• 06 - 08 Nov 2022
  • onsite

Listening to the Land and Ourselves: Harvesting our 2022 Gardens

Using metaphors from nature and the garden we will have a slow time to listen to the land, our inner teacher, and one another. We will create a safe space to consider what we want to harvest, what we need to compost, and what we hope to remember for next year.

the leaves believe such letting go is love
such love is faith, such faith is grace, such grace is god
i agree with the leaves
~Lucille Clifton

This autumn, Julie Johnson and Alan Claassen invite you to help create a Circle of Trust® where we can harvest the wisdom received in the challenges and gifts of the past nine months. Using metaphors from nature and the garden we will have a slow time to listen to the land, our inner teacher, and one another. We will create a safe space to consider what we want to harvest, what we need to compost, and what we hope to remember for next year. We welcome anyone seeking a time of reflection, renewal, and good company to this retreat that will be guided by the principles and practices of the Center for Courage & Renewal®.

Please know that we move at the pace of invitation, and provide lots of time for silence and for reflecting on poetry, music, art and the beautiful forest, water and mountains that will surround us. There will be a Clearness Committee offered at this retreat.

Based on the work of author and spiritual elder Parker J. Palmer, this retreat will provide opportunities to:

  • Discover a place of solitude in community where you can seek renewal and clarity of purpose.
  • Reflect on who you are, and on the invitation to connect who you are with what you do.
  • Learn healthy ways to embrace paradox and hold tension in life-giving ways.
  • Be within a community of mutual respect and caring that welcomes the soul.

You can find more information about the Center for Courage & Renewal® at www.couragerenewal.org.

What to Expect: In the retreat, skilled facilitators help to create a quiet, focused, and disciplined space – a Circle of Trust®– in which the noise within us and around us can subside and we can begin to hear our own inner voice. Our group of 15-20 will explore the places in which we feel near to home and far from home using large group, small group, and solitary settings. We will make use of stories from our own journeys, as well as insights from poets, storytellers, musicians and various wisdom traditions.

St. Andrew’s House Retreat & Conference Center

Our Home for this Retreat: The traditional log cabin style walls, elegant hardwood floors, massive stone hearth, oak staircases and two-bedroom wings of St. Andrew’s House provide a warm and nurturing retreat setting. Guests often remark on the lodge’s excellent staff, food, and facilities. This is truly a unique retreat venue situated on a hill overlooking the Hood Canal thirty five miles northwest of Olympia.www.saintandrewshouse.org.

7550 East Highway 106, Union, WA 98592   |   www.saintandrewshouse.org

Retreat cost is $500. Fees include all programming costs and materials and shared occupancy room and board. You are responsible for your own travel arrangements.

Scholarships are available; please contact Alan Claassen.

There will be a limited number of single rooms available for an additional fee of $75.

Full payment is expected by October 23rd unless other arrangements are made.

If you cancel before October 2 we will return your full registration fee, and miss you.

For additional program information or questions about registration please contact:

Julie Scheer Johnson julie.scheer.johnson@msn.com (360) 789-8146.
Alan Claassen alan.claassen3113@gmail.com (360) 820-5330

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