May you find a harmony between your soul and your life. May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart. John O'Donohue
Clay and Threshold: Explorations of Longing and Belonging October 11-14, 2021 Marie Joseph Spiritual Center Biddeford, Maine
The Marie Joseph Spiritual Center sits on the ocean in southern Maine. This magical setting mirrors the pace and intention of this 4-day retreat: a gentle ebb and flow of personal contemplative time, shared inquiry and creative response about the fundamental questions and experiences of what it means to be spiritual (Longing) and human (Belonging)--or is it the other way around? After a year of isolation, how are these things different? These are not questions of the mind but those of the soul, and so contemplative creative process--writing, art making of all kinds, beach sojourning, walking meditation--will be mediums for inquiry and discovery. You need not be "artistic" or "creative" in anyway, only curious. A variety of user-friendly creative materials will be available for you to engage with.
Selected recorded interviews and readings from Irish theologian John O'Donohue on the themes of Longing and Belonging will be the ground from which we will gather each day in shared reflection and conversation.
We will gather twice a day and participants will receive a "workbook" of sorts, with questions, prompts, and suggestions, inviting you into your own rhythms of time for rest, reflection, creativity and community.
Reasons to Join Us: -the Maine ocean at the height of Fall -the company of other seekers -time and spaciousness for your soul -to explore how creativity informs your spiritual --to further deepen the framework of your spiritual life -to re-imagine themes, expressions and language of "spirituality," which are ultimately about relationship
Cost of this retreat will be determined shortly, and depends on if you are coming for the daytime sessions only or staying overnight at the Center.
Overnight Retreatants will have private rooms with shared bathrooms. Three meals will be provided in the cost.