Oasis
Where contemplation meets community




     … ahhh …

   2010-2011 Program Guide
What’s Inside…
"My spiritual journey
  has been deepened      A Word from Our Executive Director               4
by this p...
Transformational Year – Long Programs                               Page 3


                    Contemplative Living
    ...
From the Executive Director                                                                 Page 4



 From Where I Sit: P...
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        Wilderness Wanderings and
         Meditative Meanderings
    Canoeing Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada
  ...
A Program Uniquely Tailored for Men!                                      Page 6



               ~ Men4Directions ~
A ye...
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                      Contemplative Living:
                      The Spirituality of Daily Life
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Celebrating it’s 20th Year!                                               Page 8



                            Spiritual ...
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 “This first year of SDSG has reconnected me with my prayer life and has
   allowed me to trust the guidance of th...
Is this the year to deepen your direction?                                    Page 10


                            Deepen...
For the spiritual director                                               Page 11


          (Continued from page 10)



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Days of Book Discussion and Retreat                                           Page 12


           Souls on the Journey   ...
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                 Gerald May Retreat Day
                Transforming Attachments into Love

Come apart for a day ...
Now in it’s 10th Year!                                                            Page 14



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             Managing Stress and
             Letting Go into Hope
To all who deal with stress – come apart for ...
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                                     Author Day with
                                      Nancy Bieber
Nancy L. ...
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             Awakening through Dreams
                            A Retreat Day for Advent
“I slept but my heart ...
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                      In the Deep Midwinter
                           A Post-Holiday Holy Day

While it was sti...
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              The Spiritual Art of Discernment:
               Practices for Finding Your Way

Making decisions i...
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                 Group Spiritual Direction
               A Workshop for Spiritual Directors

This hands-on works...
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 Oasis’ Founding Mentor shares at a Kirkridge-sponsored event!



               Living Poetically:
       Poetry...
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                     Poetry as Prayer:
                           Denise Levertov

We follow our 1st Poetry Retr...
REGISTER EARLY! Retreat is limited to 20 and fills up!                       Page 23



                      Merton Retre...
Sustaining Ministry—Partnering with Oasis                                 Page 24


 “I’ve found the program very helpful ...
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       A Community of Support
                     "We've not lost the ability to listen;
                     we...
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Oasis 2010-2011 Program Guide

