Please contact us for registration or more information through this site or calling our office: 828.319.7240
August - November, 2016
August 17 begins our five-part series Pathways to Contemplative Prayer and Living
September 28 we return to our series Journey to the Heart: Christian Contemplation through the Centuries in which we will hear readings from some of the great 'lovers of God' through the years as well as more in depth context for others.
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
~ Pathways to Contemplative
Prayer and Living ~
Weekly on Wednesday Evenings: August - September 2016
St. Macarius Contemplative Community
Servanthood House 156 E. Chestnut St. Asheville
6:45 - 8:30 PM
Contemplation may be described as a form of prayer without special intent. It is a grace-filled, silent awareness of the mystery of God and an emptying of the mind's activity that leads a person to experience intimacy with God. Our hears respond to this unconditional love with single-minded love of God and our neighbor. The person we become in contemplative prayer is the person we are called to be in our daily lives.
Join us as we explore how we learn this kind of prayer and how it can be sustained in our daily lives.
August 17: Gateway to Contemplative Prayer: What is it like? Why bother?
August 24: Crossing the Threshold: Some basic insights & disciplines
August 31: What to expect, including distraction
September 7: Contemplative Eucharist: Encountering Jesus
September 14: Beyond the Threshold: The risks and riches of experience of God
September 21: Always a beginner: Patience, perseverance, and purity of heart
Journey to the Heart: Christian Contemplation through the Centuries
September 28: Etty Hillesum
October 5: Evelyn Underhill & Contemplative Eucharist
October 12: Henri Le Saux (Abhishiktananda)
October 19: Bede Griffiths
October 26: Thomas Merton
November 2: Contemplative Eucharist
November 9: John Main
November 16: Robert Lax
November 23: Dorothy Day
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.