An Innovative Way of Doing Retreat
Jan Sampson, spiritual director and associate member of the Association of Spiritual Directors, is offering an innovative approach to retreat.
For three weeks during August (2012) she is offering to lead you/us through sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.
In her promo Jan writes, "In the desert we are invited to a place of deep encounter with our self and with God...."
Read more here: http://www.sgmwellington.myurl.co.nz/uploads/8/9/0/2/8902434/desert_retreat.pdf
Perhaps we could journey together with Jan for three weeks. In the event you may like to reflect on your journey after it, using the Comments section on this Blog page...
P.S. Interested in other events like this?
Daffodils at Gladstone
Spiritual Growth Ministries Wellington's events calendar now has a link from iCare Resources so our visitors can access the wide range of contemplative spirituality events SGM facilitates.
We can assist you to promote your contemplative spirituality event by helping you place it on this calendar and to use its associated resources.
For what am I most grateful?
For what am I least grateful?
'Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life' by Dennis Linn
is one of the resources accessible via our Contemplative Prayer page on this website.
You'll also find on this page five (PDF) prayer leaflets authored by Sue Pickering when she was a trainer with Spiritual Growth Ministries. One of these leaflets is about the 'Examen' which refers to 'Sleeping with Bread'.
A preface to this book on Amazon notes, "If you were to join us in either of our homes at the end of almost any evening, or if you were to attend one of our retreats, we would invite you to do with us the process described in these pages. This book is about asking ourselves two questions: For what am I most grateful? For what am I least grateful? These questions help us identify moments of consolation and desolation. We call this process the examen."
Examen is one of the contemplative prayer forms some us have been working with during our Week of Guided Prayer Retreat at Island Bay.
This is a place where we can discuss mentoring, ministry and what we have found helpful for sustaining our inner lives and good relationships.