Whatever our flaws, it is indeed encouraging to know that we are actually designed for joy. But what is joy? And how can we live into it more fully, intentionally and courageously? Join us for a weekend retreat to begin exploring these questions.
— Anne Lamott in Almost everything: Notes on Hope
Whatever our flaws, it is indeed encouraging to know that we are actually designed for joy. But what is joy? And how can we live into it more fully, intentionally and courageously? Join us for Living into Joy to begin exploring these questions.
Living into Joy is a Circle of Trust ® Retreat based on the approach to reflective inquiry of sociologist, educator, author and activist, Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. Led by highly experienced and skilled facilitators, these Circles are a space for honest dialogue and non-judgmental listening, providing opportunities to learn and practice ways of relating that help us to be more present with ourselves and others. Prompted by evocative texts, imagery and insights from the natural world, there will be time for individual reflection and journaling as well as large and small-group dialogues in which our own stories can be shared. This retreat will also include the opportunity to participate in a Clearness Committee. These processes offer the opportunity to gain a new depth of self-knowledge and clarity around the questions we are holding, and build our courage to respond in life-giving ways.
The retreat will commence at 5pm on Friday 12 May and conclude at 2pm on Sunday 14 May 2023.
Living into Joy will be held at St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre, 8 Humphreys Rd, Kincumber South. The centre is approximately 1.5 hours by car from both Sydney and Newcastle. For those coming by train, it is a 20-minute taxi ride from Woy Woy station. St Joseph’s historic sandstone buildings and expansive grounds are set in bushland right on Kincumber Broadwater, creating a tranquil environment for reflection.
A deposit of $100 is payable upon registration. Early Bird – $825 (incl. GST) payable by 5 April, 2023. Full fee – $925 (incl. GST) payable by 5 May, 2023. The price includes all materials, nourishing meals and comfortable accommodation in a single-occupancy en-suited room.
We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen. You will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit when you notify us in writing at least 3 weeks before the program begins. No refund will be given if we receive your cancellation less than two weeks before the program start date. If you need to cancel due to testing positive to COVID-19 or being a close contact, you will receive a full refund. If the program is cancelled due to low enrolment or other circumstances, you will receive a full refund. Please note travel costs are solely the responsibility of participant.
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