The Embodied Heart: Finding Presence in Daily Life with Allen Bourque, Laura Ruth, Kerstin Lipke
In the Wisdom tradition, the heart is an ‘organ of perception’ and our place of connection with Presence and Life. Becoming acquainted with the heart 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, Christianity, and Robert Sardello’s Heartfulness, 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 may be helpful.
Allen Bourque is a long-time Centering Prayer practitioner and tai chi teacher who has been presenting workshops and retreats throughout New England. He has been a student of Tai Chi and related Daoist internal arts for over 20 years and is an advanced student of Cynthia Bourgeault, graduate of the Shalem Program for Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats, member of the faculty of the Life Together Community of Brookline, and a member of the Board of Contemplative Outreach Boston. He weaves together the strong body and awareness-based practices of Daoism with the profound heart-centered practices of Christianity.
For more information and to register contact: Laura Ruth – firstname.lastname@example.org.