AGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

Join Guild members and others at the Mountain Retreat Center in Highlands, North Carolina, for a three-day, in-person workshop this June on Aging as a Spiritual Practice. Guild member Paulette Robinson will lead the workshop, which is co-sponsored by Wholeness of the Heart, Sage-ing International, and the Guild for Spiritual Guidance.

Aging is a time of harvesting and bringing the sacred into life. It is a time when the external forces of life make way for an internal focus on life’s purpose and mining life experiences for meaning. Life itself becomes a reflective space. When lived purposefully, aging becomes a spiritual practice. In this course, participants will explore tools for internal and external spiritual practice that can serve this internal movement. They will create meaning-making rituals, deepen meditative states, make intentional sacred spaces, and more.

About the presenter:

Paulette Robinson is a certified Sage-ing Leader, graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and experienced retreat and workshop facilitator. For the past 20 years, Paulette has facilitated healing as a shamanic practitioner using multiple energy modalities and practices.  She has certifications in spiritual and elder coaching, family constellations and ancestral trauma,  alchemical alignment (somatic trauma release), past-life regressions, and mediumship.

Four days: June 23, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to June 26, 2022 (1PM)

In person at the Mountain Retreat Center, Highlands, North Carolina

Cost:
$500 early bird rate before May 1, 2022 
$555 regular rate after May 1, 2022
Registration closes on June 9, 2022

Room and Board Cost for lodging and all meals:
Double Room:  $315 (for all meals and lodging for four days and three nights)
Single Room:   $455  (for all meals and lodging for four days and three nights)

Register HERE

For questions, contact the Mountain Retreat Center

Supervision Program

  • Are you seeking a spiritual community that practices listening deeply to oneself, one another, the Earth, and the Divine?
  • Are you ready to look at yourself honestly, to spend time in contemplation, and to reflect on your experiences through writing and spiritual companioning in order to experience a shift in personal outlook?
  • Do you desire to learn about the vocations that led our elders, like Teilhard de Chardin, Carl Jung, and the mystics to deeper engagement with, and recognition of, the interconnectedness of all life? 
  • Do you want to become more aware of the ways in which you have been called and empowered to bring contemplative/spiritual change to our world through sacred response? 

The Supervision Program begins in November 2022

PILGRIMAGE TO ASSISI


In the Footsteps of Francis & Clare

May 2023

Your Invitation

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FRANCIS & CLARE is an immersion experience in Assisi, Italy — a unique opportunity to contemplate your own spiritual path in companionship with beloved Saints Francis and Clare.

The retreat highlights their life events, spirituality, and writings, explored through talks, meditations, and practices, including questions for contemplation. These help encourage the kind of listening that prompts deeper understanding of your personal story and the ways in which it is woven into the universal story; the ways in which your being touches and impacts all other being and matter; and the ways in which all things are in relationship with each other.

On this pilgrimage, you are invited to nurture body, mind, and spirit by living into the wise ways of Francis and Clare. In doing so, you can call forth what is deepest within you and begin to express that outwardly, within and around the medieval city of Assisi.


Select from two distinct pilgrimage experiences, or combine the two into one:

Pilgrimage A follows the footsteps of Francis and Clare within and around Assisi, Umbria. During this week, you are immersed in the rich Franciscan history of Assisi, connecting the lived experiences of Francis and Clare with the major sacred sites throughout the ancient city.

Pilgrimage B is a second week that expands your geographical scope. From our base in Assisi, you will venture to
other cities in Umbria – and beyond – that echo with significant Franciscan history, legends, and miracles including Greccio where Francis enacted the first living Nativity, and La Verna where Francis received the stigmata.

Pilgrimage C combines both weeks of Pilgrimages A and B into a single, two- week immersion with Franciscan
spirituality and history, sacred sites, beautiful countryside, and food and fellowship.

Each pilgrimage week starts with dinner and orientation on Sunday evening with departure on the following Saturday. In the spirit of balancing activity with contemplation, the Wednesdays of each of the two pilgrimage weeks are free days.

PILGRIMAGE DETAILS

Register today for Pilgrimage A or B
Or both, with Pilgrimage C

Pilgrimage Details

Register today for Pilgrimage A or B
Or both, with Pilgrimage C

Pilgrimage A:
May 14 – 20, 2023

We encounter Francis and Clare
through their life experiences and
writings, with visits (by way of walking
or taxi, with fare included) to Assisi’s
major sacred sites, including:

  • Basilica of St. Francis
  • Basilica of St Clare
  • Convent of San Damiano
  • Santa Maria degli Angeli & the
    Porziuncola (Little Portion)
  • Bishop’s Palace & Santa Maria
    Maggiore
  • Cathedral of San Rufino
  • And, others

During this week, you are immersed in
the rich Franciscan history of Assisi,
connecting the lived experiences of
Francis and Clare with the major sacred
sites throughout the ancient city.

