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

Jun 20-23, 2019

In the first days of June, just seven weeks away, we will gather at Hallelujah Farm to play with how we may open more fully to life through exploring our hearts. Join us as we cross fertilize the intimacy of heart so magnificently developed in Christianity with the ancient Taoist understanding of the essential unity of body mind and spirit.

Innumerable heart and awareness practices are found within the Taoist framework of Earth Heaven Human, involving our embodiment individually and as a group. These dovetail with Wisdom tradition practices that emphasize letting go, putting the mind in the Heart, and grounding in our core selves with a tender awareness of our connection to all things. We enter these explorations with great joy, as Laura welcomes Allen Bourque to a collaborative weekend retreat of inquiry and experience together. Register now!

Happy Spring!
With heart, Kerstin, Laura & Allen


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 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. Single rooms may be available upon request for an additional suggested contribution of $25/night.
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.