The Fall Retreat for Contemplative in the Kootenays is now scheduled! Starting at dinner on Friday, September 28th, and running through lunch on Sunday, September 30th, we’ll be meeting at Yasodhara Ashram on the east side of Kootenay Lake.
Registration is limited to 12 although we might be able to stretch to 15. Per person cost will include accommodations for two evenings as well as Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. If we have ten or less registrants, we’ll pay $270 per person; if the group is 11 or more, it will be $240 per person. Private rooms are extra. If you wish to stay over on Sunday evening and leave on the morning ferry after breakfast, the Ashram is offering this option for an additional $75.
This year, our focus will be on the practice and theology of Centering Prayer. We’ll be using readings from Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. While most of us have already read this book, I am hoping that a slow lectio divina type dwelling with sections of the text will lead us into a deeper understanding and openness. Our usual alternation of lectio divina, short talks, discussion, walking meditation and Centering Prayer will form the focus of our days together.
To register, please call the Ashram at 250-227-9224, or use this on-line link: http://www.yasodhara.org/online-store/group-registration/. There is a place on the form to write the name of our group (Contemplative in the Kootenays). And you will need to “add your registration to the cart” and “proceed to checkout.” At checkout, they will want your billing address even though you don’t have to make a deposit.