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CENTERING PRAYER PROGRAM

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Online Wisdom School: The Divine Exchange

A Centering Prayer Retreat
with Heather Ruce, Joy Andrews Hayter, and Catherine Regan

 

September 18-21, 2020

 

Friday 10:00 am PDT to

Monday 5:30&pm PDT

$375 (scholarship funds available on request)

"Wisdom Schools are a format for integral learning that's based in some of the deepest roots for transformation and change in the Christian tradition. Wisdom schools are about awakening the yearning for a different kind of presence in the world and then developing the skills and the knowledge base to apply that, to transform your own life and the life of people around you." —Cynthia Bourgeault

This Wisdom School will explore the teachings of Jesus about participation in the divine exchange Through deep surrender and openly receiving the love and mercy of God, we can learn to more fully participate in this abundant exchange as Jesus did.

 

We will engage a daily rhythm of the Benedictine tradition's Ora et Labora (Prayer and Work) with periods of:

  •  Teachings on the divine exchange based on Cynthia Bourgeault's Wisdom lineage
  •  Centering Prayer Periods
  •  Self-discovery
  •  Mindful Work and Movement
  •  Reflection and Sharing
  •  Contemplative free time

This rhythm engages our three centers of intelligence (intellectual, emotional, embodied) so that we may come to understand these teachings with more of ourselves.

Entering in: The wisdom school will start with an introduction Friday, September 18 at 10 am PDT.

Typical Schedule (Saturday - Monday; Friday will be similar, starting at 10 am)

 

  7:30**

Optional Gentle Yoga

  8:00**

Chant, Body Prayer, Centering Prayer

  8:30 

Breakfast

  9:30**

Morning teaching

  11:00

Conscious work period

  12:00

Lunch followed by free time

  3:30**

Chant, Body Prayer, Centering Prayer

  4:00 

Break

  4:15**

Afternoon teaching & discussion

  6:00 

Dinner

  7:15**

Evening session - reflection, ending with chanting and centering prayer;
great silence resumes from close of session until end of breakfast

**Starred items will be live via Zoom. Monday 9/21 we will end at 5:30 pm.

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RETREAT TEAM

Heather Ruce, M.A. is a wisdom spiritual director with a background as a therapist and training in a neurophysiology based approach to trauma resolution. She loves working with individuals as well as facilitating groups and retreats focused on learning and practicing the Wisdom Tradition.

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, scientist, and Centering Prayer Coordinator at Mercy Center. She is dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love.

 

Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, retired psychologist, and adjunct staff member at Mercy Center, primarily serving on the Centering Prayer team. She has a special interest in fostering contemplative practices so urgently needed at this time in our world.

 

 

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REGISTRATION PAYMENT

Registration for this retreat is through EventsFrame, payment by PayPal or mailed personal check.

Click the Register Online button for all payment options.

For payment assistance, please contact registration@mercywmw.org.

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PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY

PAYMENT

Full payment is due upon registration. We accept PayPal or mailed personalcheck.

 

REFUNDS

If a request for cancellation is received three (3) or more days prior to the start date of a retreat, a refund of the registration payment will be issued minus a $50 administrative fee. If a request for cancellation is received less than three (3) days prior to the start date of a retreat, 50% of the registration payment will be refunded. No refund will be given if a retreatant leaves early or arrives late during a retreat.

Out of consideration for others on the waiting list, please make a commitment to attend the entire retreat.

 

CONTACT

For further assistance, contact us at (650) 340-7474.