- grow in self-awareness
- deepen one’s relationship with the Divine
- explore practices to deepen one’s spiritual journey
Gather for prayer, discussion and reflection while attending a selection of retreats and workshops on offer at Providence Renewal Centre. The monthly gatherings create ‘space’ to listen for the voice of the Spirit within one’s self and in sharing with others. Journaling, reflection and suggested readings provide focus for group sessions.
The journey includes:
Pathways travelers gather – Friday, Sept 6 (7-9 pm)
Pathways gathering and supper – Saturday, Sept 7 (5-7 pm)
DISCOVERING the SACRED
Saturday, September 7 (10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Give yourself a day to refresh and renew your soul. Discover silence, music, writing, and nature as invitations to encounter the Divine. Nourish your body, mind, and soul through prayer, reflection, journaling, and sharing as we uncover the sacred in each of our lives.
Pathways gathering and supper – Friday, Oct 4 (5-7 pm)
INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM
Friday, October 4 (7-9 pm) and Saturday, October 5 (9 am – 5 pm)
With foundations in both psychology and spirituality, the Enneagram describes the unity and diversity of human experience manifesting through 9 primary personality types. It invites awareness of “what we are up to” when driven by unconscious motivations and coping mechanisms, where the personality becomes an end in itself rather than a means through which Divine Essence can shine forth. This introductory workshop will look at the roots, general concepts and specific characteristics of each type so that you can begin the journey toward identifying your unique place within this system. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal.
Pathways gathering – Sunday, Oct 27 (1-3 pm)
THE GIFTS OF FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY
Friday, October 25 (7:00 pm) to Sunday, October 27 (1:00 pm)
During his lifetime as a monk, St. Francis nurtured an intimate relationship with all creatures and aspects of Creation. Come to explore the teachings and prayers of St. Francis and St. Clare, as revealed in St. Francis’ Rule of Life. We will explore the ever-inclusive series of concentric circles in his (and our) personal relationships with Jesus, the Eucharist, and Mother Mary, as a Peace Maker and in universal kinship with all creation.
Pathways gathering and supper – Saturday, Nov 29 (5-7 pm)
ADVENT CENTERING PRAYER INTRODUCTION & RETREAT
Friday, November 29 (9:00 am) to Sunday, December 1 (1:00 pm)
Learn about or refresh your knowledge of Centering Prayer and deepen the experience during a weekend of quiet contemplation as the Advent season begins. Centering Prayer, a method introduced by Fr. Thomas Keating, focuses on consenting to God’s presence and action within. Mary Jane introduces the basics of Centering Prayer during the day on Friday. She and Susan will lead periods of Centering Prayer plus facilitate continued learning through Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning. Teachings will be derived from Fr. Keating’s source materials as well as resources from other spiritual teachers.
Pathways gathering and supper – Saturday, Jan 18 (5-7 pm)
MAKING ROOM FOR YOU!
Saturday January 18 (10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
We all like to live in a pleasant environment, but we can easily forget that we, too, are part of that environment. Caring for our own well-being is just as important as caring for others and for the environment we live in. Are you tired and stressed? Would you like to put some zest back into your life? This day will focus on some very simple practices to incorporate into your lifestyle so as to bring about a more balanced and holistic approach to life. Dress in comfortable clothing, and dress for the weather as you may want to walk outdoors.
Pathways gathering and reprieve – Sunday, Feb 23 (1-3 pm)
MEANINGS AND CALLINGS
Friday February 21 (7:00 pm) to Sunday February 23 (1:00 pm)
Our lives are ripe with meaning from our first to our last breath. We experience an inherent human quest to find purpose; we feel a God-given impulse to discover our passions, express our joys, confront our challenges, and address our most profound questions. This retreat invites us to enter into the unique details of who we are, who we have been, and who we are becoming by asking the question, “What might happen if we each started to see our lives as a story of callings?”