Praying with Nature
This workshop is based on the premise that nature is not only a Divine gift, but it directly communicates Divine presence to us. When we notice the plants, animals, natural elements, and other natural phenomenon around us, we can listen deeply to the response of our souls – our longings and desires. We can expand our images of the Divine presence, and practice the freedom of finding holy sanctuary all around us. In this workshop, we will be considering spiritual aspects of nature and how they connect with our spiritual journeys. We will be using nature imagery to ground us through prayer, as well as learning to pray with the natural elements. Space will be provided to spend time with nature and to journal/reflect/pray.
“But turn to the animals, and let them teach you, the birds of the air will tell you the truth. Listen to the plants of the earth, and learn from them; let the fish of the sea become your teachers…” -Job 12:7,8
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Presenter: John Drescher-Lehman
Where: Jesuit Center, Wernersville, PA
Time: 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Lunch included)
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (By October 7, 2016): $65
REGISTRATION FEE (After October 7, 2016): $75
About the Presenter . . .
John Drescher-Lehman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Spiritual Director, with his practice on the premises at FernRock Retreat. He’s also a photographer and the artist who’s working with the Creator to build the sacred spaces for contemplation on the grounds.
Register and Pay
Day retreats begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm with lunch included. Those desiring additional time and space as part of this retreat experience may register for the full weekend as part of the Guided Silent Retreat. Each weekend begins with dinner, Friday, 5:45 p.m. and concludes with lunch on Sunday. Details and costs are described below.
Saturday Program Only: $75/person (Early Bird: $65 if registered by October 7)
Price includes 9:00-4:00 Saturday program with lunch. Some weekends include all-school contemplative prayer offerings in the evening. Day retreatants are welcome to join these evening offerings and may purchase dinner on-site.
Guided Silent Retreat with Saturday Program: $275/person
Price includes participation in the 9:00-4:00 Saturday program; Guided Silent Retreat options; all-school prayer services; two nights lodging; and six meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch).
WEEKEND REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Thursday, October 20.
Discounted Retreat Packages
Three Weekend Package: $750/person
Book three retreat weekends now for a discounted rate ($250/weekend).
Five Weekend Package: $1,200/person
Book five retreat weekends now for a discounted rate ($240/weekend).