June 23-25: Let your life speak – A Circle of Trust Retreat
23-25 June 2017, Kincumber, NSW
Life can so quickly get away from us; we desire to live intentionally and yet struggle to maintain our balance amidst the pressure and demand. This retreat is designed for those who wish to cultivate a rich and meaningful engagement with their everyday situation and who would appreciate an opportunity to tune in to the deeper energies and intentions that seek acknowledgment and expression in their life.
Based on the Circle of Trust® approach, the weekend will offer a sustaining and reflective environment in which to discern your inner wisdom. Alone and in hospitable community, issues of vocation and integrity are explored in fresh, respectful, creative and engaging ways.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
On this retreat, skilled facilitators will use ‘third things’ (pictures, poems, music, cartoons, short pieces of prose…) to introduce themes that enable us to connect with what is true and important about ourselves and to discern how we might integrate this in our day-to-day living. All aspects of the program are gentle and voluntary. There is time for being alone as well as for sharing stories in company with others.
Full cost $500 (incl. meals, materials & single en-suite accommodation) OR $400 for early bird discount (due before May 23)
A $120 deposit is required with your registration Places are limited to 24 participants so please register early. The retreat must be paid in full before arrival. It commences at 5pm on Friday June
23 and concludes with lunch on Sunday June 25, 2017. You will be informed that a place is secured on receipt of your deposit.
Reflections on the Circles of Trust Retreat
“Permit yourself the luxury of doing just one thing.” (Lao Tzu – 2500 years ago). My thanks to Bishop Greg and Archdeacon Sonia for the opportunity of attending this retreat in the beautiful surrounds of the Kincumber Retreat Centre. Based on a number of “Touchstones” and couched in poetry, I learned about and became a part of a Circle of Trust – a hospitable and respectful community of people who attended. Participation is by invitation, not demand; and the touchstone of “no fixing, saving, advising or correcting each other” was difficult in the beginning but vital for me in learning how to make space for formulating and asking “open” questions and/or trusting the use of silence in healthy pastoral relationships. The importance of maintaining deep confidentiality cannot be overstated. Since returning to parish life, I have shared the concept of Circles of Trust and the powerful image of the mobius strip (the idea that the inner and outer self are one rather than being separate) with people, and am slowly beginning to form relationships with people based on what I have learned. The idea of working towards a greater authenticity of self, appeals to me a lot.
– Fr Steve Niland, Priest in charge Harrington/Coopernook
On a lovely summer’s evening in February, several members of diocesan clergy gathered to begin the Circle of Trust retreat at St Joseph’s Spirituality Centre Kincumber. Over the three days, the peaceful setting enhanced the opportunity we were given to reflect on our journey guided by three gentle souls. As we walked, talked, prayed, listened and shared we grew closer to God, to one another and to our true selves. By journey’s end each of us had deeply explored the questions in our hearts and were able to leave that place with renewed vision. This experience was indeed a blessing. Thank you Bishop Greg for introducing the Circle of Trust to our Diocese.”
– The Rev’d Julie Turnbull, Parish of Toronto