Seminary Pause Day in Lent

…wait quietly until the true rest from God fills your very being…

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary Pause Day in Lent
with Heart of Wisdom Monastery
a restful, restorative retreat on the PLTS campus
RSVPs are now closed

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 – 1:45pm-4:45pm
Heart of Wisdom Monastery is popping-up in the PLTS  Chapel Classroom
This sacred space will open at 1:15pm so the all may gather following Community Lunch

rest, retreat, renewal in community with Heart of Wisdom Monastery
PLTS students, staff, faculty and family are invited be pilgrims into the Heart of Wisdom during this spacious and peaceful afternoon of communal and individual contemplative practices led by Joellynn Monahan, Abbess of Heart of Wisdom.

Our day will include contemplative and prayerful time in solitude and in community.  If you long for time in nature, embodied and arts-infused spiritual practices, restoration of your spirit, simple beauty in sacred spaces, then come!

You are invited you to come as you are, dressed comfortably in layers so you can enjoy time outdoors as well as in the Monastery space.

we’ll share a Monastic Rule (or Way of Being Together) for the afternoon
– fasting from electronic communication to help us be present and notice Presence
– simple silence: the practice of speaking in such a way that we honor our solitude and the solitude of others
– remembering the Sacredness of our Bodies:  listening deeply to my body’s needs and offering compassionate responses
– participating in the retreat as it nourishes our bodies, minds and spirits:  releasing ourselves from shoulds / oughts and noticing what choices bring us joy

Heart of Wisdom Monastery is a diverse and inclusive community
Bring your gloriously whole self on retreat – ’cause that’s how we roll!

Questions? Be in touch.

*This retreat day is for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary students, staff, faculty and families only and not open to the public


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