With Adam Bucko
In this experiential retreat we will dive deep into what it means to "be the change". We will create an environment in which it is safe to show up as we are - with our heartbreaks, fears, anxieties, as well as our joys, successes, aspirations and hopes.
Each day will be focused on a collage of different themes: from prayer and living the radical teachings of the beatitudes, through dismantling what Fr. Thomas Keating calls “the false self system”, to building a contemplative movement for social change - sometimes called new monasticism - and how social change happens. We will learn from the lessons of spiritual radicals like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Junior, Catherine Doherty, the Occupy Movement, combining both the pre-figurative and strategic insights.
Finally, following in the footsteps of the great monastic desert fathers and mothers of the 4th century who often said that “those who have not cried [when seeing suffering in the world] have not yet met God”, we will spend one night sleeping out, learning to rely on God, bearing witness to the suffering that our homeless brothers and sisters experience each night all over the world, hopefully dedicating our lives to being "the change we wish to see in the world".