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The Great Search with John Philip Newell

May 10 @ 4:00 pm - May 12 @ 1:00 pm

The School of Earth & Soul – The Great Search

In 2016, John Philip Newell began a teaching initiative that is now called The School of Earth & Soul. Its purpose is to reawaken awareness of the sacred in all things and to help translate this awareness into compassionate action. The School has two main offerings, Celtic Wisdom and The Great Search, both following a three-year cycle of teaching and spiritual practice in annual retreats hosted around the country.

Holy Wisdom Monastery will be a site for the Earth and Soul School, with John Philip Newell leading the first retreat in The Great Search series, ‘Seeking the Sacred in a Time of Religious Exile.’ The focus of this first experience will be seeking an unbounded vision of the sacred in all things through the teachings of Thomas Berry, Nan Shepherd and Martin Buber. The Great Search series will continue with a focus on seeking a life-giving vision of wholeness and love (2024) followed by seeking a life-giving vision of wisdom and faith (2025).

We welcomed John Philip Newell to Holy Wisdom Monastery in May 2020 with a community conversation around his book, Sacred Earth Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World. We are thrilled at this opportunity to host one of his school’s initiatives, The Great Search, for its invitation to explore resources that can ground us in times of spiritual uncertainty and religious exile.

For more information on the Earth and Soul School or the The Great Search initiative, visit: https://www.earthandsoul.org/school-of-earth-and-soul

Participants may join at any stage in the three-year cycle and attend any of the Earth & Soul venues across the country.



John Philip Newell
John Philip Newell is a world renowned international Celtic spirituality teacher and founder of the School of Earth and Soul. He calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of the Earth and every human being. He is an inspiring speaker, spiritual guide, evolutionary thinker and the author of 15 books, including his latest, Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul.





Cami Twilling
Cami Twilling, based in Colorado, is the director of Earth & Soul and facilitates the spiritual practice component of the School of Earth & Soul.


Wed., May 10, 4:00 pm – Fri., May 12, 2023, 1:00 pm


$320/person, includes program and meals, Wed. dinner, Thurs. lunch and dinner, Thurs. book signing and reception, Fri. lunch.

Scholarships are available. Please contact Carole Kretschman at inheart@tds.net or 608-233-7390.


Lodging is not included in the price of the school.

  • Lodging at the monastery for this retreat is full.
  • We have a block of rooms reserved during this retreat at the Baymont Inn & Suites, 8102 Excelsior Dr, Madison, WI 53717, 7 miles away from the monastery.
    • $72/night + tax, includes continental breakfast
    • Make reservations with the hotel by calling 608-831-7711, then press 0 (zero)
    • Rate good until cutoff date of Apr. 9 or until rooms run out
    • Nights available:  Tues., May 9, Wed., May 10, Thurs., May 11
    • Use Holy Wisdom – The Great Search as the block name
    • If enough people register through our block, a shuttle bus between Holy Wisdom Monastery and the hotel will be provided, but this won’t be known until after the cutoff date of Apr. 9, 2023.


Wed. May 10
4:00-5:00 pm Check-in/Getting Settled RGH Lobby
5:15 pm Dinner MON Dining Room
6:30 pm Evening Prayer (enter in silence) MON Assembly Room
7:15 pm Session 1: Introductory Presentation MON Assembly Room
8:30 pm Sacred Silence (until breakfast)
Thurs. May 11
7:00-8:00 am Breakfast (continental for those staying at Holy Wisdom) RGH Dining Room
8:45 am Morning Prayer (enter in silence) MON Assembly Room
9:15 am Break
9:30 am Session 2: Teaching I (enter in silence) MON Assembly Room
10:30 am Morning Break
10:45 am Session 3: Spiritual Practice I (enter in silence) MON Assembly Room
12:00 pm Lunch MON Dining Room
1:30 pm Silence (Siesta/Reading/Walking)
3:30 pm Session 4: Spiritual Practice II (enter in silence) MON Assembly Room
4:45 pm Afternoon Break
5:15 pm Dinner MON Dining Room
6:30 pm Session 5: Teaching II (enter in silence) MON Assembly Room
7:30 pm Wine & Cheese Reception & Book Signing MON Gathering Area
Fri. May 12
7:00-8:30 am Breakfast (continental for those staying overnight at Holy Wisdom Monastery RGH Dining Room
8:30 am Morning Prayer (enter in silence) MON Assembly Room
9:00 am Break
9:15 am Session 6: Teaching III (enter in silence) MON Assembly Room
10:15 am Morning Break
10:45 am Session 7: Thanksgiving (enter in silence) MON Assembly Room
12:00 pm Lunch MON Dining Room
1:00 pm Depart


Please register by April 26, 2023.

There is a 75% refund for cancellations until April 26, and a 50% refund for cancellations after April 26 until May 10, 2023.



May 10 @ 4:00 pm
May 12 @ 1:00 pm
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4200 County Road M
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