Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"My spiritual life needs some help..." New "Hurry Up and Slow Down online retreat begins next week!

A few people who could not begin the "Hurry Up and Slow Down" online retreat that I began facilitating earlier this month asked whether they could make this retreat beginning in May. 

The answer is YES.

(c) Jane Redmont

While I continue to facilitate the retreat that has already begun, I am happy to offer "Hurry Up and Slow Down" on a new track (or to phrase it better, a new slow path) beginning next Monday, May 6. This is a completely separate retreat from the one that began two weeks ago, but it has the same content and structure and also lasts for six weeks.
Participants for whom it is more convenient to begin on the weekend before that Monday are welcome to begin on May 4 or 5 if they wish. We will also welcome people who cannot begin before May 7 or 8.
It's May 8 and we're still taking registrants! Have a read below, then write me and ask about the Eleventh Hour Discount!

Basic information about Hurry Up and Slow Down: Spiritual Practice in Daily Life:

What, when, where

* A six-week online retreat from May 6 to June 16, 2013

* 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:


* 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.
You are, of course, most welcome if you do have time!


$150 for the full six weeks.

Discount for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.

Read below for a more detailed description.

Write me at 
to register
if you have any questions or concerns.



Hurry Up and Slow Down is a spiritual retreat accompanying your daily life. It will offer 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 religious traditions. We are not the first to grapple with the themes of our retreat and we are not alone.


The retreat begins Monday, May 6. 

If you feel you will better be able to focus by beginning on the weekend, you may opt to begin the retreat on Saturday, May 4 or Sunday, May 5

Registration will remain open till Wednesday of the first week of the retreat (May 8).

To register, write Jane Redmont at readwithredmont@earthlink.net.


As I noted above, the cost for this six-week retreat is $150. A sliding scale available for the financially strained; you are on your honor to decide whether this applies to you.

Write me at readwithredmont@earthlink.net to register. Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or money order. I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register.

How can you have an online retreat?


By offering the 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 (in this case the retreat facilitator) allows in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. 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.

A recent article about online retreats

Jane Redmont is quoted and featured in the article. Read it here.

Privacy and community

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


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 observe basic confidentiality about participants sharing of experiences and opinions: 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.
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."

Jane Redmont, author of When in Doubt, Sing: Prayer in Daily Life, Generous Lives: American Catholic Women Today, and more than 100 articles, is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and pastoral worker. Jane has given workshops on "Prayer in Our Busy Lives" and on  "Spiritual Practices for the Busy, the Harried, and the Overcommitted" as well as lectures, retreats, and workshops on praying with anger and depression; intercessory prayer; using body, breath, and voice in prayer and meditation; ecological spirituality; prayer and the work of justice; Jewish insights for Christians; Sabbath and time; Buddhist and Christian insights on anger; and Christian feminist spirituality, around the U.S. She has taught courses on the contemplative life and on prayer at the undergraduate and seminary/graduate levels. 

Jane was active in ecumenical healing services in communities affected by AIDS during the 1980s and 1990s, led weekly prayer services for peace in the early 2000s, and more recently facilitated weekly Centering Prayer and Taizé services. An American raised in France, Jane was educated at the Lycée de Sèvres, Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, and the Graduate Theological Union; she is an Episcopalian (Anglican) shaped by Catholic contemplative and social justice traditions, Jewish and Unitarian Universalist family roots, and the study of yoga and Buddhist (especially Zen) meditation.

Praise for "Hurry Up and Slow Down"
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
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... I did not have much time, so having some focused time to replenish my spirit was great.
Highly recommended!
--Fran Rossi  Szpylczyn, New York

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Living in Boston (and a post-Newtown preach)

Boston Skyline from Peters Hill, March 23, 2013
photo by Jane Redmont

I will write more later today or later this week, a bit more personally, since as many of you know, I moved back to Boston at the first of the year. We are reeling from the aftermath of Monday's bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Meanwhile, if you need it, here is my post-Newtown sermon from last December. Perhaps it will be of use to some of you. I was still living in Greensboro, North Carolina at the time.

In peace,


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Publisher's overstock sale: Jane's book on prayer for only $5 (instead of $18.95 plus tax)

Overstock sale! For a limited time, Jane Redmont's When in Doubt, Sing: Prayer in Daily Life is being sold for only $5 a copy (as opposed to list price of $18.95 plus tax). Take advantage of this great sale and tell your friends. How about getting multiple copies for your book group or congregation?

Link to publisher's overstock sale page for the book is here.