Partner-sponsored Events

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


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.