Weaving a Nest for Stillness: A Contemplative Retreat Weekend

With Claire Rusowicz and Anne Simpkinson


"But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of heaven, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of God has done this?
In God's hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all."
                                             Job 12:7-10

This contemplative retreat invites you to engage with the Sacred in nature, encounter God as the Creating and Sustaining Spirit of all. It will be a time for rest in body and "rest in the grace of the world." Anchored in Centering Prayer, the weekend will offer scheduled options to participate in terra divina (sacred earth) exercises, a labyrinth walk (weather permitting) and a communal prayer service on Saturday evening. However, there will also be much open time to explore the beach and grounds, read, journal, do artwork or simply enjoy the beauty of Long Island Sound.

No Centering Prayer experience is required. The weekend is for both beginners and long-time practitioners. However, silence will be kept from the closing session on Friday until after the final Centering Prayer session on Sunday.

"When Jesus asked his disciples to 'look at the lilies of the field,'
I think he was asking them to read the book of nature as the book of God. ...
The lilies do not simply reflect God, rather God is being God in the lilies."
                                                                      - Ilia Delio, Making All Things New

The weekend will begin on Friday, August 16, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and conclude on Sunday, August 18, at 11 a.m. The cost of the weekend is $360 for a single room with en suite bath and all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.

Claire Rusowicz is a certified spiritual and retreat director and spiritual director supervisor. She co-facilitates Mercy by the Sea's weekly and monthly Centering Prayer groups.

Anne Simpkinson has been practicing Centering Prayer (CP) since 1996. A certified Introductory CP Workshop leader, she has led workshops and Quiet Days in New York and Connecticut. While living in New York City, she served as co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach for three years and as a CP facilitator at St. Bartholomew's and St. Ignatius Loyola churches. She co-facilitates the Center's weekly and monthly Centering Prayer groups with Claire.

Sessions:  1
Dates:  8/16/2019 to 8/18/2019
Instructors:  Claire Rusowicz
Anne Simpkinson
$360.00   (Class Fee)
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