Retreat, reflect, restore…but in relaxed ambiance and conversation with a small group of others at the newly created Spent Dandelion Monthly Retreats!
Over a spread of three days and two nights, we will savor good conversation, delicious cuisine, and wide and varied North Shore offerings.
Each retreat, while different in teachings, is uniform in cost and cancellation policy and follows the same general schedule.
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From time to time, we’ll hear that someone—with luck, even yourself!—has had an “Epiphany.” Suddenly, even if for a brief moment, you’ve figured something out, and a hallelujah is in order! But as a season in the Church, people are sometimes mystified about Epiphany. Sandwiched between the High Seasons of Christmas and Lent, Epiphany gets short shrift. We might well need an epiphany about Epiphany! In these few days, we’ll shed some light on Epiphany, the season of light, of…Find out more »
Whatever else a person can say about this day and age, it isn’t an era of gentleness of spirit. So during these gathered days, it seems appropriate to explore and deepen habits of hospitality, in joyful defiance of general societal crankiness. We’ll discover ways to welcome, reasons why people crave welcome, whether there are suspect motivatons to welcome, how to welcome with one’s own style and context, and, given the Scriptural call to welcome even the stranger and the enemy, whether…Find out more »
Even if you are a romantic it can be quite difficult to figure out how to balance love for another and love for self. Sometimes, even in more or less healthy relationships, it can be difficult to understand where the lines between Other and Self are even drawn. If a break-up does occur, a person is sometimes left wondering what, if anything, can be healthily salvaged of the relationship in any sort of continual way to honor both the love…Find out more »
In a mere 40 days, Lent pulls together the strings and themes of death and life, sin and forgiveness, sleep and renewal. It has a reputation for being a somewhat gloomy season, but has the inner resources to be, rather, reflective and (believe it or not) hopeful. It’s no coincidence that the word ‘Lent’ means Spring! Because this retreat stands at the cusp of Lent, and of Spring, we will use these days to spend time (re)considering griefs, regrets, and…Find out more »
Years ago, when we were living in Germany but my sister and her family were in Alaska—with a spread of 13 hours between us—I rang them up on our Easter morning and said, “He is Risen!” My brother-in-law responded, “Shh! Don’t tell us! We’re on the edge of our seats!” But now, fresh off Easter weekend, we are off of our seats, and saying Alleluia—in all time zones, even! And yet somehow, at sometime, we often end up sitting down…Find out more »
The Season of Pentecost is upon us! The Spirit is Loose! And...so seatbelts, everyone. The Holy Spirit is many things, but domesticated she is not. She is unpredicable, unwieldy, and unleashed. These few days ponder the Holy Spirit, a part of the Trinity with whom many Christian traditions haven’t quite known what to do, but who, in this day and age of institutions (d)evolving, and rapid change, and movements afoot, is getting renewed attention...in part because she’s giving us little…Find out more »
In certain company, the word ‘radical’ raises eyebrows and hackles. Turns out, though, that it’s as innocent as a radish—which, as it is, happens to be related to the word radical, because they both share the same word-parent: radix, which means ‘root.’ So if you’re, say, a radical Christian, it only means that you’re rooted in your faith. At the height of summer, when the gardens are beginning to burst with roots and shoots, it seems a good opportunity to…Find out more »
When Martin Luther nailed those 95 Theses up on that door at Wittenberg, he nailed the Issue of the Day: Indulgences, namely the charging for the remission of sins. His emphasis on grace radically changed not just people’s perception of their relationship to God, but history itself. Justification as Gospel Truth has consoled people, reconciled people, and freed people. But it has also narrowed the understanding of the Gospel to that of the personal forgiveness of sins. Missed over the…Find out more »
Exodus 20:5 and 34:14 don’t leave much to the imagination about God’s self-awareness: upshot of both is that God is a jealous God. Even life-long English speakers confuse, though, the words ‘jealous’ and ‘envious.’ ’Jealous’ means unwilling to share. ’Envious’ means wanting what someone else has. It’s often overlooked that in the First Commandment, God doesn’t say that there aren’t any other gods: God says only that we shouldn’t have any other gods. There are options, that is, and by and large,…Find out more »
If a person could feel bad for a liturgical season, Advent would be the inspiration for a head-shake and a “you poor thing.” Even Thanksgiving is getting leap-frogged to get to Christmas, and lost in the whole shuffle is humble Advent. But Advent isn’t the loser here: we are, if we don’t saturate ourselves in the rich and complex and hair-raising and comforting texts and traditions of this under-rated season. Come to these days to learn more about the Advent…Find out more »