Many blessings on this last day of May!

In this newsletter we share several events being hosted in our contemplative community in the coming months. This includes a Summer Centering Prayer Intensive at Providence Renewal Centre, a National Conference Retreat: From Anxiety to Peace at UBC Vancouver, and a Contemplative Retreat: Coming Home to Divine Light in Dark Times at Sorrento Centre. Find out more below!

Blessings,

Tabitha Black-Lock

The Contemplative Society

Summer Centering Prayer: Awakening to Oneness

When: Sunday, July 14, 2024, to Sunday, July 21, 2024
Where: Providence Renewal Centre

This retreat will include teachings on Oneness and Unitive Consciousness from Father Thomas Keating and Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault along with multiple daily periods of silence in Centering Prayer as a group. It will weave in teachings from Thomas Berry, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Matthew Fox, and provide opportunities to experience Forest Therapy and Lectio Terra so that we may come into a felt sense of communion with the living world. This shift in consciousness is vital in these times of ecological destruction and human divisiveness. This retreat will be in full silence with the exception of the opportunity to engage in meaningful reflections together after the teachings.

The Canadian Christian Meditation Community (CCMC)
invites you to attend the

National Conference Retreat: From Anxiety to Peace

When: July 5–7, 2024
Where: UBC Vancouver, British Columbia

We will see why the solution to the ecological crisis lies in our inner ecology. For what we are like internally so we will act externally.

Led by Laurence Freeman OSB, Spiritual Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation. Keynote speaker Kaveh Guilanpour, former senior member of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Team and Vice-President for International Strategies at the Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions. Other speakers are Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau and Dr. Jason Brown, Lecturer in Religious Studies, Simon Fraser University.

2024 Contemplative Retreat: Coming Home to Divine Light in Dark Times

When: Friday – Sunday November 15 – 17, 2024
Where: Sorrento Centre, Sorrento, BC

Join us for a weekend of heart-centered contemplative practices. Together we will create a nurturing and transformative community.  Through guided meditation, chant, embodied prayer, Centering Prayer, labyrinth walking, lectio divina, and more, we will journey deeply into the Light of Christ. Come and be renewed to live in the Light amidst the challenges and dark times of life.

Retreat Leaders: Henri Lock and Leslie Black