The Interior Life Seminar
Sep
20
1:00 PM13:00

The Interior Life Seminar

Ten Fridays meeting weekly, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

September 20 – November 22, 2019

The Interior Life Seminar is a reading and discussion group using resources from philosophy, religion, poetry, and psychology. While the readings may be familiar to participants, the methodology is unique: how can we use the principles, life models and stories to apply fruitfully in our everyday lives?

The Interior Life Seminar is an individual inquiry done in the company of others. We will explore values, methods, and contexts for living as we ponder questions such as: 

  • What is the best life I can live? 

  • What is worth living and dying for?

  • What are my highest values? My strongest values?

  • How can I live and die without regret?

This seminar will engage participants in a vibrant inquiry into perspectives that can challenge and enrich our experience of daily living.

COST: $50 plus books

Rev. Epperson receives no compensation because this is her Doctor of Ministry final project

Limited to ten participants over 60 who are retired and can attend at least eight (8) of the ten (10) meetings

Prerequisite: phone conversation with Rev. Eileen Epperson (860) 605-6576

Rev. Eileen Epperson is a Presbyterian minister for 29 years who has developed many programs to assist people in living fully, especially around issues of forgiveness. She is a hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor and the part-time pastor in a church. She has a private practice, Spiritual Center Coaching, which focuses on enabling people to develop strong communication skills.

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The Divine Milieu of Teilhard de Chardin
Sep
21
9:30 AM09:30

The Divine Milieu of Teilhard de Chardin

The Divine Milieu has rightly been called Teilhard’s spiritual masterpiece because it offers us an integrated, evolutionary, and transformative spirituality for the 21st century.  Teilhard wanted to help us see, feel, and know God present in all of creation--a love-energy that animates and transforms. Come join us as we explore this provocative work and the way Teilhard explains “the Divine radiating from the depths of blazing Matter.” 

Commuter: $60 includes lunch


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Sally Campbell Woodhall, M.A. is the author of Teilhard de Chardin: Pilgrim, Prophet, Mystic. She was the founding Head of the Woodhall School in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The former director of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, she holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Fordham University.







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Women of Islam
Sep
28
9:30 AM09:30

Women of Islam

Many misconceptions surround the roles and lives of Muslim women.  Come learn about the traditional roles of women in the family, how women are addressed in the Qur’an, and some history about the woman’s position in society.   There will also be discussion of the many different variations of Muslim women found around the world and the stereotypes surrounding them.

Commuter: $60 includes lunch




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Aida Mansoor, M.A., is a community chaplain in the Greater Hartford Area and has been doing presentations on “Understanding Islam and Muslims” and “Women in Islam” since 1999. Committed to building bridges of understanding, Aida is President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, a non-profit dedicated to this purpose, and a board member of the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding.  She was awarded the Human Relations Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice in 2011.



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Equanimity and Buddhist Wisdom for Caregivers
Oct
5
9:30 AM09:30

Equanimity and Buddhist Wisdom for Caregivers

How do we sustain our compassionate care for our children, parents, or patients without burning out and becoming depleted ourselves? The ancient practice of Equanimity grounded in Buddhist wisdom offers a radically different way to be with suffering. Equanimity is neither passive nor indifferent; It is the ability to stay present with both difficulty and joy. This workshop is for all those who wish to be a compassionate presence for themselves and others in acute crises or long-term conditions. Bring a journal for notetaking and reflections.

Commuter: $100

Program fee of $100 includes all 4 sessions.  If you would prefer to attend individual sessions ($30 each), please contact Program Manager, Bonnie Mis.

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Celia Landman, O.I., M.A.  is an experienced meditator and facilitator.  She holds a Master of Mindfulness Studies degree from Lesley University with a focus on Buddhism, Contemplative Neuroscience, and Mindfulness in Education.  She was ordained by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh as a lay member of the Tiep Hein Buddhist lineage, the Order of Interbeing.  A published author on mindfulness, Celia currently leads meditation groups for teens and adults.





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Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method™
Oct
5
9:30 AM09:30

Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method™

As featured in the May 2019 issue of America magazine, Marie Kondo’s of tidying, decluttering and reorganizing homes has become a national sensation, as evidenced by her hit Netflix series “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.”  Using before-and-after examples, certified Bronze KonMari consultant Christine Thorn will be discussing the KonMari Method's principles, the importance of tidying by category not rooms, how to work with a KonMari consultant, and the centrality of keeping things or letting them go based on one’s answer to the central KonMari question: "Does this spark joy?"

