Please contact us for registration or more information through this site or calling our office: 828.319.7240
January - April, 2016
January 13 begins our year long series Journey to the Heart: Christian Contemplation through the Centuries
see program highlight at right for more information for the upcoming Series
All gatherings meet at
156 E. Chestnut St.
6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
For more information contact Emily Wilmer at
828.319.7240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Special Event
The Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, California presents:
Lord, Teach Us To Pray
October 3-6, 2016 or October 7-9, 2016
-An experience of Jesus’ life of prayer and its challenge for our lives today –
Although Jesus of Nazareth was a devout first-century Jew, in the twenty-first century he is often lost in the thickets of Christian theology, reflection on the wisdom of his words, and the busyness of church life. At a time in the church’s life when “spiritual formation” has become a priority what can we learn from Jesus’ Jewish spiritual formation and its influence on his life and ours?
October 3-6, 2016
$550 single occupancy
$445 double occupancy
Using David Keller’s new book Lord, Teach Us To Pray, this four-day experience will explore Jesus’ life of prayer and the consequences of his prayer in his personal life and active engagement with society. It will integrate substantive academic presentations with daily contemplative prayer, worship, discussion, and free time for reflection. It is designed for clergy and laity.
October 7-9, 2016
$395 single occupancy
$335 double occupancy
Using David Keller’s new book Lord, Teach Us To Pray, this shorter and less expensive weekend retreat format will explore an overview of Jesus’ life of prayer and the consequences of his prayer for both his personal life and his active engagement with society. It will combine talks with contemplative prayer, worship, and free time for personal reflection and prayer.
Location: The Bishop’s Ranch is an Episcopal conference and retreat center in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, 75 miles north of San Francisco and a few miles west of Healdsburg, CA. The campus has hundreds of acres of pristine land for hiking and enjoyment, a pavilion for conferences, and St. George’s Chapel for worship. There are several houses providing single and double occupancy.
The Rev. Dr. David Keller adapted this seminar and retreat from a graduate course he taught at the General Theological Seminary in New York and St. John’s School of Theology, Collegeville, MN. He is the author of Lord Teach Us To Pray: One Hundred Daily Reflections on Jesus’ Life of Prayer (2015), Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, and Come and See: The Transformation of Personal Prayer.
Emily Wilmer received her formation as a spiritual director at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC. She is Co-Director, with David Keller, of Oasis of Wisdom: An Institute for Contemplative Study, Practice, and Living in Asheville, NC. She has led retreats and seminars throughout the USA and the United Kingdom.
For costs and travel information: email Shannon@bishopsranch.org or www.bishopsranch .org
For further information about the retreats contact David Keller at: email@example.com
- Journey to the Heart -
Christian Contemplation through the Centuries
Weekly on Wednesday Evenings: January - March 2016
St. Macarius Contemplative Community
Servanthood House 156 E. Chestnut St. Asheville
6:45 - 8:30 PM
Join us as six members of our Community lead you through the centuries and explore the rich tradition of Christian contemplative prayer through the lives and teachings of our tradition’s mentors, scholars and mystics. Each evening includes thirty minutes of contemplative prayer, a break, presentation, and vespers.
January 13 Jesus of Nazareth
January 20 cancelled - weather
January 27 St. Paul and St. John
February 3 Contemplative Eucharist
February 10 Clement of Alexandria
February 17 Origen of Alexandria
February 24 The Desert Tradition
March 2 Contemplative Eucharist
March 9 Early Christianity and the Gospel of Thomas
March 16 Cappadocian Fathers
March 23 Evagrius of Ponticus
March 30 John Cassian
April 6 Contemplative Eucharist
April 13 St. Augustine of Hippo
All reflections will be at Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St. Asheville. Each evening begins with thirty minutes of contemplative prayer, followed by a reflection, and ends with vespers.
Contact Emily Wilmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.319.7240 for more information Everyone is welcome! Come when you can and as you are. Bring a friend.
St Macarius Contemplative Community
invites you to join them for
the regular meeting of the community for
contemplative prayer and reflection every Wednesday
of the year.
Our usual schedule:
7:00: 30 minutes of contemplative prayer
7:30: fellowship with tea and a sweet
7:45: a reflection on a topic pertinent to the contemplative life
8:15: closing Vespers
Photo on the top left was taken on the Close of the General Theological Seminary, New York City, at the entrance to the Desmond Tutu Center for Reconciliation.