A Wild and Daring Cosmic Love: The Spirit of Celtic Consciousness and the Eternal Feminine
with Claire Rusowicz and Joan Linley
"Wisdom was created before all other things, and prudent understanding from eternity.
The root of wisdom — to whom has it been revealed? Her subtleties — who knows them?"
Celtic Christianity was the tradition in the West that kept alive the belief that nature was sacred, imbued and animated by spirit, and revealed through the Divine Feminine in the Wisdom literature of the Bible. Scholar and author John Philip Newell has written, “It is important to understand that the spirituality of Celtic Christianity did not spring out of nowhere. Its roots reach deep into the mysticism of St. John the Evangelist in the New Testament and even further back into the Wisdom tradition of the Old Testament.” Newell’s School for Celtic Consciousness brings these roots alive and explores how the spirit of Celtic Consciousness continues to thrive and evolve in our times.
Praying with Jesuit scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s “Eternal Feminine” (1918); physicist Sr. Kathleen Duffy’s imaginative updated vision of that poetic essay (2014); Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s poem, “Hagia Sophia,” (1962); and scholar and author Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s writings on the Divine Feminine (2005, 2011, 2014), we will contemplate Her revelation within us as we seek to navigate our contemporary times with integrity, balance, hope and Love.
Newell’s prayers and his meditative chants from his CDs, “Chanting for Peace, Praying with the Earth” and “Sounds of the Eternal: Meditative Chants and Prayers,” will help us to embody this consciousness, integrate its spirit into our understanding of ourselves and discern how we might co-create a new way of being.
There will be time for solitude, silence, community and sharing our experiences of what Kathleen Duffy has called this “wild and daring cosmic love.”
The weekend begins on Friday, February 23, and ends on Sunday, February 25. The cost of a single room is $285; a double room is $260/per person. If booking a double room, please make sure to include the name of the person with whom you will be sharing. The fee includes both the program and meals.
Claire Rusowicz is a certified spiritual and retreat director and spiritual director supervisor. Her current work at the Center includes program presentation and co-facilitation of Centering Prayer programs.
Joan Linley, Program Director at Mercy by the Sea, is a spiritual director and supervisor, retreat director and labyrinth facilitator. She has recently launched the School for the Second Half of Life and Women's Emerging Leadership. Her particular interest is those practices that cultivate a new way of being.
|Dates:||2/23/2018 to 2/25/2018|