From the Wisdom perspective, we can hear the teachings of Jesus in a whole new way. In fact, we come to see everything in a whole new way—including ourselves. This is not the result of believing something different. It is nothing less than the transformation to a whole new way of seeing and a whole new way of knowing. But this transformation is based on experience and not belief. Spiritual practice—like the ancient contemplative disciplines of meditation, chanting, and lectio divina—are important. Additionally, attention practices are essential in this transformation. 

But the challenge of this vision and understanding of life is that you cannot see it until you can see it. From our usual way of seeing and from our ordinary consciousness this simply makes no sense at all. It requires subtler faculties of apprehension.

Wisdom’s work is to provide opportunities for this kind of deepening and to assist Wisdom seekers in this ongoing process.

The presenters for the Wisdom schools include the Rev. William Redfield, Sister Lois Barton CSJ, and Deborah Welsh, Ed.D.

For more information and to register, email wisdomswork@gmail.com


2017 Programs


Wisdom Schools

May 26-29 - Heart-centered Living Wisdom School with Rev. William Redfield, Sr. Lois Barton and Deborah Welsh, Ph.D. at The Spiritual Center, Windsor, NY
Wisdom describes a foundational lineage of spiritual knowledge that underlies all of the world’s specific faith traditions and that outlines a detailed science of spiritual transformation. During this “school” participants are introduced to the Wisdom way of knowing, including three-centered knowing, Benedictine balanced living and heart-centered living. The specific practices of chanting and attention are presented. The Gospel of Thomas and the process of lectio divina are introduced. The balance and the rhythm of our time together (which, beyond the teaching, includes contemplative worship, work and silence) become both the place to which we will arrive and the means by which we will get there. (Some dedication to a meditation practice is an assumed prerequisite.)

Donation of $475 includes 3-nights lodging, food and all program costs.


Complementary Programs

July 20-23 - Mary Magdalene and Conscious Love Retreat
with Rev. William Redfield, Sr. Lois Barton and Deborah Welsh, Ph.D., at The Spiritual Center, Windsor, NY
Using silence, chanting and ritual to complement the teaching, we will explore the presence of Mary Magdalene in the Paschal Mystery and track the possible trajectory of conscious love in our lives.

Donation of $475 includes 3-nights lodging, food and all program costs.


October 6-9 - Visionary Seeing Wisdom School with Rev. William Redfield, Sr. Lois Barton and Deborah Welsh, Ph.D., at The Spiritual Center, Windsor, NY
Besides a science of transformation, Wisdom includes a cosmological map that explains how the universe is put together and, within this configuration, what constitutes a meaningful human life. While “Heart-Centered Living” focuses on the methodology of transformation, “Visionary Seeing” provides the context of that change – from what to what and why? The divine exchange and reciprocal feeding are presented and attention and surrender practices are deepened. The Gospel of Thomas continues to be explored, especially those logia that apply to these areas. In a longer format, our time together unfolds in the same basic balance and rhythm as the Heart-Centered Wisdom School.

Donation of $500 includes 4-nights lodging, food and all program costs.