  1. 1. Oasis Where contemplation meets community … ahhh … 2010-2011 Program Guide
  2. 2. What’s Inside… "My spiritual journey has been deepened A Word from Our Executive Director 4 by this program. As I Wilderness Wandering—Canoe Trip 5 face mid-life it has given me the YEAR-LONG PROGRAMS opportunity to Men4Directions –NEW! 6 develop a part of me Contemplative Living: that I always knew The Spirituality of Daily Life 7 was there - but never Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides 8-9 gave myself the Deepening Year for Direction Ministries 10-11 freedom to explore." DAY-LONG RETREATS Spirituality for the Second Half of Life 12 Gerald May Retreat Day 13 ~ Catherine Campanaro RTW: “Eckhart meets Eckhart” 14 Contemplative Living Managing Stress and Letting Go into Hope 15 An Author Day with Nancy Bieber 16 Awakening through Dreams 17 In the Deep Mid-Winter 18 The Spiritual Art of Discernment 19 Group Spiritual Direction 20 Living Poetically (with Kent Groff) 21 Poetry as Prayer: Denise levertov 22 Thomas Merton Retreat Day 23 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Partnering with Oasis 24 A Community of Support 25 Calendar 26 CELEBRATING + OVER 20 YEARS OF DRAWING FROM THE WELL OF CHRIST CONTEMPLATIVELY ACTIVELY
  3. 3. Transformational Year – Long Programs Page 3 Contemplative Living A year-long program designed to assist the participants in integrating contemplation as a way of life. No Prerequisites. Meets monthly October - May Brochure available. See p. 7 for more information. Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides A two-year training program in contemplative prayer and spiritual guidance. During the two years, participants experience and learn to practice the disciplines of contemplative prayer and the art of spiritual direction. Meets monthly September - May Brochure available. See pp. 8-9 for more information. In its 20th Year! Deepening Year for Direction Ministries A year-long program in continuing education for practicing spiritual directors who desire to deepen their discernment and enhance their spiritual direction skills. Prerequisite: SDSG or similar program Meets monthly September - May Brochure available. See pp. 10-11 for more information. Men4Directions A year-long program of Oasis Ministries intended to M4D help men grow in faith, self-awareness, and spiritual wholeness. Four seasonal retreats—First retreat in July! Brochure available. See p. 6 for more information. New Program for Men!
  4. 4. From the Executive Director Page 4 From Where I Sit: Ponderings from Rev. Cindy Garis Technology and the demands placed on us to multi-task seem to pull us away from our center. I recently heard of the Wisdom 2.0 conference, the purpose of which was to explore “how we can live mindfully amidst fast-paced streams of information and technologies that are becoming the daily reality for many people.” (Preview some of their key points at www.oasismin.blogspot.com) When we talk about living mindfully, I cannot help to think of what Oasis brings to the table. Two definitions for the word 'oasis' are: 1. a small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or well. 2. something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc. Additionally, I understand an oasis to be something that is truly present, it’s not a mirage, in a place where it is not supposed to be. This is Oasis, with a capital ‘O’! Oasis offers * shade from the heat - when you require respite, here is contemplative community along with silent, sacred space. * springs of water, refreshment for thirsting souls - through our trainings, our gatherings, our resourcing, new-life is given to your spirit's parched places * transformational transitions - an oasis is not a destination, it is a stopping point for renewal - here in the practices of presence and mindfulness you come to a greater awareness of the profound inward journey that invites/calls/woos you to reach out in compassion and service in Love. “Oasis has given me an I know that you will find offerings in the opportunity to quench the 2010-2011 year that will be an Oasis for you. thirst I have had all my life. I now feel like I have the tools to feed my soul. I feel alive.” PS. I would like to hear how you remain mindful in this technological age. Please ~ Pam Root-Baechle email me at cindygaris@oasismin.org If you receive our nearly-weekly e-newsletter, then I hope you have caught a glimpse of my passion for Oasis. (if you do not receive the e-news, you can sign up on our website and see archives of previous mailings.)
  5. 5. Page 5 Wilderness Wanderings and Meditative Meanderings Canoeing Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada Space is limited to seven participants! September 12-18, 2010 Registration deadline extended: July 1, 2010 Led by Vicki Kensinger, along with Dennis and Marti Shaak The Canoe Days There will be moments of wonder and delight, Imagine the flow of your day looking something like of reverence and remembrance, as we meander our way through this: nature, which weaves its way • rising naturally with the sun through both inner and outer landscapes, • centering prayer and breakfast and through times of • paddling and/or hiking several hours on day trip community and solitude. (paddling partner is also prayer partner) • lunch on the lake - contemplative reading and prayer • additional quiet paddling time and/or personal retreat time for journaling/ swimming • dinner prep/dinner/cleanup • campfire prayer and share--what is stirring, reflections, what touched you, etc • close day in silence Expect the presence of the Holy to surround and permeate your days within a pristine landscape that will still and quiet your soul. Learn more at www.oasismin.org/CanoeTrip.html Download a brochure on-line or request one by calling 717-737-8222 or emailing betsykeller@oasismin.org