Pilgrimage B:
May 21 – 27, 2023

We retrace Francis’ and Clare’s
travels from Assisi to other cities with
important Franciscan legacies:

  • Gubbio, the site of Francis’ legendary
    encounter with the wolf
  • Greccio, where Francis introduced
    the first Nativity
  • La Verna, where Francis received
    the stigmata
  • Perugia, where Francis was
    imprisoned and to which Clare’s
    family escaped

In each location, we are immersed in the
significant stories, miracles and events
of each saints’ life and their resonance
for our lives. With Assisi as our base, we
make round-trip day tours by coach. Bus
fare is included.

Pilgrimage C:
May 14 – 27, 2023

“Pilgrimage C” combines A and B for a complete two-week immersion, starting within the medieval walls of Assisi, and continuing with travel into Umbria and beyond to cities with important Franciscan legacies.
When you choose Pilgrimage C, you enjoy a discount of $400.00 for a single room,
or a discount of $350.00 for a shared room. 


Wednesdays Are Yours !

In the spirit of balancing activity with contemplation, there is a mid-week break during  each pilgrimage. Wednesdays are completely unscheduled – please do as you wish!  Soak up the sun in the piazza with a cappuccino or gelato. Join other pilgrims for food  and fellowship. Or, if you want something more active, you can explore the hidden corners of Assisi, go for a hike in the beautiful countryside, or visit a neighboring city  like Spello or Perugia. Yoga and massage can be arranged.  

We will also offer a choice of two contemplative activities – please consider joining us!  

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP • CONTEMPLATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY 
Led by Paul Kimmerling. Join us to take an “inside-out” approach to photo-making, inspired by Franciscan spirituality, that combines contemplative and creative  practices.  

WEDNESDAY DAY TRIP • HERMITAGE & CAVES  
Led by Bishop Br. Mark. The Eremo dell Carceri is a sanctuary amidst the forest and caves where St. Francis spent some of his annual 40-day retreats, and where it’s said he wrote his Rules of Life.


Register Today!


Your Facilitators

The Rt. Rev. Br. Mark D’Alessio is a Franciscan friar in society of the Companions of  Francis and Clare. He’s also a spiritual director, bishop, priest, chaplain, retreat leader, author, crisis counselor for the homeless, and past president and executive director of the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, which draws together the inspiration of the church with the wisdom of psychological care. A graduate of the Guild’s AP XXVII, he’s a former board member (twice!) and was part of the leadership team that reimagined/redesigned the AP for the age of Zoom. He was one of the Guild’s pilgrimage leaders to Iona in 2019 and is an AP guest faculty member.  

An interspiritual pilgrim, Bishop Br. Mark is also a faculty member at All Faiths  Seminary International for the training of interfaith ministers. He’s initiated into multiple spiritual lineages, both East (Buddhist) and West (Christian); and, as a long-time seeker and practitioner of spiritual wisdom, does his best to affirm the Christian Wisdom tradition within a wider inter-spiritual framework. As part, he looks to both God’s evolutionary science and spiritual heroes (such as Thích Nhat Hanh and Francis and Clare of Assisi) as sources of inspiration and hope. He is delighted to collaborate again with Paul Kimmerling, for all of the reasons that Paul mentions below!

As a Franciscan, Bishop Br. Mark is committed to serving those who are sidelined and at risk. Moving to Long Island, he founded the Franciscan Circle, a progressive, interfaith gathering of clergy and lay people who seek to journey in mind and heart with the witness and wisdom of the Saints of Assisi, Francis and Clare. The Circle is dedicated to developing leaders for thoughtful social action and spiritual care. The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless awarded Br. Mark with their “Unsung Hero” Award last year.  

