The winter schedule at The Retreat House at Hillsboro will begin with a Seasonal Quiet Day on Thursday, January 9 from 9:30am to 2:00 pm, led by spiritual director Julia Morris-Myers. The Seasonal Quiet Days are usually held at the turn of each season with a later winter session to accommodate the holidays. Inspired by poetry, music and scripture, participants are led to silent periods, outdoor walks in the labyrinth and brief discussions. To sign up, visit retreathousehillsboro.org.
Last fall, The Retreat House introduced the series “Wisdom Circles” as a way to bring spiritual teachings out into the community. For winter, the Wisdom Circles will be held in Easton, Centreville, Hillsboro, Chestertown and Annapolis. Wisdom Circles meet weekly for four to six weeks and are led by trained spiritual directors. Each circle is focused on a different topic.
“Life is so busy and it can distract us from taking care of our spiritual selves,” said Francie Thayer, Retreat House spiritual director. “The Wisdom Circles are simple gatherings where people can open their minds and hearts in a comfortable way. We hope the location choices will make it more convenient for people to participate.”
The Easton Wisdom Circle, “Practicing Courageous Inquiry,” led by Linda Mastro, will be held on Tuesdays 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. beginning January 21 through February 25, at Third Haven Friends Meeting, 405 South Washington Street, Easton.
The Centreville Wisdom Circle, “Sounds of Silence” will also be held on Tuesdays at 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. from January 21 through February 25 and will take place in the Centreville home of the leader, Julia Morris-Myers.
In Annapolis, “Cultivating Peace in Small Community” will take place on Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on January 23 through February 20 at St. Anne’s Church Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, led by Heather Stang.
“Winter Wisdom: Tending the Holy in a Fallow Season” will be held on Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., January 29 through February 26, at the Stam House, 114 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, and will be led by Debra Donnelly-Barton.
“Praying with Imagination” will be held in Hillsboro at The Retreat House on Thursdays at 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30 through February 20 and led by Heather Hall
Details about each of the Wisdom Circles are available on the Retreat House at Hillsboro website at retreathousehillsboro.org.
The fee to attend all sessions of one of these Wisdom Circles is $75 per person. Pre-registration is required. Register online at retreathousehillsboro.org or by sending an email to email@example.com. All are welcome regardless of finances, so please inquire about scholarships.
The Retreat House at Hillsboro is located on the grounds of St. Paul’s Church at 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, Maryland, and is open for group retreats and meetings, individual hermitages, meditation, and any who seek a spiritual connection. A traditional Chartres-style walking labyrinth is always open for walking and prayer. The Retreat House at Hillsboro is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, MD. For more information, visit retreathousehillsboro.org or contact Francie Thayer, Director, at (410) 507-0368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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