Commuter: $15

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Christine Thorn is Connecticut’s first certified KonMari consultant, sharing the benefits of the KonMari Method™ of tidying and decluttering with clients across the state and beyond through her venture Sage of Interiors, LLC, as well as giving talks on Marie Kondo’s life-changing philosophy at venues including libraries, residential communities, and professional and academic settings.


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Matter Matters:  Incarnation and the Spirituality of Everyday Life
Oct
5
9:30 AM09:30

Matter Matters: Incarnation and the Spirituality of Everyday Life

For centuries, Christians have understood material reality as an obstacle to holiness or as a starting point to be left behind as one grows closer to God. But belief in Creation and Incarnation beckons us to discover and deepen the truth that God’s presence in the world irrevocably transforms everything, including material reality. All is holy: from the daffodil in the garden to the snow on the mountain; from the clothes in the washer to the bodies that wear them. What role does matter have in your spiritual life and theology?  Includes lunch.

Commuter: $60 includes lunch

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Elizabeth A. Dreyer, Ph.D., is Professor of Religious Studies Emerita at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT and Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology at Hartford Seminary. She is the author/editor of nine books and over one hundred articles, chapters in books, and dictionary entries. She is a frequent speaker for universities, retreat centers, various religious organizations and parishes.


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From Wisdom’s Table: Delectable Side Dishes with Chef Margaret
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

From Wisdom’s Table: Delectable Side Dishes with Chef Margaret

What is the Flounder, Roast Chicken, or Grilled Steak without Super Side Dishes? How about Roasted Vidalia Onions with Shaved Parmesan, Lemon Dill Rice Noodles, Baked Portabellas, Honey Garlic Beans, Caramelized Artichokes with Quinoa, just to name a few?! This is an exciting class full of tasty dishes. No prior cooking experience is necessary. As always, bring your appetites.

Commuter: $30

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Margaret Jacobs serves as Head Chef at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, she has more than 30 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience. Prior to coming to Wisdom House, she owned Hannah’s Bakery and Catering of Torrington and Litchfield, where her delicious baked goods attracted a devoted clientele.


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A Reflective Journey Through Gift from the Sea
Oct
19
9:30 AM09:30

A Reflective Journey Through Gift from the Sea

Using Anne Morrow Lindbergh's classic book, Gift from the Sea, as a spiritual template, we will examine the life choices and deep questions women make and contemplate. In this mini-retreat, we will explore Lindbergh's metaphorical meditations on the sea and its gifts and reflect on the issues of relationships, love, solitude, duty, peace and contentment.  Includes lunch.

Commuter: $60 includes lunch

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Laura McEvoy, M.S., LPC has served as a Director of Mental Health for a program of the Mental Health Association of Connecticut and later as a Director of Faith Formation of a local congregation of the United Church of Christ. She is a recent graduate of the The Guild for Spiritual Guidance. She is also a Certified Christian Educator and a Registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher and regularly serves as a SpiritualDirector and workshop and retreat facilitator.

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Caring for Ourselves While We Care for Others: Self-Care Practices and Meditation Retreat to Support Caregivers
Nov
1
to Nov 3

Caring for Ourselves While We Care for Others: Self-Care Practices and Meditation Retreat to Support Caregivers

Caring for others requires patience, energy, and compassion.  Learn restorative practices to replenish your own wellbeing and increase your capacity to care for yourself and others with ease. This program is designed to support health professionals and individuals caring for family members and utilizes practices based on Buddhist teachings including meditation, periods of healing silence, mindful eating, and opportunities for creating joy.  Includes all meals.

FEES:
$160 Commuter


$285 Private Room with Bath - limited, please provide 2nd choice
$255 Private Room with Hall Bath
$230 Shared Room with Private bath
$215 Shared Room with Hall bath



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Celia Landman, O.I., M.A.  is an experienced meditator and facilitator.  She holds a Master of Mindfulness Studies degree from Lesley University with a focus on Buddhism, Contemplative Neuroscience, and Mindfulness in Education.  She was ordained by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh as a lay member of the Tiep Hein Buddhist lineage, the Order of Interbeing.  A published author on mindfulness, Celia currently leads meditation groups for teens and adults.




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Mom’s Open Studios Series (M.O.S.S.)
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Mom’s Open Studios Series (M.O.S.S.)

