"Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless."
The picture above is taken from our cottage porch looking done the laneway. Here, surrounded by snow- laden trees it is easy to feel peaceful and at ease.
While on personal retreat we snowshoed on the Bruce trail, read from David Brazier's, Dark Side of the Mirror, sipped Dragon Chai tea and contemplated our next retreat day: The Way of Francis of Assisi.
Several years ago we had the joyful opportunity to facilitate a retreat on Francis and Clare, in Assisi, Italy. At the time we focused on the significance of 'poverty' in the lexicon of Francis and Clare. Since then, our appreciation for the life and teachings of Francis has continued to expand.
Francis was a man whose life was characterized by poverty as well as simplicity, humility, mysticism, freedom, and love. Today many revere him as the patron saint of animals and environment, making him more relevant than ever.
If you are interested in learning more details about Francis, we recommend you to these articles by Richard Rohror the book, Compassion:Living in the Spirit of Francis byIlia Delio
The Way of Francis of Assisi Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with Prajna Teresa Bryant and James Schmeiser
"To live in the justice of love is to live in peace. For Francis, justice and peace are related to poverty, compassion, contemplation and on-going conversion by which we realize our familial bonds with all living creatures." Ilia Delio
Working with Dreams Mondays, March 23, 30 & April 6, 9:30 a.m. - noon
with James Schmeiser
The first of the Working with Dreams workshops is complete and the second series themed Creativity begins soon. Throughout history great composers, musicians, scientists, and other creative persons have attributed their insights to their dreams. This same gift is given to all of us every night. If you'd like to know more about what happens in a dreamwork workshop, read our blog. There is only one space in the next workshop so register soon!