Would you like to spend a week with me in the Scottish Hebrides, visiting stone circles, places of historical and deep natural beauty, and — of course — a couple of days on Iona? If so, then the Elemental Scotland Retreat might be for you! Limited to only 10 retreatants, this will be an intimate, deeply contemplative, deeply prayerful week where we integrate the wisdom and stories of the Celts with a meaningful practice of prayer and contemplation. If you’re interested, follow the link below to learn more.

Date: July 20, 2019—July 27, 2019
Event: Elemental Scotland
Topic: Elemental Scotland
Sponsor: Ardfenaig Lodge
Venue: Ardfenaig Lodge
Location: Isle of Mull
Scotland
Public: Public
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Join me this winter at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta for a special three-night contemplative retreat called “Two Paths to Contemplative Prayer: Spiritual Wisdom from St. Ignatius and Thomas Merton .” This silent retreat will include ample time for personal prayer, conferences each day to invite us deeper into our prayer through the wisdom of St. Ignatius and Merton, and the beautiful facility and grounds of Ignatius House — gorgeous even in the winter!

Date: January 31, 2019—February 2, 2019
Event: Two Paths to Contemplation: A 3 Night Retreat at Ignatius House
Topic: Contemplative Prayer
Sponsor: Ignatius House
Venue: Ignatius House
(404) 255-0503
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
Public: Public
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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, November 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: November 16, 2018—November 18, 2018
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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This year at the Oratory in Rock Hill, SC, I’m leading a Friday/Saturday retreat called Praying in the Thin Places: the Wisdom of the Celtic Saints. You can register for just Friday evening, for just Saturday, or for both days. Registration is delightfully “old school” — you can call the Oratory at 803-327-2097 or download this PDF, fill it out and mail it in with your registration fee! Click here to download the registration form.

Date: October 19, 2018—October 20, 2018
Event: Celtic Retreat at the Oratory in Rock Hill, SC
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: The Oratory Center for Spirituality
803-327-2097
Venue: The Oratory at Rock Hill
803-327-2097
Location: 434 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29731
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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Join me in October for a special online course exploring the spirituality of the Celts — through the poetry and prayers of the Carmina Gadelica!

Spirituality and Practice is one of the “hubs” for online spiritual learning, and this is my second course on Celtic spirituality with them! This course is designed both for beginners and for those who took last year’s course.

We will be exploring traditional Celtic prayers, poems, and incantations — and looking at how the down-to-earth wisdom of the Celtic people has much to teach us even in today’s world.

The online course includes emails from me, interaction in our online “Practice Circle,” and a conference call I’ll be hosting in late October.

Hope to connect with you there!

Date: October 8, 2018—November 2, 2018
Event: Online Course: Poetry and Prayer from the Celtic Tradition
Topic: Celtic Wisdom
Sponsor: Spirituality and Practice
Venue: Online Course
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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This November 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.

 

Date: November 8, 2018—November 11, 2018
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 12493
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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Answering the Call to Pray (March 23, 2019) is a day-retreat for tending to the most important of all quests: seeking the presence and love of God in our lives, to equip us to live more faithfully and joyfully as Christians in today’s world. Hope to see you there!

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 09:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Event: Lenten Retreat Day at the Cathedral of St. Philip
Topic: Answering the Call to Pray
Sponsor: Cathedral Bookstore, Cathedral of St. Philip, Cathedral of Christ the King, and Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
Venue: Cathedral of Saint Philip
Location: 2744 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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I’ll be back in north Florida for this two-day retreat/workshop on contemplative dimensions of lay ministry and lay leadership. While the focus of our time together will be how vital contemplative spirituality is for anyone who has a leadership role in their neighborhood church, I think it should be of interest to anyone who feels drawn to contemplative spirituality.

Read more about this retreat (and register for it) by clicking here: Lay Leadership Retreat with Carl McColman

Date: November 2, 2018—November 3, 2018
Event: A Vocation of Love: Prayer and Our Covenant in Christ: A Lay Leadership Retreat with Carl McColman
Topic: A Vocation of Love
Sponsor: Episcopal Diocese of Florida
Venue: Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center
386-364-5250
Location: 11057 Camp Weed Place
Live Oak, FL 32060
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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On September 12, 2018 I’m leading a mid-week “day of reflection” at my favorite Jesuit Retreat Center, Ignatius House. Think of this as a “spiritual spa day” — a chance to spend most of your day in the serene silence of this prayerful oasis, just minutes from the Atlanta perimeter! Our theme will be the wisdom from three contemplative teachers: Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Thomas Keating.

Hope to see you there!

Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 09:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Event: "Living Contemplative Teachers" Day of Reflection at Ignatius House
Topic: Wisdom of Three Contemplative Teachers
Sponsor: Ignatius House
404.255.0503
Venue: Ignatius House Retreat Center
404.255.0503
Location: 6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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Join me for an online learning experience this September: “Living Prayer: the Spirituality of Everyday Liturgy.”

This online course will explore how prayer and liturgy can be part of our day-to-day lives — not just for Sunday mornings or your annual retreat. Together we will read James K.A. Smith’s wonderful book You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, which is an accessible and user-friendly guide to the relationship between ritual, worship, and love — and how Christians can use these elements to foster healthy habits of ongoing spiritual growth.

Through prayer prompts, online discussions, and daily invitations into prayer, we will explore both personal and communal aspects of how we foster an ever-deepening, everyday relationship with the God of Love.

This class is an elective that counts toward the completion of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary. However, you do not have to be enrolled in the Certificate Program to participate in this class.

Early enrollment is recommended — class size is limited.

Date: September 10, 2018—October 6, 2018
Event: Online Course: Living Prayer, the Spirituality of Everyday Liturgy
Topic: Living Prayer
Sponsor: Columbia Theological Seminary Center for Lifelong Learning
lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu
Venue: Online Course
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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I’m excited to be leading a retreat for the first time at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI. Our theme will be “Exploring Celtic Spirituality.”

Date: August 17, 2018—August 19, 2018
Event: Celtic Retreat at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI
Topic: Exploring Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Venue: Franciscan Spirituality Center
(608) 791-5295
Location: 920 Market Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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On June 24, 2018 I’ll be the “Preacher of the Week” at the Lakeside Chautauqua in Lakeside, Ohio. Over the next four days I’ll offer a series of classes called “Faith for Living” and three afternoon workshops on different dimensions of Christian prayer. The topic of the week is “Lord, teach us to pray!” — I’ll be sharing insights from the great Christian mystics as to how everyone can deepen their relationship with God through prayer.

If you aren’t a member of the Chatauqua you’ll need a gate pass to enter the chautauqua — but complimentary passes are available for the Sunday morning service and also for the Faith for Living classes. Or, you can purchase an all-day pass to enjoy the chautauqua, and if you want to participate in the entire program, there are on-site hotels and B&Bs. Visit www.lakesideohio.com for more information.

Date: June 24, 2018—June 28, 2018
Event: Lakeside Chautauqua Preacher of the Week (Lakeside, Ohio) — June 24-28, 2018
Topic: Lord, Teach Us to Pray!
Sponsor: Lakeside Chautauqua
Venue: Lakeside Chautauqua
Location: 236 Walnut Avenue
Lakeside, Ohio 43440
USA
Public: Public
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I love Mepkin Abbey, and I’m so happy to be returning there in June to lead a retreat on the wisdom of the Christian Mystics. The retreat is fully booked, but contact the St. Francis Retreat Center at Mepkin Abbey if you’d like to be on the waiting list.

Date: June 4, 2018—June 8, 2018
Event: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics at Mepkin Abbey
Topic: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics
Sponsor: Mepkin Abbey
(843) 761-8509
Venue: St. Francis Retreat Center
(843) 761-8509
Location: 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
USA
Public: Public
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I’m leading a one-day workshop on Christian meditation and contemplative prayer at the New York Open Center. Our time together will include instruction and practice in silent prayer, time for personal and group reflection, and my reflections on how we can incorporate the life-transfiguring wisdom of the mystics into our lives today. Although centered on Christian spirituality and practice, this workshop is presented in an inclusive way that is appropriate for people of all faith traditions and all experience levels. Hope to see you there!

Date: April 22, 2018
Time: 09:30 a.m.-04:00 p.m.
Event: Be Still and Know: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Christian Contemplation and Meditation
Topic: Be Still and Know: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Christian Contemplation and Meditation
Sponsor: New York Open Center
(212) 219-2527
Venue: New York Open Center
(212) 219-2527
Location: 22 E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
USA
Public: Public
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Mepkin Abbey

I’m so excited to be leading a retreat at Mepkin Abbey, the Trappist Monastery in South Carolina. This will be the first retreat I’ve led at Mepkin, and our topic will be one of my favorites: the Spirituality of Celtic Christianity. If you’re not familiar with Mepkin, it is a small but vibrant community of monks, with beautiful liturgy and a gorgeous setting, north of Charleston (you can see the city skyline from the riverbank). Mepkin has a small guesthouse and this retreat will likely fill up quickly, so if you’re interested, register now.

Date: March 16, 2018—March 18, 2018
Event: Celtic Spirituality Retreat at Mepkin Abbey
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: Mepkin Abbey
Venue: Mepkin Abbey
(843) 761-8509
Location: 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd.
Monck's Corner, SC 29461
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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