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April 2019

Spring Contemplative Retreat: The Cloud of Unknowing

April 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - April 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

The Spring Retreat for Contemplative in the Kootenays will begin at 9 am, Saturday, April 27th, and end after lunch on Sunday, April 28th. Our theme for the weekend will be The Cloud of Unknowing, the 14th century anonymous text which is much of the source for the practice of Centering Prayer. The weekend will consist of Centering Prayer practice, lectio divina on passages from The Cloud, and several short talks. As preparation for this retreat, please purchase and begin to read…

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May 2019

Contemplative in the Kootenays

May 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Contemplative in the Kootenays will meet on Saturday, May 25th, in New Denver. Because Knox Hall is not available, please join us at Therese's house at 1305 Denver Siding Road. From the one and only traffic light in New Denver, turn east up Hwy 31A for a kilometre to Denver Siding Rd. Take Denver Siding to the right (south); we are the third house on the right. Blue roof, white and dark green front porch, fruit trees in the yard. Our…

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June 2019

Contemplative in the Kootenays

June 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Contemplative in the Kootenays will meet on Saturday, June 22nd. The day begins at 10 am and ends at 3 pm, at the home of Leah Seaman, just south of Kaslo. Directions are below. We’ll begin with centering prayer (surrender meditation) and move into lectio divina, discussion, more meditation, and a short presentation.  We close with open communion. Please bring your own lunch, a notebook and pen, and whatever you might need for “sitting gear” beyond a chair (we’ve got…

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July 2019

Contemplative in the Kootenays

July 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contemplative in the Kootenays will meet in New Denver on Saturday, July 27th, from 10 am to 3 pm.  We'll be at the home of Therese DesCamp (directions below). For this day of centering prayer, lectio divina, meditative walking, conversation and communion, please remember to wear comfy clothes; bring a journal and pen, as well as your lunch; and if you need special sitting gear, bring that along too. Afterwards we will go swimming in Slocan Lake so bring a…

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September 2019

Fall Retreat: Love and Suffering

September 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - September 29, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

The path of mystics, the path of depth, is always the result of love and suffering. Love itself draws us into suffering, because if we open ourselves to the vulnerability of love, we will inevitably suffer. So we're going to explore this most incarnate, blessed and painful way of life together. Our retreat will include multiple sits of Centering Prayer, a few talks, lectio divina on the selected texts, and of course some time to just be with each other.…

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November 2019

Contemplative in the Kootenays

November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Contemplative in the Kootenays will be meeting on Saturday, November 23rd, in New Denver at the home of Therese DesCamp—directions below—from 10 am until 3 pm. As always, we’ll start with meditation, wind our way through lectio divina and walking meditation, have a little conversation and end with open communion. Our theme for this session will depend on what Therese is reading in the next few weeks--probably the work of John Ruusboec (someone new to us). Please bring your lunch,…

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