Rekindle Your Spiritual Energy and Learn More About Benedictine Spirituality

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Many of the people who come to Holy Wisdom Monastery return again and again. Some join communities such as Sunday Assembly, the worshipping community, or the Oblates of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Others volunteer, attend daily prayer, read in the library, live with the sisters’ community, come on retreat, walk the nature trails or attend events. The Benedictine sisters who run Holy Wisdom Monastery base their ecumenical, monastic community on the Gospel and Rule of Benedict and hope those who come here learn a little about Benedictine spirituality and take these values home with them.

A group of volunteers who want to help the sisters teach Benedictine spirituality created a series of opportunities for 2013 called Going Deeper: Journey into Benedictine Spirituality. The sisters hope that all who attend these opportunities will grow in their understanding of Benedictine spirituality, rekindle their spiritual energy, strengthen the communities at Holy Wisdom Monastery through increased awareness, and encourage a balance of prayer, work, study and leisure in their own lives.

In progress
February series — Invitation to the Journey: Spirituality, Religion, and the Struggle for Integrity
This series explores the connections (and sometimes disconnections) between personal spirituality and communal religion in contemporary culture. Tom Zanzig is an internationally recognized author and speaker on adult spirituality.

April series — Living Benedictine Values: An Everyday Path to Wisdom
This series of workshops and discussions explores how to apply core Benedictine values such as hospitality, stability, justice, community, and balance to our lives outside the monastery. Carole Kretschman, Sunday Assembly member, spiritual guide and oblate of Holy Wisdom Monastery and Trisha Day, Sunday Assembly member, Associate of the Iowa Cistercians and author of Inside the School of Charity – Lessons from the Monastery, lead this retreat.

The same program is offered in three different scheduling formats. Choose the one that works best for you.

Group A
April 2, 9, 16, 2013; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Group B
April 4, 11, 18, 2013; 5:15 – 8:00 pm

Group C
Saturday April 6, 2013 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

September series — Listening With the Ear of Your Heart: Contemplative Wisdom for the World
This series of eight gatherings gently leads participants on a journey toward personal spiritual transformation and a more contemplative and peace-filled life. Led by Beth O’Brien, who is a Holy Wisdom Monastery Sunday Assembly member and oblate, spiritual guide, and meditation teacher (Centering Prayer).

The same program is offered in two different scheduling formats. Choose the one that works best for you.

Group A
Sept 3, 17; Oct 1, 15, 29; Nov 12, 26; Dec 10, 2013, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Group B
Sept 11, 25; Oct 9, 23, 30; Nov 13, 20; Dec 11, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

2013 Going Deeper Speakers
We will welcome several guest speakers to Holy Wisdom Monastery in 2013. These guests will offer rich opportunities to further explore spirituality as lived out in today’s world.


Taking Root–A Depth of Intimacy with Life
April 23-25, 2013 or

Depth Perception–The Sensation of Light
April 23-27, 2013

Join us for either a 3-day or 5-day retreat with Anne Hillman, author of Awakening the Energies of Love: Discovering Fire for the Second Time.

Eyes as Windows for the Soul: Art as a Spiritual Path
May 11, 2013
Eileen M. Daily, creator of the art/y/fact.Xn app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago. Her research work has explored the relationship between Christian art and spiritual growth.

Sacred Mystery: Conscious Evolution and the Emerging Human
August 9-10, 2013
Barbara Marx Hubbard, educator and author of many books including, Birth 2012.

Imagining the Emerging Church
September 20-21, 2013
Michael Crosby, Capuchin, Franciscan and author of many books including The Paradox of Power: From Control to Compassion.

The Enneagram and Spiritual Transformation
September 27-28, 2013
Suzanne Zuercher, OSB, author of several books including Enneagram Spirituality: From Compulsion to Contemplation.

Juicy, Green and Glorious: Meet Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Mystic, Prophetess, and Saint for Our Time 
October 19, 2013
Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, holds a doctorate in process theology and Jungian-oriented psychology and is a member of the Core Staff at the Christine Center, a natural sanctuary for spiritual deepening and global transformation in Willard, Wisconsin.

All events take place at: Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M, Middleton, WI 53562.

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