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July 2019

Elemental Scotland Retreat

July 20 - July 27
Ardfennaig Lodge, Ardfennaig
Isle of Mull, Scotland PA67 6DX United Kingdom
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A Retreat and Pilgrimage on the Isle of Mull (with visits to Iona and other sacred sites) — led by Carl and Fran McColman, Laura Imperial, and Phil Foster This retreat is fully booked. Please contact us if you would like to be placed on a waiting list. Explore the wisdom, the poetry, and the sacred stories of Celtic Scotland on this seven-day retreat in the windswept Hebridean Isle of Mull! Join Carl McColman (author of Invitation to Celtic Wisdom), contemplative…

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September 2019

St. Teresa of Ávila Retreat at Mepkin Abbey

September 16 - September 20
Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd
Moncks Corner, SC 29461 United States
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The Carmelite nun Teresa of Ávila — saint, mystic, and doctor of the church — is one of the greatest teachers of Christian prayer. Her guidance speaks to men and women, laypeople and monastics, beginners and proficients. In this retreat, we will explore Teresa’s rich and beautiful insights on how to grow closer to God through prayer, with practical instructions on how to apply her wisdom to our lives today. The retreat leader, Carl McColman, is the author of several…

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Your Sacred Story: The Spiritual Practice of Journaling

September 30 - October 25
Online Event

This online course is offered through Columbia Seminary's Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation. Writing and spirituality have gone hand-in-hand from Biblical times to the present day. Keeping a journal can be an integral part of a daily prayer practice; it can be a tool for discernment and for seeking God’s will in our lives. This online course will explore journaling from a variety of perspectives including writing memoir, writing as a form of prayer, writing for healing and discernment, and…

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October 2019

Restoring the Spiritual Heart: A Contemplative Retreat in Asheville, NC

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - October 5 @ 12:30 pm
Haw Creek Commons, 315 Old Haw Creek Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
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Restoring the Spiritual Heart of Christianity:  A Mini Retreat Led by Carl McColman “I’m spiritual but not religious.” It’s a common refrain in our time, especially by youth and young adults. But this idea that religion and spirituality are somehow different is a recent way of seeing things. Historically, Christianity and spirituality would have been seen as basically the same thing. So for those of us who care about Christianity — or even if we just care about spirituality —…

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Meeting Jesus in Your Heart: Praying with St. Ignatius of Loyola (A Retreat at the Rock Hill Oratory)

October 11 @ 6:00 pm - October 12 @ 3:30 pm
The Rock Hill Oratory, 434 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730 United States
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I'll be returning to one of my favorite retreat centers to lead another overnight retreat based on the spirituality of one of our greatest saints. This year we will be praying and reflecting on the life and wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola — and the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality, which emphasizes finding God in all things and using the imagination as a doorway to prayer. St. Ignatius of Loyola (the founder of the Society of Jesus or Jesuits)…

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“Unteachable Lessons” Book Signing and Conversation

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zeitgeist, 2302 Parklake Dr NE Suite 425
Atlanta, GA 30345 United States
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On October 17, I'll be visiting Atlanta's center for interspiritual formation and spiritual direction, Zeitgeist, for a conversation and book signing to celebrate the release of my book Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can't Be Taught (And Why That's Okay). No charge for this event (books will be available for purchase), but please RSVP to Debonee Morgan at deb@zgatl.org to confirm your attendance.. Hope to see you there!

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Promises of the Heart Online Course

October 28 - November 22
Online Event

“Follow your heart.” It’s a classic phrase of advice and encouragement, for we know that true wisdom is not just a matter of thinking logical thoughts. It emerges most assuredly from the intuition and insight that only our hearts provide. But what does it really mean to “follow your heart,” and how can the wisdom of the heart truly make a difference in our day-to-day lives? Fortunately, each of the world’s great spiritual traditions has much to say about the…

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November 2019

Wisdom of the Christian Mystics Retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit

November 1 @ 5:30 pm - November 3 @ 11:30 am
Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW
Conyers, GA 30094 United States
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My dear friend Brother Elias Marechal, OCSO, author of Tears of an Innocent God, and I co-direct this retreat each year — and it almost always fills up, so if you want to come on this retreat register early. We spend the weekend praying together, reflecting on teachings from some of the great mystics, and practice the kind of deep contemplative prayer that Br. Elias is so gifted at teaching. To register, call the Monastery guest house at (770) 760-0959.  

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“Be Still and Know that I am God” Talk and Booksigning in Lecanto, FL

November 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 2540 W. Norvell Bryant Highway
Lecanto, FL 34460
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I've been invited to speak at the Adult Formation Hour of this vibrant Episcopal Parish on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Our topic will be "Be Still and Know that I am God" — we'll look at the Biblical foundation for contemplative prayer and how silence, solitude and stillness are gifts — even to the most active of individuals (or communities). We'll have books for sale as well!

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