August 15, 2022

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

April 1 - April 3, 2022

This retreat is full. Please let us know if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

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 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 reflections with morning and evening prayers on Saturday. The silence ends after breakfast Sunday morning with a time of sharing and worship, followed by lunch and departure.

You must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to attend weekend retreats.  We are requiring that masks be worn indoors except when dining or in your personal room.

The cost for weekend retreats is $250.  A $100 deposit is required to register.  (Let us know if you need financial assistance.)  To reserve a space email Nat Reid at, or send a check with a note indicating which retreat you wish to register for.

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.  Please plan to stay for the entire retreat.