Stone Church Center to Host Celtic Christian Retreat, November 2-4
BELLOWS FALLS, VERMONT – In the first days of the Celtic New Year, join us in Southern Vermont to explore the Christ of the early Celtic monks in this weekend residential retreat. In this retreat, we will follow the journey of the early Celtic saints into the wilderness of our own hearts learn what it takes to awaken and sustain true compassion, a heart for all, in a world that does all it can to divide our hearts.
Our experience will be enhanced by contemplative prayer and other spiritual practices, song, music, optional spiritual direction, informal discussion and personal time as well as the main group sessions. On Saturday night, participants will have the option of attending a public concert to benefit the local homeless shelter. The retreat is limited to 20 people.
Like the Desert Fathers and Mothers beginning in the early third century in the Middle Eastern and Egyptian deserts, the early Celtic Christians were contemplatives in northern Europe. What love compelled them to dwell as hermits in the wild places of nature? They sought to open their hearts in love for all in this world, the other world, and the God that filled them beyond capacity. In their wilderness hermitages, they fell deeply in love with the two faces of the one God — the Father spirit and the Mother earth — and they birthed the Christ in their hearts.
REGISTRATION. Save with the Early Bird Discount of $20 if you register by midnight on October 25. Be sure to let us know any dietary restrictions you may have. Our caterer is wonderful about creating delicious meals for that meet everyone’s needs. All registration options include tuition and meals. Costs are as follows:
- Commuters: $310
- Shared Room: $420
- Single Room: $480
FACULTY. Robert Bowler or “Beau” is the Director of Stone Church Center. He majored in Religious Studies at Reed College with a focus on the western mystical tradition. He earned an M.Div. degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and has been practicing a living Celtic spiritual tradition based in Scotland for eleven years (see http://www.ceilede.co.uk).