Wednesday, November 12, 2014


In a retreat setting in which we are two dozen people living together for four days we will
  • Consider what it means to transcend ourselves and what it might mean to grow into a complete human--into our fullest Selves.
  • Learn and practice a set of disciplines which have been shown to support "awakening," including silence, intentional dialogue, sitting meditation, structured movement, journaling, and chant.
  • Identify our own personal "best practices" to support our individual and social well being.
  • Construct communal activities which align our physical being in relationship to each other with our inner spiritual experience.

This retreat is a four-day immersion into an experience of Presence with each other, with one's Self, and with the Divine.  We will share in a variety of contemplative practices [chant, silence, meditation] and private and small group exercises [journaling, Creative Conversations, and conflict resolution].  See the sections below for more detail about the retreat.

The two options are February 15-19, 2015 and June 28-July 2, 2015.  The event will start on Sunday afternoon and conclude on Thursday afternoon.

People from any or no religious tradition.  Each retreat can accommodate from 24-30 persons.

All of the activities will be at the Pallottine Renewal Center in northern St. Louis County just outside St. Louis, MO.

The pace of modern life is accelerating with the consequence that we have less sense of connection to ourselves, to those we love, and to the spiritual practices that helped our forebears know the Presence of God.  This retreat will give us an opportunity to be with others in a context that is small enough to connect with each other, private enough to not be distracted from each other, and safe enough to really encounter ourselves with each other.

How Much:
The full cost without transportation is $690 per person single occupancy. Double occupancy is $650. This covers housing, meals, and snacks and drinks for social hours. We will be able to offer some partial scholarships.
Transportation from the airport will be available for $20 each way. It is about a 20 minute ride.

By Whom:
The School for Living is a project of Sacred Soup of Pilgrim UCC and the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution. The Center is the fiscal agent for this event. The retreat is led by Rev. Dr. Mark Lee Robinson. Mark is the Minister of Reconciliation and Evangelism of Pilgrim United Church of Christ and the Executive Director of the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution. 

He is the creator of a set of principles and practices that are collectively called JustConflict.  This retreat will be an opportunity to learn about and to practice these disciplines for mastering the complexity of everyday life.

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