  6. 6. A Program Uniquely Tailored for Men! Page 6 ~ Men4Directions ~ A year-long program, consisting of four seasonal retreats, intended to help men grow in faith, self-awareness, and spiritual wholeness. ♦ Small group community M 4D ♦ Quarterly retreats ♦ Solitude in nature ♦ One-on-one spiritual direction ♦ Readings and reflections ♦ A contemporary vision quest Why Men? We can all use help finding our way from time to time—men are no different. Men need the support of one another to be honest and real about life. Through small group discussions, monthly consultation with a "spiritual brother", and contemplative practice, men are encouraged to know themselves, listen to the still small voice within, and to honor their souls. The result could change lives and lead to a whole new world. Retreat Dates: Leadership: July 17-18, 2010 October 22-23, 2010 Joel Blunk, Associate Pastor at February 18-19, 2011 State College Presbyterian Church May 13-16, 2011 (State College, PA) and graduate of Oasis’Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides program. Location: Questions? contact Joel Blunk Krislund Camp & Conference Center (www.krislund.org) (814) 238-2422, onejtb@gmail.com 89 Krislund Drive Madisonburg, PA 16852 Download a brochure and Learn more at www.oasismin.org/M4D.htm
  7. 7. Page 7 Contemplative Living: The Spirituality of Daily Life A Year-Long Program in Deepening Daily Life through Contemplative Practice “In God, we live and move and have our being.” Dates Acts 17:28 OPENING RETREAT 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Beneath the activities and busyness of our lives is October 7, 2010 through a yearning to live more deeply into this truth, to 3:00 p.m., Friday, live so we truly know we have our being in God. October 8, 2010 The focus of Contemplative Living: The Spirituality of Daily Life is on the life of the MONTHLY SESSIONS participant. The goal of the program is to open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., more of our individual lives to contemplative Thursdays awareness. November 11, December 16, 2010 Although some core prayer practices will be January 13, February 10, included, the focus will be on the experience and March 10, April 14, 2011 process of the individual in deepening his/her life in God. CLOSING RETREAT 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Session Themes Include: May 12, 2011 • Our holy longing through 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2011 • Paying attention and being mindful • The need for spiritual practices—rhythms and rituals • Times of darkness and fear—growing "Once again, Oasis has into trust offered a stellar program for living and • Daily relationships (work, family, community) experiencing the • The opened heart—healing, gratitude and contemplative life." freedom ~ Melanie Reed Leadership: Nancy Bieber and Marc Oehler, along with Melissa Stock (bios available on-line at www.oasismin.org) Interested? Location: Mariawald Renewal Center No experience necessary… 1094 Welsh Road, Reading PA 19607 All are welcome to apply! www.mariawaldrenewal.com Download a copy of the Contemplative Living brochure on-line at www.oasismin.org or request one by calling 717-737-8222 or emailing betsykeller@oasismin.org
  8. 8. Celebrating it’s 20th Year! Page 8 Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides Expanding Attention and Intention This two-year training program in spiritual direction begins with an opening two-day retreat in October and concludes with a two-day retreat in May, with monthly day-long sessions each month in between. Since 1990, Oasis has been teaching people the art of spiritual direction. SDSG is especially suited to those who are seeking to deepen their practice of prayer and learn about being a spiritual companion to others. Through experiencing and practicing the disciplines of contemplative prayer, participants discover the richness of community, the intimacy of small groups, and the depth of spiritual direction. “Our SDSG sessions have become such a part of the rhythm and nurture of my • Class size is limited to 30. spiritual walk that I come to our closing retreat with • Laypersons and clergy are welcome. sadness about the summer hiatus. Arriving for just the second session, I had a • Continuing Education Credits sense of homecoming. The available per year. physical and spiritual space provided for our time • Year II is for persons with Year I or together are a source of equivalent. blessing, welcome, nurture, and renewal.” • Some tuition assistance is available. ~ Melanie Taormina Find Us! www.oasismin.org Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development 419 Deerfield Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011 (717) 737-8222 oasismin@oasismin.org
  9. 9. Page 9 “This first year of SDSG has reconnected me with my prayer life and has allowed me to trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all that I do.” ~ Kathleen Mulvihill, SDSG Participant Leadership: Glenn Mitchell, Nancy Bieber, Bonita Rose Collins-Hobbs, Jo Ann Kunz, Melissa Stock, and Ruth Zeiders (bios available in brochure and on-line at www.oasismin.org) Location: Kenbrook (45 minutes east of Harrisburg, PA) 190 Pine Meadow Road, Lebanon, PA 17046 www.kenbrook.org Year I Dates Year II Dates OPENING RETREAT OPENING RETREAT 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 28, 2010 through 3:00 p.m., 30, 2010 through 3:00 p.m., Friday, Wednesday, September 29, 2010 October 1, 2010 MONTHLY SESSIONS MONTHLY SESSIONS (Wednesdays) (Thursdays) 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Nov. 3, Dec. 1, 2010 Nov. 4, Dec. 2, 2010 Jan. 5, Feb. 2, Mar. 2, Apr. 6, 2011 Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, Apr. 7, 2011 CLOSING RETREAT CLOSING RETREAT 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2011 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 5, 2011 through 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, through 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2011 May 6, 2011 “My growth in faith and relationship with the Divine surpassed whatever I thought upon first entering SDSG…Out of that came the call to be a spiritual director which has brought breath, joy and Questions? Be in touch with enthusiasm in my daily life and Rev. Glenn Mitchell, Director of ministry.” Training and Program for Oasis Ministries at glenn@likeafeather.com ~ Linda Bonfiglio Download a copy of the Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides brochure on-line at www.oasismin.org or request one by calling 717-737-8222 or emailing betsykeller@oasismin.org
