February 27, 2020

Wild Hope in the Time of Earth's Song and Suffering: A Weekend Retreat back

March 27 - March 29, 2020

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Theme: Wild Hope in the Time of Earth’s Song and Suffering. We live in the time of the sixth mass extinction of species—animals and plants—on Earth. How can we open our hearts wide enough to take in the cry of all our relations in the great web of life and, at the same time, hold our hearts open to each delicate wildflower rising in the woods and the song of birds returning to the fields? Through poetry, story, music and wandering in the early spring woods and fields we will carry this question. And perhaps, in doing so, we may glimpse a deeper, wilder hope than we have yet imagined.


Leaders: Jim Hall and Cheryl Hellner are experienced retreat leaders who live and work in Earth Ministry at Dayspring.

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 $235. 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.