M.O.S.S. is a positive mom’s community for art where you will be: inspired through creativity, relaxed by meditation, and recharged through community with like-minded moms.  When you experience your creativity, you will feel more inspired and present. When YOU fill your well, it is easier to fill the well of your family and friends. Join us for art-feasting, the inspired making of compassion flags and ritual cloths, and other free-form projects, and bring new life into your days. 

Commuter: $60 includes lunch and childcare

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Anna Ramirez, M.Div. is an educator and workshop leader.  She worked at Yale Divinity School for 18 years as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. For the past six years she has been an entrepreneur bringing her passion for cultural change and transformation through emotional intelligence, social-emotional learning and creative art making. 


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Briah Luckey, M.A. is Connecticut-based artist and art therapist.  Art making as a practice for cultivating presence is her passion.  Her experience as a mother and as an art therapist at the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital led her to develop her transformative women’s art groups.  Through them, Briah gently guides women into their creativity, supporting them in authentic self-expression with curiosity and compassion.


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From Wisdom’s Table: Thanksgiving Prep Tips
Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

From Wisdom’s Table: Thanksgiving Prep Tips

Let's enjoy Thanksgiving this year with our guests and prepare everything in advance. Join Chef Margaret for time saving instructions. Juicy Fresh Turkey, Apple and Cornbread Dressing, Roasted Molasses Sweet Potatoes, the Creamiest Mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, Spinach in Cream, Pancetta Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sausage and Bread Dressing, and so many more tantalizing dishes. Everyone's favorite meal can also be yours to enjoy without last minute interruptions. Recipes included with lots of tastings!

Commuter: $30

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Margaret Jacobs serves as Head Chef at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, she has more than 30 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience. Prior to coming to Wisdom House, she owned Hannah’s Bakery and Catering of Torrington and Litchfield, where her delicious baked goods attracted a devoted clientele.

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Prophetic Encounters: How the History of Religious Radicalism Can Help Us Today
Nov
9
9:30 AM09:30

Prophetic Encounters: How the History of Religious Radicalism Can Help Us Today

For centuries, people of all faiths have led movements for racial, gender, and economic justice in the United States. This workshop will share the stories of such exemplary activists as Methodist abolitionist Richard Allen, Catholic community builder Dorothy Day, Quaker pacifist Bayard Rustin, and pagan environmentalist Starhawk. Each drew prophetic inspiration from their own tradition and from transformative encounters with other activists. Come learn their stories  Includes lunch.

Commuter: $60 includes lunch

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Dan McKanan, Ph.D. is the Emerson Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, where he has taught since 2008. He is the author of six books on religion and social transformation, among them Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition.


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Women's Voices, Women's Stories
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Women's Voices, Women's Stories

The Amherst Writers & Artists method maintains that we are all artists packed to the brim with life experience and need to tell our stories. In this weekend retreat, you will dive into writing the stories only you can tell. Open to writing in any genre and skill level, this retreat celebrates women’s unique voices. In a nurturing, confidential environment, you will be encouraged to write with abandon and without fear of judgment. Includes all meals.

$115 Commuter


$240 Private Room with Bath - limited, please provide 2nd choice
$210 Private Room with Hall Bath
$185 Shared Room with Private bath
$170 Shared Room with Hall bath

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Jen Sage-Robison is a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominated poet, seasoned workshop leader, and a faculty member at Westport Writers Workshop in Westport, Connecticut. Trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists method, Jen has had the privilege of facilitating workshops in correctional facilities, with parents of children living with disabilities, and women living in poverty.


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The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Ancient & Contemporary Wisdom Ways of Knowing the Divine
Nov
15
to Nov 17

The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Ancient & Contemporary Wisdom Ways of Knowing the Divine

“The only thing truly worthwhile is becoming God’s friend…” Gregory of Nyssa

Reclaiming an ancient tradition, the Wisdom Way of Knowing draws on resources as diverse as Sufism, Christian Monasticism, Depth Psychology, Teilhard’s Cosmology, and the science of new physics. It is not about knowing more, but about knowing with more of ourselves, knowing deeper—and, with our head inside our heart, accessing the Divine and becoming God’s friend through wisdom texts and practices that can remarkably transform your heart and mind. Join us to reclaim an ancient tradition of awakening toward living in a Wisdom way.  Includes all meals.