  10. 10. Is this the year to deepen your direction? Page 10 Deepening Year for Direction Ministries Deepening Year for Direction Ministries (DYDM) is a year-long program in continuing education consisting of two retreats and six monthly sessions for practicing spiritual directors who desire to deepen their discernment and enhance their direction skills in a contemplative approach to the art of spiritual direction. Topics explored this year include: • Resistance: its meaning and message • Transference and counter-transference • Developmental cycles in the spiritual life • Loss and mourning: a recurring experience • Addiction and co-dependency • Body wisdom and non-verbal communication • Darkness, spiritual dryness, and suffering For more details, please request a brochure… DATES Additional DYDM Program Notes: OPENING RETREAT • Class size is limited to 15. 3:30 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2010 • Continuing Education through 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 4, 2010 Credits available per year. MONTHLY SESSIONS (Mondays) 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; • For graduates of Oasis’ November 1, December 6, 2010 SDSG program or January 10, February 7, March 7, April 4, 2011 another equivalent program CLOSING RETREAT 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2011 • Some tuition assistance is available. through 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2011
  11. 11. For the spiritual director Page 11 (Continued from page 10) Location: Kenbrook (45 minutes east of Harrisburg, PA) 190 Pine Meadow Road, Lebanon, PA 17046 www.kenbrook.org Leadership: Jo Ann Kunz, M.A., serves as a Senior Pastor at a non- denominational Christian church located in Lititz, PA. She teaches spiritual formation/spiritual direction at both Eastern University and Evangelical Theological Seminary, as well as being a certified Enneagram trainer. Jo Ann has been part of the faculty of Oasis Ministries since 2001. She serves as a retreat and workshop facilitator, maintains a private spiritual direction practice, and holds a special interest in dream work. Ruth Workman, Ed.M., M.A., is a Certified Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, and Certified Supervisor of Spiritual Directors. She earned a Master of Education at Rutgers University and a Master of Arts in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from Chestnut Hill College. In addition to her ministry of individual spiritual direction she offers contemplative retreats at The Sanctuary, her home in Stone Harbor, NJ, and facilitates spiritual direction groups at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is ordained as an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. “DYDM was a tremendous blessing for me. The group was wonderful and I can't say enough of what I learned from the leaders--not only from their wisdom and experience but from their very being. They were both models of what it looks like to 'get out of the way' and allow spirit to connect with spirit. DYDM was the nourishment I needed for my own healthy growth and endurance.” ~ Cindy Thompson Download a copy of the Deepening Year for Direction Ministries brochure on-line at www.oasismin.org or request one by calling 717-737-8222 or emailing betsykeller@oasismin.org
  12. 12. Days of Book Discussion and Retreat Page 12 Souls on the Journey “These are the capstone years, the time in which a whole new life is in the Spirituality for the making again. But the gift of these years is not Second Half of Life merely being alive—it is the gift of becoming more fully alive than ever.” Our focus for Souls on the Journey will be Joan Chittister “Spirituality for the Second Half of Life.” The Gift of Years We will continue to offer a retreat day for spiritual reflection and discussion with co- journeyers, sharing prayer time, discussion SPIRITUALITY FOR THE and experiential contemplation. SECOND HALF OF LIFE These days are open to anyone who would 2010/2011 like to share gentle time together to meet Suggested overall workbook: Spirit. We would love if you can commit to all four events so all of us may more fully Life's Companion: Journal share this gift of becoming more fully alive! Writing as a Spiritual Quest by Christina Baldwin Our group is limited to 12 participants. These gatherings foster openness and offer Sept 14: defining and accepting safety across lines of our various our second half of life theological, political, and denominational Read: Contemplation and positions. Midlife Crisis: Examples from Our Theme: Classical and Contemporary Taking care of unfinished business Spirituality by Rosemarie Carfagna Our Mantra: “Want what you have, do what you can, and be who you are!” Nov 16: breaking open and healing Forrest Church, Love and Death Read: Broken Open: How Our Schedule: Difficult Times Can Help Us 10am to 3pm, Tuesdays: Grow by Elizabeth Lesser, September 14, and November 16, 2010; January 18 and March 15, 2011 Jan 18: Aging into hope, joy, grace Read: The Gift of Years: Leadership: Both facilitators, Kathleen Roney and Growing Older Gracefully by Linda Klopp, are trained spiritual Joan Chittister directors and graduates of Oasis’ Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and March 15: Living fully-dying well Deepening Year for Direction Ministries. Read: Love & Death, My Journey through the Valley of the Where? Kenbrook (www.kenbrook.org) Shadow by Forrest Church 190 Pine Meadow Road, Lebanon, PA 17046 An annotated bibliography Retreat Fee: and other suggested ONLY $35-$55 per gathering day readings can be found at Register for all 4 gatherings for $120 - oasismin.org Save over 10%!
