Sources of Wisdom
An Online Retreat
With Laurence Freeman OSB
Given that most of our communication and exploration is - for the moment – online,
what better time to take part in an online retreat?
The time of self-isolating and social distance that we are currently experiencing is a kind of extended Lent: a voluntary restriction which reminds us of the limited control we have in reality – at any time – over the circumstances of our daily lives. A willing and conscious entering into these limitations can, paradoxically, bring us to an unexpected experience of limitless freedom. This is also how a retreat will often work. Another way of thinking of our new collective social reality is that we are undertaking an enormous global retreat. Some are following it more attentively than others; some are quite unaware that they are on this retreat; but more and more are quieting down and joining in. Given that most of our communication and exploration is – for the moment – online, what better time to take part in an online retreat?
Sources of Wisdom has been designed so that you can participate in a way that suits you. It doesn’t involve setting aside an enormous amount of time (that’s already been done for you), but it will work best if you designate a certain period during which you are on retreat, whether that be a morning, an afternoon, a day, a weekend, a week or a month. The retreat is structured into one-and-a-half hour sessions: meditation, video of a talk, followed by a time for personal reflection.
At the end of this course, Fr Laurence will be adding an additional talk to the already rich reflections on wisdom, illustrating his main themes from the riches of other spiritual traditions.