August 15, 2020

A Novice in Nature - Transforming Our Spirit Life: A Weekend Retreat back

June 18 - June 19, 2020

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Theme: A Novice in Nature: Transforming Our Spirit Life by Learning from Our Plant and Animal Elders. Drawing from scripture, Robin Wall Kimmerer (Braiding Sweetgrass) and Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), we will explore how to set aside our expectations and preconceptions about "nature" and learn to look, feel, taste and experience being part of the natural world with a beginner's mind.
Leader: Connie Ridgway is a lover of Dayspring and its honoring of nature, which has transformed her life. She is a singer, counselor and meditator as well as a member of Eighth Day Faith Community.

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.