Listening into the Outrage/ Sacred Pause Retreat

Thursday, March 24, 2022 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Listening Together Spiritual Direction/Deep Listening enrichment event
Presents “Listening into the Outrage”

Our Listening Together series is for all who practice deep listening as spiritual companions…for all who listen others into Life.  Twice each year we gather as deep listeners for intentional connections and pertinent conversations and resources that deepen and enrich our purposes and practices.

The topic for our Spring hybrid gathering (onsite and online) is “Listening into the Outrage” with guest presenter Andrea Kastner zooming from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

“Listening into the Outrage” – Anger is described as a secondary emotion, however lately it appears to have seized a primary role within our various relational contexts.  What do we do with anger’s threatening overflow?  How might deep listening redirect this unleashed energy?  How do we as deep listeners navigate the outrage we experience these days?  Drawing from the Non-Violent Communication movement along with other compassion-focused resources, this 90-minute workshop explores listening’s impact on anger, how God meets us in our anger, and how to nurture timely movements away from judgment of self and others or suppression toward more compassionate, loving actions both in ourselves as spiritual directors/deep listeners and in those alongside whom we listen.  Through large and small group interactions and personal reflections, we anticipate experiencing this Listening Together topic with you.

This is a hybrid event:
As a HYBRID event:

  • You can join us IN-PERSON onsite at the Ridge from 10:30-2:00 pm including lunch for $50
  • You can join us ONLINE via Zoom from 10:30-12:00 noon for $30.
  • You can come a Day Early for "A Sacred Pause" - a 24 hour IN-PERSON spiritual directors retreat including "Listening into the Outrage" for $150

“A Sacred Pause” Retreat

A retreat inviting you to take intentional 24-hours to slow the pace and widen the space…listening with the Divine Companion of our stillness.  In our oft-overcrowded lives, hitting the pause button offers a much-needed reset, a time filled with less in order to experience more.  Come…enjoy the quiet…experience the pause.  (Note:  This retreat provides great preparation for our Listening Together spiritual director’s enrichment event on Thursday morning.)

Arrive as early as 2pm on Wednesday, March 23, and depart at 2pm on Thursday, March 24 for a 24 hour retreat at the Ridge.  Fee: $150 (includes the Thursday morning "Listening into the Outrage" session).  In other words, add dinner, overnight, and breakfast for just $100 and experience a spacious time for your spirit to soar in the silence of community in this sacred space of the Ridge.

Facilitator:  John Kiemele, PhD, program director at Rolling Ridge

Sacred Pause Retreat Schedule:

Wednesday March 23                       2 p.m.              Arriving
                                                         Settling in & personal time for reflection
                                                          6 p.m.                Dinner
                                                          7 p.m.                Group Session
                                                          8:30 p.m.          Evening Prayers
                                                          9 p.m.                Entering the Great Stillness

Thursday, March 24                        7:30 a.m.          Morning Prayers
                                                        8 a.m.               Breakfast
                                                       10:30 a.m.        Listening Together: Listening into the Outrage
                                                       12:30 p.m.        Lunch
                                                       Personal time for reflection
                                                       2 p.m.                Departing

For more information, contact John Kiemele or Rolling Ridge.

About the leader(s)

Andrea Kastner

 Andrea Kastner, is from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, and is a founding member of the SoulStream community of dispersed contemplative companions.  A seasoned adult educator, spiritual director and retreat facilitator, Andrea consistently has invested heart and time to become more and more attuned with God’s deep desire for our freedom to love as God loves.  Significant influences have been her engagement in feminist, peace and economic justice movements, liberation theology, the experience of God alive in prairie, rivers and ocean, and her time as a novice in a contemplative Anglican religious community.  Andrea cherishes living in a quiet place surrounded by pastures and huge fir trees, getting together with her daughters and their families, cooking, and reading Japanese mysteries in translation.

Gayle Kerr

Gayle Kerr has been involved in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministry since 1990. She is a graduate of Trenton (NJ) State College and Chestnut Hill College (PA) and holds degrees in education and Holistic Spirituality and Certificates in Spiritual Direction and the Supervision of Spiritual Directors.  She has worked as a teacher, a Director of Christian Education and as a Spiritual Director at theMiddleton Center for Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA. From 2000-2007 she worked at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ with a team of Spiritual Directors who were invited to help create a program for Spiritual Formation at the Seminary. Gayle and her husband moved to Cape Cod, MA in 2007 where she continues to provide individual and group Spiritual Direction as well as Retreat Leadership from her home on the Cape. She also serves as a small group supervisor in the Gateways to God Program for training Spiritual Directors at Rolling Ridge.

John Kiemele

John Kiemele is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various seminars and lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center.  With a focus on contemplative soul care, John gratefully walks alongside individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations.  Recognizing how intentional pausing and listening unlocks life, John strives to engage the whole person – body, mind, soul – in the lifelong process of living well.  John received his PhD in education/spirituality from Talbot School of Theology, with post-doctoral emphases in Spiritual Direction, Mindful Self-Compassion, the Enneagram Spectrum, and Wellness Coaching.