Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hurry Up and Slow Down -- twice!

(Reminder: full list of online retreats for summer 2014 here.)

We are offering 
our popular "Hurry Up and Slow Down" retreat 
twice this summer*
*or winter, if you are participating from the southern hemisphere

What, when, where

* A 6-week online retreat offered twice this summer: 
from June 19 to July 30
from August 3 to September 13
* 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!
$105 if you register (pay online or mail a check, see below) by Monday, June 16 for the early summer retreat or Monday, July 21 for the late summer retreat.*** 

$125 if you register from June 17 on for the early summer retreat or July 22 on for the late summer retreat.

Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.

***early bird deep discount  if you register 
for the early summer retreat by Wednesday, June 11 
or for the late summer retreat by Tuesday,  July 15: 

 Only $95!

See below for a more detailed description.


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 religious traditions. We are not the first to grapple with the themes of our retreat and we are not alone.

"Hurry Up and Slow Down" is offered twice this summer! (or winter, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere)

The early summer retreat begins Thursday, June 19.

The late summer retreat begins Sunday, August 3.

Registration will remain open till Tuesday of the first week of each retreat, 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.


As I noted above, the cost for this six-week retreat is $125 for the full six weeks (a little over $20 per week).

Cost is only $105 if you register and pay (via PayPal or mailing a check) by Monday, June 16 for the early summer retreat or Monday, July 21 for the late summer retreat.

A few discounted places are available for the financially strained; you are on your honor to decide whether this applies to you. Please write me and ask about this if you are in a situation of financial hardship.

 There is also an early bird deep discount for those who register by Wednesday, June 11 for the early summer retreat or by Tuesday,  July 15 for the late summer retreat: Only $95!
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 (early summer or late summer)  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)


Retreat fee (choose one)

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 (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.  

Jane Redmont was quoted and featured in an article on online retreats. See 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."

Photos (c) Jane Redmont 2013, 2014

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