Wisdom School 2019 Places We Never Expected to Go: Being With Vicissitudes

Wisdom School 2019 Places We Never Expected to Go: Being With Vicissitudes

Places We Never Expected to Go: Being with Vicissitudes

$775 (scholarships available)


Begins: 6 p.m. Monday, July 22

Ends: 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27

In this year’s Wisdom School, we will draw upon wisdom teachings from Judeo-Christian and Buddhist traditions and explore practices for “being-with” rather than bypassing the vicissitudes in our lives.  We will also learn small-group practices for “being with one another” during difficult times.

Paradoxically, the spiritual life may be more, rather than less difficult, imploring us to investigate the inevitable difficulties, disappointments, and disruptions in our lives.  Our shared spiritual inquiry during retreat will prepare us to face suffering as a mental, emotional, and spiritual reality, thus allowing for the fullest expression of divine and human life in our daily lived experience.  Somehow, in the passing away, we find full life.

Each day on retreat will consist of retreat-leader teachings, periods of sitting and walking meditation, contemplative creative art activities, and contemplative conversations in small groups.  We will carry light and joyful hearts as we engage our deep work.  


“ Wisdom has been transmitted across time as a treasury of theory and practice to teach us how to awaken.” If your heart calls you to deep, interior, transforming work, then you have two wonderful guides in Bussho Lahn and Dianne Millis.

The richness of their two traditions infused this retreat. As teachers, their transparency in all their humanness, their insights, and their complete presence with each of us made this school one of the best I’ve attended.    Maryjude Hoeffel


Dianne Pizey, an 8 time Wisdom School participant (beginning in 2004) and one of the Wisdom Sisters, tells about her experience. Dianne has made a brief video to share what Wisdom School has meant to her, and to give you a sense of what you might expect.  Click on this link to listen:  Dianne Pizey on Wisdom School


Register for this retreat.

Offered by Diane Millis, Ph.D, Rev. Bussho Lahn, Christine Luna Munger, Ph.D

Rev. Bussho Lahn first came to Zen Buddhism in 1993, was ordained in 2009, and became a full priest in 2015.  Bussho is a trained spiritual director, connecting with and mentoring those who wish to deepen an intentional and contemplative spiritual life.  He explores the connection between spirituality and psychology.  He is active in both the recovery and Christian contemplative communities, teaching and leading retreats and overseas pilgrimages through the Episcopal House of Prayer and the Aslan Institute.

Diane M. Millis, Ph D loves to help people explore their stories through spiritual direction, retreats, workshops, and the courses she teaches.  Diane’s recent book, Re-Creating a Life: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story, offers guidance and encouragement for mining the meaning in our most challenging life experiences.  She currently teaches at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.


Christine Luna Munger, Ph D currently serves as the Director of the Episcopal House of Prayer. She served as Coordinator & Professional Professor of Theology for the Spiritual Direction Certificate in the graduate department of Theology at St. Catherine University from 2012-2018. Christine has published resources for spiritual direction for Spiritual Directors International (SDI), including the Comparison of Helping Relationships chart, a brochure–What to Expect in Christian Spiritual Direction, two SDI Learns from…videos, and an article—Five Ordinary Movements in Spiritual Direction. Christine is a wife and mother of two youngchildren. She is bilingual (English & Spanish) and enjoys all forms of dance and being outdoors.