Virtual Easter Retreat and Practicum 2020 with Bill Redfield
I would like to invite you to this Virtual Easter Retreat and Practicum. This is an innovative Wisdom approach to the movement through The Great Fifty Days of Easter that will take into particular account the unique nature of the times we are living through. Its purpose is to assist participants to integrate the lived realities of resurrection in a time of challenge. Participation in this retreat can be done on one’s own schedule and in one’s own home—we are all there now, anyways! While it will provide a certain structure to the duration of this sacred period—from Easter Sunday, April 12, through the Sunday of Pentecost, May 31—there will be enough variation and flexibility that it can be worked through at one’s own speed.
There will be three basic components to this retreat:
- Every Wednesday and Sunday during Easter participants will be given a link to a Guided Reflection. These recordings will be about 20-25 minutes in length and can be listened to at any point throughout this period. These reflections will be the main connecting threads that will weave the themes of the whole retreat together.
- There will be four scheduled Zoom gatherings each week during this Easter season. These 75-minute gatherings will take place on Mondays at 7 am, Tuesdays at 11 am, Thursdays at 3 pm and Fridays at 5 pm. (All times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time.) These times are spread out during the day to provide as much flexibility and accommodation to those living in different time zones. Each week on those four different days and at those staggered times, a new practice will be introduced and then practiced together throughout the week. In these Zoom gatherings there will be time following the shared practice to fine-tune and to process the practice. People can attend as many or as few of these gatherings as they choose. Because of peoples’ other commitments as well as the difficulties with time zones, not everyone will be able to participate in these. That’s OK; they are completely optional.
- These practices will also be available to participants for their individual usage. These practices will take us beyond Centering Prayer into a deeper sense of embodiment and will include an active engagement with the world through specific energetic actions of love and caring. Practices of being with the dying and the dead will be included.
This Easter Retreat and Practicum is an offering from my heart. In order to facilitate participation by anyone who feels called, I am choosing to invite participants to donate what they wish for this retreat. Your donations will support my work and allow me to continue to develop future programming. Donations can be made through PayPal by clicking on the “donate” button on my website. If you prefer, you can send a check to me (234 Cushing Road, Newmarket, NH, 03857). You can also support my work my spreading the word. Please feel free to forward this invitation on to family and friends whom you think might be interested.
Those who were enrolled in the Lent and Holy Week Retreat will be signed up for this Easter Retreat automatically. The link to the Easter landing page and the new password will be sent directly to all of the Lent and Holy Week participants. Additionally, I welcome new signups for this Easter Retreat. (If anyone signing up for the Easter Retreat would like access to the Lent and Holy Week material, please E-mail your request to me; and I will be glad to send it to you.) A signup is required because this retreat will be password protected. This format will help to create a container of safety within which we can do this spiritual work. Also, it will allow me to send materials and instructions directly to you. Here is the link to the signup: https://www.williamredfield.com/program/easter-2020
Please E-mail your questions or concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org). What is unclear to you may likely be unclear for someone else. Your questions can help me shape things on the fly.
~ Bill Redfield