Wild Rowing Into God

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By Sister Gail Worcelo and Sister Gabriele Uhlein Rowing, it’s a great art. It’s the finest art there is. It’s a symphony of motion. And when you are rowing well, why it’s nearing perfection. And when you are nearing perfection, you’re touching the Divine. What is the spiritual value of rowing? …..The losing of the self entirely to the cooperative effort of the crew as a whole.    ~George Yeoman Pocock People around the world are gathering in hubs, circles, and contemplative networks, attempting to embody a new possibility for our emerging humanity. Words like Resonant Fields, Divinized Humanity, Global Communion are arising in conversations everywhere. …

A good laugh and a long sleep

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Amanda Conway (left) and Jill Carlson, ready to offer Benedictine hospitality at our Retreat and Guest House Amanda Conway lives by the Irish proverb, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” The proverb fits well with her role as our new hospitality and event coordinator. We want overnight guests to get a long sleep and enjoy a good laugh with other guests and the sisters at meals. Amanda, a native of Monroe, Wisconsin, knew about Holy Wisdom from her work as a funeral director at Cress Funeral Home in Madison. “I knew the …

2014—the year of communities

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Members from the various communities at Holy Wisdom Monastery come together to celebrate Sister Joanne Kollasch’s 60 years of monastic profession. Sister Joanne sums up community living, “in community you receive so much more than you give.” (Photo by Kent Sweitzer)   As I reflect on the year 2014, I’m amazed at all that has emerged at Holy Wisdom Monastery in one short year. What rises to the top for me is the sense of community. Community living takes many forms here, from the monastic community to the Sunday Assembly worshipping community, to the oblate community, to the volunteer community, the …

Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Schools

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What is Wisdom? Maybe it is most helpful in starting with what Wisdom is not. Wisdom is not a philosophy, a teaching of beliefs and ideologies, or an esoteric metaphysical system to be studied. And it is not a New Age fad.   Metaphorically, Wisdom can be portrayed as an underground stream that flows through all of the great religious/spiritual traditions.  While this stream is not exclusively identified with any one of them, it can express itself at the deepest levels of all. Wisdom describes a “way of knowing”—a higher level of human consciousness—which is capable of directly engaging reality without judgment.  It is …

Context of Wisdom Work

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Two of the great hungers in our age are the hunger for spiritual depth and the desire to live meaningful lives that make a difference in our broken world. Many people today find themselves longing for something that will not only address these strong desires, but that can also connect the two. Wisdom Schools have served throughout the course of human history to further spiritual development, thereby aiding in a shift towards a more compassionate human society. Drawing upon the 1500 year-old Benedictine daily rhythm of ora et labora(prayer and work), Wisdom Schools work to create in each participant an inner …

What to do on a personal retreat: taking time out for you

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Rest, relax, renew on a personal retreat at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Retreats available for a couple of hours, a day, an overnight, a weekend or longer.  Face it. Life is hectic. The job, the kids, extended family, home, bills, finances, friends, emails, texts, pets and other obligations all add up to make life full, but can also bring stress and anxiety to our bodies and minds. Taking time out for a personal retreat to provide some solitude in your life is necessary to reboot your coping mechanism and quiet your mind. Holy Wisdom offers overnight guest rooms and two hermitages …

Planning a retreat with PeerSpirit

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What is PeerSpirit? Essentially, PeerSpirit is a way to share responsibility within a group. The sojourners chose this method to help us plan the Advent retreat. Using PeerSpirit Circle Guidelines, the group comes together as a “Circle” and has three components: a check-in, a conversation council and a check-out. A chime is used to signal a passage from one component to the other. The check-in allows for all to share how they come to the circle and is usually a question framed in reference to a song, a poem or some aspect of the planning task. There is no “cross-talk” …

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 …

Taking Root: An Unbroken Intimacy with Life

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by Anne Hillman The following article appeared in the fall/winter 2012 issue of Kosmos Journal and is reprinted with permission. Anne Hillman will lead two retreats at Holy Wisdom Monastery in April 2013. feature article | 21st century spirituality Taking Root: An Unbroken Intimacy with Life At 4,800 years, the oldest tree in the world is a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine. How do we cooperate with life’s gradual shaping of the human mind—its painstaking work of drawing us towards the light of greater wisdom? Life has been molding our clay since birth: drawing us, as it did our earliest ancestors, out …

What to do on a Personal Retreat

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Jesus told his disciples to “come away with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” We welcome all people to experience the quiet spaciousness of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Whether you choose to walk the nature trails, sleep, browse the library, join community prayer or find a spot near the lake to write in your journal, you open yourself to the inner journey. –From the www.benedictinewomen.org website   We give first time personal retreatants at Holy Wisdom Monastery a list of suggestions on what to do with their time away, appropriately called What to do on a personal …