Heart Wisdom Wednesday December 18, 2019
‘Wow! I cant believe its almost Christmas again. Where does the time go? and why so fast? It just breaks my heart, cause I cant seem to slow down.’ My co worker exclaimed the other day. I have to agree with her, the time seems to go by so fast these days. And yet, there is the beat, the beat, the beat. That amazing and so often overlooked or simply taken for granted, ever promising beat of life and hope. Yes, I am thinking about my Heart these days. not just because of the Christmas gatherings, where we enjoy the love of family and friends, but more than that. Most simply put, our hearts beat, pump and send life into every part of our body, allowing us to breath, think, move and do all of the ‘things’ we do in our busy and even not so busy days. Whether running, walking, sitting still, relaxing or sleeping, this engine of life keeps beating, pumping. Every night, when I lay down to rest, I place my hand on my heart and say ‘thank you’ – Yes, I tell my heart that I am grateful for it and for all that it does for me. And then, my heart responds … As I take these moments to be grateful, the Wisdom of my heart gently encourages me to thank other organs that work so hard (lets face it, even when I may abuse them) to keep me up and going, in whatever capacity I am able. This has become a ritual for me and has taught me that there is Heart Wisdom and I am learning to pay attention to it. Each one of our lives is a mysterious outliving of who we are and who we want to be and there are many everyday challenges with living in that ‘space between’.
anyway, I have been thinking alot about Heart Wisdom and how we can learn to pay attention to it. And yes, it does mean slowing down, and making wise choices to do so, while time keeps moving on. I wonder if there would be interest in having a Heart Wisdom weekend retreat this Spring? Send me an email for more information and if you wish to join me on this adventure.
Pilgrimage 2019 Friday July 12 – Sunday July 14
At the heart of Pilgrimage, is to renew your power of seeing, hearing and knowing.
To set out on a Pilgrimage:
- is to throw down a challenge to everyday life and allow your soul to invite you on the path
- is an opportunity to observe, to listen and seek answers to your deepest questions
- is inquiry in action, revealing truths that will help you live authentically, out of love
Patricia Wagler invites you on this Pilgrimage style retreat at Whispers of the North. A cottage located in the Bruce penninsula, north of Wiarton. A humble, solar powered cottage on an inland lake. (yes there is a toilet that flushes) – details and directions will be emailed to you after registration. ROOMS will be shared with one or two others – 1 Qbed and 1 bunk bed per room. First come first pick of beds! Meals will be in the main area or outside. This is a Pilgrimage, so pack light and simple. It begins with the challenge of One backpack. Here is what you can expect:
- Sessions exploring Pilgrimage – self observation, Aligning with the Divine and Inspired Action.
- Group time for listening, reflecting and sharing, as well as space devoted to silence and personal time.
- This Pilgrimage style retreat will include walking/hiking. Note* Hiking will be a combination of easy, moderate and difficult. We will be hiking some of the most scenic sections of the Bruce trail. Always returning to cottage.
Participants/Pilgrims are invited to arrive by 7pm on the Friday and our Pilgrimage in the north will come to a close after lunch on the Sunday around 2.30pm
Registration is $240.00 which includes lodging, sessions and meals. There is a $40 non refundable deposit when you register to hold your space. Space is limited to 10 people, so don’t delay in registering. Registration ends – June 14th
TO REGISTER GO TO – The Knoll contact page. Fill out the information needed and write Pilgrimage 2019 in the comments. Please etransfer the $40 depost to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me for other arrangements. Get in touch if you have any questions.
I look forward to learning with you!
January 24, 2019
Labyrinth Introduction Workshops
February 21st and the 28th
7:30 to 9:30pm
In the Ernie Ritz room – 121 Huron Street, New Hamburg
Cost is $15 per Workshop OR $25 for both
Whether you know about the Labyrinth or not, you are invited to join Patricia (certified Labyrinth facilitator) as she guides you in learning to use the Labyrinth as a tool for gaining wisdom and help in many areas of your life.
The two hours will be spent learning some history about Labyrinths and hearing stories, but mostly, experiencing walking and learning on an indoor canvas Labyrinth.
Registration will be limited
To register email email@example.com or call/text 226-220-2606
With Name, Contact information and date(s) you are registering for
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!