Deepen your experience of the contemplative life
Two Online Retreats for August & September

Welcoming Prayer online course

Learn, Renew or Deepen a Welcoming Prayer Practice
A Live Online Retreat 
Led by Contemplative Outreach and Spirituality & Practice
August  5 – 30, 2013
The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life.  If Centering Prayer is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours.  It is a “letting go” in the present moment, in the midst of the activity of ordinary life.  It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored - in the body. 

This online retreat consists of 12 emails which contain or direct you to the retreat content:
  • Three emails per week which focus on teachings and practice.
  • Four video segments, which cover The Human Condition; The Method of the Welcoming Prayer; Nuances and Practice; Fruits of the Prayer
  • Step-by-step instructions on the Welcoming Prayer, plus an audio version of the prayer to assist your own practice.
  • Mini-practices to root the Welcoming Prayer in your daily life.
  • Community support through the online Practice Circle, including answers from the retreat leaders to questions posed by participants.
  • A live teleconference with the retreat leaders for Q&A
A daily Centering Prayer practice is recommended for taking this online retreat.

$49.95.  4 CEHs for chaplains available. For more information and to register, go here.

Lean In, Lighten Up, & Let Go:  Committing to the Contemplative Life with Mary Dwyer
September 5 - October 2, 2013

This is an interactive virtual retreat to encourage Centering Prayer practitioners in a life of prayer and practice, both “on the chair” and in daily life.  This course will support you in making a deeper commitment to your relationship with God, and strengthen your ability to live the contemplative life through dedication to prayer and practice, all within the normal routines of everyday life.

Led by Mary Dwyer, a long-time practitioner of Centering Prayer and student of Fr. Thomas Keating, this retreat is a four week practicum based on a series of four questions, inspired by the teachings of Fr. Basil Pennington.
- What do I really want out of life?
- What do I need in order to manifest what I most want in my life?
- What are the obstacles in my life to my intention … to having the life I want?
- What is my life commitment statement, my new life intention?

These questions will provide the focus for discernment and dialogue throughout the course, to help you discern for yourself a “rule of life,” a way to lean in and make a new commitment to live out the truth of God’s presence and action in your life – now!  To this end, the course will explore and apply Fr. Thomas Keating’s conceptual frameworks of:

  • the human condition;
  • the Indwelling Presence;
  • divine union as our birthright ... the restructuring of consciousness that perceives a new dimension to all reality.

The virtual retreat is multi-dimensional and interactive.  Each week, you can expect:

  • one email with the basic teachings and some suggested readings and reflections
  • one short video (5-8 minutes) of Mary highlighting the week’s teachings
  • one live, one-hour teleconference with Mary for further clarification, questions and dialogue
    (Tuesday evenings, September 10, 17, 24, and Oct 1; all 8-9 p.m. ET)
  • access to Mary via email anytime during the course period
  • the ability to review the materials, including recordings of the teleconferences if you are not able to make the live calls.
$49.95.  Partial scholarships are available upon request.  For more information and to register, go here.

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