The pilgrimage will be the Community’s Way of Peace event for 2013. It also marks the fifteenth anniversary of the first WCCM pilgrimage to India, which initiated the Way of Peace programme. This is a memory and inspiration cherished by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who recently wrote: “In 1998 I joined as historic pilgrimage of practitioners of both the Christian and Buddhist traditions in prayers, meditation and dialogue in Bodhgaya … Each morning under the Bodhi tree, we all sat together and meditated, which I think was historic.”
The "School Retreat" is a weeklong experience of silence. The daily schedule includes periods of meditation interspersed with contemplative walking, a personal interview with one of the retreat leaders, a short conference-teaching and contemplative eucharist. Fr Laurence is leading this year's international School retreat in West Hartford, Connecticut, together with Liz Watson and Gene Bebeau. For information on other School retreats visit the School of Meditation page at wccm.org.
The Bere Island Easter Retreat will be an interior pilgrimage of the Easter mysteries as they unfold in Holy Week. The retreat programme includes regular meditation periods, talks by Fr Laurence, the Easter liturgies with the island people with time for reading, walks and solitude. With its deep history and great natural beauty, Bere Island is an ideal space to open to the spiritual meaning of the season.
The essential nature of the human journey is like meditation: it cannot be analysed or measured. Ends and beginnings meet and cycles of growth make for fresh change and development. But we need a sense of the journey and its main stages in order to make meaning of our lives and to endure their dark nights.
A ten day meditation retreat was held on Bere Island, with a daily teaching by Fr Laurence. The theme is Celtic Christianity and its impact on our daily practice today - topics include the role of the 'anamchara' or soul-friend and our relationship with the natural world.
The videos of the talks are on our YouTube channel and the links are displayed below on this page. (click "Read more" if you don't see the links)