The Way of Wisdom: a Two-Weekend Wisdom School with Jan Byars, Diane Elliott

Apr 6-22, 2018

Do you long for deep Knowing? Do you thirst for deep rest?

Wisdom is a way of knowing that goes beyond one’s mind, one’s rational understanding, to embrace the whole of the person: heart, mind, and body. Wisdom is the mystery embedded deep within every religion. Our particular Wisdom School will approach Wisdom through a Christian lens. A Wisdom School is a retreat focused on living in Presence. It is about deepening what Cynthia Bourgeault calls “intelligent spiritual insight.” In Wisdom Way of Knowing, she says, “Wisdom is not about knowing more but knowing deeper.” This retreat will be based on the model developed by Cynthia Bourgeault.

A Wisdom School does not actually teach Wisdom; it creates a sacred space for Wisdom to emerge. This intensive retreat occurs over 2 weekends, offering an ancient roadmap of human wholeness, holding sacred space for our being to increase and to have greater receptivity to Presence. Through the Benedictine tradition of prayer and work, we will prepare our hearts to perceive the signs of Wisdom. We will use a three-centered approach in order to bring heart, mind, and body into harmony and deepen our spiritual formation. Through the use of sacred practices, including silence, prayer, work, chanting, and Lectio Divina, we will hold sacred space.

The leaders will be Diane Elliott and Jan Byars. Cynthia has been Diane’s and Jan’s spiritual teacher for many years and has endorsed this beginning Wisdom School personally.

Recommended reading: Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault; Gospel of Thomas (Jan and Diane will be using Lynn Baumann’s translation. There are many others) (Kindle free version: The Gospel of Thomas, by A. Nyland)

Please join us for two weekends of deep Knowing & deep Rest!

Weekend #1: Friday, April 6, 5:30 to 9:00pm Saturday, April 7, 8:30am to 6:00pm Sunday, April 8, 8:30am to 6:00pm
Weekend #2: Friday, April 20, 5:30 to 9:00pm Saturday, April 21, 8:30am to 6:00pm Sunday, April 22, 8:30am to 6:00pm

Space is limited to 30, first come first served. A waitlist will be created if necessary.

Cost: $150 per person. This includes light Friday dinners, lunches and snacks. Second Presbyterian has graciously provided the facilities, keeping the cost very low. $50 is due at registration (non-refundable) and $100 by March 1, 2018. Full amount due for registration after March 1st. Final registration date April 3, 2018. Please eat breakfast before coming.

For more information and to register, download the flyer.

For questions please contact Diane at 317.437.4689 or Jan at 937.321.5016.