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Two Upcoming Retreats in Seattle

For those of you in the Seattle area, you are warmly invited to join me on one of the two retreat programs I am leading in the next month.

Saturday, April 25, 2009: A Mini-Retreat for Young Adults (age 21-35)
Exploring a Rhythm of Contemplation & Creativity

We will explore the ancient practice of lectio divina and creative expression.  We gather from 9:30-1:00 for a taste of retreat in the midst of everyday life.
(sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center — click link for more information and to RSVP)


May 8-10, 2009

Transitions Weekend Retreat: Engaging the Seasons of Change
(A Retreat for Jesuit-educated Alumni, Family, & Friends at Seattle University)
Co-Facilitated with Maria Thompson, MA

Change in life is an ever present constant. Moment by moment, the life within us emerges as patterns and movements of being that shape who we are and who we are becoming. This three-day retreat is designed to help participants engage these movements of transition and change using ancient spiritual practices that attune awareness to the rhythms of the hours and seasons. As living metaphors, winter, spring, summer and fall and the 24-hour day offer natural consciousness raising possibilities about the movements of life. Through an evocative pairing of ancient and contemporary prayer encounters with seasons and hours, participants will be given the opportunity to explore life practices that can help them engage change and transition with grace, presence and intention. Silence and group reflection times will be woven throughout the weekend.

(Sponsored by Magis: Alumni Committed for Mission —  click link for more information and to register)


I am happy to answer any questions you have about the retreat content for either of these opportunities!


Make sure to visit the Poetry Party and share your own poetic inspiration about how to practice resurrection!

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2 Responses

  1. Paul, I do feel incredibly blessed to do this work as my livelihood. I know the power a retreat can have, so beautiful that you received that gift and it continues to ripple across your life.

  2. Must be truly wonderful to be involved with this. When I was twenty three I spent the most significant long weekend of my life – hard to believe it was only three days – on a retreat at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA, where I learned the centering prayer from the late Fr. Basil Pennington.