I’m pleased to announce that September 15-17, 2017 I will be returning to Holy Cross Monastery in West Park NY, where I’ll be leading a retreat called “Embracing Deep Rest in Turbulent Times.” Here’s the description from the Holy Cross Monastery website:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27). These words from Jesus represent a profound promise — and speak to a need in the human heart which has never been greater. Everyone knows that these are challenging times; how do we live in the peace and courage that Jesus promises us? This retreat, which blends restful silence with nurturing reflections on themes such as rest, serenity, and courage, is designed to celebrate the peace that comes from God: a peace that provides lasting rest, but which also impels us to make our world a better place.

To register for this retreat, or for more information, please call Holy Cross Monastery at 845-384-6660.

The fee for this weekend retreat (includes programming, lodging for two nights, and six meals) is $375 per person. An $80 deposit reserves your space.

Date: September 15, 2017—September 17, 2017
Event: Contemplative Retreat at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY
Topic: Embracing Deep Rest in Turbulent Times
Sponsor: Holy Cross Monastery
845-384-6660
Venue: Holy Cross Monastery
845-384-6660
Location: West Park, NY
USA
Public: Public
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I’m returning to one of my favorite Retreat Centers — The Rock Hill Oratory in South Carolina, near Charlotte NC — to lead a retreat from Sunday, June 11 through Wednesday, June 14. Our theme will be “Praying with the Saints and Mystics.” It will be a time for silence and reflection at one of the loveliest/most peaceful sites in the southeast.

One of life’s most important questions is simply this: “How can I draw closer to God?” Traditionally this means learning how to pray. Christian tradition is blessed by a history filled with advice and instruction on how to draw closer to God. We will explore different approaches to Christian prayer, grounded in the wisdom of the saints and mystics, and presented in a practical, down to earth way. We will pray together, learn together, spend time in silence, and hopefully have some fun as well.

To learn more about this retreat or to register, click here.

Date: June 11, 2017—June 14, 2017
Event: "Visions of Faith" Retreat in Rock Hill, SC: Praying with the Saints and Mystics
Topic: Praying with the Saints and Mystics
Sponsor: The Rock Hill Oratory
803-327-2097
Venue: The Rock Hill Oratory
803-327-2097
Location: 434 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Public: Public
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I’ll be returning to the Charlotte Spirituality Center for another day devoted to prayer and reflection. See you there!

Date: June 10, 2017
Time: 09:00 AM-03:00 PM
Event: Celtic Day of Reflection
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: Charlotte Spirituality Center
Venue: Charlotte Spirituality Center
Location: Charlotte, NC
Public: Public

I’ll be leading a “Contemplative Spirituality Weekend” at 2nd Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA. Hope to see you there!

Date: April 28, 2017—April 29, 2017
Event: Contemplative Spirituality Weekend
Topic: Contemplative Prayer
Sponsor: 2nd Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA
Venue: 2nd Presbyterian Church
Location: Roanoke, VA
Public: Public

This eight-week class will feature exploration into the lives and teachings of great mystics out of the Jesuit tradition, including St. Ignatius of Loyola, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and more! We’ll look at a different Jesuit mystic each week, and focus on how their teachings can be integrated into our lives today.

Date: January 12, 2017—March 2, 2017
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Event: Finding God in All Things: Spiritual Wisdom from the Jesuit Mystics
Topic: The Jesuit Mystics
Sponsor: Ignatius House
Venue: Ignatius House
404.255.0503
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
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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
Registration: Click here to register.
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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
Registration: Click here to register.
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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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