The Wisdom of the Heart: A Contemplative Retreat for Advent Friday, December 16-Sunday, December 19, 2023
Experience the ancient treasures of contemplative practices that can nourish your spirit in a weekend that weaves together story, image, song and silence.
Our days will intersperse times of silence with music and meditation on art and the poetry as we draw on the wisdom of the mystical tradition. There will be a feast of contemplative practices: chanting, Labyrinth walks, Lectio Divina on the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, a candlelit Taizé service, an evening sound healing session, and the creation of Earth Art mandalas. In the free time periods, deepen your inward journey by through creating soul collage cards in the art room, hiking the beautiful trails or reading in front of the warming fire.
Schedule: Friday, December 16 3 pm Arrival 4 pm Welcome and orientation 5:00 Music and Meditation 6:30 Dinner 7:30 Opening Group Session: Saying Yes to Life 9:00 Compline (Evening prayer sung by candlelight)
Saturday, December 17
7:30 Sung Morning Prayer and Poetry 8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Returning to the Root: The Contemplative Monastic Tradition followed by Lectio Divina on The Magnficat
10:30 Chanting the Music of Hildegard of Bingen with Robin O'Brien
2:00 Optional hike and Nature Mandalas (weather permitting)
4:00 Visio Divina with images of the Magnificat 5:30 Taize Music and Meditation 6:30 Dinner 8:00 Music Meditation on the Indoor Labyrinth with Robin O'Brien ,followed by Compline -GREAT SILENCE-
Sunday, December 19
7:30 Morning Music and Meditation 8:00 Breakfast 9:30 Eucharist with the Ranch Community (optional) 11:00 Closing Session 12:30 Lunch 1:30 Departure