Finding Our Way Home

About us

“An apprenticeship with the night is an inheritance I would wish for everyone.”

Paula D’Arcy was only 27 when a drunk driver killed her husband and young daughter. But in the midst of her crushing despair, and to her complete amazement, she discovered a presence within her that responded to her fearful cries for help. Her anguished heart was met by a great tenderness and wisdom, which she grew to recognize as a transcendent love. Over time—knowing that pain was not the final say and did not have absolute power—she was able to find her way back to the light.

At some point, we all find ourselves navigating a “dark night.” The feeling of being blindsided by life, disoriented, lost and alone, is common to the human journey. Beyond the loss of loved ones through physical death, darkness may arise when we feel disillusioned, or when we confront unexpected illness, both mental and physical.

In this retreat, Paula explores how night can slowly become day again, and how we can come to recognize the night experience as a natural part of life. We’ll also explore what it means to pay attention to our lives and set an intention to live more mindfully. What changes in us when we meet life with increased awareness and wonder? What changes in our communities and the world? Anyone ready to live and love more fully – to meet life in a deeper and more powerful way – will be drawn to this conversation.

This retreat is being co-sponsored with Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center.

Tuition is $150, plus accommodations.

Accommodation options:

Commuter – $75

Private Room, Shared Bath – $225

Private Room, Private Bath – $500

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Finding Our Way Home

at Copper Beech Institute

  • Nov 30, 2018 - Dec 2, 2018 (3 days)


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