FEES:
$160 Commuter


$285 Private Room with Bath - limited, please provide 2nd choice
$255 Private Room with Hall Bath
$230 Shared Room with Private bath
$215 Shared Room with Hall bath

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Br. Mark Gregory D’Alessio is a Franciscan friar in the new religious society of the Companions of Francis and Clare. A leader in The Guild for Spiritual Guidance, he is also an inter-spiritual Christian priest, spiritual director, chaplain, retreat leader, author, and past President and Executive Director of the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, which draws together the inspiration of the church with the wisdom of psychological care.is a Franciscan friar in the new religious society of the Companions of Francis and Clare. He’s also an inter-spiritual Christian priest, spiritual director, chaplain, retreat leader, author, and past President and Executive Director of the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, which draws together the inspiration of the church with the wisdom of psychological care. 


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Trust God, Clean House, Help Others:  A Retreat for Women in AA/Al-Anon
Nov
22
to Nov 24

Trust God, Clean House, Help Others: A Retreat for Women in AA/Al-Anon

It has been said that the 12 Steps reduce to these three movements: trust, clean, help.  We will practice this 3-step dance, tuning up our personal programs through group sharing and individual reflection.  Saturday night we will have a speaker meeting with speakers from both programs. There will also be time for rest, informal conversation, and meditation and prayer.  Come renew your connection to God, to yourself, and to the world around you. Includes all meals.

FEES:
$160 Commuter


$285 Private Room with Bath - limited, please provide 2nd choice
$255 Private Room with Hall Bath
$230 Shared Room with Private bath
$215 Shared Room with Hall bath

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Shane Phelan, Ph.D., CMA is an Episcopal priest and co-founder of the Companions of Mary the Apostle, an ecumenical religious community for people of all genders.  She has been involved in recovery work for over 30 years in a variety of settings. She serves as a retreat leader and spiritual director in many venues.


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Christmas Special
Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

Christmas Special

Celebrating 70 years of Wisdom House and 300 years of the town of Litchfield! 

Come join us for a holiday festival featuring singing, storytelling, festive foods, and strolls around our decorated grounds.  Hear the many different sounds of the season, including modern songs, traditional carols, and classical chants sung by adult choirs and children’s a cappella groups.  Don’t forget to bring your gingerbread house for judging in our contest!


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Advent Retreat
Dec
2
to Dec 4

Advent Retreat

“We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born…” Meister Eckhert 

God’s love is placed in our hearts each Christmas yet there is a season just before — the season of Advent — that asks us to awkwardly wait.  It is because expectations have a lot to do with how we experience holy days; and the fruits of waiting — hope, joy, love — are spiritual habits of the heart worth cultivating.   Join us at the start of Advent for a weekday retreat of healing prayer, storytelling, guided meditation, and quiet time that will pave the way for re-learning how to “trust in the slow work of God.”  Includes all meals.

FEES:
$160 Commuter


$285 Private Room with Bath - limited, please provide 2nd choice
$255 Private Room with Hall Bath
$230 Shared Room with Private bath
$215 Shared Room with Hall bath

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Br. Mark Gregory D’Alessio is a Franciscan friar in the new religious society of the Companions of Francis and Clare. A leader in The Guild for Spiritual Guidance, he is also an inter-spiritual Christian priest, spiritual director, chaplain, retreat leader, author, and past President and Executive Director of the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, which draws together the inspiration of the church with the wisdom of psychological care.is a Franciscan friar in the new religious society of the Companions of Francis and Clare. He’s also an inter-spiritual Christian priest, spiritual director, chaplain, retreat leader, author, and past President and Executive Director of the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, which draws together the inspiration of the church with the wisdom of psychological care. 


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MLT Gallery Opening Reception: “Drawing Ground”  Judith Kruger
Sep
14
3:30 PM15:30

MLT Gallery Opening Reception: “Drawing Ground” Judith Kruger

Judith Kruger’s visual art uses natural painting materials and historic, ecological processes for addressing humanity’s connection to the environment. Her work has been featured in exhibits and collections in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Judith Kruger is an internationally recognized visual artist.  She received her BFA from Syracuse University and MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has been awarded professional development grants from the Chicago Dept of Cultural Affairs, Target Corporation, Mass MoCA and, most recently, a fellowship grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.


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Talking with Family about Dying and Death
Sep
14
9:30 AM09:30

Talking with Family about Dying and Death

How do we have conversations with our family members about their end-of-life wishes before there is an emergency? These conversations go better when everyone can reflect together thoughtfully before an emergency happens. Having everyone on board and the plans in place to honor the wishes of your loved ones enables everyone to be at peace. This program will provide tools and practice in having those discussions with the people you love.

