Thursday, July 9, 2015

Taking care of ourselves while taking care of others: Saturday July 18- Thursday August 20, online

Are you taking care of children, elders, or a sick partner, friend, or spouse?  Are you a member of the "sandwich generation," caring for both parents and children?

Does your profession involve caregiving?  Are you a nurse, therapist, physician, psychologist, clergymember, religious worker?

Are you a community organizer, a teacher, an activist?


If so, this is probably a reality in your daily life:

Note: we have changed the start date from July 17 to July 18.
 
Taking Care of Ourselves
While 
Taking Care of Others

Join us!

Saturday, July 18-August 20, 2015
 
a confidential online group
combining
support, story-telling, and resource sharing
with assistance in 
simple practices in spirituality and health.


If you have 15 minutes a day, even just every few days, you can participate in and benefit from this group.

This online experience is structured to allow for erratic schedules and a variety of demands on time. Like other online retreats an classes.

You can follow regularly or just "dip in" according to your needs, your schedule, and your caregiving and self-care commitments.

If you follow the retreat with some regularity, it will be one kind of experience. If you dip in or just follow one thread, it will be another kind of experience. Neither is better or worse. Either can be helpful.

This online program is held on a closed blog which is not searchable on the Web. Group leader and participants commit to confidentiality and the creation of a safe, supportive space.


Every week will feature four ongoing conversations:

 * Sharing stories  *  Sharing resources * Sharing practices *
* Gifts, gripes, and gratitude *

Group members can participate in those four ongoing forums
as they wish and on their own schedule.

Each week will also have a focus theme:

Time
Feelings and emotions
 Relationships
Love and work, community and solitude, shifting ecosystems and sense of self.
 Prayer and/or spiritual practice

Persons of any and no religious affiliation are most welcome.
Participants' affiliations and practices will be respected and incorporated.

 Health and healing

An optional 6th week (August 21-27) after the formal end of the group will be available for those who wish to have more community time and/or to take part in shaping an ongoing online support group.

This group will offer a safe and supportive atmosphere. It will not encourage competition: this is not about who takes better care of oneself or who is stretched more thin or can carry greater burdens. Each of us has a life worthy of care and respect. Together we will tell stories, share resources, practice simple ways of staying healthy and sane, and welcome the opportunity to be with others who understand the demands (and rewards) of caregiving.
Please note: This online program is led by an experienced and trained pastoral minister, retreat leader, educator, and group facilitator who observes professional standards of confidentiality and care for personal boundaries. It is not a psychotherapy group. It is not the same as, or a substitute for, professional mental health care by a licensed practitioner. It does not and cannot offer formal diagnoses of conditions or illnesses.
  

This program is designed and facilitated by Jane C. Redmont, M.Div., Ph.D. (cand.). Jane has four decades of experience in ministry in in campus, parish, urban, and diocesan contexts. A theologian and writer, she has taught at the college and seminary levels and has a private practice in spiritual direction. She designed and led her first "Taking Care of Ourselves While Taking Care of Others" retreat, a day-long gathering, for the members and friends of the Catholic Worker community at Boston's Haley House in 1984.

Jane is a Congregational Consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. She practices Iyengar Yoga, prays in community at Boston's Emmanuel Church, and preaches about once a month at Trinity Episcopal Church, Canton, Mass. She lives in the city of Boston and currently spends a good deal of time and energy on the care of her 96-year-old parents, who live in a retirement community in the Boston suburbs. She enjoys farmers' markets, music, meals with friends, solitude, and sleep. For more information about Jane, see here.
Registration

Registration will remain open through the first couple of days of the program, but please note that cost is lower if you register early!

To register, please e-mail your intention to take the retreat to Jane Redmont.

Cost

$95 if you register by the end of the day Friday, July 10.

$110 if you register between Saturday, July 11 and Monday, July 20.
The program begins July 18, but we will accept latecomers.
Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.
Payment

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or online electronic payment.

If you prefer paying by check, I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register.


If you prefer to pay online by credit card or PayPal, please click the button below to pay via the Redmont Retreats secure PayPal account.  Note: you don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this secure online payment method. It will accept credit cards.


Retreat fee (choose one)



Interested in other online experiences? 
Summer online retreats are listed here.

Summer online programs: information and registration

Summer Online Offerings
July 6 to September 26


 (c) Jane Redmont
Registration is now open for the first three retreats of the summer.
See below for announcement of all the retreats and for links to each retreat's information-and-registration page.

Hurry Up and Slow Down:
Spiritual Practices for Daily Life

A six week online retreat
offering
techniques and inspiration
for slowing down
in this busy world
and 

for living more mindfully --
wherever you are,
whoever you are,
whatever your schedule.

offered twice!
early summer: July 9 - August 18
late summer: August 16 - September 26
see here for full details and registration 

Novena Retreats

with inspiring companions
 
For many of us, it may be easier to commit to a shorter length of time (in this case, nine days, hence the name "Novena") during which there is focused reflection, meditation, and prayer each day.

