I am leading a retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit on the weekend of November 11-13 — my last retreat there for 2016! Our theme will be “Praying in a Busy Life.” Here’s the description of the retreat from the monastery’s website:

Life in the 21st century seems busier than ever! We work longer hours, juggle various personal, family, and professional commitments, and it often seems like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. This retreat is an invitation to take a deep breath, relax, and be still before the presence of God, acknowledging that God is present even when life seems to get in the way. The conferences will include practical tips on how to deepen your prayer life, even in the midst of all the demands and obligations that life throws your way.

Hope to see you there!

Date: November 11, 2016—November 13, 2016
Event: Retreat at Holy Spirit Monastery: "Praying in a Busy Life"
Topic: Praying in a Busy Life
Sponsor: Monastery of the Holy Spirit
770-760-0959
Venue: Monastery of the Holy Spirit Guesthouse
770-760-0959
Location: Conyers, GA 30094
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I’m happy to be returning to the Episcopal Diocese of Florida’s Camp Weed, November 18-19, 2016. Our theme this year will be Celtic Spirituality: the Wisdom of Ireland, Scotland and Northern England. We will celebrate the poetry, prayer, and insight from the great saints of old, like Saint Columba, Saint Brigid, and Saint Kevin, considering how their wit and wisdom can inspire us to live more spiritually meaningful lives today. This retreat is for both clergy and laity, and is open not only to Episcopalians but to all Christians and indeed anyone sincerely interested in Celtic wisdom. Camp Weed is a wonderful conference center, conducive to deep prayer and restful relaxation. Hope to see you there!

Date: November 18, 2016—November 19, 2016
Event: Celtic Spirituality Retreat in Live Oak Florida (near Jacksonville)
Topic: Celtic Spiritualituy
Sponsor: The Bishop's Institute for Ministry and Leadership
Venue: Camp Weed Conference Center
386-364-5250
Location: 11057 Camp Weed Place
Live Oak FL
32060
Public: Public
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Every fall for the last few years I’ve visited the Rock Hill Oratory, and I’m glad to be returning October 14-15! Our theme for this Friday evening-Saturday day retreat is “Finding the Monk Within.” Here’s the event description:

From Thomas Merton to Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen to Thomas Keating, monks and nuns have been wise and compassionate guides to the spiritual life. We juggle the many demands of life, from family, to work, to church, and somewhere in the middle of it all, we try to respond to the love of God. Maybe what we all need is to “find the monk within” – discover our inner longing for silence, stillness, prayer and meditation.

The Oratory is a peaceful oasis, ideal for an overnight retreat, or great for commuters in the Charlotte metropolitan area. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

Date: October 14, 2016—October 15, 2016
Event: Finding the Monk Within Retreat
Topic: Finding the Monk Within
Sponsor: The Rock Hill Oratory
Venue: The Rock Hill Oratory
Location: 434 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730
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I’ll be joining two of my favorite authors — Trappist monks Fr. James Behrens OCSO and Br. Elias Marechal OCSO — for an afternoon of contemplative talks and book-signings during the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Fall Festival, October 1, 2016. This free event has lots of attractions, fun for the entire family! Fr. James speaks at 10:30 AM; I speak at 1:30 PM, and Br. Elias at 3 PM. Each of us will sign books after our talks. You can find us in the conference room at the Monastic Heritage Center. Hope to see you there!

Date: October 1, 2016
Time: 01:30-03:00 p.m.
Event: Talk and Booksigning at the Monastery Fall Festival
Sponsor: Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Venue: Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Location: 2625 Highway 212 SW
Conyers, GA 30094

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Atlanta-area bloggers: I hope you’ll come to this new class offered through Emory Continuing Education’s Creative Writing Program. We will explore the most effective way to write for your blog. Perfect for all types of blogging, whether professional/business or personal (or spiritual)! Hope to see you there.

Date: October 6, 2016—November 10, 2016
Event: Blogging: Effective Writing for Your Personal or Professional Blog
Topic: Blogging
Sponsor: Emory Continuing Education
Venue: Emory Continuing Education
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I’m teaching a new class for the Emory Continuing Education Creative Writing Progam this fall. It’s a blogging class — with an emphasis on how to write effective and engaging blog posts. It’s ideal for anyone with a blog, whether it’s a business blog or a more personal (or spiritual!) project. If you live in Atlanta and want to explore blogging with me, I hope to see you there.

Event: Blogging: Effective Writing for Your Personal or Professional Blog

Want to learn more about the great mystical traditions of the world? If so, then please join me for this evening class through Emory University Continuing Education here in Atlanta. The class begins Monday, October 3, 2016 and runs for five weeks. We’ll be reading Andrew Harvey’s The Essential Mystics: The Soul’s Journey Into Truth. Hope to see you there!

