• 05 - 06 Dec 2024
  • online

Ordinary Sacred: Writing into Being

Please join us for a one-and-a-half-day poetry retreat as we notice and honor the “ordinary sacred” as a doorway into quieting the busyness of our lives and being with it all, just as it is.

And if, as I now know, the closet
is sacred and the bare room
is sacred and the sidewalk
and classroom and the ER
are sacred, then I trip
into the teaching
that everywhere is sacred….
I want to worship
at the shrine of everywhere,
want to know every inch
of this earth as an altar—
every walk, a pilgrimage.
Every step, a step
from holy to holy
to holy.

Excerpt from Sacred Ground, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

These are challenging times.  It is equally true that when we pick our heads up and look around, we are often surprised to find that we are entwined with the sacred in the ordinary. There is so much to notice, be with and celebrate!

In this one-and-a-half-day retreat, we will nurture a trustworthy space to invite in an exploration of our bodies, our lives, our homes, our communities as precious, as sanctuary. What happens when we deeply draw our attention to our surroundings?  How does it shift things for us?  Through the Courage & Renewal approach and through poetry writing and exploration, this offering invites you to connect with yourself and others—to slow down, reflect and notice, while experiencing poetry through the gateways of listening, reading, creative writing, imagination, and shared exploration. With the discoveries we make, we can then enjoy—and capture in writing—reminders of the fullness of our lives as holy ground.

Ordinary Sacred: Writing into Being will be grounded in the Courage & Renewal® approach  which you can learn more about in Parker J. Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness. All are welcome.

Marcia Eames-Sheavly and poet-teacher-storyteller Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer will cofacilitate this unique mini-retreat experience.  You’ll find her poetry online at A Hundred Falling Veils.

If you are a newcomer to Circles of Trust® retreats, we have an additional hour-long time scheduled Monday, December 2, 2:00 – 3:00 MT, during which you will be able to orient to the Courage & Renewal approach.


December 5, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT
December 6, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT


Online, via Zoom. If you are new to this format, you’ll receive guidance in advance so you know what to expect. You will need access to a computer or laptop; a set of headphones/earbuds may be helpful. You will also need a strong internet connection and a location in which you can be uninterrupted during our sessions.

There is a second retreat in this series entitled The Quickening: Writing into Doing.  You may enroll in either/both. The cost for both is $300 ($150 each).

Prior to November 15, 2024, the program fee can be refunded less the non-refundable fee. After November 15, 2024, no refunds can be granted.

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required with registration, with the balance to be provided by November 15, 2024.


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