Wisdom Group Leadership Training with Bill Redfield, Laura Ruth

Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2018

In a recent conversation among seven senior Wisdom students, there emerged a consensus that our Wisdom community is on the cusp of a significant shift. There emerged the shared understanding that there is something of a “passing of the baton” that is currently transpiring. While Cynthia of course continues to be the head and the teacher of our growing community, an increasing number of experienced students are sensing a call to step out and teach themselves. Even if not called to teach, though, there seems to be a felt urgency to more deeply embody the Wisdom teachings in our own lives. So, this is all about finding one’s own Wisdom Voice—whether it be expressed in organizing and leading Wisdom Practice Circles, in teaching Wisdom Schools/retreats, or in an emboldened manifestation of Wisdom in our everyday lives.

Have you ever considered leading a Wisdom Practice Circle in your own home community? If you have but then hesitated because you didn’t think you had the required experience or expertise, this training may be for you.

This residential experiential learning event will present both the contextual underpinning of the Wisdom practice movement as well as a thorough presentation and practice of specific leadership skills for leading Wisdom practice groups. While we will begin with a suggestion of what human Wisdom development might be in this current age and how the Wisdom movement directly addresses this present human challenge, this training will then move directly into the practical demands and realities of contemplative practice and Wisdom group leadership. Not only will we catalogue some of the current expressions of Wisdom groups (e.g., chanting groups, Gospel Thomas groups, book study groups, and, of course, Wisdom Schools), but we will also present, demonstrate, and practice some of the specific group leadership skills that will be demanded in each of these groups. Besides setting forth a unique perspective of the Wisdom “post-holder” as group leader and delving into some of energetic realities subtly present in this work, this training will also suggest a marriage between energetic group leadership and more traditional group dynamics theory.

This training will be led by Bill Redfield and assisted by Laura Ruth.

The Rev. William C. Redfield is an Episcopal priest and a licensed clinical social worker. Ordained in 1976, he spent the first half of his career as a group, family, and individual therapist. Bill served Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, New York for nearly twenty years. There, he brought his passion for new forms of “Wisdom” spirituality to fruition, and established “Wisdom House” as an outreach spiritual ministry in the greater community. Retired from parish work, Bill has been engaged in full time Wisdom work since 2014 at Wisdom’s Work. He is currently offering “Wisdom Mentoring,” the confluence of the rivers of psychological work and spiritual work.  This work is open to anyone seeking to deepen their experience of Wisdom, and for those being called to lead Wisdom practice groups. Utilizing a Wisdom perspective, Bill meets with individuals, groups, and wisdom leaders in a process he calls Wisdom mentoring. Wisdom Mentoring is done in person or on the Zoom platform and is aimed at profound transformation—from the inside out.

Laura Ruth has been co-facilitating Wisdom practice circles and retreats with Kerstin Lipke at Hallelujah Farm for the past several years. In this work, she holds space for the deep dive into experiential, embodied, heart-centered Wisdom practices designed to nourish personal practice, ground life in community, and serve the process of transformative presence in daily life. 

Cost: All are welcome at Hallelujah Farm.  We are grateful for your support in the amount you can afford. As a guideline, the suggested contribution for this retreat is $550, which includes a $75 deposit.

Venue: Guests receive hospitality from Sandy & Roger Daly of beautiful Hallelujah Farm. Accommodations are in shared double rooms. Single rooms may be available upon request.

Information & Registration: Contact Laura Ruth at laurampruth@gmail.com.  In order to hold your place, the following deposit is requested: $75 due by November 1, 2018.