Retreat Programs

 

Individually Directed Retreats

Tuesday, September 19 – Friday, September 22

Led by the Monastic Community & Friends

*Short written assignment before the retreat begins

*Limited registration

Spend some time with a director and a good deal of time in silence.  This is a retreat in which prayer and silence will be practiced as an invitation for deeper union with God and in which each participant will work with a spiritual director chosen by the monastic community.

Cost: $350; deposit: $80

 

Healing Icon Writing Retreat

Tuesday, September 26 – Friday, September 29

Led by Christine Hales

The practice of Icon writing is based on praying before, during and finishing painting a sacred image.  That Image is usually a Holy Person, Christ, a Gospel story etc. that takes on new life through the creation of the Icon. Using the ancient method of painting with egg tempera we will create a simple Icon in the Byzantine Style.

We will write the Archangel Raphael, known as the Archangel of healing. Beginners and advanced welcome. If you’ve taken class with  Christine before and wish to do a different Icon, after registration, email her with your ideas and a photo of what you’s like to write.  Otherwise, Basic concepts of Icon writing, history and methods of painting will be demonstrated.

Christine Hales is a well-loved teacher and iconographer whose icon commissions are at St. Vincent’s Church in Albany, the Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, NY, and many private collections. She has taught icon-writing workshops for over ten years, and her style of icon writing is both contemporary and honors the ancient traditions of iconography.  For more information, visit www.newchristianicons.com.

Cost: $560; deposit: $120

 

Memorare

Wednesday, September 27 – Sunday, October 1

Led by Beverly Donofrio

Limited to 10 participants.

A five-day writing retreat for people already in the process of composing their memoirs. We will meet each day for three hours to discuss, review, and read our work to each other. Exercises may be given, depending on the group’s needs. The rest of the time is your own to write, read, contemplate, walk, pray. The idea is to create a sense of expansiveness in which you may create material that teaches and surprises you.

Beverly Donofrio has published three memoirs: her first, The New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie; her second, Looking for Mary was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Book; and her latest,Astonished, is still collecting accolades. She has also published three children’s books. She has taught creative nonfiction workshops across the United States and is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University. Ms. Donofrio lives in Wood­stock, NY. Visit beverlydonofrio.com to read some of her essays.

Cost: $ 600, deposit: $120

 

Agents of Peace in a Time of Fear

Tuesday, October 3 – Friday, October 6

Led by Masud Syedullah, TSSF & Garrett Mettler

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

In these days when hate speech and acts of violence are all too common, many find themselves fearful and with a sense of helplessness. We don’t have to be. As followers of Christ, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers and reconcilers, just as he was. This retreat aims to reinforce our trust in and dedication to the peacemaking work of Christ. Through prayer, reflection on scripture, and times of silence, participants will have opportunities to personally tap into that “peace that surpasses all understanding.” Furthermore, they will consider ways to create safe and constructive dialogue among those who have not had much positive conversation with each other regarding race, politics, class, or religion. And to help put faith into practice, they will be empowered with methods to use in their relationships and communities for positive responses to violence.

The Rev. Masud Ibn Syedullah TSSF, Founder and Director of Roots & Branches: Programs for Spiritual Growth, a ministry resource for individuals and communities of faith (rootsandbranchesprograms.org). An Episcopal priest of the Diocese of New York, he creates and leads an array of conferences, retreats, pilgrimages, and other events to support spiritual formation.

The Rev. Garrett Mettler, Associate, Roots & Branches, is an Episcopal priest and former journalist interested in creating more intersections between Christian wisdom and secular culture. While serving in congregations, he has taught and written about how to apply faith practices in everyday life. In his ministry as a school chaplain, he has worked to strengthen inter-generational relationships, bringing the insights, creativity and curiosity of youth and adults together in mutually encouraging ways.

Cost: $450 ; deposit: $150

 

A Lotus in the Desert: Yoga and the Monastic Life

Tuesday, October 3- Friday, October 6

Led by David Robles, E-RYT

Join us for an in-depth discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a cornerstone text in yogic asceticism and meditation, with an eye towards similar traditions in the west. Explore not only the background of the yoga tradition but the origins of western monasticism as we compare the teachings of Patanjali with the Desert Fathers, uncovering their commonalities and differences. Open to all, this retreat also provides the necessary 10 contact hours for yoga teachers looking to meet their continuing education requirements. This retreat also provides the necessary 10 contact hours for yoga teachers looking to meet their continuing education requirements.

