The Hope of Easter: Journeying through the Desert, the Garden and the Empty Tomb.
Lent is a time set aside each year for Christian transformation. The Hope of Easter is the message of 1 John 3:3, “And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” You are invited to join us as we take the journey of inner purification. How do we purify ourselves and become more like Jesus, “taking the very nature of a servant and emptying ourselves?” ( Philippians 2:5-7)
This retreat is both a journey of knowledge and experience; it encompasses reading with understanding and meditation with the experience of contemplation. Using the mystics as our guides, including St. John of the Cross and the anonymous writer of “The Cloud of Unknowing”, we will delve deeper into our own spiritual journey with the objective of opening a window to our soul. We will learn to “let go of everything that is not God in order to be available for nothing but God” (St. John of the Cross). This process includes letting go of fears, doubts, insecurities, negative thinking, OLD WOUNDS, releasing repressed emotions and any other disordered attachments. After this experience we feel moved to align our will with God’s will.
Over the course of the weekend, we will also offer several meditation practices which will help us identify some of our disordered attachments that St. John of the Cross speaks about. Focusing on experience, you will be guided through several meditations to include: Body Focusing, Guided Imagery, Lectio Divina and Chanting.
We have designed this weekend as a “mini Lent,” in hopes to plant seeds for transformation and encouragement to continue with spiritual practices that will provide healing and deepening in your relationship with God. In deepening your relationship with God, God will reveal his ongoing plan for your life. This is a journey of Hope, an unshakable confidence, in God’s plan for us. As Jeremiah (29:11) says, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with HOPE.”
Presented by Kathy Anderson and Susan Boruff. Although we recommend the overnight option for a more complete retreat experience, we understand that not all guests can spend the night away from home. This commuter option includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and also lunch on Sunday. Please arrive by 7pm on Friday to begin the retreat.
Kathy Quinn Anderson has been planning, writing, and leading retreats for 20 years. She completed the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreat Program at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2011. In May, 2018, she completed the Introduction to Spiritual Direction Program sponsored by The Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center. She has facilitated workshops and retreats at our Center, Shrine Mont Retreat Center and many churches in the northern Virginia area as well as Georgia and North Carolina. In addition, she is certified in stress management. She currently leads a weekly centering prayer group at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia. She is a Dale Carnegie Graduate and Stephen Leader. Kathy holds a degree in Institutional Management from the University of New Hampshire. She has two grown children and currently resides in Reston, Virginia with her husband, Dana, of 39 years.
Susan Flynn Boruff is a certified spiritual director, retreat guide and meditation practitioner of twenty years. She completed the Spiritual Guidance Program at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2006. She has facilitated workshops and retreats at our Center, Shrine Mont Retreat Center and many churches in the northern Virginia area as well as Georgia and North Carolina. Susan completed training in Bio-Spiritual Focusing Therapy and is a Stephen Leader. She holds a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. She has two grown children and currently resides in Charleston, SC with her husband, Brian, of 31 years.