12 Days of Christmas 2018: Exploring Inner Rooms.
Dec
25
to Jan 6

12 Days of Christmas 2018: Exploring Inner Rooms.

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Have you ever wondered what the twelve days of Christmas are about? 

We have.

Thus last year we decided to take time off every day to ponder each of them. This year we will do it again and gladly invite you to be part of this journey:

If you feel Christmas always comes faster than expected, and you are not ready for the season, or if the Christmas story does not reach you anymore in the midst of tragic news and the buzz to get things done before the end of the year; if your heart is heavy and burdened and rather offended by Christmas Schmalz, we would like to invite you to a dwelling place, right where you are.  

We invite you to walk together towards the heart of the 12 days of Christmas, to take a break from the hustle and bustle, to breathe, and to wonder, guided and sustained by wise women and men, who lead us along. 

We do not follow much of the tradition of what these 12 Christmas days, but rather explore every year anew what they might mean to each of us, where we are on our journeys of life, and how they might help us to create a breathing space between Christmas Day and Epiphany, to replenish us for the new journeys ahead.

This year we will ponder the inner rooms of our being, the chambers of our heart, waiting in darkness to be lit by the Divine light. Just as the monastery has many rooms, wise teachers tell us that we, ourselves, consist of many rooms waiting to be explored and inhabited.

Sustained by poems, stories and spiritual practices we will walk toward the threshold of the New Year where old and new meet. We will then guide you into some end of year reflections and spiritual practices. From there we walk together towards the light of Epiphany.

You are invited to take some time every day to walk through our virtual Christmas door to find some poetry, reflections, images, and practices to lead you through the 12 days of Christmas.  You can visit our blog daily or just subscribe to receive the daily reflection right in your inbox each of the twelve days. (Links will be added soon)

However you choose we welcome you on this journey. We are looking forward to journeying with you through this sacred time.

Almut & Chuck

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Welcoming the Greening of the Soul with Hildegard of Bingen.
May
11
to May 13

Welcoming the Greening of the Soul with Hildegard of Bingen.

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A Women's Spring Retreat

In this weekend retreat we will journey into Hildegard’s concept of the greening of the soul, and explore how it resonates with our lives across the seasons and provides for our soul’s nourishment. We will take time for learning, reading, reflecting, journaling, resting and walking while participating in the daily rhythm of the monastery.  If you look to get some quiet at Mother's Day weekend and be inspired by other brave women, this is for you.

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Walking with the Desert Elders. Lenten Online Reflections
Mar
5
to Apr 2

Walking with the Desert Elders. Lenten Online Reflections

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The deep origins of Christianity are in the desert. Also the origins of monasticism came from Christians walking into the desert, away from the distractions and comfort of urban society.  This Lent, we invite you to reflect on the spiritual journeys and wisdom of those desert Elders.  What knowledge can these gentle and severe extremists bring us for our own life journeys?

 

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Twelve Days of Christmas Online Meditation
Dec
24
to Jan 6

Twelve Days of Christmas Online Meditation

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If you feel like Christmas has again come faster than expected, and you have not gotten around to your Advent wreath yet; if you feel like Christmas does not really reach you anymore in the midst of tragic news and the buzz to get things done before the end of the year; if your heart is heavy and burdened and rather offended by Christmas Schmalz, we would like to invite you to a dwelling place, right where you are - and when ever you can.

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On Virtues and the Good Life
Oct
20
to Oct 22

On Virtues and the Good Life

A Fall RETREAT WITH SAINT HILDEGARD AND BENEDICT 

We will discover how Hildegard and Benedict both portray the vices and virtues, and discover the central of that humility plays. We will study, explore and experience how the old tale of the struggle of the soul between vices and virtues resonates with our post modern life stories, and what this understanding can provide us for soul nourishment. While doing so we will take part in the rhythm of the monastic place sharing meals, learning, laughing, resting and walking.

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Works of Love: Contemplating the Burden and Bliss of our Calling
Oct
16
to Oct 18

Works of Love: Contemplating the Burden and Bliss of our Calling

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Burnout is central problem for those who care deeply about their work, be it leaders, pastors, doctors, nurses, therapists, or even accountants.  We become so attached to our work that we burn out, and what used to give us joy now simply exhausts us.  In this Sunday to Tuesday Cloisterseminar, we will learn from St. Benedict the proper attachment to work and to the contemplative life.  From Kierkegaard's famous Works of Love, we will contemplate how we can burn for the work we do without burning ourselves out. Interwoven with these readings will be opportunities to explore, contemplate, and evaluate your own commitments and expectations, and for long walks in the beautiful Fall woods of the Abbey. 