You can contact Br. Mark at guildpilgrimageassisi2023@gmail.com or phone or text at  +1 (848) 480-5708 

Paul Kimmerling now calls Assisi, Italy, his home, after retiring there from New York in March, 2021. His love of Assisi and his deep connection with St Francis prompted Paul to design and lead five retreats in Assisi. His Franciscan retreat, “Live the Questions: A Journey with Francis and Clare”, was offered four times between 2013-2018. In 2019, Paul led “Through Beginners’ Eyes”, a photography retreat to foster new ways of seeing the world and encourage greater creativity in photo making. Prior to that, Paul led a number of contemplative photography retreats and workshops at Holy Cross  Monastery, West Park, NY, on the Highline in Manhattan, and at Little Portion Friary, LI,  NY. As a fine art photographer, Paul was a member of the Atlantic Gallery, in Manhattan’s West Chelsea art district, from 2019-2021. To see samples of his work, you can follow him on Instagram or Facebook.

Paul enjoyed a long career in talent development, most recently as an independent consultant who designed and conducted workshops and coaching programs for executives, managers and individual contributors in small-mid-size technology companies in the NY Metro area. Currently, Paul provides mentorship and spiritual direction for members of the 12-step and LGBTQ+ communities. He is board president of the Companions of Mary the Apostle (CMA), West Park, NY. In the spirit of Mary Magdalene, the first to see and announce the resurrection, CMA proclaims the renewing and transforming power of encountering Christ in our lives and in the world. 

Paul is delighted to collaborate again with Mark D’Alessio. Over the course of their friendship, they have designed, delivered, and mentored a variety of retreats and educational programs for Franciscan communities, 12-step communities and the Education for Ministry (EFM) program of the Episcopal Church.  

You can contact Paul at guildpilgrimageassisi2023@gmail.com or phone or text on WhatsApp in Italy at +39 339 5367058.  


Befriending Dreams Seminar

The Befriending Dreams Seminar will explore the realm of dreams and how we can become better acquainted with them and the messages they offer. The presenter, Dr. Dianne Frost, will introduce us to the lively art of “dream tending” and social dreaming. In dream tending, dreamer and dream tender invite a past dream to become animated in present time and offer its wisdom. Dream tending touches personal, collective, and environmental understandings. Social dreaming springs from the dreams of groups of people and provides a way of reflecting on shared wisdom. It may reveal conditions and possible directions to take for couples, families, businesses, neighborhoods, cities, and even countries.

About the presenter, Dianne Frost, Ph.D.:

Dianne Frost, Ph.D. is a depth psychologist who has long been intrigued by sleeping dreams, waking dreams, and the wisdom gleaned from dreams of any kind. She is an advocate for the expansion of consciousness and love in our world, so her passions are to educate and facilitate people’s growth in healing their hearts, expanding their insights, and offering their love and gifts to the world. Sharing her experience with dreamwork is one way she expresses her passions.

6 sessions
Mondays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. EST
March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11.
The cost is $125.

Program: Good News from The Universe for Bad Times

Good News from the Universe for Bad Times: Crisis, Transformation, and Deep Trust from a Cosmic Perspective

Join us as we reflect on the universal nature of crisis, change, and transformation as well as the resources available for cultivating resilience and trust during difficult times. Drawing on insights from modern cosmology and the evolutionary perspective, we find sources of support, renewal, and guidance that can sustain us through the challenges we face personally, culturally, and globally at this critical time.

About the Presenter, Steve Martin:
Astronomer, educator, and author, Steve Martin has taught astronomy, physics, and consciousness studies at colleges, universities, and learning centers across the U.S. for over 25 years. He is currently one of the lead instructors for the Deeptime Network, and he also consults at the Center for Spiritual Emergence in Asheville, NC.

Three virtual sessions, Mondays, 6—8:30 p.m. ET beginning April 18, 2022
The cost is $75.
The course is open all, members and non-members.

Session 1 – Monday, April 18, 2022
Session 2 – Monday April 25, 2022
Session 3 – Monday, May 2, 2022

Program: A Look at Hope Through the Lens of Film

A Look at Hope Through the Lens of Film

Artists and spiritual writers through the millennia remind us how the capacity to hope keeps us human. Vaclav Havel encourages us “to work for something because it is good.”

We all too easily live in the illusion of self-sufficiency, relying on our own abilities, or, feeling incapacitated through our powerlessness, often succumb to despair.  

“Where we have both dark and light we have also the inexplicable,” observed Samuel Beckett, who also noted, “The key word in all my plays is perhaps.”  

