Half-Day Retreats - 2020

A retreat, even if only for a half-day, is time set apart to be quiet, to reflect and to get in touch with the deeper, often neglected parts of ourselves. It is an opportunity for renewal.

Some retreats include group discussion, while others do not. Regardless, the purpose of each remains the same: to offer a time to be silent, restore balance, re-connect with your personal centre and re-commit to the care of the world.

Working with Dreams, with James Schmeiser

Mondays, January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon.

The theme for this retreat series is dreams and awakening.

 

Loving Dear Earth, with Prajna Teresa Bryant

Wednesdays February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

"The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth."Thomas Berry


Loving Dear Earth is a four-week retreat series for those concerned about the health of our planet and who want to consider caring for her and each other in a more intentional way. 

Based on the teachings of Satya Robyns ~ Environmental activist, Writer, and Buddhist priest, the themes are: Grounding, Truth-seeking, Grieving and Growing, as each applies to our relationship with Loving Dear Earth.

The series will include input, exercises, as well as quiet reflection time.

Working with Dreams, with James Schmeiser

Mondays, March 23, 30, April 6, 9:30 a.m. - noon.


The theme for this retreat series is creativity. Throughout history great authors, musicians, scientists and religious leaders have attributed their major insights and creativity to the gift of their dreams. We will reflect on their dreams and how they influenced their lives.  As well, each week participants will be invited  to reflect on their personal dreams. 

The Path of Francis of Assisi 

with Prajna Teresa Bryant and James Schmeiser

Tuesdays March 17, 24, 31 April 7, 1:30 - 4p.m.

Toward little worms even he glowed with a very great love...he picked them up from the road and placed them in a safe place, lest they be crushed by the feet of the passersby! - Thomas of Celano

St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecologists, is widely revered for his deep love of creation. By example he demonstrated that relating to nature as one would a sister or brother was essential to recognizing true goodness, intimacy with others, and is the primary voice of "God" or the source of all being. 

This retreat series will introduce and develop the significance of St. Francis as a guide for everyday living. There will be input, conversation and time for silent reflection.

Forest Bathing, with Prajna Teresa Bryant 

Fridays May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 9:30 a.m. - noon.

In Japan, the words Shinrin, “forest” and yoku, “bath”  combine to mean bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses.

Shinrin-yoku is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature and connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. By opening our senses, we connect to the natural world in such a way that we are restored and awakened to this sacred relationship.

This retreat series will invite participants to open their senses to the natural world and to reflect on the transformative power of doing so.  
 

Working with Dreams, with James Schmeiser

Mondays September 28, October 5, 19, 26, 9:30 a.m. - noon.

The theme for this retreat series is The Wisdom of the Unconscious. 
It is a common understanding that we function with a minimal conscious awareness. And yet, we are so much more. Jung, in particular, showed how we can be open to the wisdom of the universe through working with our dreams. As well, our great religious leaders have taught us that we are graced by the gift of dreams on an ongoing basis. Our task is to learn how to listen.

Essential Gratitude,  with Prajna Teresa Bryant and James Schmeiser

Tuesdays Sept. 29, October 6, 20, 27, 1:30 - 4 p.m.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. - Meister Eckhart

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what we have received, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness in our lives.

There will be input, conversation and time for silent reflection.

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