“Nature” is a day of “re-membering”. As a culture, we have forgotten who we are as expressions of God’s-Self located in God’s revelation in and through all of Creation. This retreat is a re-membering of who we are and our spiritual place within the geography of Nature. We will be considering and experiencing the spiritual dimensions, both outer and inner, of the dialogue between the human soul and the glory of Nature.
The ancient and modern Celtic Christian tradition locates us in an old and refreshingly new perspective of our human place amongst all “things”. Modern Western culture seems intent upon seeing Nature as something to be used or conquered, whereas many older religious perspectives and cultures have held that Nature and the Human Soul are an equal and life-giving interplay of God’s revelation into the material world. “Nature” is an exploration of Self as it is located in God, and a consideration of how we reside in the sacred beauty of the land. Participants reflect upon and attend to the interrelated landscape around us and in us and deepen the connection with Self, Nature, others, and God. The beauty of Nature, through landscape, and the Celtic Christian perspective will be the instigator and frame of the conversation. Throughout the day, we will be opening our awareness to God’s presence, through and with Christ, to deepen our encounter and rootedness in God.
The first half of the day will be a presentation and discussion of the human soul as part of an interrelation with all of Creation. We will view Nature as a great teacher of spiritual growth and truth, and we will encounter God’s presence as God is revealed and experienced through Creation. The second portion of the day will be a guided inner journey to consider the inner landscape of the soul and how we have been wonderfully crafted, within our bodies, to be an instrument of spiritual awareness, growth, and union with God.
I (Kirk Webb) will be offering learning and experience of the Celtic Christian view of encountering God expressed through Creation. My friend and colleague, Donna Varnau, will be hosting us and offering her experienced and insightful guidance on the inner journey of spiritual landscape. Donna will not only host us in her exquisite garden and labyrinth, but she will also be assisting us in enjoying presence with God inwardly by opening our awareness to an embodied spirituality. She will guide us through an inner look into the embodied presence of God’s Spirit. Participants often find that there is a dialogue between Self and God that they had never enjoyed previously.
The day includes teaching, discussion, labyrinth walking, moments of quiet contemplation, enjoyment of Nature (both outwardly and inwardly), and lunch together. We will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th in Edmonds, WA. The cost is $175 which includes the price of the retreat, enjoyment of the Garden and Labyrinth, and lunch.
You are whole-heartedly welcome to join us for this consideration of the eternal connection and dialogue between the Soul and God by tuning ourselves to hear the ongoing conversation through the grand expression of God through Nature. Email Kirk Webb to sign up for Nature and you will receive information about registration and payment. Please consider forwarding this invitation to those whom you think may benefit by participating in either The Celtic Center’s overall programs or the July retreat – “Nature”.
Kirk Webb will serve as presenter, facilitator, and trainer at each seminar. Additionally, a variety of experienced spiritual directors, Celtic scholars, practitioners, and psychologists will join to present subject material and facilitate group growth and training experiences throughout the sessions.
The entire Spiritual Direction Certificate program involves six seminars (Development) and six days of the practice of contemplative spiritual disciplines and teachings regarding spiritual direction (Encounter). The seminar series is unique in that we draw upon Celtic Christian perspectives as a way of understanding the human journey, particularly considering the relationship of Soul and Nature to inform the cycles of our spiritual life.