Kenosis

Offered by Rev. Ward Bauman
Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, August 2 (intensive)
$800 (Scholarships available) Student rate: $500

As a devout practitioner, profound teacher, and previous Director of the Episcopal House of Prayer, Ward Bauman is uniquely situated for offering one of the most beloved retreat experiences that we offer.
While on retreat, we will be in silence as a foundation for deeper reflection and prayer. There will be contemplative practices to support a reorientation to God. We will offer primary teaching in support of those practices. Time will also be made for personal reflection, relaxation, and open spaces.

Words from our teacher…
At the essence of all spiritual work is the knowledge that we are already one with God. Our sense of separation from God is also our chief malady, and contemplative prayer is the antidote. As Jesus taught, the path to the fullness of life is by way of self-negation (Greek KENOSIS). Meister Eckhart said, “To be full of self is to be emptied of God, and inversely, to be emptied of self is to be full of God.” This is the heart and core of this retreat. This 8-day retreat, of course, is not for everyone. It is, however, for those prepared and ready, meant for those who have already delved deeply into the spiritual path, having found their life practices and are grounded in them. This is not for beginners. We offer this retreat in support of a life-commitment to contemplative prayer and living.

Rev. Ward Bauman is an Episcopal priest and former Director of the Episcopal House of Prayer. He lived in Iran for many years where he studied Sufism and Buddhism. He has published a cookbook, Sacred Food for Soulful Living and The Anglican Rosary: Meditating with the Mystics, as well as co-authored, The Luminous Gospels: Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip. He considers his spiritual mentor to be the great Christian German mystic Meister Eckhart.