FRIDAY Oct. 16th
4:30-5:30 Arrival & Check-in

5:30 p.m. DINNER

7:00 p.m. Welcome, Worship & Gathering Time

Jody and I will go over the vision and schedule for the weekend along with any logistical details you need to know about Grunewald’s expectations of us while we’re there.

Jody will lead us in a time of singing and worship. Then I will lead us in a time of lectio divina on John 15, our Scripture passage for the weekend. If you’re a writer and you’re not familiar with lectio, you’re going to love it. If you don’t, I will stand on my head.

8:30 p.m. Coffee, tea & chit-chat

9:00 p.m. Quiet hours begin

SATURDAY Oct. 17th
8:30 a.m. BREAKFAST

9:30 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Jody will facilitate this workshop on Writing as a Spiritual Practice. Part of this time will be spent outdoors, alone, so each of us has space to be still, quiet, and reflective.

11:00 a.m. Free time to read, write, retreat, hike, play, rest

12:30 p.m. LUNCH

1:30 p.m. Word Play

I’ll have a fun word game or two for everyone to play, just for the sheer joy of using words to make sound-patterns or images or whatever tickles your fancy this particular afternoon.

2:30 p.m.  Free Time to do whatever seems most restful to you

There will be an Art Space available for those who want to create in a nonverbal mode.

5:30 p.m. DINNER

7:00 p.m. Worship & Gathering Time

After worship, I will facilitate some poetry writing. Don’t freak out. We’ll be using a pantoum form, which makes it almost impossible to not write something lovely. And you won’t have to share if you don’t want to. And I will walk you through the process. It’ll be fun. Trust me.

8:30 p.m. Tea and Chit-chat

9:00 p.m. Quiet hours begin

SUNDAY Oct. 18th
8:00-9:30 a.m. Pack Cars & Clean Up

9:30 a.m. BRUNCH

10:00 a.m. Worship/Group Sharing

We may have a Morning Prayer service. We may have communion. We may have both. We’ll see how it unfolds. (Sharing is completely optional.)

12:00 p.m. Retreat Ends


Photo by Janet Tarbox. Creative Commons via Flickr.