Journeying with Grace through Seasons of Transition
A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Thursday, January 11 (5 p.m.) – Saturday, January 13, 2018 (after lunch)
Light on the Hill Retreat Center
Van Etten, New York
*Early Bird Discount through October 16th*
Healing comes when you see the opportunity for growth
that a painful situation has provided. –Brother David Steindl-Rast
Just when it seems as if we have it figured out and we gain a sense of stability – along comes another one of life’s surprises! From momentary confusion to utter heartache, dealing with change can be bewildering, tripping us up and making it hard to find our way.
And yet change, and the subtle lessons that it brings about, is central to our human experience. Life is waiting for us to enter into a more authentic sense of wholeness, so often made richer by safely examining the challenges, especially the big ones that tip us off balance. They may even be the gateway – the very key to a more whole-hearted way of living, allowing our gifts to surface and new creativity to arise. Navigating transitions and discerning the way forward with courage and grace can open us up to the vitality we are meant to embody. Based on the principles and practices of a Circle of Trust®, this retreat offers the chance to…
- Pause and reflect in solitude and with others in a safe, nurturing, trustworthy environment.
- Explore the various ways in which difficulty arrives at our door and how when examined with mindful attention, it can contribute new discernments into our deepest longings, life calling, meaning, purpose, and give us the courage to act with integrity and authenticity.
- Tune in to our inner rhythms, learning to listen to our inner teacher, instead of the myriad voices of often well-meaning others.
- Press the re-set button, recalibrate and find our way by diving deeply into habits of mindful attention, self-care and the inner work necessary to allow our true gifts to surface.
Using the seasonal theme of winter, we will explore prose and poetry, stories from several wisdom traditions, periods of silence, reflective writing, and practices which foster mindful attention and the chance to reconnect with body and soul. There will be time for individual reflection, and large and small group discussions, as well as creative work to give expression to what wants to be known, and looking to what nature wisdom has to show us about change and transition – during winter, and beyond….
Cost and Registration
$450, which includes lodging, meals, and program materials – everything but travel. Special early bird rate, till October 16: $375
Register by contacting Marcia Eames-Sheavly by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include the following information:
• Name, address, phone, email address.
• How would you describe your current relationship/experience with change and transition?
• How would you hope to benefit from this extended time on retreat?
• What questions are you currently holding about your life’s calling, what do you hope to discern?
You can pay by PayPal, using email@example.com, or request the address to which to send check. Participation in this special series is limited to 20 individuals. Early registration is encouraged, as space may fill quickly.
Marcia Eames-Sheavly is a university teacher, artist, garden-based learning educator and Mindfulness, creativity, arts-based experiences, and human and community development are cornerstones of her work, whether she is engaging in a circle of trust, with students in the classroom, online learners around the world, or community members from New York to Belize. In her courage-infused facilitation, Marcia is interested in how seasons and cycles associated with the natural world serve as potent metaphors, as well as how the arts and plants can be compelling tools from which to draw inspiration. The recipient of national teaching and writing awards, Marcia presents internationally and has authored numerous publications, book chapters, articles, and recently, a book of poetry.
With special guest facilitator Peter Brouwer…
Peter Brouwer is a professor of teacher education and has served in a variety of other college administrative positions. He has been recognized with awards for excellence in teaching at both the college and university system levels, and is a well-published scholarly author. He is also a facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. In his work as a facilitator, he particularly enjoys time spent in nature, deep listening, working with poetry that stirs the soul, and supporting people (of all ages) who find themselves in transition. He lives in Potsdam, NY and has three grown sons, each traveling their own unique journey into adulthood.