October 14 - October 16, 2022
Theme: When I Am Among the Trees
"When I am among the trees... they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily." ~Mary Oliver
As autumn envelopes the landscape, the evolving colors of the fall forest draw our eyes to the beauty and majesty of trees. Seemingly attired in their most glorious finery, trees are beginning the work of transformation leading to another season of their lives. These wise and ancient ones model for us how to live in the flow of life, shining and secure in who they are. They illustrate the possibility of deep connections woven in a rhythm of reciprocity. Sometimes trees offer themselves as icons, and we are gifted to glimpse the presence of the Ever-Creating-One who enlivens all.
On this retreat, we’ll open to the invitation to learn from the trees; there will be spacious time to “stay awhile” and soak in the beauty. We’ll join our prayers with those of the trees, listening for the longings of the more than human world in the times of peril for so many. Perhaps it will feel right to take the poet’s words into your prayers, and maybe even into your life: “(Y)ou too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.”
Leader: Leah Rampy is the former Executive Director of Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation where she continues to lead pilgrimages as well as programs on contemplative leadership. She is a long-time leader of retreats committed to contemplative prayer and Earth awareness as crucial dimensions of healing and hope for our broken world.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.