Programs at The Spiritual Center in Windsor, NY that may be of interest. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.spiritualcenterwindsor.com/retreats.html
7/19-21 Re-Visioning Mary: Mirror of the Feminine Divine A Creative & Contemplative Exploration – Yvonne Lucia
“The tragic imbalance of the masculine has brought humankind to the point of disaster, and unless we recover the feminine powers of the psyche, the powers of intuition, patience, reverence for nature, and knowledge of the holy unity of things, and marry in our depths these powers with the masculine energies of rule, reason, passion for order and control, life on the planet will end.” ~ Andrew Harvey, The Return of the Mother
You are invited to an experience of the Divine Feminine during this contemplative retreat featuring the installation of Yvonne M. Lucia’s contemporary icons of Mary surrounding a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth. The paintings are intended as reflections of the feminine principle that resides within each of us, male and female alike. As a symbol, Mary mirrors what we are meant to become: men and women filled with grace and the God-seed, who birth our divine potential into the world. The icons are placed around the perimeter of the labyrinth, a non-linear walking path which invites viewers to slow down and reflect inwardly as the images are encountered. Inspired by the icons, we will work with image, symbol, song, poetry and movement to invoke Mary as a healing balm for our broken places and for our wounded Mother Earth.
9/6-8 Wisdom in Wood - Sister Lois Barton, CSJ with Sr. Susan Reschke & Sister Paula Matthew
The Gallery of the Soul at the Spiritual Center (see Galleries page on this website) houses the large, original, hardwood sculptures of Sister Paula Matthew. Each piece has much to teach those willing to delve the wisdom that lies within the wood. During this weekend retreat, participants will encounter Journey to the Overself, a striking work in black walnut. Through personal and communal reflection on the symbols and poetry associated with the piece, in music, movement and times of silence, the possibilities of personal transformation begin to unfold. “The task,” Sister Paula says, “is to go inside the experience for what it has to reveal to you.”
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7/12 Lights for Liberty, 8:45 – 9:15 p.m., Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Dr, Binghamton, New York 13905
On July 12th, outraged people from around the country will shine a light on the horrific abuses of the Trump administration in human detention camps. We stand in solidarity & allyship with communities most impacted by the abuse of our immigration system.
Locally, people will gather on the lawn at 8:45 p.m. in front of Temple Concord for some words and song. At 9 p.m., we will begin a silent candlelight vigil to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. This is a humanitarian crisis and a moral issue for all. The community is invited to attend. Shabbat services will be held that evening as usual at 8 p.m.