The gift of faith makes the ‘perhaps’ moments in our lives even more poignant.  Through viewing and discussing three films that evoke feelings surrounding the resiliency of ‘hope,” we will explore how the promise of life and freedom can break down the limitations of self-sufficiency and fear.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST- The Lives of Others (German)
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST- Jojo Rabbit (US)
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST – Pig (US)
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST – I’m Your Man (Germany)

About the presenter, Rev. Larry Lewis:

Father Larry Lewis has facilitated film discussions since 2004. The author of The Misfit: Haunting the Human – Unveiling the Divine, Father Lewis received his Ph.D. in spirituality from Duquesne University, and has been a friend of the Guild since 1997. A Maryknoll missionary, Father Lewis spent many years in China and then at the Cenacle Retreat Center on Long Island, NY. He now serves in the Maryknoll Office of Society Personnel.


3 Sessions, select Tuesdays at 7 p.m. EST beginning November 9, 2021
List of dates: 11/9/21, 12/7/21, 1/11/21
Via Zoom
No cost

Workshop: Writing Our Mythic Stories & Spiritual Autobiographies

Writing Our Mythic Stories and Spiritual Autobiographies

We all have stories. Some stories define us. Some may point to our purpose in this life. Some may describe critical turning points. Some are welcomed as mysterious, challenging, explanatory, and mythic. Others are painful and tend to be repressed. Our stories speak to how we experience life and the ego persona we have cultivated. And those that change the way we live are called our sacred stories.

In this workshop we will compile our sacred stories to make a spiritual autobiography. We will notice how our stories reflect the mythology of our times and how we live into them. We will identify unconscious archetypical myths that have guided and navigated our soul.

St. Francis of Assisi prayed, “Who are you and why am I here?” By examining our sacred stories, we may find the answer. Each week we will focus on topics that build upon the prior week. 

Week 1 – The Mythic Power of Our Sacred Stories 
Week 2 – Discovering Our Personal Mythology
Week 3 – Identifying Our Soul Archetypes
Week 4 – Sharing Our Sacred Stories and Their Myth

About the presenter, Daniel Robinson:

Daniel Robinson is a professor, spiritual director, retreat leader, and lover of souls. His current passion is the mentoring of faculty, students, and pilgrims through the art of soul companioning by writing our personal stories, myths and spiritual autobiographies. He has served as a veteran and mentors Wounded Warriers.

Daniel is a member of the Northeast Guild for Spiritual Direction. He lives in Maine with his lovely wife, Heather.

4 Sessions, Sundays from 2-4:00 p.m. EST beginning January 30, 2022
List of dates: 1/30/22, 2/6/22, 2/13/22, 2/20/22
To register after 6 p.m. on January 29, please contact Denise Tangney:
tangney.guild@gmail.com or (516)-313-6217
The cost is $100

Interview with Bernice Marie-Daly on The Sacred Feminine

Bernice Marie-Daly will be leading this year’s spring graduate retreat, entitled The Radical Path of the Sacred Feminine. Bernice has been studying the Sacred Feminine for 35 years. In this interview with board chair Holly Moore, she explains who the Sacred Feminine is, how we experience her, and where we see her.

The retreat will take place from April 23-25, 2021 via Zoom. You can register below.

This retreat is only open to AP Graduates, or by invitation only.

PAST RETREATS

RECONNECTING TO THE SPIRIT THROUGH THE SENSES

Presented by Leslie Valentine

Our senses are the first gifts from our creator; endowments with endless opportunities to connect, reconnect and be at one with our source. But how often do we ignore them, take them for granted and fail to see their pathways to inner wisdom and connectivity? Join us this weekend to reestablish and rekindle our sense pathways and our relationships with our spirit and each other!

Open to all Guild Graduates
April 22-24, 2022
Wisdom House, Litchfield, CT

Gather at 3:30 on Friday April 22 and leave at 1:00 on Sunday EST

Cost:
The registration page will charge you a $100 deposit. The balance of your ticket will be due at the time of the event. For questions, please contact Sue Robinson: graduate.guild@gmail.com
$350 Full Weekend [Private Room & meals]    A
$300 Full Weekend [Shared Room & meals]     B
$250 Partial Weekend [One Night Shared Room & meals]  C
$225.00 Commuter   D

About the Presenter

Leslie Valentine is a graduate with the Guild for Spiritual Guidance (AP XX), where she concentrated her second year practicum in small group ministry. An Education for Ministry (EfM) graduate, she has been a certified mentor for over ten years and is currently mentoring a 36-week seminar group in Huntington, New York. In the Episcopal Church, she is a lay Eucharist minister and has served on Cursillo teams. Leslie is also a classical singer, performing frequently in the tri-state area, and an avid traveler, having visited all seven continents! 

