Friday, June 10 - Sunday, June 12, 2022
Registration will open later in 2021.
“These are some of the things that prayer is. Prayer is rhythm. Prayer is comfort. Prayer is disappointment. Prayer is words and shape and art around desperation, and delight and disappointment and desire. Prayer can be the art that helps you name your desire.”
~ Padraig O Tuama
In this weekend retreat we will explore prayer practices that invite us to a new relationship with God, with ourselves, and with the people in our lives. Our time together will include conversation, silence, movement, and contemplation, all of which create an environment for deep listening and heartfelt response.
Activities will include body prayer, journaling, lectio divina, walking meditation, and other experiences that bring our bodies, minds, and spirits into the act of authentic prayer.
The Sisters and Associates of Bon Secours are hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2022! We invite you to join us for this 12-day experience of “Walking in the Heart of Faith.” We leave for Israel from JFK in New York on Monday, February 6 and return on Friday, February 17, 2023.
Pilgrimage hosts Amy Kulesa and Linda Mastro have both traveled to Israel and were so touched by the experience that they wanted to return, this time with members of the Bon Secours family. We call this pilgrimage “Walking in the Heart of Faith” to remind us that we will be stepping on holy ground as we deepen our relationship with our Christian faith and with one another.
The primary intention for the pilgrimage is to enter the Holy Land as pilgrims ready to learn, observe and reflect on the history of our faith as Christians. Pilgrims are also encouraged to travel with open hearts and minds, ready to engage in dialogue with other faith traditions, specifically Judaism and Islam, to which we have historical and spiritual ties.
Travel to the Holy Land can be uplifting, energizing and inspiring. Pilgrimage also entails long days, lots of walking and flexibility. The hosts will soften the challenge on bodies and minds with time for prayer, reflection and conversation.
The pilgrim group has begun to meet monthly via Zoom. At each meeting the group focuses on some aspect of pilgrimage that will help build community and prepare ourselves in body, mind, and spirit in the months ahead.
The pilgrimage tour company is Educational Opportunities. EO is a faith-based tour company with decades of experience in the Holy Land. EO has been closely monitoring the situation in Israel during the pandemic. The tour company resumed hosting pilgrimages to the Holy Land in June 2021. Their reports confirm that Israel is taking extraordinary precautions to ensure the good health of residents and travelers. At this point and for the foreseeable future, everyone who enters Israel must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
May your prayer guide you as you consider this opportunity to walk in the heart of our Christian faith.
Dates to be announced!
Hosted by the Retreat House at Hillsboro
This Wisdom Circle will meet via Zoom
Many people want to enrich their spiritual lives by learning new prayer practices. In this Wisdom Circle,
we will explore how putting pen to paper can be a form of prayer. When we share our hopes, ideas, or uncertainties with God in writing, we may relate to God in a different way.
Whispers of divine guidance take on substance when they show up on the page, revealing clues to our deeper thoughts and feelings about God, about life, and about ourselves. During this Wisdom Circle, we will play with penning our prayers. Using tools like writing prompts and thought-provoking questions, we will let our minds wander back and forth in time. The companionship of the group will help us discover new insights as we practice together.
Each week, we will pray through simple writing exercises that spark opportunities for reflection and
conversation. During the week, you will receive writing prompts to create prayerful awareness and to help
you develop a new perspective about journaling and praying.
This Wisdom Circle is inspired by Journaling as a Spiritual Practice: Encountering God through Attentive Writing by Helen Cepero. Having a copy of this book is helpful but not required. The only requirements are paper, pen and an open mind.
A learning experience hosted by the Retreat House at Hillsboro
Facilitated by Linda Mastro
Dates for the next session to be announced
“… the Spirit of Truth is at work in the depths of our hearts – helping, searching, knowing, and interceding. (Prayerful listening) is an invitation to bend a prayerful, listening ear toward that Spirit who is with us always.” – Lois A. Lindbloom in “Prayerful Listening: Cultivating Discernment in Community”
The practice of spiritual guidance has many names: spiritual direction, prayerful listening, sacred listening, or spiritual companionship. In this Wisdom Circle we will learn how to seek and accept spiritual guidance by combining silence, prayerful listening and open-hearted response.
In social conversation, the usual pattern is a give-and-take of ideas and perspectives. In a prayerful listening group, there is an ebb and flow of words and silence. It is within the silence that the Holy Spirit whispers, inspiring us to respond for the sake of the one who has spoken.
During our sessions, we will practice the three essential parts of prayerful listening that take place when a group gathers for spiritual guidance:
In the last session we will bring together all three practices for the full experience of a prayerful listening group. We ask that you attend all four sessions. Come on your own, bring a partner, or join with a few friends. People of all faith traditions and spiritual experiences are welcome.
Next retreat to be announced!
This retreat is an invitation to pay attention to how a New Year is calling you to respond to the questions, desires, and inspirations arising from within. In addition to heart-opening conversations we will use poetry, prayer, music, silence, movement, journaling, and other contemplative practices to learn more about our relationship to God, to ourselves, and to the world around us.
All that you need to bring is your self, your senses, and a willingness to see where God may be leading you. Women of all faith traditions are welcome. You will go home from the retreat with insights and practices to continue the art of spiritual attentiveness.
“Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart” is inspired by the book Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness by Esther De Waal.
The retreat begins with dinner on Friday and a short gathering to set the tone for the weekend. Participants will be encouraged to spend the evening in silence.
Saturday’s program will flow in and out of silence, with plenty of time for journaling, walking on the grounds, reflection, and conversation. The retreat will be completed on Sunday morning with a closing celebration.
I enjoy designing retreats for groups using a theme they provide or creating experiences that fill the needs and interest of the group. Silence, movement, conversation, prayer, music, poetry, and laughter are some of the ingredients that I blend for a few hours, a day, a weekend , and series of sessions.
Time, location, and cost are customized to meet the needs of your group.