Awakening to Beauty: Eremos Retreat Day
Eremos has a long history of offering opportunities to step aside and take time to listen deeply to the stirrings of our hearts and become more aware of mystery and the sacred in our lives. We do this as a community, encouraging and supporting one another in our exploration.
Eremos Retreat Days provide gentle guidance and space for you to engage in a way that feeds your soul and spirit. Janet, Alex and Bethany, our skilled retreat leaders, seek to invite people to explore the topic using a range of mediums. The day provides ample options to participate. Activities include reflecting on the insights from spiritual writers, poetry, silence, meditation, music, small group sharing, using art materials, and time on your own to enjoy the grounds and gardens at Marymount.
They encourage participants to follow their own sense of what feels right and what they need from the day. The retreat day is open to seasoned retreat goers and people who may be new to such experiences.
Awakening to beauty will be the theme for our 3 retreat days in 2020.
This first day on 14 March explores three movements of awakening to beauty:
- Awakening and noticing beauty
- Responding and co-creating beauty
- Savouring and celebrating beauty
Some thoughts from spiritual writers capture these three movements:
Awakening and noticing beauty
“I remember writing once that “nothing has ever been written by a theologian about the meaning of God’s Incarnation that hasn’t been better traced in the crystal calligraphy of a frosty morning window; nothing has ever been preached by saints about divine beauty and intimacy that hasn’t been better sung by the summer wind and nothing has ever been created by the mystics about incarnate love and beauty that hasn’t been more poignantly revealed in the sleepy eyes of a new baby”.
--Daniel O’Leary, Dancing to my death with the love called cancer. 2019
Responding and co-creating
“Whenever we awaken beauty, we are helping to make God present in the world...The beauty of God is reachable for anyone and can be awakened in all dimensions of our experience. This also calls us to love and respect the world and to care for the earth.” --John O'Donohue
Savouring and celebrating beauty
"Beauty always points through and beyond the form in which it appears. By means of a small part it gives us an experience of the whole" --Laurence Freeman, Beauty's Field: Seeing the World, 2014.
‘God is beauty itself, beautifying all things. God puts into creatures a kind of sheen, a reflection of God's own luminous ray, which is the foundation of all light.’ --Thomas Aquinas
Cost: $65 or $55 for Eremos members. Concession $10 less.
Includes Morning tea and lunch.
Register no later than 5th March. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer please contact us at email@example.com for details.
Places are limited so early registration is recommended.
For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Janet 9340 1562 / mobile 0449 595 112.
36 David Road
Castle Hill NSW
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