In all the world's religions, there are mystical traditions that offer rich legacies of spiritual practice both old and new. In this retreat, we will explore a myriad of practices, such as chanting , walking meditation and centering prayer, that open the heart and awaken the soul. Practical, applied spirituality nurtures receptiveness to the presence of God or our true selves and helps us see the miraculous in the everyday,
In this spacious retreat, we will explore:
While the retreat will be led by Robert Bowler (Beau), Director of Stone Church Center, various Guest Faculty will share their understandings based on many years of experience in particular practices.
- Christian Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer
- Buddhist Mindfulness and Meditation
- Worship and Ritual
- Walking the Labyrinth
- Prayer Beads
- Sacred Song and Chant
- Somatic Breathing
- The Eucharist
Our time together will be enhanced by contemplative morning and evening prayer, optional spiritual direction, informal discussion and personal time as well as the main group sessions.
When you first look at the schedule, it may seem very full. However, please note, that for several of the sessions there are two options, and if you are not interested in a particular session, you should feel to take the time to go for a walk, read and even take a nap! A retreat is a time to refresh and find new inspiration. All the sessions are resources to assist you in that goal.
There are some options with extra costs on the registration form. There is a small charge for the materials for making your own prayer beads during the Saturday afternoon session. And, if you wish to participate in the Breath of the Heart workshop Sunday at 9:00 am, there is a fee for that. However, you can also choose to have a more leisurely Sunday morning with the option of attending the Sunday Eucharist worship service in the church at 10 am.
Robert Bowler or "Beau" is the Director of Stone Church Center. He majored in Religious Studies at Reed College, earned an M.Div. degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.
Liz Rogers will lead us in Sacred Song and Chant and serve as our Chaplain, sitting in on our sessions and available for private counsel throughout the retreat. She is a psychotherapist specializing in the ways spirituality increases mental and emotional health. She is also a singer/songwriter and, as a child, sang for the Metropolitan Opera.
The Rev. Bruce MacDuffie is a retired Episcopal priest associated with Immanuel Episcopal Church. Bruce spent much of his ministry serving churches comprised of Native Americans in North Dakota, other Midwestern Episcopal Dioceses and most recently he served parishes in upstate New York. In retirement, he is active in our area, presiding and preaching at Sunday services and guiding local congregations
Manny Mansbach teaches Insight (Vipassana) Meditation with Vermont Insight Meditation Center in Brattleboro, VT, in Bellows Falls, VT and elsewhere in New England, and offers counseling and consultation for individuals, couples and organizations. For his entire adult life, Manny has been keenly interested in nurturing and facilitating the connections between transformative inner work such as meditation and therapy, relational practices based in skillful communication, development of wholesome community, and nonviolent social transformation.
Sadelle Wiltshire, who will lead the session on Walking the Labyrinth, is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth facilitator, a textile/jewelry/mixed media artist and a Certified Zentangle® Teacher from Putney, Vermont. She has taught a wide variety of workshops across the US and as far as the UK. Sadelle’s art work is influenced by her Quaker faith and she enjoys creating, practicing and teaching with a view towards mindfulness and contemplation.
Nancy Tusinski will teach the session on Prayer Beads and offer private Spiritual Direction during the retreat. She received her formal training as a Spiritual Director with the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation in Lino Lakes, MN. She also has a BS in Adult Learning and Development and is a librarian in a small Vermont town.
Kaiilama Morris will lead the Sunday Morning session on Somatic Breath Practice. She is a lifetime seeker and supporter of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being. Her interest in a variety of spiritual studies and experiences. Her first connecting breathing experience was so profound and astounding that six months later she began training to facilitate others in breath practice.
PLEASE NOTE: The Base cost of $275 is for Regular Tuition and all meals, Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Pay 20% less than that with Early Bird pricing if you register by September 15. There are also further discounts for Friends and Sponsors. You will find the various housing and commuter and other options once you begin the registration process. Call for scholarship information.
Breakfast is self-serve with the breakfast foods available in the kitchen. Lunches and dinners are catered buffet style. Our caterers are skilled at accommodating various dietary needs. Please make a note of your dietary and any other needs on the registration form.
The Retreat House accommodations are comfortable but basic and therefore relatively inexpensive. If you wish to stay at a local Bed and Breakfast, please choose the commuter option. You would then have breakfast at the B&B and lunches and dinners in the Retreat House. We have negotiated special prices at a local B&B:
The Harvest Barn Inn ($10 off going rate per night).
Ask for the Stone Church Arts rate.