  13. 13. Page 13 Gerald May Retreat Day Transforming Attachments into Love Come apart for a day to celebrate the life and works of Gerald May at Still Waters on the Conodoguinet Creek. Gerald May (1940-2005) practiced medicine and psychiatry for twenty-five years before becoming a senior fellow in contemplative theology and psychology at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He authored many books blending spirituality and psychology, including Addiction and Grace, The Awakened Heart, Care of Mind/Care of Spirit, Will and Spirit, and The Wisdom of Wilderness. Our day together will be a blend of contemplating selected writings, time for retreat into solitude and silence, and time for shared dialogue. Leadership: Sanford Alwine has had a therapy, counseling and spiritual direction practice in Carlisle, PA, for many years. He has facilitated programs in spiritual formation and direction with Oasis Ministries for over fifteen years, and also worked with Kairos School of Spiritual Formation teaching contemplative spirituality. He studied with Gerald May at Shalem Institute and "considers him among the most authentically real persons to have walked this journey we call Life." Sanford and his wife, Lois, are co-directors of Still Waters Retreat House, a place dedicated to nurturing the contemplative life. Love is the "why" of life, When? why we are functioning at all. Friday, October 15, 2010 I am convinced it is the fundamental energy 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. of the human spirit. the fuel on which we run, Where? Still Waters Retreat Center the wellspring of our vitality. 501 W. Slate Hill Road, Carlisle, PA 17013 Gerald May Retreat Fee? Living in Love $75-$95 (as you are able) Lunch is provided. Registration Deadline: October 1, 2010 To register or receive more information, please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; betsykeller@oasismin.org
  14. 14. Now in it’s 10th Year! Page 14 Fall: Returning to the Well “Eckhart meets Eckhart” From its inception, RTW has sought to sustain and deepen Come for one day or the spiritual life. Every RTW retreat enters the mystical path make it an overnight through exploring classical and contemporary mystics and retreat! engaging the themes that emerge for our lives and direction practice. Day One: A Retreat Day Our approach in format is one of contemplative retreat. Open to All! Reading suggestions are presented ahead of time but the flow of our time together is not academic in nature but Overnight and Day Two: rather continually bathed in the process of prayerful retreat Going Deeper in Retreat and the sharing with others that emerges from retreat. This Open to Spiritual retreat quality will be preserved whether you come for one Directors (including those day or for two. in Year II of SDSG) “Eckhart meets Eckhart: The Meister and Tolle” November 8-9, 2010 Eckhart Tolle’s work in recent years has been reaching into the mainstream of our culture, even being featured on Oprah. Eckhart Tolle takes more than his first name from the German Dominican Meister Eckhart, (ca. 1260-1327). In this retreat we will look to the two Eckharts for wisdom that reaches beyond the confines of time to speak directly to the human condition. As is our practice the first day of this retreat is open to all—no prerequisites necessary for participation. Day 2 is limited to graduates of a spiritual direction training program. Leadership: Glenn Mitchell, M.Div., is Director of Training and Program for Oasis Ministries. Glenn designed and has provided primary leadership for all ten years of Returning to the Well . “RTW is always an "oasis" in the Location: Mariawald Renewal Center middle of the seasons of my life in a 1094 Welsh Road, Reading PA 19607 way that is redemptive and restora- www.mariawaldrenewal.com tive. It is so important for me to avail myself of this intimate and Retreat Fee (as able): safe place to explore the spiritual One Day: $75-95 tensions and surprises that arise Lunch is provided when I draw more deeply from the well of God's love.” Two Days: $270-295 Includes meals and overnight lodging ~ Rev. Gerri Fowler Learn more at www.oasismin.org
  15. 15. Page 15 Managing Stress and Letting Go into Hope To all who deal with stress – come apart for a timely look at the physical, mental, behavioral, emotional and spiritual effects on you while coping with stress in today’s world. How can we not only cope, but thrive and grow in the challenges we meet in our daily life? With uncertain futures, how can we live in hope and trust? How can each of us be a stabilizing presence in an unstable world? God is ever present. Let us join together in God’s love as we seek and discern answers to these heartfelt questions. Our day together will be a blend of learning, self-reflection, laughing, relaxation, and a time for retreat into solitude and silence for our renewal. Leadership: Peg Cromer, MNSc, MA, RN is a spiritual director in Lititz, PA, and graduate of Chestnut Hill College in the Holistic Spirituality/Spiritual Direction program. She has also had a career as an RN and is an adjunct professor for the RN BSN- degree completion programs at Eastern Mennonite University, Lancaster Campus and at Immaculata University where she teaches several courses in holistic health. Peg is on the faculty of Kairos: School of Spiritual Formation, facilitating the second year – Prayer and the Contemplative Life. Peg finds that her two roles as an RN and spiritual director blend well into a holistic approach to life in general. When? Saturday, November 13, 2010 “The Oasis program has 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. greatly enriched my life. In this busy, chaotic world Where? it has helped me find and Lancaster Friends Meetinghouse 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603 claim a calm, centering lancasterpaquakers.org place where I can rest and be restored by God, and Retreat Fee? by myself.” $65-$95 (as you are able) ~ JoAnn Trevor Registration Deadline: November 1, 2010 To register (or receive more information), please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; betsykeller@oasismin.org
