Spiritual Retreat Programmes
A Thematic Retreat with Margaret Silf: Living God's Dream
This retreat will be held May 31 - June 5, 2015 at Villa Saint Martin - 9451, Boulevard Gouin Ouest, Montreal (QC) H8Y 1T2
"God has a dream! Not a vague and fanciful dream, but a dream of how things can be in our world and in our lives. It is a dream that comes fired with divine passion, and one that invites our personal and collective response, to make it a reality on planet earth in our own everyday living.
During this retreat we will explore what this might mean for us in practice: ‘How can we cooperate with the unfolding of the divine dream?’ We look at how God’s dream is revealing itself in our own lives, explore some practical ways of discovering where God’s dream meets our own desires, and how we can live it out day by day using discernment. We will also reflect on the call to ‘detachment’, which is an invitation to sit sufficiently lightly to all created things, so that we are free to enjoy them totally if they are available to us, but not lose our inner balance if they are taken away, thus experiencing true spiritual freedom. The retreat will be guided throughout by the wisdom, and the practical tools, of St. Ignatius Loyola and we will end by reflecting on our own response to God’s call to play our part in bringing the dream to fullness. No previous knowledge or experience of Ignatian spirituality is required."
"Margaret Silf is the author of a number of books for 21st century spiritual pilgrims, and spends much of her time ‘on the road’, travelling widely in her itinerant lifestyle. She works ecumenically, across and beyond the traditional denominations and is passionate about making Christian spirituality accessible in everyday life."
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Summer Silent Directed Retreat
The Star of the North Retreat Centre, in St. Albert, Alberta, is hosting a silent directed retreat from July 12 to July 16, 2015. The spiritual directors are: Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie, OMI, Patricia Macdonald, Fr. Mike McCaffery and Pat Jameson. the theme is Come to the quiet.
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The deadline to register is June 23.
Jericho House Will Host a Guided, Contemplative Retreat
Sister Maureen Wild, SC, is a Sister of Charity of Halifax, with roots in the Peace River country and now on the west coast, Maureen lives her spirituality and long time commitment to ecology. For over 20 years her primary ministry has focused on spiritual ecology programs and retreats. Her M.Ed. (’93) focused on new cosmology and earth consciousness.
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Guided Contemplative retreat with Sr. Maureen Wild, SC
Ecology Retreat with Rev. Harper Has Been Postponed
Fletcher Harper asked to be excused from this summer's retreat - July 7-12, 2015 - as he has been asked to organize a Peoples’ Climate March inRome to coincide with Pope Francis’ encyclical on Climate Change. He agreed to reschedule in 2016. Save this date: July 11-15, 2016.
Ecology Retreat 2015 : To Repair the World
A Vision and a Spirituality, a Platform and a Campaign for the Planet
July 7-12, 2015 with Rev. Fletcher Harper
At Jericho House in Port Colborne, Ontario
Much good work has been done within faith communities to highlight the grave threats facing the environment. Other religious leaders, following the teachings of Thomas Berry, have offered a new cosmology, a moving,mystical vision that points towards human and ecological flourishing.
Now, the time has arrived for a new religious call to action that goes beyond naming problems and offering a new cosmology to articulating a solution to the ecological crisis. To represent a genuinely religious vision, this solution must address both of the dual threats of dire poverty and ecological degradation. lt must lay out a plan, with compelling moral and spiritual energy, for bringing a new world into being - one in which the Earth is healed and massive numbers of good, greenjob s created. And, it must be spiritually moving and practically actionable for faith communities around the world, and provide diverse faith groups with ways they can act publicly to "repair the world" and to press global leaders to do the same.
ln this retreat, Rev.Fletcher Harper, the Executive Director of GreenFaith, will introduce this new religious call to action. ln successive sessions, participants will explore the practical yet radical details for such a plan, touching on issues of spirituality and purpose for faith communities as well as the underlying economic, cultural and political forces that must be engaged. And, the retreat will provide participants with resources and materials they can use to engage their own communities in this work.
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Jericho House is an ecumenical and inter-faith youth leadership, justice and spirituality centre that welcomes adults and whose primary purpose is to offer education in leadership, ecological & social justice and spirituality. This purpose is enhanced by the Jericho House’s practice of hospitality which creates an inclusive and supportive environment for all visitors.