David Robles is the co-owner of Liberation Yoga and Wellness Center in Mahopac NY. With a life-long interest in yoga and spirituality, he has taught numerous workshops and teacher trainings in the New York area. David enjoys making classical texts accessible to modern practitioners and sharing his love of philosophy with his students. Believing in the universality of religious experience, he emphasizes a comparative, humanistic and psychological approach to the subject matter.

Cost: $350, deposit: $80

 

Fall Contemplative Days

Tuesday,  October 10 – Friday, October 13

Limited to 15 participants.

Join the brothers in this time of complete silence, with no programs or spiritual direction offered and a reduced worship schedule.

Cost: $240, deposit: $80

 

Ballroom Dancing for Couples 

Friday,  October 13 – Sunday, October 15

Led by Julie and Joe Donato

Have you always wanted to learn to dance? This is a joyful weekend for committed couples seeking to learn to dance or improve their dancing, to develop an activity to enjoy together, and through this activity, deep in their faith. Through the verbal and nonverbal instruction of partner dancing and the role of leading and following, we learn how to improve communication, create trust, and find more joy in relationship. We will learn the basics of waltz, foxtrot, swing, rumba, cha-cha and merengue in a relaxed, noncompetitive and fun style. The week and also includes time for reflection and quiet.

Joe and Julie Donato met at a swing dance. Joe was a long time ballroom teacher in the Philadelphia area, and moved to the Hudson Valley when they were married and 2012. They opened their own studio in Poughkeepsie and have enjoyed teaching couples and singles there and throughout the Hudson Valley. With members of this dance duo also have many years of leading retreats, worship groups and small group ministry. They are known as patient encouraging teachers and have led hundreds of people to enjoy the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of social dancing.

Cost: $590 per couple which includes tuition, room and board.

To register or ask questions please contact Julie Donato at 845-227-2706 or  JulieMB@prodigy.net.

 

Courageous Ministry In The Age of Tribalism

Tuesday, October 17- Friday, October 20

Led by Rev. Ed Bacon

Through a rhythm of addresses, guided meditations, ample space for sitting and walking contemplation, and journaling, Ed Bacon will facilitate an examination of the cultural, political, and religious context for ministry today. We have moved from healthy adversarial democracy to a politics of tribalistic polarization and fearmongering. Effective ministry is rooted in the Wholemaking path of Christ which heals and is rooted in Thomas Merton’s claim that “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.”

Ed Bacon is an Episcopal priest and a national voice on issues of faith and justice for all regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. His energies focus on leadership in anxious times; living a love-based life as opposed to a fear-based life; peacemaking; interfaith relations; contemplative practices and their impact on relationships, creativity, and brain functioning; and, articulating the Christian faith in non-bigoted, science-friendly, and inclusive ways. Until his retirement in May 2016 Bacon was the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California. The author of 8 Habits of Love, he has been both a guest and a regular guest host on Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Series on Oprah & Friends Radio, and a guest panelist in the Spirituality 101 segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show’s “Living Your Best Life” series.

Cost: $400, deposit: $120

 

October  Garden Days

Tuesday, October 24 -Friday, October 27

Led by Br. Aidan Owen

Limited to 8 participants.

Join the monastic community in the Benedictine rhythm of work and prayer, help us maintain and restore our garden spaces, and enjoy the beauty of the Hudson Valley in the fall. We will have morning and afternoon work periods as well as time for the Office, rest, and recreation. No payment is required, although your donation in any amount will be gladly accepted to support our life and work.

 

Prayerful Stitches

Thursday, October 19 – Sunday, October 22

Led by the Monastic Community & Friends

Join us for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival and a prayerful focus on being mindful and intentional in our yarn work. Bring your own stitching material and technique of choice (knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, etc).

Cost: $350, deposit: $80

 

Poetry, Politics, and the Life of the Spirit.

Tuesday, October 31 – Friday, November 3

Led by Marilyn McEntyre

This retreat will the explore relationships among three dimensions of our life of faith in a series of talks entitled Poetry, Politics, and Spiritual Practice. What we read—especially when we read formatively and imaginatively—how we participate in public life, and how we enter into and deepen prayer, worship, and other spiritual practices are closely related realms of choice. It is her hope that these talks will help move us toward and mutual encouragement as we seek ways to equip one another for discerning and faithful lives in a time of political tensions, economic anxieties, and dwindling literacy.

Marilyn McEntyre, longtime professor of American literature and medical humanities, is author of a number of books, two of which are especially pertinent to the topic of this retreat: Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies and Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities at UC Berkeley and a Fellow at the Gaede Institute, Westmont College, and serves as an active hospice volunteer.

