Midwinter Celtic Celebration with Ellen Kennedy and Friends

Saturday, February 2, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, February 3, 2019 1:00 PM

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Our retreat begins Saturday afternoon with a gathering of folks interested in exploring how ancient festivals, rituals, story and sacred dance can enliven and deepen our connection to one another, the earth and cosmos.  At this time of year when days are growing longer and Spring is growing closer, we gather to celebrate the Awakening of our Sacred Earth and the re-awakening of our own connections to the earth, to one another, to the Holy.  We remember that in the beginning, the Divine Spirit hovered over the waters and the waiting earth saw life begin.  We remember, too, how the Divine Spirit hovers over humankind and a waiting people awaken to deeper consciousness.  We gather together to celebrate how the darkness which heals and refreshes, allowing the seeds of the earth to germinate anew, echoes in our own souls as the quiet and rest lead us, too, to be refreshed and germinate ever more deeply in our inner spirits.
Retreat Cost:  $140 pp, double occupancy, including two meals. 

On Saturday, February 2 from 7pm-9:30pm 
You are invited to take time out at this midpoint of winter to join hands with friends, families and neighbors in circles, lines and spirals of Sacred Circle Dance. Bring your life experience, curiosity, and desire to learn the stories of - and personally explore - these simple and timeless dances.  Sacred Circle Dance invites us into healing and wholeness; for ourselves, our community and the people, places and situations around the world in need of healing grace. In unity with the Feast of Brigid in Kildare, Ireland our ritual will take place in the courtyard. Together we will bless the waters of the well, light the flame of Brigid and welcome the first stirrings of the sleeping earth at Imbolc. Each dance will be taught, no experience needed.      
Registration Fee:  $15 (on line registration is REQUIRED.  Payment either on line or at the door)

On Sunday, February 3 from 11am-12:30pm,  

Join a community celebration in the Celtic tradition.
We will celebrate Eucharist in a circle where everyone is welcome and every spirit is valued and every voice is invited.  We each bring a life wisdom to share with each other as we celebrate the Spirit in our midst and fortify each other for the journey out and the journey in.
Rev. Jean Marie Marchant & Rev. Ronald Hindelang will be officiating.
(on line registration is REQUIRED.  Registration fee:  Gratitude basket.)

About the leader(s)

Ron Hindelang

Rev. Ron Hindelang was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on July 12, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan as a member of the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers). He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and Doctor in Philosophy in Pastoral Psychology from Boston University. Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor, Ron is a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains, Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Ron has ministered for thirty years as a hospice and hospital chaplain, tending to patients and families. His primary responsibility now is educating and supervising students preparing to become spiritual care-givers, priests, ministers and rabbis.  After spending many years preaching and directing retreats, ministering as a spiritual director, and pastoral counselor for individuals and couples, Ron has served as a parish priest and pastor and as a seminary director. 

Ellen Kennedy

Ellen is a Scared Circle Teacher; trained and certified at the Findhorn Foundation, Scotland.   Locally, she has taught Sacred Circle Dance (SCD) at the Nock Middle School, River Valley Charter School, Kindermusic, Salem State College, and Northern Essex Community College. Ellen founded the MT Holyoke College Sacred Circle Dance Troupe, directing it for four years. She has developed, organized and led SCD workshops, trainings, events and retreats in the US, Mexico, Scotland, Ireland,  Iceland, S. Korea and Israel. Ellen is an International Peace Activist, recently dancing for peace at the Syrian Border and the US Naval Base in S. Korea offering a grandmother’s love and compassion.  She  lives in Newbury and delights in her six grandchildren.

Jean Marchant

Rev. Jean Marchant, a member of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement, was ordained a priest on July 25, 2005 in a ceremony that took place on the St. Lawrence Seaway. She holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Jean is a Certified Chaplain and holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction. She is the former Director of Health Care Ministry for the Archdiocese of Boston, and as an ordained Catholic priest in the Roman Catholic Womanpriest movement, her ministry of pastoral care and counseling is now enriched by her sacramental ministry.  The mother of two adult daughters, and grandmother of five, Jean's personal experience as a bereaved parent is the grounding of her ministry to persons who are dying or bereaved. Jean has a passion for justice and for empowering women and men in their search for wholeness and holy-ness in their lives, and she brings this to bear in her ministry as chaplain, spiritual director and pastor.