Partner-sponsored Events

Scroll down to find events our partnering organizations have planned through 2017 ~ see links for more complete information


March 25, 2017

Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop
Facilitated by Mark Kutolowski

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental, or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.

Hosted by the Charlotte Congregational Church from 8:30 am to 1 pm.

Location: Charlotte Congregational Church in Charlotte, VT

 For detailed information, click here.

 

April 8-16, 2017 (week-long retreat)
April 13-16, 2017 (weekend retreat)

Journey to the Heart of Love: A Passage through Holy Week
with The Reverend Steven Bonsey, Allen Bourque,
Laura Ruth & Kerstin Lipke

This is an invitation to practice together in a container of deep silence and recollection, following from within, the map given through the Holy Week events; to gently begin to enter into the heart of what it might be to ‘stand by’ in the spirit of Mary Magdalene; to open to the possibility that we may accompany, as Cynthia Bourgeault has written, and bear witness to “Jesus on his timeless passage through death, to the very source of life, and back into the world”, touching upon “the intense transformational energy of the Pascal Mystery”.

Conscious love; awakened presence; witness of the heart – these themes will animate practices of silent prayer, conscious practical work, wisdom chant, embodying prayer, lectio divina, sacred conversation and Eucharistic worship. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, along with Bourgeault’s beautiful Holy Week Liturgies, will weave their way into the experiential and participatory nature of the retreat.

Location: Hallelujah Farm in Chesterfield, NH

For detailed information, click here — to register, contact Laura Ruth at laurampruth@gmail.com.

 

April 14-16, 2017

Radical Joy for Hard Times
with Trebbe Johnson

This workshop is specifically created to bring light and guidance to the troubling environment we find ourselves in now in our country, as citizens of the Earth and, often, in our own lives.

Many of us have been asking ourselves since the presidential election how we will respond to threats to equality, justice, free speech, and the health of the natural world. As we’ll explore throughout the weekend…under these and all conditions, happiness is conditional — joy is not.

You’ll discover how radical joy begins with a willingness to face your suffering. This process empties you of fear, projection, and angst about what might be and opens you to the moment, in a refreshing space of honesty and receptivity. You’ll become newly attentive to surprising outbursts of beauty and generosity — in nature, in your friends and family, and in stories you hear of others. You’ll learn, too, that once you’ve received these gifts of beauty, you must extend yourself beyond your experience of suffering to give beauty outward — and in that giving is joy.

Location: Rowe Camp & Conference Center in Rowe, MA

For detailed information, click here.

 

June 24-July 2, 2017

The Mystical Perspective of Earth and Cosmic Consciousness:
Walking the Sacred By-Paths
Presenters: Norman Comtois, Dorothy Landry & Denise Tucotte

This 8-day retreat stresses the inter-relatedness of the spiritual journey and the evolutionary story, and seamlessly explores the foundational topics of ecology, mysticism and cosmology. It appeals to those who are awakening to the universe Story and eco-spirituality and are looking for the next step to integrate their understanding with a unitive spirituality that brings hope and meaning to all of life. For a deeper understanding of the retreat, we invite you to read
Expanding Consciousness, Berakah Program Deepens a Pilgrim Worldview”.

Location: Berakah in Pittsfield, NH

For detailed information, click here — or email Denise at dmturcottecsc@gmail.com.

 

August 9-13, 2017

Embodied Heart: Deepening Three-Centered Knowing
with Allen Bourque, Laura Ruth & Kerstin Lipke

The focus of this retreat will be on embodied prayer, a way of bringing contemplative practice more fully into the body. As we explore the qualities of the heart, we will become familiar with easeful whole-body gestures from tai chi and other Taoist traditions. Included will be practices to enhance our strong, robust, and expansive hearts as a necessary complement to our tender, compassionate hearts.

We will live within a rhythm of centering prayer, chanting, lectio divina (with text, image, nature and the elements) as well as conscious practical work. There will be free time each day and opportunities to engage in sacred conversation.

People of all spiritual traditions (or none) are welcome. Some experience with silent prayer or meditation is helpful. No prior experience with yoga or tai chi is required.

Location: Hallelujah Farm in Chesterfield, NH

For detailed information, click here — to register, contact Kerstin Lipke at kerstinlipke@gmail.com.

 

November 2-5, 2017

Meeting the World with Trust: Transforming Fear into Faith
with Mark Kutolowski, Laura Ruth & Kerstin Lipke

In this intensive three-day retreat, we will complement our Wisdom practices of centering prayer, lectio divina, chant and conscious practical work with practices that bring interior freedom into dialogue with the body, that support physical relaxation and that transform the nervous system.

Our sessions will emphasize practical disciplines emerging from the ancient Russian health system, itself closely linked to the Eastern Orthodox contemplative tradition of hesychasm. We will explore the relationships between physical and psychic tension and fear, and between physiological relaxation and faith. Beginning with solitary practices involving meditation, breathing and movement, we will eventually move into partner and group work utilizing relaxation to creatively engage with conflict both within ourselves and within our immediate environment.

Participants will finish this intensive with an expanded sense of the role and potential of body practice in contemplative transformation, plus practical methods to improve their physical health and body awareness.

People of all spiritual traditions (or none) are welcome. Some experience with silent prayer or meditation is helpful.

Location: Hallelujah Farm in Chesterfield, NH

For detailed information, click here — to register, contact Kerstin Lipke at kerstinlipke@gmail.com.