The Foundation for New Monasticism & InterSpirituality supports various projects related to foundation ideals.
Charis (pronounced, care-iss), meaning 'grace,' is the name of the interspiritual meditation process and new monastic formation program of the Foundation for New Monasticism & InterSpirituality. The first Charis Meditation retreat will take place at Osage–Forest of Peace in Oklahoma in June of 2018. The Charis Formation program is currently in development. We intend to open for applicants in 2018. Currently, we are convening a team of interspiritual leaders to advise on its development, including Tessa Bielecki, Father Dave Denny, and many others.
The Future of Religion & InterSpirituality Dialogues, held in monasteries and spiritual communities around the country, create a collegial, relaxed and contemplative retreat environment for an intimate group of ten to twelve spiritual teachers, thinkers, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds, allowing for the most creative and satisfying dialogue possible.
In 2018, we are pleased to be partnering with Osage: Forest of Peace in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (June 20–24), who will host our next FRIS dialogue-retreat seeking the wisdom of our elders on "Spiritual Formation," as well as Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, who will host "The New Monastery," exploring ways in which we can re-envision monasteries in today's world.
Tessa Bielecki (b. 1944) was a Carmelite monk and Mother Abbess for almost 40 years, establishing radically experimental monastic communities of men and women in Arizona, Colorado, Nova Scotia, and Ireland. Since the 1980s, Bielecki has been actively involved in interspiritual dialogue, being one of the only women to participate in the groundbreaking Buddhist-Christian dialogues at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Today, she lives as a hermit in Crestone, Colorado. The Foundation for New Monasticism & InterSpirituality is now pleased to be helping to preserve the legacy of her work by facilitating the donation of her archives to a major university, and by developing new publications from her body of teachings.
Processing of her papers for donation is now underway.
The Foundation for New Monasticism & InterSpirituality is a proud sponsor of HeartFire Festival, which combines the best elements of great festival music and performance art with access to genuine spiritual teachers and authentic transformational workshops held in a sacred atmosphere. HeartFire is a new kind of festival and interspiritual summit for exploring the intersection between art, spirituality, and ecology. The festival culture of the United States is the living pulse of everything creative and inspiring on the growing-edge of our society—conscious art and music, and a celebration of interspiritual values. But it is also often an excuse for unbounded experimentation and partying that can diminish the profound impact of these spiritual and artistic gifts. Recognizing the gap and tremendous desire for genuine spirituality among today's youth, HeartFire Festival wishes to give them the best access to genuine spirituality in a truly sacred environment.
Hasidic master, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1924-2014), better known as “Reb Zalman,” was one of the most influential spiritual leaders of our time. A Holocaust survivor and Hasid of the Habad lineage of Hasidism, Schachter-Shalomi went on to teach Jewish Mysticism and Psychology of Religion at various universities, and to found the influential Jewish Renewal and Spiritual Eldering movements. He is also considered one of the pioneers of interspiritual dialogue, known for his profound engagement and dialogue with leaders of many different spiritual traditions. Today, the Foundation for New Monasticism & InterSpirituality is pleased to be helping to preserve the precious legacy of his teaching through facilitating the processing and donation of his archives to major universities, and by bringing his teachings to a new generation in different mediums.
Processing of his papers for donation is now underway.