Amazing Grace –
The Sound of Silence
3.5 Day Silent Retreat
Find Peace. Find Joy. Find Your Deepest Self.
“In the silence between your heartbeat bides a summons. Do you hear it? Name it if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there?” – Rumi
Are You craving inner stillness and Peace?
2020 has been a difficult and tumultuous year for many of us.
Has the external chaos left you feeling uncertain, lost, or disconnected?
Are you ready to tend to your heart, spirit, and soul?
Are you longing for more trust, regardless of your external circumstances?
Do you want to start 2021 in a radically different way?
If your response to these questions is a “Yes,” then come join our 3.5 day silent retreat.
Why Attend this virtual silent retreat?
Deep within us all, there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center. There, Grace is pressing upon our time and space defined lives, summoning us home unto an unlimited spaciousness, the spaciousness of Being.
Simultaneously, there is a longing within us all to respond to that summons. A longing so strong, it sometimes causes our very souls to ache. We yearn to reconnect to that place of peace and trust that we somehow know is what we are made for.
This year, 2020, has not been a piece of cake for anyone. From a global pandemic to racial and social unrest, financial worries to divisions amongst family members and country members alike, it’s been VERY challenging on all levels: emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and even physically for many of us. It’s been tempting to just tuck away somewhere, glued to a screen, wondering whether we are going to make it.
What would it be like to let go of that obsessive addictive behavior, and to trust a deeper calling? What if it was absolutely necessary sometimes to do nothing, try nothing, distract ourselves with nothing, and just open to Grace as we are?
Instead of being pulled in a million different directions at the effect of life, I encourage you to follow that longing of yours to the sound of silence within. To remember that underneath all the loudness of the outer world is a fresh inner spring of hope and renewal.
I’m inviting you to start 2021 in a radically different way!
Detach from all you know, including your favorite tech devices, and go within to where Divine Love is calling, always calling to take you into its mystery.
In our busy and noisy culture of cyber hyperstimulation, silence is typically seen as “vacant space,” waiting to be filled up with content, any content. We try to cram every “empty” moment until it is full.
True Silence however is not an absence but a presence. It is a “something,” not a nothing. It has substantiality, depth, and width. You can fall into it, and it enfolds you in its sacred embrace. It meets you; it holds you up.
For those feeling weighed down by the responsibilities and difficulties of the world, this is the way to lay all our burdens down. “Something” else is available when we truly hand it all over. But don’t just take my word for it, come and experience it for yourself!
What would it be like if doing nothing could open you effortlessly to everything?
That is the invitation for this (almost) silent retreat that I’ve been wanting to offer for many years and can’t wait to hold for you. It is an invitation to substantially connect to the Light Within.
“There is a really deep well inside me. And in it dwells God. Sometimes I am there, too… And that is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters: that we safeguard that little piece of Grace in ourselves.” – Etty Hillesum
Logistics and details
January 7-10, 2021
Start: Thursday, January 7 – 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET
End: Sunday, January 10 – 3:00 pm PT / 6:00 pm ET
If you live in the Eastern time zones of the US or Canada, all of these sessions, especially the later evening ones, will be recorded. If you live in Europe, we will make sure to make this work for you too. (Email us for details.)
This retreat is held over Zoom. Meditations and retreat sessions will be held virtually.
THIS 3.5 DAY (ALMOST) SILENT RETREAT INCLUDES:
- Active morning meditations.
- Contemplative morning teaching sessions with Britta and/or Lee.
- Several live silent sitting periods/walking meditations during the day with Britta and/or Lee.
- (Optional) Holistic Inquiries practiced in a dyad to dive deeper into the teaching of the day.
- Evening Q & A sessions.
- Evening Examen Prayer and chanting sessions to complete the day.
$395 Early Bird – available through December 21
$495 Regular Price
Financial Aid: If you feel called to participate in this retreat but cannot effort the price due to COVID circumstances or other financial challenges, please contact us at Info@corexperience.com. Let us know briefly about your situation and what you can pay, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
What is asked if you participate
- We highly recommend you go on a digital detox and block out this whole time period for yourself!
- If possible (or necessary), book a rental somewhere away from your regular life circumstances.
- Make sure you have no work or other responsibilities. Think of an ashram or monastery retreat environment!
- Create a sacred space where you can participate in the retreat without distractions.
- This is a virtual retreat so you will need access to wifi and Zoom set up on your personal device.
It’s time to go inward
Join us at Amazing Grace – The Sound of Silence
3.5 Day Silent Retreat
$395 Early Bird Price – available through December 21
$495 Regular Price
By registering, I acknowledge that if I need to cancel, my payment is non-refundable, but transferable to a future COR offering within 18 months, as long as I cancel more than 1 week before the start of the retreat (By Dec. 31, 2020.) If I cancel after Dec. 31, 2020, my payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to attend the whole weekend?
Yes, please plan to attend the whole weekend; set aside all distractions so you can get the most benefit from the retreat.
What do the days look like? what will we do? Am I silent the whole time?
We will give you the option to make this retreat more or less silent, according to what you need and are drawn to. We’ll start off each morning with an active meditation. Then the day will include a brief morning teaching session, several live silent sitting periods and walking meditations, an optional Holistic Inquiry with a partner (where you can choose to meditate silently instead), evening Q&A sessions (where you can chose not to ask questions), and an evening Examen Prayer and chanting session. Everyone will be asked to stay in silence the whole time except for sounds during the active meditations, Q&A sessions, optional Holistic Inquiries, and evening chanting session. That means staying in silence (and off all tech devices!) during the breaks and at night, too.
What if I Don’t Have a Meditation Practice?
You are welcome to come as long as you have an interest in deepening your connection to your inner world, in being silent for 3.5 days, and in opening to Grace. You also need to be comfortable or open to several silent meditation periods of 20+ minutes a day. If you are planning to attend, we highly recommend starting a daily meditations practice now. (You can use Britta’s free Daily Grace Meditations on our COR YouTube channel for this, if you wish.)
I’m interested in financial aid options. What kind of assistance is available if I cannot afford the Program?
If you feel called to participate in this retreat but cannot effort the price due to COVID circumstances or other financial challenges, please contact us at Info@corexperience.com. Let us know briefly about your situation and what you can pay, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
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