Commuter: $60 includes lunch


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Rev. Eileen Epperson is a Presbyterian minister for 29 years who has developed many programs to assist people in living fully, especially around issues of forgiveness. She is a hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor and the part-time pastor in a church. She has a private practice, Spiritual Center Coaching, which focuses on enabling people to develop strong communication skills.

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The Spirituality of Vulnerability:  The Agony and Ecstasy of Henri Nouwen
Sep
6
to Sep 7

The Spirituality of Vulnerability: The Agony and Ecstasy of Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) spoke to multitudes about the irreversible and all embracing love of God.  We are the beloved, he firmly proclaimed.  But his own spiritual journey was marked by profound feelings of inadequacy as he struggled to know and taste God’s love.  This program considers how Nouwen defines the landscape of our own deepest yearnings.  Includes all meals.

*The book, Genius Born of Anguish, will be available for purchase ($20) from the presenter.


$115 Commuter


$240 Private Room with Bath - limited, please provide 2nd choice
$210 Private Room with Hall Bath
$185 Shared Room with Private bath
$170 Shared Room with Hall bath


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Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D. is currently Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University. a native Torontonian, is an author, scholar, Vatican Affairs Specialist for The Globe and Mail, Papal Commentator for the CTV Network, educator, CBC Radio documentarian, columnist, and former senior academic administrator.

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Self-Care and Healthy Caregiving for Clergy and Faith Leaders
Aug
6
to Aug 8

Self-Care and Healthy Caregiving for Clergy and Faith Leaders

Join us for a midweek retreat dedicated to encouraging clergy and faith leaders to practice the art, science, and spirituality of healthy caregiving. Explore the myriad ways that self-care is a part of authentic “compassion satisfaction” and can aid helpers and organizations in creating sustainable caregiving practices.

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Living a Surrendered Life
Jul
19
to Jul 21

Living a Surrendered Life

Drawing on the wisdom of Twelve-Step spirituality and his new book, Surrendered―The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality, Rami will examine the difference between surrender as an act of will and being surrendered as a gift of grace, and explore what it is to give up the former and live the latter.

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Saved by Slogans:  A Retreat for Women in AA/Al-Anon
May
31
to Jun 2

Saved by Slogans: A Retreat for Women in AA/Al-Anon

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The heart of our recovery path is the Twelve Steps, but we are also gifted with other reminders of the recovery way of life.  One of these tools is the slogans we learn in our programs. Come and remember your favorite slogans, and learn some new ones.  We will reflect, share, and create slogans for our continuing recovery.

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Gallery Opening  “The Enduring Presence of Wisdom Through the Years:  A Celebration of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield For 70 Years”
May
18
3:30 PM15:30

Gallery Opening “The Enduring Presence of Wisdom Through the Years: A Celebration of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield For 70 Years”

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On Saturday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. the Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery at Wisdom House Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center in East Litchfield will host an opening reception of a distinctive interactive art exhibit, “The Enduring Presence of Wisdom Through the Years: A celebration of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield For 70 Years.”

This special exhibit will be on display May 18 through August 17, 2019, and will also commemorate the 25th Year of Wisdom House’s popular Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery.

 In addition to the in-house permanent display of historical and contemporary photos and artifacts, an application (APP) link will be available for smartphones that will enable the special exhibit’s still photos to morph into “live” video stories highlighting the past, present, and future of the Daughters of Wisdom ministries.

 At 3:30 p.m. a special panel discussion will present insights and memories from several members of the Daughters of Wisdom, including former Wisdom House Administrator, Rosemarie Greco, and Provincial Leader, Catherine Sheehan, among others.

 A reception will follow the panel discussion. Reservations are requested for the free event.

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Waging Love: Toward a Healthier World through Music and Beyond
Apr
27
2:30 PM14:30

Waging Love: Toward a Healthier World through Music and Beyond

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Part presentation, part music listening, part exploration of one’s own values and vision, Lara will share stories, play music, and offer insight into what has inspired her own work. Through individual and group exercises, we’ll reflect on and prioritize our efforts to create healthy communities, and inspire each other in new ways. 

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The Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin and the Role of the Feminine
Apr
6
9:30 AM09:30

The Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin and the Role of the Feminine

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The spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin encourages us to ‘see’ our role as ‘co-creators in a co-evolving universe’ in new and creative ways. In this program, we will explore the role of the feminine in spirituality, in theology, and in practice within our faith communities.

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