2018 Retreat: The Song of the Sacred Earth with John Philip Newell

"The Song of the Sacred Earth" is the second annual gathering of the New England School of Celtic Consciousness. It is open to all, those who attended the first year of the School as well as those who wish to join the three-year curriculum.

John Philip Newell will teach on themes related to the sacredness of Earth, drawing on some of the greatest visionaries of our Celtic Christian inheritance, including the 20th-century prophet of environmental consciousness, John Muir. Participants will experience the teachings in the context of morning and evening prayer, shared meals and contemplative practices enabled by members of the Mercy by the Sea team. There will also be free time to walk the beach, to rest and to celebrate our time together at a party on the last evening.

Advance required reading includes John Philip Newell’s Listening to the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality and The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality, both published by Paulist Press.

The retreat, which begins Tuesday, July 10, and concludes on Thursday, July 12, is currently full for both overnight guests and for commuters. You can, however, put your name on a waiting list. Cost for a single occupancy room is $450; for double occupancy, $350/person, which includes the program as well as meals Tuesday dinner through Thursday breakfast. There is plenty of space available for commuters who may  attend the program for $250. The commuter rate includes dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday and lunch on Wednesday. Call for a list of local hotels.

Extend Your Stay for Celtic Sabbath and Rest and Re-create

Led by Mercy by the Sea staff

Give yourself the gift of contemplative time to reflect upon and integrate your experience and learning offered during Song of the Sacred Earth retreat. Continue the practices of prayer, chant and ritual with other attendees. There will be daily reflection in community, and plenty of time for solitude and renewal. This is a time of quiet, with the option to eat meals in community for conversation or to eat in solitude and silence.

Celtic Sabbath time, which will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, and end at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, is currently full. You can put you name on a waiting list. The cost for a single room with private bath is $250. The double occupancy rate is $175/per person

To Register for One or Both Programs:

To register or to put your name on the waiting lists, please call Rosemary Jones in Guest Services at 203.245.0401, ext.114. You can also email her at: rosemary@mercybythesea.org.