Cost: $375, deposit: $80

 

Your Life as Story

Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5

Led by Beverly Donofrio

Limited to 10 participants.

Are you stuck, looking for a way in, unable to figure out how to proceed, wondering how to make a cohesive story and a compelling read from the raw material that is your life? To master memoirist Beverly Donofrio writing is about diving deep to find your truth, and then shaping your experiences into a story others will not want to put down: because your truth, pain, shame, obsessions, help them face their own. And because telling your story not only has the potential to heal the teller, but the reader, too.

Beverly will offer in-class exercises designed to unearth memory and approach your material in a safe, fun, and original way. She will instruct you in the craft of plot, setting, and reflection, teach you how to move back and forth in time seamlessly and to write detailed, visually descriptive language.

Beverly Donofrio has published three memoirs: her first, The New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie; her second, Looking for Mary was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Book; and her latest,Astonished, is still collecting accolades. She has also published three children’s books. She has taught creative nonfiction workshops across the United States and is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University. Ms. Donofrio lives in Wood­stock, NY. Visit beverlydonofrio.com to read some of her essays.

Cost: $ 390, deposit: $120

 

Alexander Technique

Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5

Led by Dan Cayer

This retreat features three days of intensive yet relaxing work using the Alexander Technique, a 100-year-old method aimed at improving the way the body is used. A few of the many benefits of the technique are learning how to reduce tension and stress, improving posture, and managing pain. Those who may benefit from the technique are people in pain, those with physical restrictions, those who want to improve their posture, performers, musicians, athletes, and those interested in the mind/body connection. The workshop will be full of hands-on work, dialogue, in-depth learning, and fun. All levels are welcome, from beginners to those who have studied the technique extensively. Why not take time for yourself in a special time, in a special place, and find a healthy mind/body balance?

Dan Cayer is a nationally-certified Alexander Technique teacher working in the field of pain, injury, and stress. He brings the unique experience of a life-changing injury and extensive mindfulness training to help students become less stuck in their bodies. Dan now teaches the Technique as a method of recovering balance and well-being. He has conducted workshops in New York, Las Vegas, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Dan’s website at www.dancayerfluidmovement.com.

Cost: $395 for tuition, room and board; for commuters, $275.

To register or ask questions, please contact Julie Donato at 845-227-2706 or  JulieMB@prodigy.net.

 

Brush with God

Tuesday, November 7– Friday, November 10

Led by Rev. Peter Pearson

For over twenty five years, Peter Pearson has been teaching others to paint icons using the classic techniques of Byzantine iconography.  In each workshop there is a focus on the four fold way of iconographers: technique, history, theology, and prayer.  Each student will complete their own icon from start to finish in a peaceful environment that fosters a deeper experience of praying in and through the brush strokes.  This year, we’ll do a simple icon during out time together.

No previous experience or training in art is necessary and all materials will be furnished.  All that is required is a willingness to let go and to try something new. Please join us for this exciting journey into Byzantine iconography!

Peter Pearson, has been painting icons since he was 12 years old and has taught hundreds of people to learn to paint them as well.  The author of two books on icon painting, he is also a priest in the Diocese of Bethlehem, PA. Each of these aspects of his life nourishes his soul as well as the souls of those he serves.

Cost: $475, deposit: $80

 

The Luminous Gospels 

Tuesday, November 14 – Friday, November 17

Led by Rev. Matthew Wright

This retreat will focus on an exploration of early Christian Wisdom literature, paying particular attention to the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip. These three texts came to light in the mid-20th century and give us important insight into the development of early Christianity and the Christian mystical tradition. We’ll look at what they have to teach us about Jesus, the early Church, and how they can nourish our own spiritual journeys today.

Join us for a weekend of teaching, chanting, and silent meditation, while participating in the rhythms of a Benedictine monastery.

Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest and retreat leader. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and as a teacher for Northeast Wisdom (www.northeastwisdom.org), a non-profit dedicated to the renewal of the Christian Wisdom tradition. Matthew and his wife, Yanick, live alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.

Cost: $350, deposit: $80

 

Dramatizing Scripture

Tuesday, November 14 – Friday, November 17

Led by Br. Josép Martínez-Cubero, OHC

Until the printing press made ownership of books commonplace, the Bible was experienced by listening to it being read aloud, and it was largely written with this in mind. Expand your experience of Holy Scripture by exploring different ways of delivering aloud the words of the Bible. We will use a variety of acting techniques including light and easy physical exercises, diction exercises, games, and journaling. We will do dramatic readings of scripture being attentive to what in the text “hits us”, and describing what we know about God in those sections of scripture that speak to us. No acting experience is necessary, but do come with an open mind, a relaxed stance, and a desire to know scripture in a new way.