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Tracing the Sacred in our Labor
Sep
2
to Sep 4

Tracing the Sacred in our Labor

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A Contemplative Journaling Retreat at the Lake Side

If you are looking for a place of solitude to spend the coming Labor Day weekend, we invite you for a Friday evening to Sunday retreat at beautiful St Johns Abbey guesthouse. Time for reflecting, writing, walking, and swimming... 

A central theme of Benedictine spirituality is the integration of prayer and work, vita activa and vita contemplativa, such that both are made holy.  In our busy and secular world, how can this be possible?  We will together explore our own lives through writing about important and sacred moments in our work and personal lives, and sharing these stories with each other. We will grapple with questions like: what is my work?  What work am I called to do in this stage of my life? What meaning did or does my work have?

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Walking the Seasons of the Soul with Hildegard of Bingen.
Sep
17
9:00 AM09:00

Walking the Seasons of the Soul with Hildegard of Bingen.

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A Fall Renewal Retreat for Clergy and related fields, sponsored by the River Valley District of the United Methodist Church. 

If you are looking for a day apart offering you space for learning, reflecting, journaling, contemplating, and rejuvenating this might be the day for you:

At the transition to Fall we will learn about Hildegard's understanding of the cycle of life, which is maintained by viriditas, the greening power, life force of all creation. We will learn and explore how this understanding can enrich our own understanding of life and creation and how it speaks into our life across the seasons.

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Rumi, Benedict, and spiritual (un)becoming
Jun
12
to Jun 14

Rumi, Benedict, and spiritual (un)becoming

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In this Cloister Seminar we will explore what Rumi, Benedict, and the modern psychology of religion have to say to each of us about the process of (un)becoming during our journey of selfhood.  We will practice Rumi's poetry, Benedictine chant, and ask how (un)becoming one self and growing in love are interconnected. The weekend will be structured by guided readings and practices for personal reflection, imbedded into the rhythm of the Abbey, shared meals and gatherings.

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Viriditas - Welcoming the Greening of the Soul with Hildegard of Bingen.
May
22
to May 24

Viriditas - Welcoming the Greening of the Soul with Hildegard of Bingen.

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A women's cloister retreat

In this weekend cloister retreat we will focus on Hildegard's key concept of viriditas, the greening power, life force of all creation. Participants will be guided into studying and embodying, exploring and experiencing how the idea of viriditas resonates with our life and life stories, and what it provides for our own soul nourishment. While doing so we will take part in the rhythm of the monastery, sharing meals, learning, laughing, resting and walking...

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Hildegard of Bingen on the Greening of the Soul
Apr
26
to Apr 27

Hildegard of Bingen on the Greening of the Soul

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A spring renewal for people in ministry and related fields

Starting on Sunday afternoon this Hildegard cloister retreat invites especially those serving in ministry and related fields who long for some time off to rejuvenate. Learn about Hildegard's key concept of viriditas, the greening power of all creation, and how it is embedded in her understanding of cosmos and human being. Explore and experience how viriditas resonates with your own spiritual journey and what it can provide for your soul's renewal. While doing so we will take part in the rhythm of the monastic life, sharing meals, learning, laughing, resting and walking.

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"Walking inside yourself." A winter solitude
Feb
27
to Mar 1

"Walking inside yourself." A winter solitude

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In the depth of winter, this cloister retreat offers you guidance into a time of rest and solitude: to read, learn, journal, contemplate, share, walk and rejuvenate. We especially invites those in-midst of life's transitions, at a threshold of life, in times of challenge or change, and also those who feel they have not yet fully arrived in the New Year. ...

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Hildegard of Bingen on Health and Healing
Nov
8
to Nov 9

Hildegard of Bingen on Health and Healing

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Hildegard of Bingen was not only a remarkable woman of her time but also a monastic leader, an inspiring theologian, philosopher, composer, and naturopath. In this seminar we will both learn the many facets of Hildegard as well as explore and experience her monastic spirituality and what it can provide to us for our own soul nourishment.

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