You may, of course, take more than one of these short online retreats.

Each retreat uses as its inspiration 
the life and writings
of a contemporary Christian
who has combined deep spiritual roots and practice
with active commitment to the work of justice.

July 6-14 ~ Howard Thurman              Registration has begun. See here for details.

and see below...


July 20-28 ~ Dorothy Day                    Registration has begun. See here for details.

Aug. 3-11 ~ William Stringfellow        Registration has begun. See here for details.     

Aug. 17-25 ~ Ada María Isasi-Díaz              Details/registration forthcoming

Aug. 31 - Sept. 8 ~ Dorothee Soelle      Registration has begun. See here for details.

Sept. 14-22 ~ Pauli Murray                             Details/ registration forthcoming



These are retreats, not classes.
There are readings, 
but the readings are short: 
they are meant to be pondered 
and used as a springboard 
for prayer and action.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Taking Care of Ourselves
while 
Taking Care of Others

A month-long 
combination of 
retreat, support group, and resource sharing
for caregivers: 
parents and foster parents, 
adult children of aging parents
people caring for a sick partner or spouse, 
professional caregivers 
(social workers, therapists, psychologists, nurses, clergy),
community organizers and teachers,
and anyone 
who expends a lot of time and energy
with and for others.

Topics will include time, sleep, community, solitude,
living with difficult feelings, and spiritual practice.
(Persons of any and no religious affiliation are most welcome.)

July 18-August 21           Registration is still open. See here.
plus an optional extra week, Aug. 22-28



Do you have questions or concerns after reading the retreat descriptions, here and on the linked pages with more details? (Make sure you read those.) E-mail me.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Nine days with Dorothee Soelle: online "novena retreat" begins August 31

Longing for some prayerful and reflective time in your busy life?
Struggling with the challenge of hope in hard times?
Join us:
Dorothee Soelle:
An Online Novena Retreat


Dorothee Soelle (also spelled Sölle) (1928-2003) was a German theologian, poet, peace activist, Protestant and ecumenical Christian, spouse and mother, teacher, socialist, and from mid-life on, feminist. She was the author of The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance, Against the Wind: Memoir of a Radical Christian, Revolutionary Patience, Theology for Skeptics, and many other works. Soelle wrote in an accessible manner --mostly in prose, sometimes in poems-- and not in the form of long academic treatises. Her chosen topics, though, were often challenging: silence and language in the struggle to name God; suffering and the vulnerability of God; Jesus the risk-taker and the community of the friends of Jesus; history, evil, and Christian political engagement; the church as community of memory, resistance, and hope.

What, when, where

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, August 31-September 8, 2015, with the help of the writings of Dorothee Soelle (1928-2003).

* Simple and accessible:
one quote per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day
* At home, in your daily life: read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule.

* You'll need 20 minutes a day of focused time and a computer or tablet with internet access.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

"Novena retreat" ?

A novena is a sequence of nine successive days of prayer–usually prayers of either petition or thanksgiving. It is generally a public and popular spiritual practice and is found most often in the Roman Catholic religious tradition.

I am using the word “novena,” meaning nine days, as part of the description of this retreat to indicate that it is nine days long and involves daily meditation and prayer.


Dorothee Soelle was a Protestant in the Lutheran tradition, and the novena retreat is ecumenical, accessible to Christians of any background or affiliation, and open to all. It is a new twist on the traditional novena.


An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.

* Once you register for the retreat, I will send instructions for the one-time-only sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you

Registration

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, stating your intention to take the retreat, and make your payment. 

Cost and payment

* $60 if you register by Sunday, August 23.

* $75 if you register between August 24 and August 31, the day the retreat begins.
It's best to register before the 21st, but you are still welcome if you sign up at the 11th hour!
* Discounts are available if you are in financial hardship. Talk to me.

* Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or online electronic payment.

If you prefer to pay by check, I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register.

If you prefer to pay online by credit card or PayPal, please click below to pay via the Redmont Retreats secure PayPal account. (Note: you don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this online payment method.)


Retreat fee (choose one)


Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain private and just read the blog and use the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers on your own.

or

If you are more extroverted and communal or in need of companions on your retreat, you can  share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other retreatants and with the retreat facilitator.


Full  listing of summer online retreats here.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Nine days with William Stringfellow: online retreat begins August 3

Longing for some prayerful and reflective time in your busy life?
 Thinking about the relationship between Christian faith and social realities?
Interested in a renewed perspective on the Bible in these United States?
 
William Stringfellow
An Online Novena Retreat
August 3-11 , 2015


What, when, where

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, July 6-14, 2015, with the help of the writings of William Stringfellow (1928-85).

* Simple and accessible:
one quote per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day
* At home, in your daily life: read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule.

