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Waiting for the Light: A Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Saturday, January 6, 10 am - 3 pm
Daring Greatly for Clergy
Sunday, January 21 - Wednesday, January 24
A Workshop in the Taizé Form of Musical Prayer
Friday, February 23, 10 am - 3 pm
Women Writers Workshop
Thursday, March 8 - Sunday, March 11
Mysticism & Mindfulness in the Work of Hildegard of Bingen
Friday, April 13, 10 am - 3 pm
Short Introduction to Centering Prayer
Friday, May 6 - Sunday, May 8
Resting in the Quiet Heart: A Mountain Yoga Retreat
Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10
Using the Enneagram for Spiritual Growth
Sunday, June 3 - Tuesday, June 5
Women Writers Workshop
Thursday, September 13 - Sunday, September 16
Advanced Centering Prayer: Deepening the Silence
Sunday – Sunday, November 25 – December 2
A Short Advent Retreat
Friday, December 7, 10 am - 3 pm
Sunday – Sunday, Nov. 26 – Dec. 2
Becky Hannah, Joan Ricci Thome, & the Rev. Bob Cook
$533 Full Program
Housing in the Inn
This retreat is for those who would like a more prolonged experience of centering prayer and who are interested in entering into the more profound levels of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community.
Centering prayer is a silent form of prayer that directs a person's attention toward God, with ancient roots in the mystical and monastic tradition. The retreat will help participants develop and sustain a regular centering prayer practice. In addition to several centering prayer periods offered daily, you will also have opportunities for contemplative worship, individual meetings with retreat leaders, walks and hiking, labyrinth walks, and time for solitude and reflection.
Retreat leaders are Becky Hannah, co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of Western NC, and Joan Ricci Thome, presenter of contemplative prayer retreats at the Oratory and St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC. The Rev. Robert Cook, Vicar of Christ Church, Walnut Grove, NC is spiritual director for the week. Joan and Becky have both been trained to facilitate centering prayer by Contemplative Outreach, the organization founded by Father Thomas Keating as a spiritual network committed to living the contemplative dimension of the gospel in everyday life.
Due to the length of this retreat, each participant should have an established practice of centering prayer for at least a year. This retreat is limited to the first 20 registrants. Participants must stay on campus and plan to attend the entire retreat.
If you have questions about the contents or itinerary for the retreat, please feel free to contact Becky Hannah at (828) 702-3518.
A Short Advent Retreat
Friday, December 8
10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
$40 includes lunch
Location: 1st Floor of Johnson Hall
What comes to your mind when you think of Advent? Can you stop worrying about decorating and gift buying to concentrate on the Coming of the Christ Child? Every year, people of faith long for something different, spiritual and holy, to prepare them fully for a Christmas to remember.
Katerina Whitley will focus and refine this longing. The world waited for this “central event in the history of creation,” as C.S. Lewis called it. We will examine this waiting through writings, poetry, the prophets, the Birth Narratives, and our own hopes and desires for peace and joy.
Katerina is well-known in the Diocese of Western NC and beyond. She is the author of several books, including two about Advent, and a writer of Advent Chancel dramas and plays.
Treat yourself to a quiet day unwinding from the stresses of the holidays. We'll use movement, meditation, discussion, and more to get in touch with the seed of Spring growing inside of us all. No yoga experience required. Led by yoga instructor Chad Hallyburton of Centering Yoga, LLC.
2018 downloadable registration form coming soon! You can register separately for this retreat by clicking here, or call (828) 963-4453 to reserve your spot now.
A sacred space for clergy to explore leading with courage and vulnerability and the things that get in our way, based upon the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Led by the Reverend Karla Woggon and the Reverend Cyndi Banks. This program is limited to the first twenty participants. Early registration is encouraged!
Full program cost for this 4-day, 3 night intensive is $450, which includes meals, lodging, and programming. Commuter rate is $290, which covers all meals and programming costs.