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Embodying the Presence of God
The Embodied Heart:
Deepening Three-Centered Knowing
June 1-3, 2018
We invite you to join us for a weekend retreat that offers a unique opportunity to explore "three-centered knowing", a key aspect of the Wisdom path as envisioned by Cynthia Bourgeault. As we embody awareness in the moving, feeling and intellectual centers, we cultivate and awaken the Heart, our abiding connection with Presence and Life.
Our focus will be on embodied prayer, a way of bringing contemplative practice more fully into the whole being, experiencing the physical and the sentient with conscious attention. As we explore qualities of the heart we will become familiar with easeful whole-body gestures from tai chi and other Taoist traditions. Included will be specific practices to enhance our strong, robust and expansive hearts, as a necessary complement to our tender, compassionate hearts.
We will live within a rhythm of Centering Prayer, chanting, lectio divina (with text, image, nature and the elements) as well as conscious practical work. There will be free time each day and opportunities to engage in sacred conversation.
People of all spiritual traditions (or none) are welcome. Some experience with silent prayer or meditation may be helpful. No prior experience with yoga or tai chi is required.
Retreat Guides: Allen Bourque, Laura Ruth and Kerstin Lipke.
Allen is a long-time Centering Prayer practitioner and tai chi teacher who has been presenting workshops and retreats throughout New England for several years. He is a graduate of the Shalem Program for Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats, a member of the faculty of the Life Together Community of Brookline, and a member of the Board of Contemplative Outreach Boston.
Retreat begins: Friday, June 1st at 5:30pm with a light supper.
Retreat ends: Sunday, June 3rd at 2pm after lunch.
In order to hold your place, the following deposit is requested:
$50 due by May 11th.