Reclaiming the Mystical Heart of Christianity Silent Retreat
About This Event
Co-sponsored by The Christian Contemplative Experience at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center and Copper Beech Institute.
This retreat provides a sacred opportunity for a large Community of Contemplatives to gather as a healing presence to the world and to one another. Individually you’ll deepen your Centering Prayer practice with Cynthia Bourgeault, one of the great contemplative guides of our time. The retreat will unpack some of the key ideas in her highly acclaimed book The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. Emphasis will be placed on the notion of “nondual personhood,” as well as the method and foundations of the Centering Prayer practice. Participants will see that Centering Prayer is not simply a Christianized form of other meditation methods, rather a method that has its own specific mechanism to transform consciousness from a narrow to broader perspectives of personhood.
This retreat will be held in silence. Each day will include wisdom teaching with Cynthia, movement practice, Contemplative Eucharist, chanting, and multiple Centering Prayer periods. The retreat is open to contemplative practitioners on all paths. All levels are welcome, though an established centering prayer or meditation practice is helpful. For those who cannot attend the full week, we welcome participants to join us for the weekend of November 8-10.
As part of the Christian Contemplative Experience, Holy Family Retreat Center is providing workshops and retreats to learn more about Centering Prayer and develop a practice in advance of this retreat. It is highly recommended that all attendees new to Centering Prayer attend a Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop prior to this retreat; the more you bring, the more you receive. Please visit to learn more: (contact info blocked).
6 Night Option
Private Room, Private Bath: $1,150
Private Room, Hall Bath: $1,050
Shared Room, Hall Bath: $950
Private Room, Hall Bath: $375
Shared Room, Hall Bath: $325
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Amanda Noella Daddona April 29, 2020Living Fully with Fear
The Living Fully with Fear course with Amanda Votto was an incredible experience. I was able to connect with my emotions, dig deep and find what was underneath those emotions, and find comfort within myself and from the shared experiences of the others in the class. I found the practices to be extremely helpful and at times challenging (in a good way). And overall, Amanda did a great job of putting everything into context and explaining how we can relate to fear and tap into a more compassionate part of ourselves. I do wish it had been longer than four weeks. It was a lot of material to cover, and there was a lot to explore and work through. Perhaps Copper Beech might consider extending these online courses to be six or eight week experiences. Even so, I am truly grateful for the opportunity and for all that I gained from this class. Thank you to Amanda and to Copper Beech!
Charles Longo November 12, 2018Harvest Dinner Dueling Pianos.
As always Holy Family/ Copper Beach ALWAYS exceeds my expectations. Do yourself a favor, ATTEND a RETREAT, you will be hooked.
Kevin Ryan November 12, 2018Harvest Celebration 2018
As always, a delightful evening!. Thoughts: 1. May want to publish an agenda in future. Not wise to be fashionably late. Reports were that the event was in full swing at 6:30 PM and 6:45 arrival felt like we were catching up. 2. Would be wise to provide the wifi information so everyone could connect for the text fundraiser. Verizon worked but several people near me said that they could not connect using ATT. The wifi would allow everyone to connect See you next year!!
Marilyn Vatteroni November 11, 2018A Great Night Out
I had a wonderful experience on Saturday night. The food was great, the company wonderful & the dueling pianos fabulous.
Louise Cornetta September 17, 2018A Magical Place
The Copper Beech Institute offers a wide variety of courses, meditations, workshops and is housed on a beautiful peace of property. I enjoy the Wednesday Candlelight Meditation as a group or 30-40 of us meet to share this mindful experience and are led by the incredible Miranda who always gives a talk that seems to hit home. This place is filled with such love and kindness. Go check it out!