Br. Josép has been a theatre director and voice teacher for more than 25 years. Before entering the Order of the Holy Cross, he worked as a voice teacher and theatre director in NYC for 18 years. He founded The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre of NYC in 1999, and Delphi Theatre in 2004. With those two organizations he produced over 130 plays, musical, and operas, and taught acting, scene study, and musical theatre repertoire classes. As a singer/actor he has performed in operas, oratorios, musical theatre, concerts, recitals, cabarets, and theatrical plays throughout the United States.

Cost: $340, deposit: $80

 

An Introduction to Centering Prayer

Friday, November 17 – Sunday, November 19

Led by Br. Bernard Delcourt, OHC

Centering Prayer is a simple method of prayer rooted in ancient Christian practice that opens us to God’s presence and divine healing. It is simply moving deep within ourselves, in silence, saying nothing, asking for nothing, just being and consenting to God’s presence and action within us.

We will learn what Centering Prayer is and get to practice it several times through the weekend. This silent retreat will allow for quiet solitude in community with time for reflection. It will also allow you to join the monks in their cycle of public prayer, the Daily Office throughout your visit.

Brother Bernard Delcourt is a long-time practitioner of Centering Prayer and other forms of contemplative prayer.

Cost $275, Deposit $80.

 

Thanksgiving, the  Monastery Way

with the Monastic Community

Tuesday, November 21 – Friday, November 24

 Harvest Thanksgiving is a wonderful and ancient tradition that calls us into a thankful relationship with God and with God’s creation. As Americans, we join with our sisters and brothers without regard to faith tradition in giving thanks and praise to God at every opportunity. At the monastery, we blend American (yes, Turkey, dressing and the works on Thanksgiving) with religious tradition. Join us for any or all of these days.

Cost: $250 for all three nights, deposit: $80

 

Practices of Presence: Silent Retreat with Yoga and Meditation

Friday Nov 24 – Sunday Nov 26, 2017

Led by Carolyn Bluemle

Limited to 13 participants

Come, take refuge, enter a monastic rhythm of silence and presence. In yoga postures, align body and breath in prayer. In meditation, let yourself rest in God by letting God rest in you. In mindful walking and mindful eating cultivate presence and gratitude. Chant the psalms with the monks. Sing Taizé chants in the beautiful chapel.

We can think of the kingdom of heaven as a distant land, or we can enter the kingdom of heaven within through practices of presence. The kingdom is that land where our heart opens and it is in the present moment that can we bridge the gulf between ourselves and others. To enter the kingdom of heaven is to become available: available to the world, to ourselves, and to God. There Christ can become visible beside us, above us, below us, before us and we may see the face of Christ in those we meet. The day may dawn and the morning star may rise in our hearts—in the midst of our joy and in the midst of our suffering. The celebration of the Kingdom is the culmination of the church year before the quiet days of Advent and is a beautiful way to follow our celebrations of Thanksgiving and gratitude.

There will be a prayer table in the practice room. For that table, please bring something that will remind you of what you would like to be available for or available to. Yoga props are provided. Previous experience with yoga is not required but is recommended because familiarity with some of the postures makes it easier to enter the practice as prayer. All postures can be modified for any-body.

Carolyn Bluemle has taught yoga since 1989 and is Iyengar certified. She has led numerous retreats at Holy Cross and workshops in the Sacred Circles program at the Washington National Cathedral. She holds a Masters in ancient Greek philosophy from UC Berkeley and has enjoyed many years as a dancer. Through the healing practices of yoga, meditation, and Taizé chant she has renewed her Christian faith. Her teaching, precise and enthusiastic, with humor and compassion, reflects her deep experience of yoga as prayer.www.cmagicisafoot.com

Fee: $ 260  Deposit:$ 80

 

The Human Face of God: An Advent Retreat

Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3

Led by Rev. Martin Smith

Scripture speaks of the Holy One shining “in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). In our meditative retreat we will open ourselves to that radiance, and seek to renew our sense of wonder at our own call to be fully human, as God became fully human in the person of Jesus. As we prepare to live in an unprecedented culture replete with artificial intelligence, our spirituality needs a heightened commitment to cherishing what is uniquely human, personal and embodied, a humanness that God has immeasurably dignified in the Incarnation.

