“In any given moment we have access to a connected, powerful wisdom spanning the entire cosmos; and we can learn to participate in a more complete, even joyous exchange with it..”
Joy Andrews Hayter
We are in desperate need of wisdom at this time. And at this very moment, we are blessed with two powerful lenses through which this wisdom is making herself available to us: contemplative practices like Centering Prayer and the exploding world of science. Wisdom is always present, within and around us, ready to respond to our seeking. In these retreat days, we will attune ourselves to the revelatory relationship between science and spirituality, between the cosmos and our hearts.
Please join us as we engage – mind, body, and emotions – in this joyous exchange.
How will the virtual retreat work?
You are invited to join us from your own home as we practice integrating prayer with our daily lives, in our homes, and in our circumstances as they are. Teaching sessions will include experiential, participatory, and embodied exercises to draw us more deeply into the healing, contemplative space. Breaks will be provided to help integrate the retreat with our lives as they are.
- · Live Online Centering Prayer Sessions – Join via Zoom at scheduled times or practice on your own.
- · Live Online Teaching Sessions – Join us live via Zoom or view recordings at a later time.
- · Live Online Small Groups – for experiential processing (not recorded).
We hope that you will choose as much or as little of it as fits in your life, on any given day. Let the rest go. Be met, exactly where you are, trusting that God’s love surrounds all of it, all of us, exactly as we are.
Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, and Centering Prayer coordinator at Mercy Center. Joy is dedicated to fostering contemplative practices such as Centering Prayer and others within the Christian Wisdom tradition that help us become aware of God’s ever-present love. As a scientist she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.
Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, retired psychologist, and adjunct staff member at Mercy Center, primarily serving on the Centering Prayer team. She has a special interest in participating in the reclamation of the Christian Wisdom tradition and fostering the contemplative practices so urgently needed at this time in our world.
Heather Ruce, M.A. is a wisdom spiritual director with a background as a therapist and training in a neurophysiology based approach to trauma resolution. She loves working with individuals as well as facilitating groups and retreats focused on learning and practicing the Wisdom Tradition.