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Apr 2-7, 2019

Luminous Wisdom – Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault

Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre — Mesachie Lake, B.C.

This Wisdom School will trace the roots of the Christian mystical and visionary tradition as they bear on the rich lineage of teaching and practice being transmitted through Cynthia and her students. As with all Wisdom Schools, there will be a balance of teaching, meditative sitting, liturgy, and embodied practice. A meditation practice is the only pre-requisite.

Members are able to apply as of 10:00 am PST on December 11 – become a member today! Applications will open to the general public on January 15 at 10:00 am PST. 

The cost of this retreat is $600-$1200 CAD depending on accommodation type (includes teaching fees, accommodations, and meals). A limited number of partial scholarships will be made available – please apply alongside your application if needed! A $100 CAD non-refundable deposit will be requested from you once your application has been accepted, and you have received your offer to attend. For enquiries or questions please phone 250-381-9650 or email admin@contemplative.org.

Cowichan Lake Education Centre is nestled amidst 44 acres of Douglas fir forest with 1200 feet of secluded Cowichan Lake shoreline the centre is a full service conference and outdoor learning facility. The centre offers an inspirational setting. Visitors to the region will enjoy the spirit of adventure as they explore the West Coast temperate rain forests, mountains, wetlands, and marine environments of the Cowichan Valley. The centre is strategically located at the gateway to the majestic landscape of Carmanah-Walbran and the Juan de Fuca marine trail, as well as the spectacular rugged terrain of the world-renowned West Coast Trail. Wireless Internet is available in the main hall, and cell phone reception is available though we ask you to limit your use of devices.

In the spirit of adventure and knowledge, the centre encourages and creates a flexible and relaxed atmosphere for guests to enjoy recreational activities from hiking and swimming to birdwatching, photography, the arts and music. We are confident that participants will reap many rewards at this location, especially if they come with the intention of bringing an open attitude, a sense of humour, and goodwill. Whatever challenges present themselves, Cynthia Bourgeault often reminds us these are precisely the conditions for experiencing the full benefit of a retreat.

Performing daily Benedictine work will also be an integral part of the Wisdom School. This will include some type of physical task such as light work on the grounds or housekeeping, such as bathroom clean-up, sweeping, etc. This will allow us to move more into our bodies as we balance the work of our time together. 

Although silence and mediation are a component of Wisdom Schools, they are not full silent retreats. The schedule will include teaching sessions, time for group sharing, and question and answer sessions, as well as free unstructured time. Typically, silence will be practiced from the final sit in the evening through to the next morning session after breakfast. 

Given all the above, we ask you to carefully consider if this event is suitable to you prior to applying.

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Apr 5-6, 2019

Awakening the Heart: A Christian/Sufi Wisdom Retreat with Matthew Wright

Center for Spiritual Deepening at St. Aidan's — Alexandria, VA

This Friday/Saturday retreat will draw on Christian and Sufi wisdom, exploring the human heart as an “organ of spiritual perception”– that part of each of us that can “see” and live from oneness. Too often our culture teaches us to value the individual above all else. But the eye of the heart sees from the Whole, finding each part’s place in relation to the Wholeness of things. How do our lives fit within the larger Life to which we belong? How do we live with balance and compassion? Come and learn from two great Wisdom traditions about living from the heart through teaching, chant, movement, and contemplative practice.

The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition within a wider inter-spiritual framework. Alongside his practice of Christianity, he draws deeply from the sacred worlds of Islamic Sufism and Vedanta. Matthew serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and lives with his wife, Yanick, alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.

Friday introduction, 7:30-9 pm
Saturday retreat, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
$50 registration/$15 if Friday only

To register go to www.centerforspiritualdeepening.org

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Apr 14-21, 2019

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

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

This is an invitation to practice together, following from within the map given through the events of Holy Week, in a container of deep silence and recollection. To gently begin to enter into the heart of what it might be to ‘stand by’ in the spirit of Mary Magdalene. To open 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”.

Conscious love and awakened presence; interconnectedness and dying to self; witness of the heart – these will be the themes that animate practices of silent prayer, conscious practical work, wisdom chant, lectio divina, sacred conversation, gesture and movement, and Eucharistic worship. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, along with Bourgeault’s beautiful Holy Week Liturgies, will weave their way into the experiential and participatory nature of the retreat.

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 Marte of Hallelujah Farm, as we gather with a growing Wisdom community in practice together.

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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

This is an invitation to practice together, following from within the map given through the events of Holy Week, in a container of deep silence and recollection. To gently begin to enter into the heart of what it might be to ‘stand by’ in the spirit of Mary Magdalene. To open 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”.

Conscious love and awakened presence; interconnectedness and dying to self; witness of the heart – these will be the themes that animate practices of silent prayer, conscious practical work, wisdom chant, lectio divina, sacred conversation, gesture and movement, and Eucharistic worship. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, along with Bourgeault’s beautiful Holy Week Liturgies, will weave their way into the experiential and participatory nature of the retreat.

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 Marte of Hallelujah Farm, as we gather with a growing Wisdom community in practice together.

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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.

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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

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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

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