  16. 16. Page 16 Author Day with Nancy Bieber Nancy L. Bieber is a teacher, psychologist and spiritual director with thirty years of experience in working with individuals and groups in transition and change. A core leader with Oasis, she leads spiritual formation retreats and workshops around the country. Nancy will be sharing in an afternoon retreat from her new book, Decision- Making & Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way (available in Fall 2010 through Skylight Paths Publishing). A description from the publisher includes: When it comes time to make important decisions in our lives, it is very human to want to feel that the decisions we are making are good. When we approach decision- making as a spiritual practice, we are recognizing that we need the aid of the wise and loving Spirit whose Light exceeds our own. This is the practice of spiritual discernment, the traditional religious name for listening and attending to God’s guidance. While traditional religious language speaks of finding “God’s will,” the approach in this book is that we are active participants, co-creators with the Divine in shaping our lives. Nancy presents three essential aspects of Spirit-led decision-making: Willingness—being open to God’s wisdom and love Attentiveness—noticing what is true, discerning the path right for us Responsiveness—taking steps forward as the way becomes clear With gentle encouragement, Bieber shows us how to weave these themes together so that they strengthen our decision-making process and help us find our path. Join us in the evening for When? our Annual Friday, November 19, 2010 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (check in at 12:30pm) Homecoming Dinner Where? Kenbrook (www.kenbrook.org) At Kenbrook 190 Pine Meadow Road, Lebanon, PA 17046 Lebanon, PA Retreat Fee? November 19, 2010 $35-$55 (as you are able) 6:00pm—9:00pm Registration Deadline: November 4, 2010 To register (or receive more information), please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; betsykeller@oasismin.org
  17. 17. Page 17 Awakening through Dreams A Retreat Day for Advent “I slept but my heart was awake” (Song of Solomon 5:2a) Join us for a retreat entitled Awakening Through Our Dreams. During the Advent season where Christians remember how dreams were an instrumental part of the birthing of Christ in this world, we will explore together how dreams can be a provocative source of inspiration and direction in our own lives. We will reflect on the value of becoming more aware of our dream life, practice doing that in simple and creative ways both individually and collectively, and consider how to develop a more intentional relationship with our dreams going forward. Participants are encouraged to bring at least two significant dreams to the retreat, and to consider sharing their dreams as part of a group experience. Leadership: Marc Oehler, M.Div., LCSW The retreat will be led by Reverend Marc Oehler, Pastor, Spiritual Director, Clinical Social Worker, and co-Founder of Contemplative Life: Spirituality for Daily Living. Marc brings a reverence of and a fascination for dreams, as well as over ten year’s experience journeying with people and their dreams. When? Friday, December 10, 2010 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “[Oasis] has given me Where? a keener, more Camp Johnsonburg (www.campjburg.org) vigorous engagement PO Box 475, 822 Rte 519, Johnsonburg, NJ 07846 with life.” Retreat Fee? ~ Sally Mathews $65-$95 (as you are able) Registration Deadline: November 24, 2010 To register (or receive more information), please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; betsykeller@oasismin.org
  18. 18. Page 18 In the Deep Midwinter A Post-Holiday Holy Day While it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 Let me seek solace in the empty places of winter’s passage Those vast dark nights that never fail to shelter me... Joyce Rupp Winter is an interior time of quiet intimacy, a time for deepening, a time for attending to that which is essential, a time of increased need for rest. As the season outside whispers its need for deepening and revitalization, so does the season within. During this 'thin time' midway between winter solstice and spring equinox, we will hold the stillness as sacred as we open to receive the nurture that it holds. We will seek to bless the silence as essential for renewal even as we listen for the yearnings and stirrings of our deepest nature. To go to the depths of anything is to discover the sacred. In the wordless language of love, we will quietly behold the beauty of what is. Leadership: Vicki Kensinger is a spiritual companion and lover of beauty, residing in Palmyra, PA, where she nurtures her garden, her creativity, and her spiritual direction practice, Sacred Listening. She has completed Oasis’ Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides two-year program, and the Deepening Year for Direction Ministries. She blogs at www.emmaatlast.wordpress.com When? Friday, February 4, 2011 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Where? Retreat Fee? The Wittel Farm $65-95 (as you are able) 1743 Mill Rd. Elizabethtown, PA 17022 www.lutherancamping.org Registration Deadline: January 20, 2011 To register (or receive more information), please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; betsykeller@oasismin.org
  19. 19. Page 19 The Spiritual Art of Discernment: Practices for Finding Your Way Making decisions is an unavoidable part of being alive. Whether in small daily choices or the largest life decisions, we all desire to make wise choices. This retreat invites us to reflect on how we notice and respond to God’s nudges as we make decisions for our lives. During our time together, we will learn practices to aid in our attentiveness to God and practices that help us make the changes we decide on. Participants may bring specific situations but they are not necessary. Stories from the past and anticipated situations of the future will provide areas for our reflection. The rhythm of the day will include opportunity for individual reflection and silence as well as group time. Leader: Nancy L. Bieber, M.A., M.S., has been on staff at Oasis Ministries for thirteen years, and serves as a lead teacher for the Spiritual Direction program and the Contemplative Living program. Nancy is a clinical psychologist but focuses now on retreat leadership and spiritual direction. She is the author of Decision-Making and Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way (September, 2010). A Quaker and a graduate of Shalem Institute, Nancy leads retreats around the country and has taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Besides her ministry, Nancy finds joy in her garden, traveling with her husband Larry, and spending time with their four small granddaughters. When? Saturday, March 19, 2011 “I may never practice spiritual 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. direction. I still consider [my time Where? with Oasis] worth the time and Gladwyne Presbyterian Church money because it has nurtured 1321 Beaumont Dr., Gladwyne, PA 19035 my soul and deepened my walk www.gladwynepres.org with God.” Retreat Fee? ~ Pastor John Strain $65-95 (as you are able) Registration Deadline: March 5, 2011 To register (or receive more information), please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; betsykeller@oasismin.org
