Praying by Mary Oliver

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

Sacred Simplicity:

A Taize Retreat

with Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D.

Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18

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Retreat Theme  A contemplative retreat focused on finding the "still small voice within". Each day will weave together contemplative Celtic prayer services with the poetry of Mary Oliver and music of Taize. We will discover the inspiring spiritual journeys of both Mary Oliver and Brother Roger Schutz (founder of Taize) and engage in spiritual practice ranging from Lectio Divina to nature walks, centering prayer to contemplative chanting, guided journaling and yoga.

Director's Bio  Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D. is a musician, scholar, writer and spiritual director. She has been a pilgrim to Taize, France seven times and has led hundreds of Taize services over the past fifteen years. As the director of Mythica, she leads retreats, workshops and pilgrimage around the world that introduce modern ecumenical seekers to ancient contemplative practices. Learn more at:

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