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Halloween Labyrinth Walk
Friday 31st October 6:30 - 7:30pm

Crossing Thresholds
Tuesday 4th November Nov 4, 11, 18 (Tu), 6 - 8 pm

Tuesday Restoring Balance Luncheon
Tuesday 4th November 12 Noon - 1 pm

Creating Calm for Adults & Children: Centering Practices for ADHD
Wednesday 5th November Nov 5, 12 (W), 12 noon-1 pm

Reflections on the Poetry of Wendell Berry: A Quiet Day in the Texas Hill Country
Thursday 6th November Nov 6 (Th), 9 am-4 pm

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Advent Contemplative Retreat

The Light Inside the Dark: Cultivating the Selfless Self

"For the Christian, meditation is not a way to esoteric knowledge. It is a way to greater love. It is not a way of speculation but of practice... It opens the eye of wisdom in those who practice it in faith, because it opens the deepest center to release the power of Christ." -Laurence Freeman

This five day contemplative retreat takes place in the serene atmosphere of the Sonoran Desert at the Redemptorist Center for Renewal. The quiet of the desert provides an ideal container as we wait in the darkness of Advent to give birth to the Light within us. The darkness we experience before the winter solstice is held to be a sacred time of waiting and renewal in all cultures. In this retreat we will draw on the wisdom of contemplative teachers, Laurence Freeman and John Tarrant and the practice of contemplative prayer to help us open our hearts to the Light of the Selfless Self within each of us.

Patricia Speier, DMin

Reflections on the Poetry of Wendell Berry: A Quiet Day in the Texas Hill Country
Sit and be quiet. In a while
the red berries, now in shadow,
will be picked out by the sun.
The poet and sage, Wendell Berry has published many collections of his Sabbath Poems. In 2013 he gathered them together in This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems. In the preface he writes: "These poems were written in silence, in solitude, mainly out of doors. A reader will like them best, I think, who reads them in similar circumstances..." Join us for a day of Sabbath--rest and renewal--as we prayerfully read and discuss the wisdom of Berry’s poems and spend time together in meditation and contemplative silence.
Patricia Speier