Winter. The trees are bare. The streets may be slushy or crunchy. A fresh snowfall is enchanting. A gusty wind is brutal. Perhaps you are enjoying fireside and fleece. Perhaps you appreciate snowshoeing and a colourful parka.
Whether you are “into” Winter or simply enduring it, this season offers gifts for the human spiritual journey. This is a time to seek the gift of clarity, stillness and promise. The energy of winter invites a quieting time and a contemplation of possibility, even as we stand “before the winter’s storms” in such a time as this.
It might not be winter where you are but “inward winter” is a season in our lives, and may or may not always happen during the forecasted winter.
This a retreat you download, print if you wish, and work through in your own home and on your own time.
This retreat offers suggestions for creating a space for your retreat, a suggestion for creating sacred space and settling, a reflection on the theme of listening to winter, several questions to prompt wondering, art, journalling, and spiritual practice.
- When you order the retreat, you receive a Confirmation Email with two downloadable PDF files: the retreat and a handout on Lectio Divina, Sacred Reading of Scripture. Please email me if, for any reason, you don’t receive this email.
PLEASE NOTE: Prayer Bench PERSONAL AND GROUP subscribers will receive this Retreat as part of the 2021 Subscription packages.
Let us listen to Winter.
I don’t mean the howling of winds or the silence of snowfall.
Listen to Winter, a wisdom teacher.
To sample a Prayer Bench Retreat, download this Retreat from June 2020, Pilgrim in Residence.
Photo Credit: Margaret Priemer.