6th Annual Retreat and Assembly

Contemplation: The Body and the Natural World

Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 3:00 PM – Sun, Jul 8, 2018, 3:00 PM PDT

549 Mission Vineyard Road
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Tickets available for purchase online here!

Keynote Speakers:
Fr. Michael Fish, OSB Cam and Rev. Deborah Streeter

In this dynamic retreat, we are glad to feature two keynote speakers, Fr. Michael Fish and Rev. Deborah Streeter, to explore the contemplative dimension within our own body, and outside in the natural world that we call home.

The Body:

Drawing upon Scripture, poetry, and stories from his life, Michael invites us to re-inhabit our body, to learn from its wisdom, and experience its healing and balancing power. Our awareness and respect for our body can reveal our true relationship with the earth: if we are not at home within ourselves how can we be true stewards of creation? We are a part of nature, not apart from it.

These two themes, Body and Creation, speak powerfully to one other. How can we also join the conversation? Join us at the retreat to explore more!

The Natural World:

Deep Calls to Deep:- How God’s Love Upwells, Calling Us to Love All Creation by Loving the Ocean.

The ocean phenomenon “Upwelling” is a great metaphor for how we experience the Holy Spirit. The one world ocean has a massive, deep conveyer belt-like current, carrying nutrients throughout the deep world. On only five west coasts worldwide, including California’s Central Coast, northerly winds in the spring blow the surface waters away (hopefully, in El Nino years this does not happen.) Then that cold nutrient rich water “upwells,” bringing food, from long ago and far away, for the whales and the kelp and the sardines and for you and me.

When I learned about Upwelling in the class to become a Volunteer Guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 20 years ago, I felt a call to preach this good news! If we allow our surface be moved away, God’s Spirit also upwells, from long ago and far away, feeding and filling us with new life. And since ocean plants also provide 75% of the air we breathe, 3 in 4 breaths!, the ocean’s spirit (literally breath) keeps us alive. Since Upwelling happens most, but not every year, it is, like the Spirit, a gift, nothing we can order up.

Rev. Deborah Streeter, Minister of Blue Theology in the United Church of Christ, will share the many ways that the ocean feeds and fills our spirits, in-spiring us, taking us deeper in our faith, and calling us Christians to love all creation, including the 75% of our planet which is wet.

Join us for a great retreat that promises to inspire and challenge you with new insights and practices! We invite you to spread the word and invite a friend or two.

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