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.”
Looking for something to focus your spirituality on Holy Week? This program may be on interest:
A Virtual Holy Week Retreat
The marking of the Christian Holy Week—that period between Palm Sunday and Easter—can open us more deeply to the power of its deepest meaning. The deep streams of betrayal, abandonment, death, love, fidelity, and sacrifice all flow together into a great river of confluence in our marking of Holy Week. Riding the currents of this great river, we are brought to a deeper understanding of what was being manifested and transacted in the Passion Mystery and of what is being asked of us in our lives.
I am excited about this upcoming Holy Week Virtual Retreat and am particularly enthused about this program drawing together people who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity for a residential retreat. Thus, while being able to meaningfully participate, everyone will be able to maintain their family and work lives and even continue to be involved with their local worshipping community. No matter where you are or how you are able to participate, we will be together in deep and intentional ways.
This Virtual Holy Week Retreat will start on Passion/Palm Sunday, April 14, and conclude on Easter Sunday morning, April 21. Daily, it will have four components—three of which will be recorded and available each morning. These offerings will be accessible at the start of each day. Included will be (1.) a morning meditation with periods of silence; (2.) a more substantial message with reflections; and (3.) an evening meditation/practice. The final component will be (4.) a lectio divinagroup on the Zoom online platform at 4 pm (EST) for those who are able to participate. More information will be sent to explain how to access the Zoom group meeting.
Again, all elements will be available, but nothing here is mandatory. The threads of continuity will be able to be held no matter what a person’s commitment.
There is no fee for this retreat, although donations made through my website will be gratefully accepted in support of my work. A signup, however, is required because this retreat will be password protected. This format will help to create a container of safety within which we can do this Holy Week work.
For a more complete description of this virtual program and instructions for signing up, please visit: https://www.williamredfield.com/program/virtual-holy-week-retreat
I would like to answer some questions that have already been raised:
Time. The first is about the length of the audio portions. The morning worship contains two 15 minute periods of silence as well as some readings, brief music for body movement, and a chant. The length is 45 minutes, but this could easily be shortened, based on your needs/schedule. The other two recordings are about 20 minutes long, although Monday and Tuesday evening mediation/practice segments are somewhat longer.
Headphones. Although not necessary, access to these audio recordings will be significantly enhanced by your use of headphones.
Inviting others. If you have friends or family members who you think might also be interested, by all means invite them. I would ask that they sign up on the website so that I have their E-mail address in order to send them the password and other ongoing announcements.
Downloading. The audio recordings can either be listened to on my website or downloaded to your computer.
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