Dates: February 8 - 9, 2020; 9:30AM-5PM
Available by: Attend In-Person Only
Price: General Public: $ 200.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 180.00
One Spirit Elective Credit: 2.0
Winter is the season of trials, even for those of us who love it: short and cold days, icy and penetrating winds – elements inhospitable to warm-blooded humans. We can grow isolated, hibernating in our warm private spaces, overwhelmed by “the blizzard of the world.” Yet winter also has its unique beauty: translucent light, sparkling snow, clarity, and hidden gifts. Paradoxically, without frozen ground and months of dormancy, plants won’t be vibrant in the spring.
Caught up in the rush, demands, and information overload of our daily lives, we can easily fail to recognize and honor Nature’s mysterious process of dormancy and renewal going on around us and within us. Winter invites us to pause and reflect on the light as well as the shadow in our lives, on what lies dormant and hidden with potential for future sprouting. This reflection will be the theme of our retreat.
In a Circle of Trust® retreat, based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, we take the time and create the space, in both solitude and community, to invite and listen for the voice of the soul to speak. Using stories from our own journeys, poems, and insights from various wisdom traditions, we create a “sacred pause” from the busyness of our lives to ask deeper questions, to let our inner wisdom speak, and to explore how to more deeply align our outer lives with our inner truth, together cultivating courage in our challenging times.
Participants in this retreat will have the opportunity to
- Use the imagery and metaphor of winter to connect with our inner wisdom and guidance
- Practice deep listening and work with honest open questions – practice “hearing others into deeper speech”
- Deepen our courage to live more authentically and whole-heartedly
- Experience and practice a powerful discernment process drawn from the Quaker tradition, known as a “Clearness Committee”
Rev. Diane Berke
A psychotherapist and spiritual counselor for over 30 years, Diane is a long-time student and teacher of A Course in Miracles. She is the author of several books on spiritual development and has led workshops and retreats internationally. Diane is a member of the faculty of Andrew Harvey’s Institute for Sacred Activism, and a core team member of Transformation 365, an online initiative to help people develop or deepen a daily contemplative practice.
Cat Greenstreet, M.Ed. has been a Courage & Renewal Facilitator since 2006. She was an educator for 30 years and devoted the last 20 of those to Waldorf® education as an elementary and middle school teacher, a high school English and drama teacher, a teacher educator, and school leader. She taught English in colleges throughout the New York metropolitan area and worked in business as a technical writer. She is the author of Mania Mysteries: A Grief Journey and currently offers Courage & Renewal retreats as well as one-on-one Clearness Conversations, based on Clearness Committees. A thread through all of her work has been creating spaces in which people of all ages can be in touch with their core selves, heal, and realize their full potential. Cat also loves to garden, play the electric bass, sing in choirs, dance, and knit hats.
If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840.