The Desert Blooms; Lent Retreat (Laurence Freeman & Giovanni Felicioni)

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Ash Wednesday Contemplative Eucharist

17 February 2021, 6PM (French time)

The Ash Wednesday ceremony observed on the first day of Lent can be a moving experience. Those participating receive a cross of ashes drawn on their forehead with the words ‘Repent and believe the good news’ or sometimes ‘Remember you are dust and unto dust you will return’. For believers and quasi-believers, it is a poignant reminder of our mortality. St Benedict and other monastic traditions suggest we stop repressing our fear of death by facing it and being free to live without fear. 

The ashes also remind us that the next forty days – like Ramadan or the Buddhist Rains Retreat – are fixed periods dedicated to spiritual practice and awakening. Lent is a joyful time. It is not only a time to give up things but to show ourselves that we can be free from fixed patterns and addictions and can dedicate ourselves to more serious spiritual practice. 

So, you might choose to give up something you do in excess or start doing it in moderation for instance, browsing the internet or alcohol. You may also  want to apply yourself with more discipline to the two meditations a day or to spiritual reading or midday silent breaks.

You are welcome to join the Bonnevaux community and meditators from around the world online to hear Laurence Freeman’s talk on a Contemplative Lent and to receive the ashes virtually. You could also burn a few twigs or paper and apply it to yourself or share the giving of the ashes with whoever is with you. Happy Lent! 

Fr Laurence sends a Daily Lent Reflection which you can sign up for here.


No registration required. Please click here to join on Ash Wednesday.



The Desert Blooms

Lent Retreat with Laurence Freeman & Giovanni Felicioni

25-28 Feb, 2021

The whole of the Christian mystery is the passing through death into a life that takes us through birth and rebirth.  In Lent we can first taste what this means by simplifying our life and developing a liberating self-discipline where we need it most.  We enter the desert thirsting but will soon find that it blooms into a spring.

Schedule (French time)

Thurs 

  • 10:30 -11:30     —  Welcome, introduction, opening talk
  • 12:15            — Midday prayer & meditation
  • 13:40 -15:00        — Small group discussion followed by Q&A
  • 18:00          — Contemplative Eucharist & meditation

Fri & Sat

  • 6:30 – 7:00 — Meditation (not online) – optional 
  • 7:20 – 8:00      — Morning prayer & meditation
  • 9:00 -10:00      —  Yoga
  • 10:30 -11:30     —  Talk
  • 12:15            — Midday prayer & meditation
  • 13:40 -15:00        — Small group discussion followed by Q&A
  • 18:00          — Contemplative Eucharist & meditation

Sun 

  • 6:30 – 7:00 — Meditation (not online) – optional 
  • 7:20 – 8:00      — Morning prayer & meditation
  • 10:00 -11:30     —  Talk, small groups, Q&A
  • 12:00            — Contemplative Eucharist

To reap the full benefits the retreat offers, we recommend that you meditate 2-3 times per day.

How to Create Your Own Retreat

This online retreat is designed to be flexible around your daily life and time zone. Please visit here where we provide support on creating a rhythm and structure to your retreat: how much silence you would like, meditation times, reading of sacred texts, practicing yoga and more, plus other suggestions to help you embody the retreat and stay off-line as much as possible. 



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Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of S. Maria del Pilastrello, Lendinara, Italy, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Giovanni Felicioni (Bonnevaux Associate Director) has been part of the WCCM since its inception in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and a Yoga Teacher.

Date

Feb 25 - 28 2021

Contribution

Suggested contribution range: €80 - €240 (€20 - €60 per day), 4 days
Laurence Freeman

Leader

Laurence Freeman

Other Leaders

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni