Mary, Mother of Jesus: A Woman for our Time

Mary, Mother of Jesus: A Woman for our Time

An Intergenerational Retreat for Women

Offered by Emily Wilmer
Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29, 2018


What does Mary, Mother of Jesus show us about living in modern times?  Can she?  As we bring Mary out of the bright lights of Advent and into the ordinariness of daily life, we are invited to ponder three images – the reed flute, the bird nest and the chalice as windows into Mary’s experience, how her life can inform our experience as modern people, and how we, too, are invited to be Christ-bearers in the world.  Join other women as we slow down, share silence and song, poetry and prayer, and time for personal reflection.

Participants are encouraged to bring a woman with you from another generation – or come on your own!

Emily Wilmer has over 25 years of experience providing spiritual direction to individuals seeking spiritual growth and discernment in their lives.  She completed the two-year course in individual spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C.  She also trained with Lauren Artress in San Francisco in the facilitation of the labyrinth as a spiritual tool.  She is co-director, with David Keller, of Oasis of Wisdom: Institute for Contemplative Study, Practice and Living ( in Asheville, N.C., and is a licensed lay preacher in the Diocese of Western North Carolina.