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Love and the Gift of Failure

Monte Oliveto Retreat 2015

Laurence Freeman OSB and Giovanni Felicioni

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The poet George Herbert wrote one of the greatest of all poems in Love (III). You are invited to read it (even learn it by heart!) for this Monte Oliveto Retreat which explores the immense gift of being and the ways we try but often fail to receive it. Fr Laurence describes how our failures may – strangely – be turned to our advantage and bring us to an opening of the deeper levels of our being where the gift patiently awaits us.

About The Monte Oliveto Retreat

Situated on the dramatic landscape of the Crete Senesi in the Tuscan countryside the 15th century Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is the mother house of Laurence Freeman’s monastic family. Its striking natural beauty and its sense of sacred time have long made it a central part of the life of the WCCM.

The WCCM international retreat has been held here for 30 years, leading the participants into a unique experience of silence, friendship and homecoming.The day is composed of times of meditation, yoga, teaching, worship, solitude and sharing. The extensive grounds of the monastery are inspiration for artists, walkers and being in the present. The spirit of silence during the day renews the spirit, while the evening meal is a time of relaxation and friendship with fellow meditators from around the world.

Listen to the first session of this retreat from Laurence Freeman

What you will discover on this retreat:

Session One

“Success, Failure and Meaning” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Two

“Was Jesus a failure or a success?” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Three

“Attention and Mindfulness” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Four

“Redefining the Sense of Self” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Five

“Learning from Failure” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Six

“Beyond Duality” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Seven

“Change is part of the journey (like it or not)” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Eight

“Searching for the Centre” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Nine

“Hesychia and a new definition of ‘stillness'” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Ten

“The balance between contemplation and action” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Session Eleven

“Different kinds of change, transformation and oneness” by Laurence Freeman OSB

Love and the Gift of Failure

An Online Retreat with Laurence Freeman OSB and Giovanni Felicioni

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Laurence Freeman OSB

About Laurence Freeman OSB

Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Sta Maria di Pilastrello, Lendinara, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. He is also Director of Bonnevaux, the International Centre of the World Community for Christian Meditation where he now resides. Fr Laurence 
 
 
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About Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni Felicioni (Bonnevaux Associate Director) has been part of the WCCM since its inception in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and a Yoga Teacher.


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