Fr. Martin L. Smith is well know throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond for his explorations of contemporary spirituality through workshops, retreats and preaching, and widely read books, including The Word is Very Near You, A Season for the Spirit, Reconciliation, Compass and Stars, Love Set Free, and recently, with the Rev. Julia Gatta, Go in Peace: the Art of Hearing Confessions. He has over thirty years of experience in training and supervising preachers and spiritual directors. Now retired, he makes Washington, DC his base for a roving ministry of spiritual formation and teaching.

Cost: $350; deposit: $80

 

Individually Directed Retreats

Tuesday, December 5 – Friday, December 8

Led by the Monastic Community & Friends

*Short written assignment before the retreat begins

*Limited registration

Spend some time with a director and a good deal of time in silence. We invite retreatants to use prayer and silence as an invitation for deeper union with God. Each participant will work with a spiritual director chosen by the monastic community.

Cost: $350; deposit: $80

 

Advent: Kindling the Fire Within

Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 10, 2017

Led by Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy

In the words of the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, “We are all meant to be Mothers of God, for God is constantly needing to be born.” In the words of contemporary poet Christine Rodgers, “We are called to echo Her great and glorious YES … to birth her child back into the world.” In the spacious time of Advent and in the deep peace of the Monastery, we’ll enter into the mystery of the Annunciation. We’ll ponder what it means for us today, as individuals and as community. Entering the stillness, we await the movement of the Spirit within and among us. Entering the silence, we listen for the angel inviting us to bear God into the world.

There will be time for silence and solitude as well as time together in reflection and prayer. We are invited to join the brothers for services. We’ll build our own altar: you are invited to bring an icon, prayer, stone, leaf or any symbol of your spiritual journey.

Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy is a spritual director and sacred dancer and is serving as Interim Pastor at St. John’s in the Village, Manhattan.

Cost: $350; deposit: $80

 

Advent Contemplative Days

Tuesday, December 12 – Friday, December 15

Limited to 15 participants.

Join the brothers in this time of complete silence, with no programs or spiritual direction offered and a reduced worship schedule.

Cost: $240, deposit: $80

 

Christmas, The Monastery Way 

Wednesday, December 20 – Monday, December 25

Christmas at the monastery is filled with solemnity and celebration as we observe the closing days of Advent and then the great feast of Christmas. We gather together, as the shepherds did, to offer praise to God and to pray for peace on earth and in our hearts. Join the Monastic Community  as we observe the ancient cycle of monastic prayer from Advent into Christmas.
Cost: $80 per night, deposit: $80

 

 

Welcoming the New Year: A Twelve Step Retreat

Saturday, December 30 – Monday, January 1

Led by Sisters Shane Phelan & Elizabeth Broyles, CMA

Do you struggle with the holidays? Or do you just need a tune-up? Either way, the New Year is a great time to take stock of your spiritual program. Come listen for the ways God is calling you to new life in the coming year. We will have meeting time each day and time for silent reflection and journaling. Our theme this year is “Living the Serenity Prayer.”

Sisters Shane and Elizabeth are the founding Companions of Mary the Apostle, a Christian community that is both residential and dispersed. They are retreat leaders, spiritual directors and Episcopal priests. People of all genders are welcome to participate.

Cost: $290, deposit: $80

 

Associates Retreat

Tuesday, January 12 – Friday, January 14

Led by Br. Josép Martínez-Cubero and members of the Monastic Community

Program to be announced.

Cost: $200, deposit: $80

 

Spiritual Practice of Singing

Tuesday, January 23 – Friday, January 26

Led by Br. Josép Martínez-Cubero, OHC

St. Athanasius of Alexandria believed that singing is essentially a spiritual discipline and an important practice in spiritual formation. Singing allows us to use the core elements out of which the world came into being and through which it is sustained: breath, tone, intentionality, and community.

This retreat offers intensive spiritual work on the fundamentals of singing: posture, breath, tone production, and diction. Br. Josép will use a variety of practical methods to help participants find their best tone production and range. Participants will explore the spirituality of singing through a variety of musical styles.

All who would like to explore singing as a spiritual practice are welcome, as well as clergy who do not feel comfortable with their singing, those who wish to get in touch with their singing voice, and those who feel out of practice and want to get back into it.

Br. Josép has been a theatre director and voice teacher for more than 25 years. Before entering the Order of the Holy Cross, he worked as a voice teacher and theatre director in NYC for 18 years. He founded The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre of NYC in 1999, and Delphi Theatre in 2004. With those two organizations he produced over 130 plays, musical, and operas, and taught acting, scene study, and musical theatre repertoire classes. As a singer/actor he has performed in operas, oratorios, musical theatre, concerts, recitals, cabarets, and theatrical plays throughout the United States.

