The Mystical and Visionary Thinking of Teilhard de Chardin – Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault

Date 19 Sep 2016 - 24 Sep 2016

Location Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre

Details

This Wisdom School with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault is made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness, and contemplative prayer.

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This Wisdom School will embrace new evolutionary ground as we explore the mystical and visionary thinking of Teilhard de Chardin. His work, as made more accessible by Cynthia Bourgeault, is critically important for shaping a renewed Christian path for the 21st century and enabling us to embrace the future with compassion, courage, and spiritual intelligence. As with all Wisdom Schools, there will be a balance of teaching, meditative sitting, liturgy, and embodied practice.


RETREAT DETAILS

Cost: $800 CAD shared / $1000 CAD private (includes teaching fees, accommodations, and meals). A limited number of partial scholarships will be made available.

Deposit: A $100 CAD non-refundable deposit will be requested from you once your application has been accepted, and you have received your offer to attend. 

Fees include buffet style vegetarian meals, including vegan and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions. All taxes included in fees. Opportunities to car-pool will be made available. Thanks to the generosity of our membership and supporting organisations, we will also have a limited number of scholarships available. 
 
While this historic forestry camp facility offers simple, rustic charm in a lakeside, woodsy setting, it was specifically built for a team of men with few private rooms. Also, there is not a surplus of washrooms and showers and, therefore, people may find they have to wait or be flexible in timing their use of these. As we held a successful and rich Wisdom School on this site in 2014, we are confident that participants will reap many rewards at this location, especially if they come with the intention of bringing an open attitude, and a sense of humour and goodwill. Whatever challenges present themselves, Cynthia often reminds us this is precisely the conditions for experiencing the full benefit of a Wisdom School. 

Performing daily Benedictine work will also be an integral part of the Wisdom School. This will include some type of physical task such as light work on the grounds or housekeeping, such as bathroom clean-up, sweeping, etc. This will allow us to move more into our bodies as we balance the work of our time together. 

Although silence and mediation are a component of Wisdom Schools, they are not full silent retreats. The schedule will include teaching sessions, time for group sharing, and question and answer sessions, as well as free unstructured time. Typically, silence will be practiced from the final sit in the evening through to the next morning session after breakfast. 

Given all the above, we ask you to carefully consider if this event is suitable to you prior to applying.

Applications are now closed. To increased your chances of coming next time, become a member!

For enquiries or questions please phone 250-381-9650 or email admin@contemplative.org.

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