May 4-6, 2018
Holy Cross Abbey, Berryville, Virginia
The poet Wendell Berry exhorts us to “practice resurrection.” He suggests it as a possibility and option in our daily life. During the retreat we will explore being “raised up” and the process of life being born out of death for Moses at the burning bush, for a bent over woman who meets Jesus, for disciples in a boat at sea caught in a storm, for Paul on the Damascus road and for a man named Lazarus. As we discover how these people and events are happening in the world around, between and within us we will be aided by poets such as Mary Oliver and David Whyte. This weekend, devoted to reflecting on scripture, will be more about searching for the right questions in our lives than relying on old and familiar answers. We will be asking how an experience of resurrection in our now echoes the Jesus story of then.
Our retreat leader will be the Rev. Dr. William Dols, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill priest associate, who was Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill rector 1972-1983.
The silent retreat will begin on Friday afternoon, May 4, shortly before the evening meal and will end after the noon meal on Sunday, May 6. Silence will be observed between sessions and during meals. According to Joan Chittister, Benedictine sister and author, “Silence has two functions. The first effect of exterior silence is to develop a sense of interior peace. The second value of silence is that it provides the stillness that enables the ear of the heart to hear the God who is ‘not in the whirlwind.’”
The $350.00 registration fee includes all materials, comfortable accommodations, individual rooms each with a bathroom, and all meals. For more information on the monastery, see their website https://www.virginiatrappists.org/about/. Following Holy Cross Abbey policy, we may not be able to accommodate retreat reservations received after April 6.
Two scholarships given in memory of Charles Willis are available; please contact the rector to request scholarship assistance. If you receive a scholarship, please complete a registration form and indicate that you have a scholarship. To provide an opportunity for parishioners who have not attended a retreat recently to participate, preference in awarding scholarships will be given to those who have not received a scholarship in the last two years.
Registration is limited to 15 persons; please reserve your space using this form (click here). If you have questions about retreat logistics, please contact Mary Ann Rehnke, email@example.com or 703-836-7142. Participants needing a ride to the Abbey may contact the retreat carpooling coordinator, Carla Murray, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-751-9241.