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Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference

There is one overnight accomodation remaining for this retreat. However, there are additional openings for commuters. The commuter rate is $250.

“Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference” is a reflective four-day program for those wishing to approach this current time of turbulence from a deeper place but who may be relatively new to the spiritual practice of contemplation.  The weekend experience draws on the transformative power of contemplation, reflection on the values we wish to embrace, our role in the evolutionary process, and our willingness to engage in personal transformation.  Facilitated by a team of three from the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD), the program will include:

• communal contemplative practice,

• contextualization of the work and activities in which we are engaged,

• understanding the evolutionary development of consciousness,

• learning about the integral theory of spiral dynamics,

• developing the skillful means to engage in transformative change, and

• applying what we learn to real situations.

The weekend aims to address the tension among different stages of consciousness and seemingly opposing value systems through processes of communal contemplation and dialogue.  It aims to deepen one’s interior life through contemplative processes and from this contemplative perspective to integrate the skills learned.  The time is needed to achieve the outcome of engaging persons with different worldviews.

November 14-17, 2019
The retreat begins at 2pm on Thursday and ends on Sunday after the noon meal.
Cost of $410 includes non-refundable deposit of $50, overnight accommodations, meals, and program.

Nancy Sylvester, IHM, founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2002. This work reflects her commitment to dialogue and her belief that the impasse being experienced currently in the work of transformation requires a contemplative response and an expanded consciousness. Nancy served in the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious; as Vice President of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI; fifteen years on the staff of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, ten years as National Coordinator; and board member to numerous organizations. She is an author and a known speaker nationally and internationally.

Margaret Galiardi, OP, a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York, has been part of the ICCD staff since 2011. In addition, she offers spiritual direction/accompaniment to both individuals and groups; designs and facilitates workshops and retreats focused around spirituality for the 21st century with an emphasis on ecological theology. While Margaret served in elected leadership, she was also the North American Co-Promoter of Justice for the world-wide Dominican Order. Margaret is a known speaker and author.Margaret spent the 2009-2010 year living in silence and solitude with the Trappistine Sister Monks in the Red Wood forest on the Lost Coast of Northern California.

Vernice Solimar, PhD, was founder and chair of the Integral Psychology M.A. program, and former chair of Consciousness and Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University, (JFKU). With Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership Training for Developing Countries at the United Nations, Vernice founded and directed the Leadership for Personal and Social Transformation certificate at JFKU. Vernice is a Founding Member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute and collaborated with Don Beck in teaching Spiral Dynamics at JFKU. She has taught courses in El Salvador, Ecuador, and Peru, and visited Liberation Theology communities.

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Engage the Differences to Make a Difference

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Engage the Differences to Make a Difference- commuter rate

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