Wisdom Schools

View as: List Calendar
Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2018

Wisdom Group Leadership Training with Bill Redfield, Laura Ruth

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

Please note: this event will be rescheduled — we will keep you posted.

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.


Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2018

Beyond the Basics: Our Hearts in Advent with Jeanine Siler Jones, Rebecca Parker, Laura Copeland

St. Mary's Sewanee — Sewanee, TN

Join us at the beginning of Advent, a time of waiting and hope for the Light that guides us through the darkness, calling us to be present in our own arising for the sake of all. With our paradox of embracing and balancing our time-bound yet timeless nature, we will come together to explore what it means to ‘put the mind in the heart’ and to embody the Wisdom tradition at this moment in history, through the teachings of Cynthia Bourgeault.

Together we will build a sacred and supportive container, deepening into the practices that cultivate this Wisdom way of Knowing: Centering prayer, Lectio Divina, sacred chanting, movement and mindful work. This retreat is for all Wisdom practitioners, especially those who guide other circles of practice, or would like support in forming their own groups to spread the teachings and practices of Wisdom.

Time: arrive Thurs. 11/29 by 4:30 p.m. This will allow time to settle into your room and orient to our community. Leave by 11:00 a.m. on Sun. 12/2.

For more information, click here to download the updated flyer.

Feb 21-26, 2019

Wisdom School Southwest: “The Desert in the Desert” with Cynthia Bourgeault

Redemptorist Renewal Center — Tucson, AZ

This is high season in Tuscon, so this Wisdom School might be particularly appealing to those of us in the Northeast.

The Desert Mothers and Fathers is our theme for this special event Wisdom School. These early Christians living in the desert developed a way of life that has much to teach us in this age. Cynthia brings us a rhythm of silence, contemplation, teaching and personal time during these desert days at the beautiful Redemptorist Renewal Center in the northwest part of Tucson, Arizona. This is a special event Wisdom School so there are no prerequisites for attendance. We will begin with Cynthia Bourgeault after dinner Thursday, February 21 and end at noon on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. All meals are included.

Recommended reading: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers by Benedicta Ward, Listen to the Desert by Gregory Mayers, and The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton.

You might also wish to listen to Cynthia’s Desert Fathers & Mothers audio teaching from the last retreat to familiarize yourself with these concepts.

Please contact Jane Waldron Bearce at 602-725-9260, or by email at wisdomschoolsouthwest@gmail.com for more information.

Download this flyer for more details, contact information and to register.

Jul 28 - Aug 2, 2019

Wisdom School: The Divine Exchange with Marcella Kraybill-Greggo, Jeanine Siler Jones

Moravian Theological Seminary — Bethlehem, PA

Join us for a Divine Exchange five-day Wisdom School, hosted on the beautiful campus of Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

This Divine Exchange Wisdom School will engage participants in Jesus’ teachings based in ‘exchange’, a conscious participation in expressing divine love. These ‘exchange’ Wisdom teachings invite us into deep surrender and a full receiving of God’s love and mercy. Out of that abundance, we can experience the felt sense of the exchange that is expressed in passages such as the vine and branches (John 15), opening ourselves ever more deeply to participate with this Divine manifestation.

This Wisdom School will highlight teachings on the Divine Exchange from Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal priest and Wisdom teacher. Participants will receive Cynthia’s luminous teaching and transmission and the integration of this teaching will be facilitated by on-site Wisdom leaders: Marcella Kraybill-Greggo and Jeanine Siler Jones.

Wisdom School participants will experience the rhythm and tools specific to a ‘wisdom way of knowing’, an ‘integral way of knowing’ which engages and harmonizes the three intelligence centers: heart, mind and movement. Attendees will participate in a balance of ‘prayer and conscious work’, known in the Benedictine tradition as ‘ora et labora’, with teachings and sacred movement interspersed.

Date: Sunday, July 28 – August 2, 2019
Cost: $725
Time: Participants may check into your room starting at 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon, July 28. Our first meal together will be Sunday dinner at 5:30pm. The retreat ends on Friday, August 2 at noon; you will be provided a “to-go-lunch” following our last morning session.
More information and to apply: click here.
Questions: Email Marcella Kraybill-Greggo