What do you do when you have three ‘semi oldies’, ages 47 to 77 and 14 young adults ??
Well let me tell you what I did. Myself and a friend led an intergenerational weekend retreat called “Encounter Desire – Living from the inside out.” It was a powerful weekend with lots of silence, group work, hiking through the woods, sharing stories and experiences and great food!
Our weekend began with introductions and we jumped right into learning practises to help us listen to our own deep desires. Our desires are given to us to act as our compass in life, guiding us to discover who we truly are and what our life wants to do with us.
When we make decisions, we most often seek guidance from everywhere but within. And yet it is through our own deepest desires that we are invited or called into living an authentic life. During the retreat, there was time for learning several Spiritual practises – centering prayer, sacred circle, labyrinth walks, journaling, as well as silent and art meditation.
It was such a gift for me to spend this weekend with this group. Many miles were walked and many conversations that I felt honoured to be a part of.
My deepest gratitude to all who attended .
September 28th 2017
On Saturday, I drove down to Niagara on the Lake and walked the newly installed Labyrinth at the library. A little over a year ago, I was invited to the Niagara on the Lake Library to lead a weekend of teaching and introducing the labyrinth. The goal of the group that invited me was to raise awareness and funds to build a public labyrinth behind the library. Then a few weeks ago, I received and email from one of the members letting me know that the dream has been realized and the dedication was Saturday Sept. 23rd! What a wonderful surprise to see how the community got involved and supported this project. It was great to walk with these folks and witness their excitement in sharing this gift with the community. So if you are ever in the area, please stop by the library and check out the beautiful labyrinth in the backyard, just past the rose bushes.
I am also excited as we prepare for a weekend retreat at Creif Hills – Oct 20-22 check out all the details on the website. I’d love to see you there!
keep checking back for winter labyrinth walk dates coming up…
September 6, 2017
wow, that was a long time. Thanks for checking back. The summer has been a beautiful time for noticing, paying attention, to the things, feelings, dreams, and desires that stir within. Walking day in and day out with a desire to be the best me I can be. Not trying to impress or be someone I think people are expecting me to be. (you know, the whole false self – true self thing). I have been spending my summer working with plants, soil and being outside and its been great. It gives me lots of time to contemplate the false self that I attempt to portray to the public, when all the while my restless true self just wants to be me. Its a scarey place to be, right? … when we take the risk to allow our true self to emerge. Will ‘they’ still like me? Or, what if I dont even like my ‘true self’ – the way I am in my own head and heart – my attitudes and how I think, act and react towards things and others. F. R. Rohr writes alot about the false self and the true self and he commented on how the Creator loves our true self. Thats who we were created to be, and yet we spend so much time and energy trying to be someone or something else, hoping that we will gain love.
This is where the labyrinth becomes an amazing tool for ‘working’ out who I really am. When I walk the path, it gives me time and space to let go of all the false stuff I am trying to cling to or work my life around, and it invites me to see who I truly am and be ok with that. Even more, the labyrinth invites the one who walks to be filled with the love and energy of the One who created all things. Walking the path of the labyrinth is a time for healing, renewing and eye opening revelations that give courage to action. It seems like a long time since that conference in April, but sometimes, well, actually most times, things worth seeking after, like meaning and connection and discovering true self and purpose in everyday life, simply takes time and time is one thing that even though our technology is supposed to give us more of… we simply fill it up with ‘stuff’
The labyrinth is always inviting us to take the time and come and walk, to drop the stuff and be held, nourished and encouraged to take action in our lives to be our true self and really live.
May 1, 2017
April 20 to the 23, I attended the Spiritual directors International conference in Toronto. the theme was “seeking connection.” It seems that within each one of us there is the desire to find meaning and connection not only beyond ourselves but within. To discover our true selves and how to find meaning and purpose in our everyday lives. As spiritual directors we are always learning what it means to live a more contemplative life, while walking alongside those who are seeking. I was invited to bring my canvas labyrinth(Chartres design) and a hand, table top Classic style and set up for morning contemplative practice and many of the 300 or so in attendance made their way to the path, at some point during our days there. The main speakers for the conference were the Interfaith Amigos and they were amazing! I am ordering their books on amazon because they sold out the second day of the conference already! These three, a muslim, a christian minister and a jewish rabbi delivered three sessions of wisdom and truths of awakening, embracing and cultivating a loving connection to ‘One’, others, and creation. It was a blessing to participate with such an amazing group of people from all around the world.
April 27, 2017
Welcome to the Knoll blog. thanks for checking in. I have just returned from a four day conference in Toronto with hundreds of Spiritual directors from all over the world. It was an amazing time of learning and connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. I am still processing all that happened, as I unpack and reflect I hope to share some of my thoughts.
I am looking forward to our “walk as one at 1pm” here at Lorhill farm, on Saturday May 6th. We will share some readings and join others all over the world as we walk for peace in our troubled world. If you have not registered yet, there is still time. Hope to see you there!