Way of the Spirit—Online Retreats
As residential Way of the Spirit retreats were cancelled in 2020, participants have marveled at the endless creativity of the Holy working among us in online format. Quaker spirituality invites confidence in the Spirit of God between us, in relationships, community, and now across thousands of miles of digital connectivity. The “magic” doesn’t come from any particular place, or passively watching someone else do or say something “holy”. It’s within us and actively weaving us, even online.
Retreats in Way of the Spirit gather using Zoom video conferencing in a highly interactive format, far from a passive webinar. Online sessions include content presentations, discussions, guided exercises, and personal sharing in small groups. Between online sessions, participants integrate retreat themes through individual reflection exercises.
The schedule flows from and returns to prayerful centering worship. The program’s gently guided, experiential approach is uniquely attentive to the movements of the Holy within each participant. During longer retreats, participants may meet one-to-one with program staff for personal spiritual accompaniment.
For Profound Soul Work
We build a respectful, trustworthy community that nurtures profound soul work. Using carefully structured group processes based on Parker Palmer’s Circles of Trust, we speak authentically of our own spiritual experience. As we respect differing theological terms and perspectives, they stretch us and encourage growth. Our listening becomes contemplative practice. We hear movements of the Holy Spirit “where the words come from” (to quote a story of Quaker minister, John Woolman)