Fall 2021

Presented by Dr. Fanny Brewster

Our American collective now finds itself more frequently peering with conscious awareness into the shadow of American racial relations and racism than ever before in history. The Civil War brought us into the shadowed constellation of our American racial complex. We are more than one hundred years beyond that moment of anguish and liberation for our country. Yet, the psychological woundedness of raciality continues today. Our 21st century journey necessitates making transparent the suffering of the African Holocaust, while shining a light of consciousness onto the darkness of what we have been unable or unwilling to see through the centuries. Now, we will join together in community to share moments of recollection of the suffering of our racialized American psyche, while creating a vision for how we might begin to heal.

Open to all Guild Graduates
September 17-19, 2021, via Zoom
The retreat will begin at 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, September 17, and run until Sunday, September 19 at noon EST.
Cost: $100

About the Presenter

Fanny Brewster, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of three books: The Racial Complex: Jungian Perspectives on Culture and RaceAfrican Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows; and Archetypal GriefSlavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss.

Spring 2021

The Radical Path of the Sacred Feminine

Presented by Bernice Marie-Daly

The Radical Path of the Sacred Feminine an emerging story of the evolution of consciousness manifested through and within the archetype of the Sacred Feminine.   She has been with us from the beginning as a primordial image of Sacred Presence expressed through myriad cultures throughout the ages; we can imagine Her emergence today as “Mother Earth,” boldly challenging our way of life in the face of an existential threat to our very existence.  Sourced though meditation, deep listening, personal experiences and dream imagery; awakened to the realities of unrelenting social upheaval and global devastation, we gather to envision “Mother Earth” guiding us toward a humanity capable of an evolved Love transforming us into “the new human” of the Ecozoic Age.  

Open to all Guild Graduates
April 23-25, 2021 via Zoom
The retreat will begin at 4:00 EST on Friday, April 23, and run until Sunday, April 25 at noon EST.
Cost $100
Registration closes April 21, 2021
*Artwork by Becky Nielsen, XIX

About the Presenter

Bernice Marie-Daly, AP III, has facilitated numerous retreats, workshops, and programs on spirituality and the Divine Feminine.  Most especially during this critical time of spiritual crises, her intention is to facilitate processes that open our hearts and minds to the ways the Sacred Feminine is transforming and guiding our passage into the Ecozoic Era. 

Bernice lives in Connecticut, enjoys swimming, mahjongg, and leisurely walks by LI Sound.  She has four grandchildren, two in Hawaii and two in Vermont.

Fall 2020

The Secret at The Heart of The World: Teilhard de Chardin on the Evolution of Love

A Guild Graduate Retreat with Louis Savary via Zoom

Join us for the Guild’s fall Graduate retreat this September with Louis Savary. He will take us on a journey that will help us to better understand Teilhard’s life and to clearly see and understand some of his most complex ideas and discoveries. We will begin by learning about what propelled Teilhard to go off on a search to find “the secret at the heart of reality” and what he found as a result. We will also learn about the laws of evolution that Teilhard formulated, such as Union Differentiates, and how we can use these laws to take evolution to a higher level of consciousness. In addition, we will find out how Teilhard’s ideas about what it meant to be a human being differed from the thinking of Aristotle and Descartes and why.

We look forward to seeing each of you in the Guild family this fall on Zoom! Whether you are a novice or an expert on the study of Teilhard, you are sure to gain deeper insight and appreciation for his transformative work.

Cost
$100 for both days

Registration
Opens August 1, 2020

Contact
Sue Robinson, Graduate Retreat Coordinator with any questions:

Join us for the Guild’s fall Graduate retreat this September with Louis Savary. He will take us on a journey that will help us to better understand Teilhard’s life and to clearly see and understand some of his most complex ideas and discoveries. We will begin by learning about what propelled Teilhard to go off on a search to find “the secret at the heart of reality” and what he found as a result. We will also learn about the laws of evolution that Teilhard formulated, such as Union Differentiates, and how we can use these laws to take evolution to a higher level of consciousness. In addition, we will find out how Teilhard’s ideas about what it meant to be a human being differed from the thinking of Aristotle and Descartes and why.

We look forward to seeing each of you in the Guild family this fall on Zoom! Whether you are a novice or an expert on the study of Teilhard, you are sure to gain deeper insight and appreciation for his transformative work.

About The Presenter

Louis M. Savary, received a degree in spiritual theology from Catholic University of America. He has lectured, led workshops, taught classes and written books about Teilhard’s spirituality. His goal has been making Teilhard’s ideas practical and useful, especially for those who find his ideas difficult to understand and apply in their own lives.