Inward Winter: Email Retreat


Inward winter is a season in our lives. We reflect on the ways we welcome winter space within us and open to the Deep Wisdom of this season.



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.


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