  20. 20. Page 20 Group Spiritual Direction A Workshop for Spiritual Directors This hands-on workshop will introduce spiritual directors to the purpose, process and content of Group Spiritual Direction. We’ll examine how it differs from both individual direction and spiritual discussion groups. Several models for Group Direction will be introduced. The model developed by Hugh Smith and Ruth Workman, faculty members at Oasis Ministries, will be demonstrated and discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a spiritual direction group; to share their wisdom and experience as leaders and participants of spiritual direction groups; and to ask questions about initiating and sustaining groups. Leader: Ruth Workman, Ed.M., M.A., is a Certified Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, and Certified Supervisor of Spiritual Directors. She earned a Master of Education at Rutgers University and a Master of Arts in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from Chestnut Hill College. She has been offering Spiritual Direction since 1995. In addition to her ministry of individual spiritual direction she offers contemplative retreats at The Sanctuary, her home in Stone Harbor, NJ, and facilitates spiritual direction groups at Princeton Theological Seminary. Ruth retired from the Langhorne Presbyterian Church in 2009 after 20 years of service as Pastoral Care Associate. She is ordained as an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. When? April 5, 2011 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Where? Join in the Conversation St. Andrews Presbyterian Church 600 S. 12th St. Lebanon, PA 17042 ● Receive our e-newsletter—Sign up on the www.standrewslebanon.org Home Page—www.oasismin.org ● Search “Oasis Ministries” on Facebook Retreat Fee? $65-95 (as you are able) ● Visit Our Blog http://oasismin.blogspot.com/ Registration Deadline: March 20, 2011 The inaugural post includes a word list from our Board of Directors… words that describe Oasis: To register (or receive more information), - open please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; - self-acceptance betsykeller@oasismin.org - risk-taking - joy - peace ● Read and review Oasis at www.greatnonprofits.com Get Connected!
  21. 21. Page 21 Oasis’ Founding Mentor shares at a Kirkridge-sponsored event! Living Poetically: Poetry As a Lens for Perceiving, Presence and Passion To live poetically means perceiving the Presence in rhythms of call and response, brokenness and beauty, emptiness and fullness, for spiritual leaders and journeyers. Lent is a time for paring down. Using fewer words poetry creates a vivid focus, illuminating one’s path in uncharted waters or shaking us to action in plain sailing. Poetic metaphors can crack open seeds of our life’s passion and purpose. Leader: Kent Ira Groff, founding mentor of Oasis Ministries, is a poet writer, retreat leader and spiritual companion living in Denver, Colorado. He is author of What Would I Believe If I Didn’t Believe Anything? and Facing East, Praying West, prayer poetry from his sabbatical in India. When? April 11-12, 2011 Monday 4pm—Tuesday 4pm Where? Kirkridge Retreat Center 2495 Fox Gap Road, Bangor, PA 18013 610-588-1793, www.kirkridge.org FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE REGISTER DIRECTLY WITH KIRKRIDGE. Thank you.
  22. 22. Page 22 Poetry as Prayer: Denise Levertov We follow our 1st Poetry Retreat Day last year featuring the poet Mary Oliver with this year’s retreat looking to the writing of poet Denise Levertov (ca. 1923-1997). In the poem “Making Peace” Denise has a line that rings out: “A line of peace might appear if we restructured the sentence our lives are making.” Her poetry works in us to restructure the sentence our lives are making. Whether it be opening us to some new wonder in nature, pushing us around old assumptions of faith, or inviting us to collectively move beyond war and injustice, her poetry invites us to a deep restructuring in our seeing, our praying and our living. Come join us for a day apart at Mariawald under the worded light of Denise Levertov’s poetry. Leadership: Glenn Mitchell, M.Div., is Director of Training and Program for Oasis Ministries. He is the lead presenter/facilitator for Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and Returning to the Well. Glenn served as a Church of the Brethren pastor for 23 years in Maryland, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, before transitioning his ministry to the area of spiritual formation and direction in 2001, and is a graduate of Shalem Institute. Glenn has led a variety of retreats around the country on themes of prayer, spirituality, spiritual direction, nature and spirituality and the interplay of art and spirituality. He has a practice of spiritual direction and retreat leadership based in State College, PA. When? Friday, April 29, 2011 Retreat Fee? 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $65-$95 (As you are able) Where? Registration Deadline: Mariawald Renewal Center April 15, 2011 1094 Welsh Road, Reading, PA 19607 www.mariawaldrenewal.com To register (or receive more information), please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; betsykeller@oasismin.org
