8 sessions meeting the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30-11:45am 2022-2023
Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 14, March 14, April 11, May 16
Birthing the Holy Advent Retreat
November 28 – December 24, 2022 – Online
In partnership with Abbey of the Arts
Join us in celebrating Mary and the sacred feminine during the season of Advent and holy birthing. This retreat is a companion to Christine’s book Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal (book recommended but not included with registration fee). In her book, Christine explores 31 of Mary’s names and titles as poetic and mythic ways of entering into the gifts she offers to us and invites us to consider within ourselves.
There will be a weekly live webinar session on Zoom with Christine where she introduces the theme for each week, gives an overview of the names of Mary, then invites us into a contemplation with one specific title each week (Queen of Angels, Star of the Sea, Our Lady of the Underworld, Theotokos: God-Bearer) to draw us more deeply into relationship with that aspect of the sacred feminine.
During the rest of the week we will be sharing scripture reflections on Mary’s life written by John Valters Paintner, Polly Paton-Brown will be sharing creative and non-traditional ways of praying with the rosary, art-inspired prayer experiences flowing from the extensive Marian imagery at the Chartres Cathedral in France will be led by Jill Geoffrion, and Betsey Beckman will be offering her gifts of prayer-dances.