Date: October 3, 2016—October 31, 2016
Time: 07:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: Introduction to World Mysticism
Topic: World Mysticism
Sponsor: Emory Continuing Education
Venue: Emory Continuing Education
Location: Atlanta, GA
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One of the highlights of my year is the “Wisdom of the Christian Mystics” retreat that I co-facilitate each year with my dear friend, the Trappist monk Br. Elias Marechal (author of Tears of An Innocent God).
This year, Brother Elias and I will be leading this retreat at Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers, GA, September 16-18.
If you want to go, call now — it usually fills up weeks in advance — and put your name on the waiting list if it’s already full. Sometimes people cancel at the last minute.

Date: September 16, 2016—September 18, 2016
Event: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics Retreat
Topic: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics
Sponsor: Monastery of the Holy Spirit
(770) 760-0959
Venue: Monastery of the Holy Spirit Retreat House
(770) 760-0959
Location: 2625 Highway 212 SW
Conyers, GA 30094
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I love Holy Cross Monastery in New York, and am happy to be returning there on Labor Day weekend.

Our retreat theme will be “Praying with the English Mystics: Wisdom for Today from Julian of Norwich and The Cloud of Unknowing.”

The retreat is open to the public. Come and enjoy the beautiful grounds, the serenity of the river, the ethereal music of the monks’ prayer, and our shared reflection on the mystical spirituality of the middle ages.

Date: September 2, 2016—September 4, 2016
Event: Praying with the English Mystics: Wisdom for Today from Julian of Norwich and The Cloud of Unknowing
Topic: Praying with the English Mystics
Sponsor: Holy Cross Monastery
(845) 384-6660
Venue: Holy Cross Monastery
(845) 384-6660
Location: 1615 Route 9W
West Park, NY 12493
Public: Public
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I love being part of the Spirituality Immersion Experience that is offered about twice a year through Columbia Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. As usual, I’ll present two talks on the history of Christian spirituality, focussing on the monastic tradition and on spirituality since the Reformation. But the program is much more than just me! If you’d like a nourishing program combining prayer, journaling, small group conversation, and insight into the riches of Biblical and Christian spirituality, then I hope you’ll come to this program. I look forward to seeing you there.

Date: August 4, 2016—August 7, 2016
Event: Spiritual Immersion Experience
Sponsor: Columbia Theological Seminary
Venue: Columbia Theological Seminary
Location: Decatur, GA
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This summer I will be a guest speaker at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Marietta, GA. My topic: “Sacred Questions, Unknowing Answers: On Forging a Postmodern Faith.”

Date: July 17, 2016
Time: 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Event: Sacred Questions, Unknowing Answers
Topic: Sacred Questions, Unknowing Answers: Some Thoughts on Forging a Postmodern Spirituality
Venue: Emerson UU Congregation
Location: 4010 Canton Road
Marietta, GA 30066
Public: Public

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I’m excited to be returning to the Charlotte Spirituality Center for a day of reflection on the encounter with God in light of the Christian mystical tradition. While this event is part of the CSC’s curriculum for their students, it is open to the public (but pre-registration is required). If you’d like to attend, please click here to download the flyer, fill it out and return it with your registration fee to the Center. See you there!

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Date: June 18, 2016
Time: 09:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Event: A Day of Reflection at the Charlotte Spirituality Center
Topic: "The Experience of God in the Christian Mystical Tradition"
Sponsor: Charlotte Spirituality Center
Venue: Charlotte Spirituality Center
Location: Charlotte, NC
Public: Public
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It’s official: I’m returning to the Wild Goose Festival this year! I’ll be giving one talk, “A Trappist Monastery in Your Heart: Wisdom of the Cistercians for Daily Life.”

The exact date and time of my presentation is still TBD, but of course it’s just one small part of the wonderful assembly of musicians and storytellers that is the Wild Goose Festival! So happy to be returning — and I hope to see you there!

Date: July 7, 2016—July 10, 2016
Event: "A Trappist Monastery in Your Heart"
Sponsor: The Wild Goose Festival
Location: Hot Springs, NC
Public: Public

What better place to celebrate the spirituality of Julian of Norwich than at a St. Julian’s Church? On May 21 (the week after Julian’s feast day) I’ll lead a day retreat on the theme “God is Our Mother and Other Wisdom Teachings from Julian of Norwich.” Call the Church for more information and/or to register. Cost is $30. Bring your own lunch or order a boxed lunch for an additional $10.

Date: May 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Event: Julian of Norwich Day Retreat
Topic: Julian of Norwich
Sponsor: St. Julian's Episcopal Church
770-949-9949
Venue: St. Julian's Episcopal Church
770-949-9949
Location: 5400 Stewart Mill Rd
Douglasville, GA 30135
Public: Public

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I’m a featured presenter at the 2016 “Super Seminar” sponsored by the International Association of Conference Center Administrators. My topic: Benedictine Spirituality and the Mission of Church Camps and Conference Centers. If you’re a member of IACCA, I hope to see you there.

Date: April 27, 2016
Event: IACCA "Super Seminar"
Sponsor: IACCA
Location: Fruitland Park, FL
Public: Private

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