3 Year Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation Program

About This Event

Over the course of Twelve Weekends in 3 years, Choose a commitment to your own Spiritual Deepening.

Year One: The Art of Contemplative Living

Weekend One

Beginning with Life: Learning from ExperienceExplore the age-old story of our relationship with self, others, God and the cosmos.How does what I believe about myself inform my search for meaning, authentic relationships, humility before the Divine and commitment to my life’s work?What wisdom is mine from the spiritual path of contemplatives both East and West?

Weekend Two

Growing into Myself: Becoming Who I AmLearn ways to grow into your true self by listening with the heart, breathing with the spirit, practicing loving kindness and cultivating a disarming hospitality.

Weekend Three

 Living our Heart’s Desire: Longing for the HolyLearn to awaken to the spiritual dimension.Out of the quiet grows the truth that the longing of the heart is for deep peace.

Weekend Four

Loving Deeply: Finding the Compassionate CenterIn silence, you are invited to practice mindfulness, concentration, walking, and loving kindness meditations drawn from the Buddhist tradition as well as from the contemplative practices of the Christian mysticsExperience how the contemplative life reveals Spirit in our hearts and in and through all beings.

Year Two: Awakening the Spiritual/Earth Body

Weekend One

Opening to Spirit: The Transforming Power of Knowing Who I AmFree yourself of judgments to more easily access your true self.Learn to confront and be free of your inner critic.

Weekend Two

Awake to Earth, Awake to My Self: What Matters on the Spiritual PathDiscover the body/soul connection of indigenous wisdom. Learn how to engage creation as your teacher and experience soulful encounters with the natural world.Learn practical ways to support well-being and harmony in everyday life.

Weekend Three

My Body, My Self: Transformative EmbodimentUsing sound, movement and other physical modalities, you will explore the sacred connection of body, mind, and soul.

Weekend Four

Holding Center: Creativity for the Sake of Soul and the WorldBased on both Eastern and Western wisdom, learn how mandalas are symbols of wholeness and how they honor the Self and awaken to holy creativity.Listen to Spirit and create wholeness of your life for your soul’s sake and that of the world.

Year Three: Spirit Leadership for Global Transformation

Weekend One

Collaborative Leadership:  Conscious Participation in Group LifeLearn how to view human societies, our collective beliefs, behaviors, spiritualities and actions through the lens of Spirit.Begin to create an integrated, authentic vision of your life against the backdrop of your family, community, and with all life.

Weekend Two

Energetic Activism for the Sake of All Life: Conscious Participation in Group LifeExplore both the grace and shadow of group process.Discover powerful ways of participating with others for both personal and group transformation.

Weekend Three

Going Deep: A Discernment RetreatIn honor of winter’s gestating energy and in the spirit of a vision quest, you will journey within, both alone and together with the group.An opportunity to listen deeply to discover the blessings for your life and for the world.

Weekend Four

The Power of Ritual: Celebrating Three Years of Transformative CommitmentLearn how to use ritual to create community, heal, inspire, comfort, celebrate, and transform. The weekend will conclude with a festive high ritual to celebrate your dedication and your gifts.

"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart." ~Francis of Assisi

Tags: contemplation eastern fransiscan hermitage meditation spiritual western

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Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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