Retreat Leader, Debra Weir
St. Irenaeus wrote, "The Glory of God is the human person fully alive."
What exactly does this mean? Is it possible to be fully human? And what does it look like to be fully alive?
For centuries Christianity has viewed the human body as separate and secondary to spirit, even naming the body as a primary source of sinfulness. What if we reframed our view of the body, and saw it instead as God’s gift, a sacred part of being made in the image of a creative and loving God? Perhaps the distance between head and heart would not be so far, or intentions take so long to be truly lived.
“We will consider the body as primary instrument of learning and knowing and as central to our connection and experience of God,” says Weir. “The structure of the class,”she continues, “will attempt to integrate the physical (affective, intuitive, sensory), intellectual (knowledge), and spiritual (connection with holy mystery) realms in content and practice.”
Sessions will be physically active and experiential, using InterPlay and other embodied practices in addition to bearing intellectual content. Themes will include the gift of the body; waking up body and spirit; body as an instrument for discernment; prayer, playfulness and spiritual freedom; forgiving one’s body; wholeness and authentic living in the world. Though an active workshop, participants of all abilities are welcome as each will be invited to participate in ways that are safe, suitable and enjoyable for all.
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