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Jul 25-28, 2019

Mary Magdalene and Conscious Love with Bill Redfield, Laura Ruth

Hallelujah Farm — Chesterfield, NH

Mary Magdalene and Conscious Love will be at the heart of a four day Wisdom School taking place at Hallelujah Farm, Chesterfield, New Hampshire. Bill Redfield and Laura Ruth welcome you to a collaborative time of inquiry and experience together. Register now!

Love is the central force that holds all of life together. And yet there are so many myths and misconceptions about love, it ceases to be much more than an irrelevant and harmless platitude. Wisdom Christianity can provide a lens through which love’s meaning can be restored. And this perspective is informed by Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene. Join us in a Wisdom School that conceptually, ritually, and experientially explores this central force through the lens of this relationship. The approach will be a direct inquiry into the heart of life that will have significant implications for us all.

Using silence, chanting, and ritual to compliment the teaching, we will explore the presence of Mary Magdalene in the Paschal Mystery. Then, using her relationship with Jesus as our starting point and model, we will explore the possible trajectory of conscious love in our lives. Participants will have the opportunity to unpack and critique some of the unconscious assumptions of love in our cultural models in order to explore a deeper understanding of love’s truth.While helpful, previous attendance at an Introductory Wisdom School is not required. Conscious, practical work and contemplative movement will be a part of the retreat, along with time for integration. All traditions are welcome, and an ongoing commitment to spiritual practice is essential.

Retreat Guides: 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 open to anyone seeking to deepen their experience of Wisdom, and for those being called to lead Wisdom practice groups. 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-faciliting 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.

Retreat begins: Thursday, July 25th at 5:30 with a light supper. Retreat ends: Sunday, July 28th at 1:30 after lunch.

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

Venue: Guests receive generous hospitality from Sandy & Roger Daly of beautiful Hallelujah Farm. Accomondations are in shared double rooms. A limited number of single rooms may be available upon request for an additional suggested contribution of $25/night or $625 for the retreat

Information & Registration: Contact Laura Ruth at laurampruth@gmail.com. In order to hold your place, the following deposit is requested: $75 by July 4th. Click here to download the flyer.

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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

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Aug 14-18, 2019

Introductory Wisdom School, Part A, “A Wisdom Way of Knowing” with Heather Ruce, Catherine Regan, Joy Andrews Hayter

Mercy Center — Burlingame, CA

This Introductory Wisdom School will set the foundation for the importance of wisdom schools in our era. Using Cynthia Bourgeault’s e-course teachings, together we will explore our three centers of intelligence, the Rule of St. Benedict, and the Wisdom tradition as the Way of the Heart so that we might show up in the world as more conscious planetary servants.

Heather, Catherine, and Joy will facilitate the integration of Cynthia’s transmissions and invite a ‘wisdom way of knowing’ through a daily rhythm of periods of video teaching from Cynthia, Centering Prayer, mindful work, mindful movement, sharing, and contemplative free time.

RETREAT LEADERS
Heather Ruce, M.A. is a spiritual director and meditation teacher. She leads monthly Wisdom Practice Circles desiring to help others wake up to a different kind of presence. She has been trained as a therapist and in a mindfulness and somatic based approach to trauma healing.

Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, clinical psychologist, and adjunct program staff member at Mercy Center where she coordinates the Centering Prayer Program. Her great interest is in the renewal of contemplative practices as a path of transformation — of ourselves and of our world.

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God’s ever-present love. As a Professor Emerita of chemistry, she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.

Click here to download the flyer.

For all the details and registration, please visit the Mercy Center site.

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Apr 23-26, 2020

Introductory Wisdom School with Bill Redfield

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

Wisdom describes a foundational lineage of spiritual knowledge that underlies all the world’s specific faith traditions and that outlines a manner of spiritual transformation. Participants will be introduced to the Wisdom Way of Knowing, including three-centered Knowing, Benedictine balanced living, and Heart-centered living. The balance and the rhythm of our time together cultivate and deepen the seedbed of the heart into which the teachings can be sown. A meditation practice is an assumed prerequisite.

Tuition: $250, plus accommodations
Accommodations:
Commuter – $75
Private Room, Hall Bath – $225
Private Room, Private Bath – $500
Registration link: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/wisdom-school

This retreat is co-sponsored with Copper Beech Institute.

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