Day Retreats

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Join Michael Allwein, Barbara Hutchinson, and Marjorie Ellen Rupert on any of the 4 hikes offered per year. Celebrate the changing of seasons during this 5-7 mile hike in southeast PA or northern MD. Hiking participants will be guided into times of reflection, sharing, solitude, and community.

Location: Pine Grove Furnace
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $25-$50.  (as you are able)
Register online or call 717-737-8222
to attend any or all of the remaining opportunities this year:

* Thursday, April 26, 2018 


* Thursday, June 21, 2018​  

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​​ ​​ Annual Poetry as Prayer Day:
 
 

Join Glenn Mitchell as we celebrate our 9th annual Poetry as Prayer Day featuring the work of poet Denise Levertov, whose long career illuminated the human condition. Levertov was passionate about human experience: love, motherhood, nature, war, the nuclear arms race, the environment, mysticism, faith, poetry, and the role of the poet, all found their way into her "invocations of humanity." (Joan F. Hallisey). Come and share in this day as we let her words speak to us in our day and awaken in us our own invocations of humanity. 
 
Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Lititz Church of the Brethren
300 West Orange Street, Lititz, PA 17543
Cost:   $65-$85 (as you are able)
Register online or call the office at 
717-737-8222

*Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.

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Journey to Wholeness
  
Come join Cheri Roth for this day of play and creating! We will use various art mediums and contemplative practices as we explore our Story within a nature setting! Dress to be messy!!!

Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern within every story ever told--a Hero/Heroine’s Journey. Each one of us is given this Invitation in Life. What is the Story/Stories we tell ourselves and others? Is it time to Re-Write our Story? During this retreat we will explore various stories (myths, legends, and fairytales) that help us see this pattern as well as take a look at our own Life and Our Stories…Throughout the day we will hold our willingness to relinquish the life we've planned, "...so as to have the life that is waiting for us…"  --Joseph Campbell
 
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Warmspring Farm
11907 Welsh Run Road
Mercersburg, PA 17236
Cost:   $60 - $85 (as you are able), plus a $15 materials fee to be collected at the event.

*Deadline to register is Friday, April 20, 2018
Register online or call the office at
717-737-8222

*Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.

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Annual Thomas Merton Day Retreat
    

Glenn Mitchell gathers everyone together this June for a day apart with the works of Thomas Merton. We have been gathering annually for 15 years in the beautiful setting of Still Waters to explore the continuing contribution of Merton. Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Trappist monk, writer, poet, contemplative, was one of the most influential Christian voices of the 20th century. The day will hold reflections on a theme, time for retreat along the banks of the lovely Conodoguinet Creek, and time to share with other seekers.
    
Date: Friday, June 8, 2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where:  Still Waters Retreat Center
501 W. Slate Hill Road, Carlisle, PA 17013
Cost:   $75- $95 (as you are able) 
Register online or call the office at
717-737-8222

*Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided. Space is limited to 18, so register early.

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The Contemplative Art of
Watching Butterflies

Teresa Knipper, Spiritual Director, master gardener, and intuitive art teacher will offer this day long program about the contemplative art of watching butterflies.  The program will include instruction on the best plants to use to attract butterflies to your home garden, tips on viewing and photographing butterflies, and suggestions on field guides and garden information. Ample time will be provided to settle inward and discover the significance of butterflies in your own personal journey through private prayer time journaling and art experience. The day will also include walks to view butterflies in the Mercer Educational Gardens. Please dress for the outdoors with sturdy shoes, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen if you use, and bring water and lunch.
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Date: Saturday, June 9,  2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where:   Mercer Educational Gardens  
431A Federal City Road
Pennington, NJ 08534       
Cost: $60- $85 (as you are able)     
Register online or call the office at
717-737-8222

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A Day Beholding Birds
  
The beautiful setting of St. Francis Center for Renewal is the setting where your leaders Linda Klopp and Glenn Mitchell explore a day beholding the beauty and wonder of birds. We will allow the birds to be our guides into our own meditation, into our own sense of being. We will open to the birds speaking to us beyond the sounds of their calls and the flash of their bright feathers in the sun. We will deepen our encounter with all that we experience. We want to end the day not so much with a list but with a deeper peace and many sweet memories of where we were met, where we were enlivened, by the birds we beheld.
   
 
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where:   The St. Francis Center for Renewal
395 Bridle Path Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Cost: $60- $85 (as you are able)   
Register online or call the office at
717-737-8222

*Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided. Dress for outdoors and bring  binoculars if you have them.

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Still and Still Moving

  
How can you practice “stillness in motion” in tattered threads of your life’s web? Kent Grof will help participants learn ways to open to surprise—with silent times, film clips, music, writing, gestures, and reading. Examples: pause with another to convert your insight into a question?; invite “silent applause” in groups; use “examen” in the shower to discern a centering word/image—then expect still points on the go; enter your “portable monastery” at the computer. As you weave life’s web with “still spaces,” experience interactive contemplative moments while moving still. 
*T.S. Eliot phrase .
     
 
Date: Friday, June 15,  2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
WhereChrist Presbyterian Church
 421 Deerfield Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011   Cost: $60- $85 (as you are able) 
Register online or call the office at
717-737-8222

​*Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.

Download the flyer for more information.
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"The Oasis Program has offered me a safe and sacred space in which to deepen my inner listening. I have gained valuable resources for opening to God's presence." -Jonathan Shenk (Participant SDSG, 2015-2017)

"I have been soaked in the Spirit, steeped in the study of contemplative practice and spiritualities and filled up with Love at this Oasis!"- Maria Cirillo-Lein (Graduate SDSG, 2015)