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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.

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Apr 2-7, 2019

Luminous Wisdom – Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault

Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre — Mesachie Lake, B.C.

This Wisdom School will trace the roots of the Christian mystical and visionary tradition as they bear on the rich lineage of teaching and practice being transmitted through Cynthia and her students. As with all Wisdom Schools, there will be a balance of teaching, meditative sitting, liturgy, and embodied practice. A meditation practice is the only pre-requisite.

Members are able to apply as of 10:00 am PST on December 11 – become a member today! Applications will open to the general public on January 15 at 10:00 am PST. 

The cost of this retreat is $600-$1200 CAD depending on accommodation type (includes teaching fees, accommodations, and meals). A limited number of partial scholarships will be made available – please apply alongside your application if needed! A $100 CAD non-refundable deposit will be requested from you once your application has been accepted, and you have received your offer to attend. For enquiries or questions please phone 250-381-9650 or email admin@contemplative.org.

Cowichan Lake Education Centre is nestled amidst 44 acres of Douglas fir forest with 1200 feet of secluded Cowichan Lake shoreline the centre is a full service conference and outdoor learning facility. The centre offers an inspirational setting. Visitors to the region will enjoy the spirit of adventure as they explore the West Coast temperate rain forests, mountains, wetlands, and marine environments of the Cowichan Valley. The centre is strategically located at the gateway to the majestic landscape of Carmanah-Walbran and the Juan de Fuca marine trail, as well as the spectacular rugged terrain of the world-renowned West Coast Trail. Wireless Internet is available in the main hall, and cell phone reception is available though we ask you to limit your use of devices.

In the spirit of adventure and knowledge, the centre encourages and creates a flexible and relaxed atmosphere for guests to enjoy recreational activities from hiking and swimming to birdwatching, photography, the arts and music. We are confident that participants will reap many rewards at this location, especially if they come with the intention of bringing an open attitude, a sense of humour, and goodwill. Whatever challenges present themselves, Cynthia Bourgeault often reminds us these are precisely the conditions for experiencing the full benefit of a retreat.

Performing daily Benedictine work will also be an integral part of the Wisdom School. This will include some type of physical task such as light work on the grounds or housekeeping, such as bathroom clean-up, sweeping, etc. This will allow us to move more into our bodies as we balance the work of our time together. 

Although silence and mediation are a component of Wisdom Schools, they are not full silent retreats. The schedule will include teaching sessions, time for group sharing, and question and answer sessions, as well as free unstructured time. Typically, silence will be practiced from the final sit in the evening through to the next morning session after breakfast. 

Given all the above, we ask you to carefully consider if this event is suitable to you prior to applying.

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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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