Near to Nature’s Heart

Mini nature retreats with Jeanne Corrigal

These mini retreats offer a simple and supported way to rest into the nourishment of nature – in the city or country. We will begin in a community circle (online), spend time (offline) with reflection practices in nature, and then meet again (online) to close in community. You can choose indoor reflections, spent with a favourite tree outside of your window, or, choose a special spot to spend time in outdoors.

July 24 and Aug 21, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Saskatchewan time
9:00 – 9:30 – opening circle (on Zoom)
9:30 – 11:30 – spend time in conversation outside, or in front of a window. Take a snack, blanket, chair, and plan to stay awhile.
11:30 – 12:30 – closing circle (on Zoom)

Registration coming soon.

July 24: In Conversation with Nature

Attention through our senses is the way we come into conversation with the great teacher of which we are a part. We will spend time in gentle, intentional connecting relationship.

In meditation, we renew the conversation between our animal presence and the animate earth. Every bird, every rock face, every tree is capable of meaningful speech. Of course these other beings do not speak with a human tongue: they do not, that is, speak in words. They may speak in a song, like numerous birds, or in rhythm, like the crickets or the waves on the lake. They may speak a language of movements, of gestures, or slowly shifting shadows.

David Abram

August 21: The Stillness of Trees

The Buddha had a special relationship with trees, and in his first instruction invites us to sit in the presence of trees. We will simply rest in community with with our rooted friends, and with each other.

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
Around me like circles on water.

Wendell Berry

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