Monday, August 24, 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.


This announcement of the Dorothee Soelle retreat was originally posted on July 8.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hurry Up and Slow Down -- late summer edition!

Last fall, when I felt as if I had NO TIME, and I mean NONE, to do anything, because I was so busy, I signed up for this retreat. What a big gift I gave myself... Having some focused time to replenish my spirit was great. Highly recommended!
--Fran Rossi Szpylczyn, New York

The "Hurry Up and Slow Down" retreat was one of the most valuable I have ever experienced, because it encourages the participants to take nuggets of time on a regular basis for guided reflection and renewal, rather than trying to devote a whole weekend or several evenings to the pursuit. It's well done and well worth the time commitment as well as the money.
--Joanne Fisher, Michigan
"Hurry Up and Slow Down"

begins August 16

(c) Jane Redmont 2013
What, when, where

* A 6-week online retreat, August 16-September 26 

* At home, in your daily life, 15 minutes a day

* Simple, accessible, gently focused on practice, with spiritual exercises

* Each week of the retreat has an anchoring theme:
mindfulness
breath 
place 
time 
community
earth

* Suitable for those who are religiously affiliated as well as for those who consider themselves spiritual, but not religious.

* If you think you don't have time for "Hurry Up and Slow Down," you're exactly the person who will benefit from it.

See below for details.


Hurry Up and Slow Down is a spiritual retreat accompanying your daily life. It offers guidance, but it is not an academic class with a lot of reading. It is simple, accessible, and gently focused on practice -- the "how" of living every day mindfully and reverently, in a way that suits our own circumstances and takes into account how busy we are. Each week will have a theme or anchor. The weekly themes will be rich and basic:
* mindfulness * breath * place *
* time * community * earth *

These themes can be building blocks of spiritual practice, whether we are religiously affiliated or not.

Every week, with the theme of the week, will include four components, offered each Sunday and accompanying you throughout the week:


1. Awareness of the week's theme:
Taking stock, naming, asking and answering questions, doing a little writing (or drawing if we are more visually inclined).
2. Inspiration:
A short reading, an image, an insight, a bit of wisdom about the theme for us to ponder during the week.
3. Practice:
An exercise related to the week's theme, a concrete how-to that we can incorporate into our daily life throughout the week.
4. Tradition(s):
Some insights into the week's theme from the experience and wisdom of more than one religious tradition. We are not the first to grapple with the themes of our retreat and we are not alone.

Registration

The retreat begins Sunday, August 16.

Registration will remain open till the third day of the retreat, though beginning the first day will give you more breathing space, literally and figuratively.

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


Cost

$110 early bird rate (till the end of the day Thursday, August 13).

$125 if you register between Friday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 18.

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 appropriate 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.)

LATE SUMMER HUASD RETREAT (begins Sunday, August 16, 2015)


Retreat fee (choose one)



An online retreat? How does that work?


An online retreat offers retreat resources (themes, quotes, images, videos, guidelines for spiritual exercises, and more) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) allows in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not searchable on the web. Random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments. Once you register for the course, I will send instructions on the one-time sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.


Privacy and community

Do I have to talk to other people on the retreat? I'm a very private person.

and/or

Can I get some support here? I'm not sure I can stick to this all by myself.

The retreat will offer you a choice in finding your preferred balance between the solitary and the communal, between privacy and solidarity.

1) You can be private and just read the blog and use the exercises, practices, and quotes on your own.


or 

2) 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.

Either way, in your participation on the blog, silent or speaking, you must respond respectfully to others and protect the privacy of participants. It's fine for you to say to people outside the retreat "someone in a group I'm in mentioned [issue, insight, dilemma]" but not the name or identifying characteristics of the person or the story.


(c) Jane Redmont
This online retreat is meant to help you find time and opportunity
 to breathe and pause in your busy life,
but not to make you feel guilty when you struggle to do so.

Begin where you are, not where you "ought to be."

(c) Jane Redmont 2014

Sunday, August 2, 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, August 3-11, 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.
 [Originally posted July 3, 2015.]

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.