Harvesting Grace: An Eco-Spirituality Contemplative Retreat

Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16, 2022
With Claire Rusowicz and Anne Simpkinson

Single occupancy with ensuite bath is $425 – Double occupancy with ensuite is $375 per person, includes all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast

“When (Jesus) asked his disciples to ‘look at the lilies of the field,’ 
I think he was asking them to read the book of nature as the book of God. … 
The lilies do not simply reflect God; rather God is being God in the lilies.”
- Ilia Delio, Making All Things New

This contemplative retreat invites you to engage with the Sacred in nature and encounter God as the Creating and Sustaining Spirit of all.  It will be a time to rest in body and “rest in the grace of the world.” Anchored in Centering Prayer (CP), the weekend will offer scheduled options including terra divina (sacred earth) exercises, a labyrinth walk (weather permitting) and a communal prayer service on Saturday evening. However, there will also be plenty of open time to explore the grounds, read, journal, do artwork, or simply enjoy the beauty of the land and waters of Long Island Sound. Silence will be maintained from after Friday's evening session to Sunday's Centering Prayer and lectio sessions, including during meals.

No Centering Prayer experience is required. This weekend is for both beginners and long-time practitioners.

Claire Rusowicz is a certified spiritual and retreat director and a spiritual director supervisor. She co-facilitates weekly online Centering Prayer groups. 

Anne Simpkinson has been practicing Centering Prayer since 1996. A certified Introductory CP workshop leader, she has led retreats and Quiet Days in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. While living in New York, she served as co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach for three years. She co-facilitates the weekly online Centering Prayer groups with Claire.