September 29 – October 1, 2017
With Wisdom Community Leader Therese DesCamp
Contemplative in the Kootenays Fall Retreat: Mystical Optimism
The theme for the September 29-October 1 retreat, to be held at the Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake BC Canada, will be “Mystical Optimism.” Our focus will be on the work of Julian of Norwich and Beatrice Bruteau. The retreat will be a combination of meditation (Centering Prayer), lectio divina, several short presentations/discussions, and lots of silence.
Please plan to arrive Friday, September 29th, in the morning before lunch: sessions begin Friday afternoon. We’ll be meeting again on Saturday, with breaks for swimming (don’t forget your suit) and walking. On Sunday morning, we’ll need to be out of our rooms after breakfast. Those who wish to stay on for lunch are welcome to do so: lunch will be an additional $13. (Just let them know when you register.)
Now, the homework! So that we are all ready for our discussions together, please prepare by reading at least some of Julian of Norwich’s Showings and Beatrice Butreau’s Radical Optimism. I’d recommend the new translation of Julian of Norwich’s Showings by Mirabai Starr. YOU DON’T HAVE TO READ (or listen to) IT ALL; YOU DON’T HAVE TO READ ANY PARTICULAR TRANSLATION; BUT PLEASE PREPARE BY STARTING TO EXPLORE THIS MATERIAL. It will make our time together so much richer.
REGISTER HERE. PLEASE NOTE that the link shows standard times for arriving and leaving, but our check in time is before 12:30 on Friday, and check out is by 10 am on Sunday. We are unfortunately not able to stay over Sunday night as there is a retreat right after us using the same space.
The retreat is limited to 20 people. If you have trouble affording this weekend, some funds have been donated by a member of the group to help defray expenses. So let me know if you’d like some financial help. If, on the other hand, you want to donate to support those with limited resources, please email HERE.
Do remember that the only way to get to the Ashram from the west is via the Kootenay Bay ferry, so check ferry times and plan accordingly!
You’ll want to bring—a journal, your resource books on Julian and B. Bruteau, comfortable clothes and shoes, a swim suit, towel and swim shoes (rocky beach!), rain gear (planning for all eventualities).
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