Winter Light & Shadow: Finding Courage in Challenging Times: A Circle of Trust® Retreat

Winter Light & Shadow: Finding Courage in Challenging Times: A Circle of Trust® Retreat

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

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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”

FACULTY:

Diane Berke

Rev. Diane Berke

Rev. Diane Berke is the Founder and Spiritual Director of One Spirit Learning Alliance and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She is a licensed mental health counselor in New York State and has been a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor in private practice for over 30 years. A longtime student and teacher of A Course in Miracles, Diane has written four books based on the Course: Love Always Answers, The Gentle Smile, Forgiveness as a Path of Awakening and All Things are Lessons: Essential Teachings of a Course in Miracles. She also serves on the core faculty of Andrew Harvey's Institute for Sacred Activism.

Cat Greenstreet

Cat Greenstreet

Cat Greenstreet, M.ed. has been facilitating Courage & Renewal® Retreats, using the Circle of Trust® approach, for teachers, clergy, healthcare professionals, and others since 2006. she was an educator for 30 years and devoted the last 20 of those to Waldorf education. Cat cofounded Hidden Water, a restorative justice program designed to help individuals heal from the devastating impact of child sexual abuse within a family system. 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.

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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.