Cost: $ 355; deposit: $80

 

Seeking Christ, Our Soul’s True Lover

Tuesday, January 30 – Friday, February 2

Led by Br. Aidan Owen, OHC

You seduced me, 0 Lord, and l was seduced. -Jer. 2:7

Christian mystics often write of a powerful longing that leads them to abandon all in their search for Christ, their soul’s true lover. Drawing on the Song of Songs, poetry, and Christian contemplative literature, we will join the mystics in seeking Christ not only with our minds but also with our bodies and our hearts. Retreat talks will offer a framework of spirituality and theology that undergirds spiritual practice and small-group sharing. We will focus on desire, longing, the body, sexuality, resistance, trust, surrender, and contemplation.

Cost: $355; deposit: $80

 

Say No To Stroke And Alzheimer’s 

Friday, Febuary 9 – Sunday, Febuary 11

Led by Dr. Alleyne B. Fraser, MD

We all want to live long healthy lives. We want to think clearly into old age. We want to avoid strokes and dementia. But how do we do that? Many people think that brain health is all about luck, good genes, or just hoping for the best. But did you know there are 10 Steps you should be taking every day to reduce your risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s? This retreat will help you make the connection between body and brain. With the group and in individual time with the leader you will learn what to do, and then make your plan to achieve optimal brain and overall health.

Alleyne B. Fraser, MD has a B.A. in biology from Harvard College and an M.D. from SUNY/Upstate Medical University. She completed a neurosurgery residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and has been practicing neurosurgery for more than 20 years. In addition to treating patients for stroke, brain tumors, herniated discs, and other brain and spine conditions, she educates people on brain health through her website and blog, SayNoToStroke.com.  

Cost: $300, deposit: $80

 

A Centering Prayer Retreat 

Tuesday, Febuary 6 – Friday, Febuary 9

Led by Leslee Anne Terpay

Limited to 10 participants.

This retreat offers opportunities for both those new to the Centering Prayer and those who have an established practice. During the retreat, one will experience integrating contemplation and action through silence, solitude, community and the rhythm of this Episcopal Benedictine monastic community’s worship and prayer life. The retreat offers two tracks. For those new to Centering Prayer, the basic essentials of the method and conceptual background of Centering Prayer will be presented. To those who have an established prayer practice, more time will be available to foster an ever-deepening level of interior silence and awareness of the presence of God in everyday life. This contemplative retreat welcomes both those new to and those comfortable with silence and having a yearning to rediscover this ancient prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplation.

Leslee Anne Terpay, is a retired entrepreneur and now spends her days sharing Fr. Thomas Keating’s teachings on the contemplative dimension of the gospel, the Christian Contemplative Journey, Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina and leading retreats. She is a Contemplative Outreach commissioned presenter. As a Contemplative Outreach faculty member for Lectio Divina and Retreats, she is part of the service teams whom define workshop teachings and retreat experiences. Leslee is a spiritual director in Lone Tree, Colorado and will graduate from The Centering for Action and Contemplation Living School in 2018. 

 Cost $355, Deposit $80.

 

From Fear to Hope: Strategies for Relationship Building Across Dividing Lines

Thursday evening, February 8 — Sunday afternoon, February 11

Led by Masud Ibn Syedullah TSSF, & Garrett Mettle

We are more skilled at individualization and social segmentation than ever before. What we are not as skilled at is recognizing our need for ideas and people whose experiences differ from and expand our own. And it is costing us dearly.

From Fear to Hope: Strategies for Relationship Building Across Dividing Lines aims to bring us back to a healthier balance between reinforcing affinities with those like us and forming alliances with those whose differences make us better because they are in our lives.

Jesus teaches that love of neighbor is a core requirement for a close relationship with God, and that our neighbors go far beyond our typical friend groups. In addition, a central understanding of Christian baptism is that we are called to seek and serve Christ in all people. When we become skilled in surrounding ourselves with those whose values and attitudes contrast with our own and honoring them, we break through barriers that have created so much fear and harm.

From Fear to Hope: Strategies for Relationship Building Across Dividing Lines will empower participants to draw deeply from the well where all of God’s gifts to humanity are found. And it will send them out with a renewed spirit of hope that we are stronger together instead of separated.

The Rev. Masud Ibn Syedullah TSSF, an Episcopal priest of the Diocese of New York, is Founder and Director of Roots & Branches: Programs for Spiritual Growth (rootsandbranchesprograms.org), a ministry resource for individuals and communities of faith, providing conferences, retreats, pilgrimages, and other events to support spiritual formation. A member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis for more than thirty-five years (a Christian Community in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion inspired by the life and work of St. Francis of Assisi), his ministry emphasizes themes of reconciliation, peace-making, social justice, and respect for all of God’s creation.

