Mark your calendars: retreats next summer

I’ve confirmed dates for two weekend retreats that I will be will be co-conducting at the guesthouse of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. Mark your calendars — I hope to see you there! For more information including registration information, click here. The Monastery Website still has the 2009 schedule online, but if you email the registrar at the retreat house, you could go ahead and make reservations for these retreats. They both filled up this year, so they probably will again next year.

June 4-6, 2010:
Spiritual Writing and Journal Keeping
(with Fr. James Behrens, OCSO)
Explore your personal connection between the inner life and the written word. This weekend includes time for silence, for journaling, and for reflections on the relationship between writing and the spiritual life. Suitable for professional and amateur writers at all skill levels, this weekend does not include personal criticism or feedback. Instead, it simply creates a space where you can write, you can pray, and perhaps even combine the two into a unified spiritual practice. New for 2010: the weekend will include breakout sessions – one for bloggers & journalists, the other for professional (and aspiring professional) writers – where writers with similar goals and interests can gather to share ideas and experiences.

July 23-25, 2010:
Wisdom of the Christian Mystics
(with Fr. Tom Francis, OCSO)
From the Desert Fathers to Julian of Norwich to Thomas Merton, Christian history is filled with stories of men and women who experienced a profound sense of God’s presence in their lives. Can the teachings of the mystics still speak to us today? The mystics themselves would say “yes” – and furthermore, that their message is not just for priests or monks or nuns, but is indeed meant for the entire people of God. With this in mind, during this weekend we will look at several ways in which the wisdom of the Christian mystics can provide insight and inspiration for our age. This will include the universal call to holiness – St. Paul ‘s directive to “pray without ceasing,” and the promise from the Psalms to “be still and know God.”

Currently, I only have one other weekend confirmed for 2010: the weekend of October 30-31, 2010, when I am scheduled to be in Portland, Oregon, appearing at several events over the course of the weekend (times and locations to be announced).

Meanwhile, are you interested in having me come to speak to your church or organization? If so, please contact me (my email/snail mail information is located in a widget to the right of this blog). I’ll be happy to design a program to support your community’s needs, on topics related to Christian mysticism and contemplation, Celtic spirituality, interfaith dialogue, the spirituality of stewardship for the earth, or a related concern. Please contact me with any questions.

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Two Saturday events: in Atlanta and Richmond
After the Book Festival (and Looking Forward to a New Contemplative Prayer Gathering)
About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.