J.P. Newell's New England School for Celtic Consciousness
“From the seed-force of the summer earth new life rises.
Out of the fecundity of the soul, fresh vision emerges.”
John Philip Newell, poet, peacemaker, scholar and minister
An annual retreat led by John Philip Newell will launch at Mercy by the Sea from July 11-13, 2017. The retreat and other related programs are offered to create and nurture a community of individuals with a shared vision and committed spiritual practice for the purpose of transformation.
We are delighted to host John Philip Newell, internationally acclaimed Celtic teacher from Scotland and celebrated author of over 15 books, including Christ of the Celts, Praying with the Earth, A New Harmony, and his most recent visionary title The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings. In 2011 he received the first-ever Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington, DC, for his work as poet, peacemaker and scholar. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh.
Newell's teaching and practice focus on the relationship between contemplation and action for well-being and healing in our lives and world. According to Newell, "Wholeness consists of coming back into relationship with what is deepest in all things; i.e., the of-Godness at the heart of the earth and all life forms and all people."
2017 Retreat with John Philip Newell
Tuesday, July 11, starting at 4 p.m. through Thursday, July 13 ending at 2 p.m.
The three-day retreat consists of:
- Prayer at the beginning and ending of each day
- Presentations by John Philip, focusing on teachings from the Celtic tradition
- Meditative practices
- Silence and
There is free time to hike and rest as well as a party on the second evening to celebrate our time together.
The foundational text is Newell's Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality. This is required reading for participants. Each year's teaching reflects on teachings from this stream of Celtic consciousness, which stretches from Pelagius in the 4th century Celtic Britain through to Teilhard de Chardin, a 20th-century resurrection of the ancient French Celtic stream.
Although each year is accessible to anyone joining us for the first time (especially if they have read Listening for the Heartbeat of God), those coming back year after year will have a sense of progression.
Extend Your Retreat for Celtic Sabbath Rest & Renewal
with Mercy by the Sea Staff
Thursday, July 13, starting at 2 p.m. through Saturday, July 15, ending at 10 a.m
Give yourself the gift of contemplative time to reflect upon and integrate our experience with John Philip Newell. Join with others, who also participated in the launching of the School for Celtic Consciousness, for daily prayer, reflection, meditation and sharing. The rest of the time is available for your individual rest and renewal. This is a time of quiet, with the option to eat in community for conversation or to eat in solitude and silence.
For overnight guests, fee includes program, accommodations with private bath, and meals as described:
Single occupancy: (All single rooms are now sold out. Contact Rosemary Jones to be put on a waiting list. 203-245-0401 ext 114, or check into these local hotels for room availability and cost: Red Roof Inn, Guilford, 203-453-0123; Comfort Inn, Guilford, 203-453-5600; Tower Inn & Suites, Guilford, 203-453-9700. When you are staying at one of these inns, the program's commuter rate applies. Please see that rate below.)
$450 for Newell retreat; meals from dinner July 11 through breakfast July 13
$680 with extended Celtic Sabbath; meals from dinner July 11 through breakfast July 15
Double occupancy: (All double rooms are sold out. Contact Rosemary Jones to be put on a waiting list. 203-245-0401 ext 114 or check with the inns listed above for local lodging.)
$340 per person for Newell retreat; meals from dinner July 11 through breakfast July 13
$510 per person with extended Celtic Sabbath; meals from dinner July 11 through breakfast July 15
Triple occupancy: (All triple rooms are sold out. Contact Rosemary Jones to be put on a waiting list. 203-245-0401 ext 114 or check with the inns listed above for local lodging.)
$300 per person for Newell retreat; meals from dinner July 11 through breakfast July 13
$450 per person with extended Celtic Sabbath; meals from dinner July 11 through breakfast July 15.
Commuter rate for participants who live locally or those staying in offsite housing:
$225 per person, includes program, lunch on July 12, and dinner on July 11 and 12.
For availability and cost for offsite lodging in proximity to Mercy by the Sea, you can contact:
Red Roof Inn, Guilford, 203-453-0123
Comfort Inn, Guilford, 203-453-5600
Tower Inn & Suites, Guilford, 203-453-9700
All registrations for the program must be made with Guest Services. Please contact Rosemary Jones at (203) 245-0401 ext.114. Or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.