Easter Retreat 2020

 

6 - 13 April 2020 

This retreat is limited to  8 participants

Retreat leader : Alexander  John  Shaia

 

PRICE

Early bird price before Dec. 1st:

ensuite single 1,295€

After Dec 1st

ensuite single 1,395

 


Through  presentation,  ritual  gestures,  poetic  prayers,  contemplative  exercises  and  quiet  walks  Alexander  John  Shaia  invites  you  to  recover  the  mystical  Easter  of  early  Christianity  (pre  500  CE).  This  ancient  Easter  celebration  is  quite different  from  the  ones  we  know  today.  It  prays  with  the  cosmos,  recognising  that  earth's  daily  movement   through  darkness  to  sunrise  and  tells  the  great  story  of  our  own  continual  dying  and  greater  rising.  The  core  symbols  of  this  Easter  are:  a  wash  basin,  the  four - armed  equidistant  cross,  a  fallow  stillness,  the  fruitful  dark,  dawn's  first  light.

 

What we Coming to Pray Again?

 If you have some familiarity with Roman Catholic/Anglican/Lutheran/ Orthodox traditions, you may recall that the final days of Lent hold a sequence of services known as “Holy Week.” The eight days - Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday - were lovingly crafted some 700 years ago as a dramatic meditation on the imagined last days leading to Jesus’ arrest, trial, death, and resurrection. What may come as a surprise is to know that this prayer is not the origin of Easter. Many centuries before “Holy Week”, Christians marked Easter as a sacred Three Day (Triduum in Latin) or 72 Hour Festival - over three nights and three days. Christians celebrated the dynamic dying and rising of Jesus the Christ in the midst of their diverse community and family.

 

Our earliest ancestors believed that as we participate in this repeating cycle of dark to light to dark again and that we deeply participate in an ever ongoing dying and rising with Jesus the Christ. And as we do so, we recognise that we live Paradise Today - powerfully expressed in the ancient Baptistries which were the Easter altar.

 

 

Time to Begin Again

Roman, Anglican and Lutheran traditions began restoration of The Three Days in the 1970s and 80s. The work dimmed in the 90s. And tragically by 2000, all research and efforts came to a standstill. I urge us to take up the work, all of us regardless of tradition. 

 

Why was a Springtime Easter Created?

To Help Us Move from Tribe to Individual & from Individual to a Living Jeru-Shalom In his book, "The Kingdom Within" (1970), John Sanford writes:

 

"By instinct, man is a group animal. For hundreds of thousands of years he has existed through the group, and the individual has found his identity and meaning by virtue of his inclusion in the tribe, clan, or nation. But the Kingdom of God calls us to go beyond this ancient herd instinct and to establish an individual consciousness of oneself and of God. Being a disciple means following the call in an individual way, and inevitably this will mean the separating out of oneself from the collective psychology of the group."

 

In 2019, I ponder a further step. Culturally, we have begun to establish an individual fulfillment of an individual consciousness. Now might we take further steps and to begin authentic communities that enable each of us to live our inherent gifts and share them in a diverse union.

 

By grace, living a new form of human community was the spiritual practice and the true fulfilment of the ancient Easter. Can there be a more noble cause for us today? Do we not need to return to the ancient wisdom of our elders who wait to teach us how to create, sustainand deepen in a vital and diverse communion?

Let us begin so that we may offer our children's children a living Jeru-Shalom.

 

Alexander John Shaia

 

Open  to   people  of  all  faiths  or  non,  we  warmly  welcome  you  to  celebrate  Easter  with  us  at  Flores  del  Camino, on  the    the  Camino  de  Santiago. 

 

 

You  can  find  out  more  on  this  link  to  a  video  of  Alexander: "Being  the  Resurrection"   https://vimeo.com/312851040 

 


Preliminary  timetable   for  6 - 13 April  2020

 

6th     Arrival in the afternoon, after 3pm, opening at 5pm and welcome evening meal

7th    Retreat

8th    Retreat

9th    Retreat

10th  Retreat

11th   Retreat

12th  Retreat

13th  Mid - day departure following closing ceremony.

 


Alexander  John  Shaia,  PhD,  is  a  thoughtful  and  poetic  man,  living the  ancient  rhythms  of  his  Lebanese,  Aramaic and Maronite  (Eastern) Catholic  heritage.  He  is  an  author,  educator,  cultural  anthropologist, spiritual  director,  Jungian  psychotherapist  known  as  a  creative, multi - disciplinary  thinker  and  internationally  sought  out  speaker. With  deep  conviction,  he  invites  us  into  spiritual  practices  for  the 21st  century - ones  that  cross  traditional  boundaries,  encourage  vital thinking  and  inhabit  a  genuine  community  of  the  heart.  For  more  than  forty  years,  Alexander  has  worked  to  recover  the  mystical  Easter  of  early Christianity. 


The  price  includes :

Seven  nights  accommodation 

All  meals

Teaching  and  materials

It  does  NOT  include  airline  tickets  or  travel  to  the  retreat  centre.  HOW  TO  GET  HERE?

Once  we  confirm  you  can  join  the  retreat,  you  can  secure  your  place  by  making  a  300€  deposit.  The  remaining  amount  is  to  be  paid  two  months  before  the  retreat.  Refunds  are  only  available  if  you  can  find  a replacement  for  yourself.  You  can  make  the  payment  by  Pay Pal,  bank card,  bank  transfer  or  Transferwise  (contact  us  for  details).  Please  make  sure  you  cover  all  transaction  or  conversion  fees.  Please  read  our  full  Terms  &  Conditions.  In  making  a  reservation,  you confirm  that  you  have  read  and  understood  the  Terms  &  Conditions.




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