Learning to See: St. Clare and the Spirituality of Gazing

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

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The eyes might be the window to our souls, but HOW we see often becomes WHAT we see.  That is why spiritual seeing becomes so important, as we first learn to unsee so to see with our souls.  For St. Clare of Assisi, the spirituality of gazing allows us to see beyond by opening our eyes to a deeper presence through the Divine.

We invite you to join us on feast day of St. Clare of Assisi on Wednesday, August 11th, and learn to see as the eyes of our hearts are enlightened.  As a community and through personal times of reflection, we will explore Clare's writing on "mirror" spirituality, as we engage in visio divina and gazing as a spiritual practice.  You will be invited to open your heart and mind and learn how to look beyond the physical so as to see your situations, your relationships, and your life in new ways.

Join us ONSITE for a day to explore how we see and we live through the lens of St. Clare.  Weather permitting, you will have the option to spend extended time outdoors on the grounds of Rolling Ridge.  With a delicious lunch, in-person interaction, and contemplative sharing, this becomes the perfect opportunity to return to this sacred place on the shore of Lake Cochichewick. 

Come for the day or choose to extend your time with a personal retreat overnight package which you can add on when you register.

On-site Registration Fee: $72, includes Lunch
OR at-home/on-line via ZOOM:  $35

About the leader(s)

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.  A trained spiritual director and ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and the Gateways to God Missional Spiritual Direction Program.  Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.