Wisdom School Retreat: Learning Our Lineage with Cynthia Bourgeault, April 4-7

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

BURLINGTON, VT - Rock Point Intentional Community (RPIC) is pleased to announce a Wisdom School retreat, "Learning Our Lineage, with Cynthia Bourgeault" April 4-7 at Bishop Booth Conference Center, 20 Rock Point Road, Burlington, VT. This retreat is meant for, but not limited to, those who are familiar with the RPIC Wisdom School and wish to deepen their understanding of our lineage, teachings and practices.

"Learning Our Lineage, with Cynthia Bourgeault" is a participatory retreat, which means it is facilitated by the participants. For example, participants co-lead the event, help with setup and cleanup, and assist as needed. Volunteerism is part of the Benedictine rule and Conscious Work practices that are integral to our Wisdom tradition.

To ensure a relaxed, low key, and inexpensive gathering, there will be no formal catering. Meals (which include Thursday dinner, Friday and Saturday continental breakfast and lunch; and Sunday breakfast) will be prepared by generous volunteers. There will be no dinner provided on Friday and Saturday. However, those lodging at Bishop are welcome to arrange a communal meal or may choose to dine at one of the many nearby eateries.

A freewill offering will be collected to support Northeast Wisdom and the Wisdom Way of Knowing. These organizations produce recordings and useful materials, as well as provide leaders who assist us in building the Rock Point wisdom community.

Registration (retreat only) is $180. No deposit is required, but cancellations after March 29 will be billed for food. Lodging must be booked separately.

Click here for the registration form (PDF)

Click here for the event schedule

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN OUR CUSTOMARY RETREAT SCHEDULEThe Rock Point Wisdom School Community invites you to a participatory retreat with alterations from our usual. THE CHANGES:

No evening sessionsexcept on the first evening, Thursday, April 4th.

No evening meals except Thursday.*

*   Those staying overnight can order out or go out for the evening meal Friday and Saturday. We made this change in response to requests for a shorter day and for this retreat to be more restful for all members of our community, including kitchen workers, allowing fuller participation.  The changes also decrease the costs,

A note on the content:The retreat centers around portions of Cynthia Bourgeault’s talks from a Wisdom School at Kanuga, North Carolina. Our theme is the three-centered way of knowing of Cynthia’s teaching (including the Rule of Benedict) interspersed with wisdom practices such as lectio divina, sacred movement, contemplative prayer, chanting, conscious work and opportunities to have facilitated conversations around the topics.

For costs and registrations and a full version of the schedule, please see the attachmnents.  For further questions, contact our Registrar, Carol SnowL  snowsofvt@gmail.com

This retreat is meant for, but by no means limited to, members of the Rock Point Intentional Community and others, who are familiar with our Wisdom School spiritual work and wish to deepen their learning of this lineage.  It will include teaching and practice to deepen and expand us in all three knowing centers – the head, the heart, and the movement.

The retreat is intended as a form of self-care and spiritual development.  It is a participatory retreat, designed and facilitated by our community.  In this spirit the participants are the leaders and everyone is expected to volunteer to help in the work. Volunteer work is part of the Benedictine rule and Concious Work practices that are integral to this Wisdom tradition. Attached you will find a file which lays out the proposed schedule and activity.  It shows many places where a participant can take responsibility for facilitating a practice Please review it carefully and select the specific practices you are able and willing to lead.

We want to keep this time as relaxed, low key, and inexpensive as possible.  No caterer has been hired and meals (Thurs. dinner, Fri.& Sat. continental breakfast & lunch, Sunday breakfast) will be prepared by some generous people who have offered to do this for us, but participants are expected to volunteer to help with setup and cleanup.   There are no evening sessions planned except Thursday, nor are there dinners planned for Friday and Saturday.  People who are staying at Bishop Booth or would like to have a communal meal are welcome to use the facility or eat out.The cost is $180 per person.  Registration is for the retreat only.  If you wish to stay at the Bishop Booth Center, please contact: Tony Drapelick. Bishop Booth Conference Center. 20 Rock Point Rd. Burlington, VT 05408.  802-658.6233

We will invite a separate freewill offering to Northeast Wisdom and the Wisdom Way of Knowing, to support the work they do to produce tapes and lots of useful materials, as well as providing leaders who are helping us build our Rock Point wisdom community.

Please complete the registration form and return it to: Carol Snow at  snowsofvt@gmail.com.  We are on the honor system and no deposit is required with your registration, but cancellations after March 29 will be billed for food.