a unique opportunity to explore and begin to develop a relationship with our heart. Through guided contemplative and body-based practices drawn from Taoism and Christianity, we will explore the space of our hearts in a variety of ways and contexts: from the depths of our prayer lives to chopping vegetables to conversation with one another.

We will live within a rhythm of centering prayer, chanting, lectio divina as well as conscious practical work. There will be free time to rest or enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Farm. People of all spiritual traditions (or none) are welcome. Some experience with silent prayer or meditation is helpful.

Retreat guides: Allen Bourque and Laura Ruth.
Allen is a long-time Centering Prayer practitioner, teaches tai chi at Brookline Tai Chi in Massachusetts and has been presenting workshops and retreats throughout New England for several years.
Retreat begins:  Thursday, June 20th at 5:30pm with a light supper.
Retreat ends:  Sunday, June 23rd 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, the 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 generous hospitality of Sandy & Roger Daly of beautiful Hallelujah Farm. Most accommodations are in shared double rooms.
Information & Registration: Contact Laura Ruth at laurampruth@gmail.com. In order to hold your place, the following deposit is requested: $75 due by June 6th. Click here to download the flyer.

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

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

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.

Nov 8-14, 2019

Reclaiming the Mystical Heart of Christianity: How Centering Prayer Can Deepen Your Experience of God with Cynthia Bourgeault

Holy Family Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

OR NOVEMBER 8-10, 2019

This contemplative silent retreat provides a sacred opportunity for a large Community of Contemplatives to gather as a healing presence to the world and to one another. Individually you’ll deepen your Centering Prayer practice with Cynthia Bourgeault, one of the great contemplative guides of our time. The retreat will unpack some of the key ideas in her highly acclaimed book The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. Emphasis will be placed on the notion of “nondual personhood,” as well as the method and foundations of the Centering Prayer practice. Participants will see that Centering Prayer is not simply a Christianized form of other meditation methods, rather a method that has its own specific mechanism to transform consciousness from a narrow to broader perspectives of personhood.

This retreat will be held in silence. Each day will include wisdom teaching with Cynthia, movement practice, Contemplative Eucharist, chanting, and multiple Centering Prayer periods. The retreat is open to practitioners on all spiritual pathways, the basis for our conceptual exploration and practical work will lie in centering prayer and the Christian theological perspective which underlies it. All levels are welcome, though an established centering prayer or meditation practice is helpful.

Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader, widely acclaimed as one of the leading contemporary teachers of Christian nonduality. She is the author of ten books, including The Heart of Centering Prayer: Christian Nonduality in Theory and Practice, which has been hailed by Fr. Thomas Keating as “a major contribution to the Centering Prayer movement and to interspiritual dialogue.”  In addition to overseeing a growing network of international wisdom schools, she also serves as a core faculty member for the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM, together with Fr. Richard Rohr and James Finley.

Contemplative leaders assisting and supporting Cynthia in her leadership of the retreat:

Rev. Matthew Wright, M.Div is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and is a teacher for Northeast Wisdom and The Contemplative Society, a non-profit rooted in the teaching lineage of Cynthia Bourgeault. Matthew lives with his wife, Yanick, alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. You may visit his website at A Waking Heart.

Rev. William Redfield retired as rector of Trinity Church, Fayetteville, NY, three years ago after nearly 20 years. Besides being an Episcopal priest for over 40 years, he is also a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in private practice in central New York and Maine. He has had a lifelong interest in the intersection of spirituality and the inner life. He is the creative force behind the birth of Wisdom House, Fayetteville, NY. Bill is a student of and a collaborator with Cynthia Bourgeault, now with an active practice of “Wisdom Mentoring.”

Fr. Michael Holleran was a Carthusian monk for 22 years, and is currently a priest of the Archdiocese of New York stationed at Notre Dame church in the Morningside Heights area of Manhattan, NYC. He also received Dharma transmission as a zensei in the Zen tradition from Fr. Robert E. Kennedy, SJ, Roshi, and runs his Dragon’s Eye Zendo at St. Francis of Assisi church in midtown (Manhattan). Passing on the contemplative tradition in its many manifestations is for him a great passion and joy. For more information, visit www.michaelkholleran.org.

Fr. Bill Sheehan, OMI, is an experienced retreat director who has led many Centering Prayer workshops and retreats, including 11th Step retreats. Since 1983, he has been involved with Contemplative Outreach, founded by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, practicing centering prayer and guiding others in this way of prayer for more than 25 years. He is a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order and lives in an Oblate House of Prayer in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Allen Bourque is a Christian Contemplative, and Centering Prayer practitioner and has been a student of Tai Chi and related Daoist internal arts for over 20 year. His primary Daoist teachers are Don Ethan Miller and Bruce Frantzis. He weaves together the strong body and awareness-based practices of Daoism with the profound heart-centered practices of Christianity. He leads Contemplative Movement programs throughout the Northeast and is an advanced student of Cynthia Bourgeault. He is a graduate of the Shalem Program for Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats, a member of the faculty of the Life Together Community of Brookline, and a member of the Board of Contemplative Outreach Boston.

Miranda Chapman is a compassionate soul with a heart for helping others find peace in their lives. The Institute’s founding program director, Miranda has been teaching yoga, meditation, and transformative workshops and retreats for nearly a decade. She studied meditation, yoga and Ayurveda in India and Canada, and has taken her practice all over the world. She is also an avid community builder and social and environmental activist.

Deborah Welsh is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, a licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Advanced Teacher of yoga nidra/iRest ©. Currently, her professional focus is on Sacred Dance and contemplative practices of non-dual, integrative spirituality, particularly within the traditions of Christianity and Buddhism. Deborah lead workshops and has developed a program entitled “Wisdom of the Body,”  primarily within the Wisdom Schools and Retreats of Wisdoms Work (www.wisdomswork.com). Deborah founded The Sacred Dance Collective of Central New York, a group of dancers exploring the power of dance as a medium of prayer, contemplation, and social action.

For those who cannot attend the full week, we welcome participants to join us for the weekend of November 8-10.

Follow the link for more information and to Register Today.

The cost of this retreat is from $275-$750 for commuters, and from $375- $1150 for weekend or 6 nights with lodging in either single and shared rooms and bathrooms.

This Contemplative Outreach of New England retreat is co-sponsored with The Copper Beech Institute.

As part of the Christian Contemplative Experience, Holy Family Retreat Center is providing workshops and retreats to learn more about Centering Prayer and develop a practice in advance of this retreat. It is highly recommended that all attendees new to Centering Prayer attend a Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop prior to this retreat; The more you bring, the more you receive.

To learn more: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/cce.