March 1 - March 3, 2019
Theme: INTIMACY, EMPTINESS AND AWAKENING.
The journey into an encounter with God is less about
understanding the right words or books and more
about falling in love. A sacred longing draws us into
relationship with Being and allows us to release the
demands of our ego. Both yearning and surrender
guide us into holy darkness to find the courage to let
go of our demands and simply enjoy the Presence of
Leader: Ian White Maher is a spiritual director, retreat
leader and Unitarian Universalist minister. He has
been practicing with the Kwan Um School of Zen
since 1997, is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity
School and trained with the Shalem Institute for
An Open Retreat.
Weekend retreats run Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. The silence begins Friday night after dinner when the leader opens the retreat and introduces the theme. The leader usually offers brief meditations with morning and evening prayers on Saturday. The silence ends late-morning Sunday with a time of sharing and worship, followed by lunch and departure.
The cost for weekend retreats is $225. To reserve a space, please send a $100 deposit with an application you can print from the application page, or pay on line by going to the application page and clicking on payment options.
Dinner on Friday at 7 pm is the first official gathering. You are welcome to arrive and settle in between 3:30 and 6:30 pm on Friday. The retreat will end by 2 pm on Sunday. It is important that you come on a weekend when you can stay for the whole retreat.