Letters from the Heart: An Overnight Retreat based on the Letters of Henri Nouwen
A Time Apart to Deepen Our Spiritual Live
Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) is described by Richard Rohr, OFM, as one of the great spiritual writers of the 20th century. Through his thirty-nine books, including The Return of the Prodigal Son and The Wounded Healer, he gave us a vocabulary for contemporary spirituality and formation. In addition to a prolific writing and teaching career, Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest, received over 16 000 letters in his life-time and answered each letter with a pastor’s heart. We will draw on some of his pastoral letters – letters about such aspects of the spiritual life as suffering, the nature of God, spiritual disciplines, life transitions, gratitude, trust – and reflect on how these letters speak to our lives today. Participants will share in small groups with regular intervals, if desired, for solitude, reflection, writing and labyrinth walking.
The retreat will be led by TSP members Barbara Lloyd, an experienced retreat leader, and Gabrielle Earnshaw, Nouwen’s archivist and editor of Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life (Random House, 2016).
Begins with registration on Friday October 27 at 6:00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00; Ends 4 p.m. Saturday October 28. Participants must commit to attend the full program but a commuter option is available for those who cannot stay overnight at the Convent.
Fee $100 (includes accommodation for one night, breakfast and lunch); $50.00 commuter fee (includes lunch)
Assistance is available for those for whom the cost is prohibitive. Please speak to Betsy Anderson for more information.
The retreat will take place at St. John’s Convent Guest House of the Sisterhood of St. John of the Divine, an Anglican religious community and peaceful oasis in North York (Finch/Yonge St.). Rooms are single and shared bathrooms are down the hall. The SSJD community gathers for prayer four times a day and we are invited to join if we choose. In keeping with the rhythms of the convent, meals will be taken in silence. Participants may choose to stay for the evening meal and Compline on the Saturday. If so, an additional charge of $10 can be paid at the time of registration.
St. John’s Convent Guest House (The Sisterhood of St. John of the Divine)
233 Cummer Avenue
Toronto, ON M2M 2E8
How to Register
- Print and Complete the Registration Form at https://goo.gl/kyNoxL
- Submit completed Registration Form and Cheque to Betsy Anderson, Ann Rowland, Barbara Lloyd or Gabrielle Earnshaw
There are 20 spots available for this retreat. Registration is on a first come basis. The retreat is open to all members and adherents of TSP. A completed Registration Form and cheque will secure your spot. In the event the retreat is under-subscribed we will open the retreat to the wider community. In the event the retreat is over-subscribed we will consider offering the retreat again in the Spring.
Cheques are to be made out to: Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2017
Planners: Betsy Anderson, Barbara Lloyd, Gabrielle Earnshaw and Ann Rowland. Please contact Gabrielle Earnshaw, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.