AWAKENING TO OUR TRUE NATURE
A Retreat with William Haardt,MA
July 5-7, 2019
Retreat Theme Jesus Christ and the historical Buddha inspired religious traditions that opened the door for people to awaken to their true nature. In the Christian context, which of course is grounded in the Jewish tradition of Jesus, we speak of union with God as the primary goal of the tradition. As we come to experience that union more and more fully and consciously, we begin to live into that saying that Paul offers us in Galatians 2:20, "yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me." As Christians we are called to live out of that deep center, that intimacy with God, which Thomas Merton and Thomas Keating call the True Self which is most clearly seen by how we love.
In Buddhist language, the theistic references are dropped but not denied. Given the Hindu tradition that the historical Buddha - Siddhartha Gautama - came out of, it is important to remember that the Buddha focused on the unsatisfactoriness he experienced in his daily life and the deep desire to find peace and freedom. Through his devotion to meditation and mindfulness practice, he woke up to the reality of the present moment and realized peace and liberation.
Given the similar journeys that both Buddha and Christ model for us, this retreat will be grounded in silence and meditation and from this silent ground, we will explore the core teachings of the Buddhist and Christian traditions through a few of the great spiritual teachers of these traditions, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Father Thomas Keating, Adyashanti, Pema Chodron, Thomas Merton, and Bernadette Roberts. This retreat will be held in silence with specific time for contemplative dialogue.
Director's Bio William Haardt, MA, is the author of The Soul’s Journey: Finding Our Way Home, which highlights the 6 major stages of the spiritual journey as seen through the lens of Christian and Buddhist mystics such as Thomas Merton and Adyashanti. Mr. Haardt hosts his own website on the theme of contemplative spirituality at www.contemplatives.org and has taught in Quaker and Catholic high schools for the past 23 years. He also leads adult formation through the Jesuit Schools Network in Ignatian Spirituality and is a recent graduate of Richard Rohr's The Living School. The aim of Mr. Haardt's work is to aid in the continuing discovery of the Divine Source at the center of all reality so that we may create a world that truly models the Heaven on Earth we are called as humans to embody.
Accommodation & Cost St. Columba’s Retreat House is renowned for its rustic beauty and charm. Two of our shared rooms host 6 or 12 guests respectively, while other rooms accommodate up to two guests. Couples will be given priority in double rooms whenever possible. We host only two single rooms which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for a supplemental fee. This is a residential retreat, including Friday and Saturday night lodging and meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. The standard cost for the retreat is $350 (with a $100 supplement for a single room depending on availability). Commuters are welcome for a rate $300, which includes retreat supplies and meals.