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You are most welcome to consider attending my courage and renewal retreat at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO. It’s beautiful.

Vern Rempel

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Come share the alpine sky, the starlight, the friendly stories, and deep reflection in a setting that builds trust and courage and joy.
 
“Courage and Renewal at St. Benedict’s”
 
Friday, Dec 20 (arrive betwen 3p and 9p)
through
Monday, Dec 23 (depart as early as 10:00a)
 
Here is an introductory invitation. It is also attached in better format.
Let me know your good questions!
Much love,
Vern
(Please forward this to folks who might be interested in attending. Thanks!)
 
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Snowmass retreat at St. Benedict’s Monastery
“Courage and Renewal at St. Benedict’s”
December 20 – 23, 2013
(Friday evening through Monday morning)
 
Hello, and welcome. I would like to invite you to a time of renewal and encouragement in the midst of the stunning alpine beauty of St. Benedict’s Monastery. This is a retreat based in the friendly and deeply encouraging work of Parker Palmer and his “circle of trust” practice as described in his book Hidden Wholeness.
 
We will gather from Friday night, December 20 through Monday morning, December 23, in the beautiful guest house of the monastery.
 
Guests stay in large rooms in the guest house or adjacent “huts” – each has a bath, kitchenette and two twin beds. There is plenty of room on the floor for a 3rd or even a 4th person to stay in the rooms, if you wish.
 
Cost is a requested donation to the monastery of $40 per person per night (so $120 per person for the retreat). But in no way let cost keep you from this retreat. It is truly a donation, and if the cost feels heavy to you, plan to pay what seems right for you.
 
We will meet in the spacious guesthouse, characterized by it’s soaring timbered ceilings, high windows looking out on alpine vistas, huge commercial kitchen, and lovely prayer room.
 
During the course of the retreat, you will be invited to participate in six reflection and sharing circles (sharing is always and only an invitation, never a requirement!). In addition, we will eat, drink, play games, and rest. The monastery bookstore is a wonderful place, and you may also join the monks for worship several times, if you wish.
 
 
Some details:
Room arrangements?
I will be in conversation with you about choosing roommates, as needed. But please feel free to negotiate this yourselves, as you wish.
 
 
Food?
We will be cooking for ourselves, and we’ll work those arrangements out before the retreat. It’s really fun (huge commercial kitchen)!
 
 
Deposit – $40 per person
If you decide to attend, please send a $40 to me, checks made out to St. Benedict’s Monastery.
 
 
Things to read
I invite you particularly to read or re-read Parker Palmer’s books Let your life speak and Hidden Wholeness, if you would like to do background reading. The promise of paradox would also be great preparation.
 
 
Plan to attend full-time
Part-time attendance probably won’t work that well for this retreat, so plan to attend all of it – Friday late night arrival through Monday mid-morning departure.
 
Very much looking forward to it!
Vern
 
P.S. Let me know your questions!
 
 
Draft schedule (includes optional worship times with Benedictine brothers):
 
Friday evening
3:00 – 9:00  — Arrival
9:30  — Greetings, introductions, snacks, brief meditation
 
Saturday
4:30   —  Vigils (quiet community prayer of listening to scripture and 
other readings)
7:00  —  Breakfast (continental, available in kitchen)
7:30  —  Lauds (morning prayer) and Mass
9:00  — Opening circle
11:00 — Further reflection together
11:30 — Lunch preparation
Noon  — Lunch and free time
3:30  — Afternoon circle
5:30  — Supper preparation
6:00  — Supper
7:00  —   Vespers and Compline (evening and night prayer).
7:00  — Evening circle
8:30  — Snacks, games
 
Sunday
4:30  — Vigils (quiet community prayer of listening to scripture and 
other readings)
7:30  — Breakfast (continental, available in kitchen)
8:15  — Lauds and Mass
10:30 — Morning circle
11:30 — Lunch preparation
Noon  — Lunch and free time
4:00  — Afternoon circle
5:30  — Supper preparation
6:00 — Supper
(No public Vespers)
7:00 — Evening circle
8:30 — Snacks, games
 
Monday morning
4:30 — Vigils (quiet community prayer of listening to scripture and 
other readings)
7:00 — Breakfast (continental, available in kitchen)
7:30  — Lauds (morning prayer) and Mass
9:00 —    Closing circle
9:30 — Departure
 

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