In the Deep Heart of Winter – A Three Day Retreat

Due to a wonderful response, this retreat is now full. If you would like to send me your name in case a space opens up, I would love that.

When: Friday, February 21 beginning at 1 p.m. –  Sunday, February 23, 2020 ending at 3 p.m.

Where: Qu’Appelle House of Prayer near Fort Qu’Appelle

What: “The Deep Heart of Winter” invites us to turn inward and rest.  Winter offers us opportunities for quiet, for contemplation, for listening, for reading and storytelling, and for making things with our hands. During this 3 day retreat , we will  consider the “work of our hands” – whether that be something like carving, knitting or crochet, mending or darning, paper collage or lino cut, or hand-writing. While some consider these activities to be “busy work”, I do not. Working with my hands stills me, settles me, grounds me, and allows me to listen more closely.  I am curious – Why do activities where we use our hands settle and calm us? What is their place in your life? What is the relationship between your heart and what you create with your hands? What happens when we still our hands? How does the “deep heart” of winter inform our handwork?

What We Will Do:

  • you are invited to bring work you like to do with your hands, or you can create paper collages, or you can do a little of both
  • time in silence, both as a group and alone, as we work with our hands
  • some time of conversation to share our insights about working with our hands, and the gifts of winter
  • a daily guided silent walk to connect us with the “deep heart of winter” (optional)
  • as part of the community at the Qu’Appelle House of Prayer, we will enjoy silence during the lunch meal and conversation during supper. Times of communal prayer, Eucharist or “silent sitting” will be offered for those who wish to take part.

Who should come?  Those who wish for a quiet retreat in the midst of winter with other like souls. Those who enjoy work with their hands, and who wish they had more uninterrupted time to engage in hand work. I will have materials available for paper collage for those who wish to create art but am open to anyone who enjoys working with just about any kind of hand work (that fits in the setting of the Qu’Appelle House of Prayer). We will be a small group (by design); our pace will be unhurried and relaxed.

Where:  The Qu’Appelle House of Prayer is a retreat centre nestled in 10 acres on the verdant south side hills of Echo Lake near Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Many people feel a tranquil spirit in the air as soon as they get out of their vehicles. The intentionally quiet atmosphere invites us to really notice and sink into the natural world around us. Accommodations are comfortable and simple; home cooked meals nourish both body and soul. The Qu’Appelle House of Prayer welcomes all with an open heart. There are trails throughout the property, and a stunning chapel looking over the trees and lake, and out to the hills.

Cost/How To Register

All playshops and retreats have a sliding scale from 0 to the stated cost of the event. Please do not let cost be a barrier if you wish to attend. If you need to use the sliding scale, please let Sue know when you register.

Registration  Please register with Sue at poachedeggwoman@gmail.com or by calling 306 331 9719 (text) or 306 333 4501(home). A deposit of $50 will guarantee your spot. Cheques (payable to Sue Bland, Box 128, Abernethy, Sask. S0A 0A0) or e – transfers are accepted.

Cost of Accommodation includes two nights, 2 suppers, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, as well as snacks. Suggested donation to the House of Prayer is according to one’s means.  The usual offering is $75 – $90  per night.

Cost of Leadership:   Suggested contribution is $0-100 per person. For those wishing to use paper collage materials, an additional donation of $20 is suggested.

 

“Of course! The path to heaven

doesn’t lie down in flat miles

It’s in the imagination

with which you perceive this world

and the gestures

with which you honour it”

–  an excerpt from “The Swan” by Mary Oliver from New and Selected Poems, Volume 1, Beacon Press 2005