The painted turtle encased in warm muck at the bottom of the pond. The black bear shrinking in her den. Striped skunks enfolded in one another. Frozen wood frogs nestled in leaf beds. These beautiful creatures instinctively know what to do as the days shorten and the air grows cold. Like all of creation, we too are naturally inclined to hibernate and rest during winter, but that instinct has been suppressed over time. The advent of the electric lights extended our days, furnaces keep us warm, and the glorification of productivity renders naps a rare and guilty pleasure.
Hibernation escaped us, until a swift and angry virus abruptly forced hibernation on us, against our will. For some of us, COVID-19 made the day interminably long and restless. For others, we were expected to produce more than ever as the line between working at home and living at home blurred.
What ancient wisdom does creation have to offer to us about waiting and emerging? This day of retreat will focus on our need to honor the natural rhythm of nature, to hibernate and wait, to embrace the darkness and adapt to the cold, even when it is forced upon us, and to allow our body, mind, and spirit to emerge with the miracle of a new beginning. Stories of creation, meditation, reflection, and rest await you in this day retreat.
Lorie Conway is an experienced spiritual director, retreat facilitator and small group leader. Her education includes a masters in Religion from Lancaster Theological Seminary, a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Kairos School of Spiritual Formation, and completion of the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats program with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.