 The Rev. Garrett Mettler, Associate, Roots & Branches, is an Episcopal priest and former journalist interested in creating fresh intersections between Christian wisdom and secular culture. While serving in congregations, he has taught and written about the application of faith practices to bring wholeness to everyday life. In his ministry as a school chaplain, he has fostered inter-generational relationships, bringing the insights, creativity, and curiosity of youth and adults together for their mutual encouragement.  

 Together, the Reverends Syedullah and Mettler are the co-creators of “Agents of Peace in a Time of Fear”, profiled in the Wall Street Journal as a retreat to “dial down the tension”, and sought after by churches and other organizations both nationally and internationally.

Cost: $ 485, deposit: $120

 

Winter Contemplative Days

Tuesday, February 20 – Friday, February 23

Limited to 15 participants.

Join the brothers in this time of complete silence, with no programs or spiritual direction offered and a reduced worship schedule.

Cost: $ 255; deposit: $80

 

Spiritual Leadership:Call to the Mystic and Prophetic

Friday, February 23–Sunday, February 25

Led by Br.Don Bisson, FMS

Anyone called to minister to others through religious structures or spiritual ministries must hold both the mystic and prophetic Voices. We are in the midst of profound changes. Vocation calls us to both inner transformation and outer awakening. The retreat will be through Jungian-Christian lenses.

Brother Don Bisson, FMS is, first and foremost, a spiritual director and is widely respected as a specialist in the training, formation, and supervision of spiritual directors. A Marist brother based in New York City, he has graduate degrees in liturgy, spirituality, and transpersonal psychology, and earned his Doctor of Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion, specializing in Spiritual Direction and Jungian Psychology. With more than 60 live audio recordings available, Brother Don is internationally recognized
for his lectures, workshops, and retreats on the interrelationship
of Christian spirituality and Jungian psychology. For more information, visit donbisson.com. 

Cost: $300, deposit: $8o

 

Praying with the Holy Mother 

Tuesday, March 6 – Friday, March 9

Led by the Rev. Matthew Wright

This retreat will explore the Divine Feminine in the Jewish and Christian traditions, focusing on the figures of Wisdom (Hebrew, Hokmah; Greek, Sophia) and Mary, the Mother of Jesus. During our time together we’ll deepen our understanding of Mary’s place in the life of the early Church, throughout history, and the place she can have in our own lives today, both as Holy Mother and a face of Wisdom. Join us for a weekend of teaching, chanting, and silent meditation, while participating in the rhythms of a Benedictine monastery.

Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest and retreat leader. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and as a teacher for Northeast Wisdom (www.northeastwisdom.org), a non-profit dedicated to the renewal of the Christian Wisdom tradition. Matthew and his wife, Yanick, live alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.

Cost: $355, deposit: $80

 

Soul Care: Nurturing the Nurturers

Tuesday, March 13 – Friday, March 16, 2018

Led by Janet Corso

A Retreat for Clergy, Religious and Those in Who Minister to Others.

The challenges of being spiritually present to others can sometimes prove exhausting, if not, at times, overwhelming. Burgeoning responsibilities, unrealistic expectations or unexpressed projections can sometimes leave us emotionally and spiritually drained in our ministries and lead to a full crisis of disillusionment, and burnout or sense of growing disengagement and ennui — spiritual brownout. This retreat will explore issues common to those who are dedicated to the soul care of others and focus on the deeper challenges of obedience to listening to where God and our True Selves are inviting us.

Janet is the past director of Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining, NY. She is an associate of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, taught philosophy for many years at Mt. St. Mary’s in Newburgh, NY and is the founder and past director of Sarabrae, Women’s Spirituality Center. An experienced certified spiritual director, supervisor, program presenter, and retreat director, she is also the team coordinator of Mariandale’s Contemplative Formation Program, as well as a team member of the Linwood – Mariandale Spiritual Directors’ Training Program and the Supervisors’ Training Program. She resides in the Hudson Valley.

Cost: $355; deposit: $80

 

Leadership in Community

Tuesday, March 13 – Friday, March 16

Co-sponsored by Friends of St. Benedict and Holy Cross Monastery

The Rule of St. Benedict has, for more than 1400 years, guided communities and their leaders in how to seek and serve God, to be formed and transformed in the image of God as they live their daily lives in community. Today there is growing interest in applying this framework in a variety of work settings. We will consider how Benedictine virtues such as listening, humility, balance, and the dignity of work can enable us to live in community and to lead in community. In an era that seems to value self-promotion and the carefully crafted online prole, we will explore how true self- knowledge can inform healthy leadership and a community life that supports growth for all its members.