  23. 23. REGISTER EARLY! Retreat is limited to 20 and fills up! Page 23 Merton Retreat Day A Repeating Event Come join us for a day apart with Thomas Merton in the beautiful setting of Still Waters, a retreat center along the banks of the Conodoguinet Creek. Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Trappist monk, writer, poet, contemplative, was one of the most influential Christian voices of the 20th century. We will explore his contribution in a contemplative and active way, and experience the ways in which his life and work still speak to us. Leadership: Sanford Alwine, a therapist providing marriage, family and individual counseling and spiritual direction in Carlisle, PA, and co-director of Still Waters Retreat Center, along with Glenn Mitchell, the Director of Training and Program for Oasis Ministries, who has led a variety of retreats around the country on themes of prayer, spirituality, spiritual direction, nature and spirituality and the interplay of art and spirituality. He has a practice of spiritual direction and retreat leadership based in State College, PA. When? Friday, June 10, 2011 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. “The staff of Oasis is challenging and kind, very Where? dedicated to nurturing new Still Waters Retreat Center spiritual directors and 501 W. Slate Hill Road, Carlisle, PA 17013 promoting the Retreat Fee? contemplative in a less than $65-$95 (As you are able) friendly culture. The staff Lunch is provided. loves the students and the people they are or may be Registration Deadline: May 31, 2011 directing. They uphold high ideals.” ~ Gary Jacabella To register (or receive more information), please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; betsykeller@oasismin.org
  24. 24. Sustaining Ministry—Partnering with Oasis Page 24 “I’ve found the program very helpful for a pastor to develop confidence in directing a congregation’s spiritual life—one on one, face to face, and in preaching and programming.” ~ Pastor Margaret Wise Partnership Connecting with the Oasis Community ♦ Partnering with Individuals * Resources to help find a spiritual director * On-line community “At Oasis, it felt like * Gatherings, dinners, reunions coming home—it was wonderful to witness Next Oasis Dinner: the Body of Christ; we November 19, 2010 were all different, and ♦ Partnering with Congregations yet we made up a * Oasis retreats held in your church whole. We were of see how at www.oasismin.org/Partners.htm One Spirit.” * Custom designed retreats for your faith community * Workshop & retreat leadership ~ Jet Schneider ♦ Partnering with Judicatories/ Denominational Governing Bodies * Tailored retreats for clergy renewal * Retreats for leaders * Displays and conference workshops ♦ Partnering with Oasis Graduates * Resourcing Ambassadors to expand the circle of Be sure to visit the community “Links” menu on our Homepage * Graduate Directory—so graduates know of other Oasis alums in their area www.oasismin.org for more ways we can help you.
  25. 25. Page 25 A Community of Support "We've not lost the ability to listen; we've lost the opportunity to listen." - Gordon Hempton, One Square Inch of Silence Perhaps, you have already read or heard how our Executive Director disagrees with this statement, because, for over 20 years, Oasis Ministries has been providing safe, sacred space to provide the opportunity to listen. With your help and participation, the Oasis experience will reach all people, providing opportunities for everyone to listen beneath the noise to the invitation of God in their lives. We know that we share in abundance and richness as Oasis provides the opportunity for so many of us to listen beneath the noise in our lives. Your gifts: ♦ provide scholarships so that tuition for our training programs is not prohibitive, and our contemplative community remains available to all ♦ offer innovative and relevant programs, as with our newest offering to deepen the spirituality of men: Men4Directions ♦ sustain our over 20-year history of quality programs and retreats, having now over 300 graduates all over the country ♦ expand the reach of contemplation, because it is what the world needs, as we vision a future with full- time staff, greater story-sharing in faith communities, and visibility throughout the country We celebrate how your gifts become God’s gift to all who come to Oasis Ministries for spiritual refreshment, renewal and growth. Feel free to use the enclosed envelope for your gift, or to make it securely on-line through our website: www. oasismin.org. Thank you for being God’s servant and for your continued support and prayers. We welcome your gifts in various forms: cash, check, credit card, stocks and annuities, other non-cash donations (paper, equipment, etc), volunteer time, and/or a simple bequest in your will. Don’t forget you are entitled to a special ‘thank you’ gift as an expression of our gratitude for your generosity. Visit www.oasismin.org/BeneathTheNoise.htm to learn more.
  26. 26. Calendar Page 26 July 2010 February 2011 17-18: Men4Directions (p.6) 2: SDSG Yr. 1 Session 3: SDSG Yr. 2 Session September 2010 4: In the Deep Mid-Winter (p.18) 12-18: Wilderness Wanderings (p. 5) 7: DYDM Session (Contemplative Canoeing Pilgrimage) 10: CL Session 14: Spirituality for the Second Half of Life 18-19: Men4Directions (p. 12) 28-29: Opening SDSG Yr. 1 Retreat (p.8) March 2011 30-10/1: Opening SDSG Yr. 2 Retreat (p.8) 2: SDSG Yr. 1 Session 3: SDSG Yr. 2 Session October 2010 7: DYDM Session 3-4: Opening DYDM Retreat (p.10) 10: CL Session 7-8: Opening CL Retreat (p.7) 15: Spirituality for the Second Half of Life 15: Gerald May Retreat Day (p.13) 19: The Spiritual Art of Discernment (p.19) 22-23: Men4Directions April 2011 November 2010 4: DYDM Session 1: DYDM Session 5: Group Spiritual Direction (p. 20) 3: SDSG Yr.1 Session 6: SDSG Yr. 1 Session 4: SDSG Yr. 2 Session 7: SDSG Yr. 2 Session 8-9: Eckhart meets Eckhart (Fall RTW, p.14) 11-12: Living Poetically @ Kirkridge (p.21) 11: CL Session 14: CL Session 13: Managing Stress and Letting Go Into 29: Poetry as Prayer: Denise Levertov (p.22) Hope (p. 15) 16: Spirituality for the Second-Half of Life May 2011 19: Author Day with Nancy Bieber (p. 16) 19: Annual Homecoming Celebration (p.16) 1-2: Closing DYDM Retreat 3-4: Closing SDSG Yr. 1 Retreat December 2010 5-6: Closing SDSG Yr. 2 Retreat 12-13: Closing CL Retreat 1: SDSG Yr.1 Session 13-16: Men4Directions Closing Retreat 2: SDSG Yr. 2 Session 6: DYDM Session June 2011 9: CL Session 10: Awakening Through Dreams (p.17) 10: Merton Retreat Day (p.23) MERRY CHRISTMAS! January 2011 5: SDSG Yr.1 Session 6: SDSG Yr. 2 Session 10: DYDM Session 13: CL Session 16: Spirituality for the Second-Half of Life “Oasis feels like coming home” ~ Pat Deeney To register (or receive more information), please contact Betsy Keller at 717.737.8222; betsykeller@oasismin.org
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