53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Date:October 18th-20th, 2019.
Category/Categories:Spiritual Enrichment
Spirituality of the Environment

Friday - Sunday

Water, wind, earth, and fire are elemental gifts that invite us to consider our own journeys of fluidity, surrender, rootedness, and passion. In this time of autumn we will gather together to pause and refresh by listening for how each of the four elements might offer us wisdom and guidance for the season ahead. Praying with the more-than-human world is an incarnational practice that helps to deepen our intimacy with the earth. When we discern our paths with nature in mind, we are called into a less linear, more organic and intuitive way of being in the world, one that asks us to tend to places within of ripening and resting.

Through song, gentle movement, contemplative walks, writing prompts, photography, reflection, stillness, and conversation we will let the gifts of nature inspire our creative longing and vision. No art experience necessary, just a willingness to explore!

UPDATE 4/22/2019:  Our overnight rooms are full and we have started a wait list.  We can accept registrations for commuters online.  We are arranging a block of rooms at a local hotel and if you wish to add your name to the wait list, please call the Genesis office at 413-562-3627 for more information. Thank you.

Retreat begins Friday with supper at 6pm and concludes with lunch at noon on Sunday.  Deposit of $100 due when making reservation.  Balance due 14 days prior to the start of the retreat. 

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the founder of Abbey of the Arts, a global, ecumenical community integrating contemplative practice and expressive arts. She is the author of eleven books including her most recent The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred. Christine lives in Ireland where she leads writing retreats and pilgrimages to sacred places in Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Austria. You can find out more at AbbeyoftheArts.com


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We cannot create knowledge without acting. The focus of this action is (a) to transform the world, (b) to establish interdependent relationships with human beings, with the cosmos and with God.
— Paulo Friere