The Friends of St. Benedict is an ecumenical organization that seeks to make the ancient wisdom and practice of Benedictine spirituality accessible to modern people. The Friends have been hosting Benedictine Experience retreats at Canterbury Cathedral and a few “thin places” in the US for more than thirty years. To learn more about the work of Friends of St. Benedict, please visit www.benedictfriend.org.

Cost: $380; deposit: $80

 

Soundings in the Paschal Mystery

Friday , March 16 – Sunday, March 1

Led by Martin Smith

Join us to take soundings through reflection and prayer into the hidden depths of Christ’s self-offering on the Cross, and his resurrection and glorification. Our focus will be unusual—the Holy Spirit’s role in the mystery. Scripture speaks of Christ offering himself “through the Eternal Spirit” (Hebs 9:14) and of our receiving “the Spirit of him who raised Christ from the dead” (Rom. 8:11). Our time together in quiet will deepen our experience of the Holy Week which is approaching, trusting in the Spirit who “searches everything, even the depths of God” (1 Cor. 2:10).

Fr. Martin L. Smith is well know throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond for his explorations of contemporary spirituality through workshops, retreats and preaching, and widely read books, including The Word is Very Near You, A Season for the Spirit, Reconciliation, Compass and Stars, Love Set Free, and recently, with the Rev. Julia Gatta, Go in Peace: the Art of Hearing Confessions. He has over thirty years of experience in training and supervising preachers and spiritual directors. Now retired, he makes Washington, DC his base for a roving ministry of spiritual formation and teaching. 

Cost: $360; deposit: $80

 

Holy Listening

Tuesday, March 20 – Friday, March 23

Led by Sr. Elizabeth Broyles, CMA

Limited to 8 participants. 

Listen with the ear of the heart, Benedict counsels. Come for this time of listening deeply for God in your life through contemplative prayer practices as a foundation for group spiritual direction. “Holy Listening” is a process in which each person shares for a time about his or her spiritual journey as all prayerfully receive. In turn, group members share what they hear which might speak to the Spirit’s movement. Interwoven with periods of silent prayer, this is an opportunity to touch in deeply with the presence of God in our lives through our own and others’ experience.

Sr. Elizabeth delights in accompanying people in their faith journeys through retreat leadership, teaching spiritual practices and providing spiritual direction. She is co-founder of the Companions of Mary the Apostle, an ecumenical religious community for people of all genders. An Episcopal priest for the last 20 years, she came
to ministry in response to perceiving a deep need of God’s life- giving presence to heal the hearts and lives of those with whom she worked in a secular setting. In recent years Sr. Elizabeth has been drawn to focusing on forgiveness as essential to Christian life and journey, whether one seeks healing and transformation for oneself or the ability to love and be loved more fully in relationship to God, neighbor, and self.

Cost: $355, deposit: $80

 

Your Life as Story

Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25

Led by Beverly Donofrio

Limited to 10 participants. 

Are you stuck, looking for a way in, unable to figure out how to proceed, wondering how to make a cohesive story and a compelling read from the raw material that is your life? To master memoirist Beverly Donofrio writing is about diving deep to find your truth, and then shaping your experiences into a story others will not want to put down: because your truth, pain, shame, obsessions, help them face their own. And because telling your story not only has the potential to heal the teller, but the reader, too.

Beverly will offer in-class exercises designed to unearth memory and approach your material in a safe, fun, and original way. She will instruct you in the craft of plot, setting, and reflection, teach you how to move back and forth in time seamlessly and to write detailed, visually descriptive language.

Beverly Donofrio has published three memoirs: her first, The New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie; her second, Looking for Mary was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Book; and her latest, Astonished, is still collecting accolades. She has also published three children’s books. She has taught creative nonfiction workshops across the United States and is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University. Ms. Donofrio lives in Woodstock, NY. Visit beverlydonofrio.com to read some of her essays. 

Cost: $ 390, deposit: $120

 

Three Great Days – Holy Week at the Monastery 

Thursday, March 29 – Sunday, Feb 1

Join the monastic community in a distinctive observance of the central event of the liturgical year – from Maundy Thursday with the washing of the feet, through Good Friday and the procession of the Cross, and onward to the exaltation of the Great Vigil and the sunrise celebration of Easter Sunday.

Cost: $285, deposit: $80