* You'll need just 20 minutes a day of focused time and a computer or tablet with internet access.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

William Stringfellow (1928-1985), was a lawyer by training and trade, not a professional theologian, though he wrote a dozen books and was one of most astute and insightful Christian thinkers of the 20th century. An Episcopal layman who understood himself very much as "Protestant" and who engaged in open criticism of his own beloved church, he was grounded in the prayerful study of scripture. Stringfellow was also a radical social critic preoccupied with the powers of sin and death in the world and in the cosmos.

"My concern," Stringfellow wrote, "is to understand America biblically -- in contrast to the more common tendency, to understand the Bible 'Americanly.'" One of the published summaries of his work notes that his great theme "was the Constantinian compromise, the accommodation of Christianity to the values of the empire and the preservation of status quo."


Click here for an informative essay on William Stringfellow 
if you want to know more about his life, work, and significance.

Details about the retreat below the picture.

Block Island, R.I., where Stringfellow shared a home with the poet Anthony Towne

"Novena retreat" ?

A novena is a sequence of nine successive days of prayer–usually prayers of either petition or thanksgiving. It is generally a public and popular spiritual practice and is found most often in the Roman Catholic religious tradition.

This novena retreat is ecumenical, accessible to Christians of any background or affiliation, and open to all. It is a new twist on the traditional novena.


I am using the word “novena,” meaning nine days, as part of the description of this retreat to indicate that it is nine days long and involves daily meditation and prayer.
 
An online retreat? How does that work?
 

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.


* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.


* Once you register for the retreat by e-mailing me your intention to participate, I will send instructions for the one-time-only sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.

Registration

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, stating your intention to take the retreat, and make your payment. 

Cost and payment

* $60 if you register by Monday, July 26.
* $75 if you register between Tuesday, July 26 and Tuesday, August 3, the day the retreat begins.
It's best to register before August 3, but you are still welcome if you sign up at the 11th hour!
Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.
 
* Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or online electronic payment.
 
If you prefer to pay by check, I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register.
If you prefer to pay online by credit card or PayPal, please click below to pay via the Redmont Retreats secure PayPal account. (Note: you don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this secure online payment method.)


Retreat fee (choose one)



Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain private and just read the blog and use the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers on your own.

or
   
If you are more extroverted and communal or in need of companions on your retreat, you can  share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other participants and with the retreat facilitator.


A full list of online retreats for summer 2015 is here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

(Re)discovering Howard Thurman: a 9 day online retreat.

Longing for some prayerful and reflective time in your busy life?

Interested in (re-)discovering the work of a wise guide?

Join us!
Howard Thurman: 
An Online Novena Retreat
July 6-14, 2015


Howard Thurman (1899-1981), a philosopher, educator, theologian, and pastor, was an African American born in the segregated South during the Jim Crow era. Nourished by the rich traditions of the Black Church and ordained as a Baptist minister, he was deeply influenced by Quaker thought, especially the mysticism and nonviolence of Rufus Jones. He was also a pioneer in interreligious understanding. His writings --books, prayers, meditations, and sermons-- are rooted in Christianity yet accessible to and pertinent to whose wisdom path is "spiritual but not religious."

Howard Thurman exercised a deep influence on some of the  Civil Rights Movement's leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He traveled to India to meet Gandhi in the 1930s with the first group of African Americans to do so. Thurman served as the first Black Dean of Marsh Chapel, the university chapel at Boston University, and founded the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, a multicultural, multiracial, and interfaith congregation in San Francisco which is still in existence today.
Thurman's book Jesus and the Disinherited predated Black liberation theology by a generation.

What, when, where

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, July 6-14, 2015, with the help of the writings of Howard Thurman (1899-1981).

* Simple and accessible:
one quote per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day
* At home, in your daily life: read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule.

* You'll need just 20 minutes a day of focused time and a computer or tablet with internet access.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

"Novena retreat" ?

A novena is a sequence of nine successive days of prayer–usually prayers of either petition or thanksgiving. It is generally a public and popular spiritual practice and is found most often in the Roman Catholic religious tradition.

I am using the word “novena,” meaning nine days, as part of the description of this retreat to indicate that it is nine days long and involves daily meditation and prayer.


This novena retreat is ecumenical, accessible to Christians of any background or affiliation, and open to all. It is a new twist on the traditional novena.


An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.

* Once you register for the retreat by e-mailing me your intention to participate, I will send instructions for the one-time-only sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.

Registration

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, stating your intention to take the retreat, and make your payment. 

Cost and payment

* $60 if you register by Tuesday, June 30.
* $75 if you register between Wednesday, July 1 and Monday, July 6, the day the retreat begins.
It's best to register before July 1, but you are still welcome if you sign up at the 11th hour!
Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.

* Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or online electronic payment.

If you prefer to pay by check, I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register.

If you prefer to pay online by credit card or PayPal, please click below to pay via the Redmont Retreats secure PayPal account. (Note: you don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this secure online payment method.)


Retreat fee (choose one)



Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain private and just read the blog and use the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers on your own.

or
  
If you are more extroverted and communal or in need of companions on your retreat, you can  share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other participants and with the retreat facilitator.


A full list of online retreats for summer 2015 is here.