Hope you can join me (and the good folks at Haw Creek Commons) on the Saturday after Easter for a special day-retreat.

Poetry is where storytelling and contemplation meet one another. With this idea as our starting point, our day will weave together silence, reflection and prayer based on the themes of contemplation, social action, community building, and deep trust. We will take a closer look at the poetry and wisdom of several contemporary figures — poets like Thomas Merton and Mary Oliver, along with the insight of contemplative teachers like Martin Laird or Julian of Norwich. We’ll combine generous time for prayer, meditation, personal reflection, and journaling with opportunities for small group sharing.

This event is paired with a Friday evening program, Storytelling as a Subversive Art. Register separately for each event.

Date: April 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Event: "Poetry, Prayer and Protest" Day of Reflection
Topic: Poetry, Prayer and Protest
Sponsor: Haw Creek Commons
(828) 412-0949
Venue: Haw Creek Commons
(828) 412-0949
Location: 311 Old Haw Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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My friends with the Haw Creek Commons community in Asheville, NC are hosting a special Friday evening event called “Storytelling as a Subversive Art.” Space is limited for this event — so register soon! 

This will be an opportunity for us to explore how storytelling can shape a meaningful and life-changing spirituality. I’ll tell a story (or a few), and reflect together with you on how stories and storytelling help us to find meaning, purpose, mission, and perhaps even a sense of communion with God. Depending on how the evening goes, we’ll have time for shared prayer, silence, and conversation.

This event is paired with a Saturday retreat, Poetry, Prayer and Protest. Register separately for each event.

Date: April 26, 2019
Time: 07:00-09:00 PM
Event: Sacred (and Subversive) Storytelling in Asheville, NC
Topic: Sacred Storytelling
Sponsor: Haw Creek Commons
(828) 412-0949
Venue: Haw Creek Commons
(828) 412-0949
Location: 311 Old Haw Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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Please join me at the Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, CT for a “Holy Wells and Thin Places” Celtic spirituality retreat, May 17-19, 2019!

Date: May 17, 2019—May 19, 2019
Event: Celtic Retreat in Connecticut
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: Copper Beech Institute
Venue: Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
Location: 303 Tunxis Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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Here’s a retreat is for anyone wanting to experience silence in their busy lives: from life-long practitioners to those just beginning to explore meditation. We will explore contemplation, centering prayer and celebrate the unique expression of Christian meditation.
Date: March 29, 2019—March 30, 2019
Event: Seeking Stillness Retreat in Tampa
Sponsor: Hyde Park United Methodist Church
813.222.2299
Venue: The Portico
813.222.2299
Location: 1001 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33602
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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Are you interested in learning the basics of Centering Prayer? If so, come to this  introductory workshop that I will be co-facilitating with Maggie Winfrey, the director of Contemplative Outreach Atlanta.

Centering Prayer is a type of Christian prayer based on the teachings of great mystics like the Desert Mothers and Fathers and the author of The Cloud of Unknowing. It is a wonderful means for entering into silence as a way of prayerfully making yourself available to the presence of God. Grounded in scripture and the teachings of the great saints and mystics, it is a beautiful and meaningful spiritual practice that can be learned in a day — and that yields spiritual fruit over a lifetime.

This introductory workshop is sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Atlanta and takes place at the beautiful Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center. Hope to see you there!

Date: May 22, 2019
Time: 09:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Event: Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop
Sponsor: Contemplative Outreach Atlanta
404.717.6815
Venue: Ignatius House Jesuit 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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I’m thrilled to be heading to western North Carolina for this special retreat on the spirituality of the Celtic saints.

Date: March 8, 2019
Time: 2019-03-09
Event: Praying with the Celtic Saints
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: The Presbytery of Western North Carolina
Venue: Bonclarken Conference Center
Location: 500 Pine Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Registration: Click here to register.
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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
Registration: Click here to register.
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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
Registration: Click here to register.
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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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