FULL – Praying in Darkness: December 14-17, 2023

An Advent Retreat

Location: Emery House in West Newbury
Thursday 6:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, December 14-17, 2023
Offered by Br. Jack Crowley, SSJE

At the darkest time of the year, we will explore what it means to pray with the darkness inside and outside of ourselves. Through a mixture of discussion, silent contemplation, and worship (both indoors and outdoors), we will prayerfully attend to the cycles of light and darkness as we await the coming of Christ.

FULL – Practicing Hope in an Age of Ecological Crucifixion: November 30 – December 3, 2023

Location: Emery House in West Newbury
NOTE NEW DATES: Thursday 6:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, November 30 – December 3, 2023
Offered by the Rev. Steve Blackmer, with Emery House Brothers

Learning from scripture, science, each other, and contact with the Earth herself, we will explore how the pattern of Christ shows a way of hope amidst climate and ecological catastrophe. We begin in awe and wonder at the beauty of the world. As we face suffering and grief at her wounds, we will hear a prophetic voice calling us to new ways and renewed faith. Complicit in death, we will stand by the cross and weep at the tomb. As bearers of hope, we will look for signs of new beginning. From creation to re-creation, we will enter more deeply into Earth’s cycles of life, death, and love.

Rev. Stephen Blackmer is resident priest at Church of the Woods in Canterbury, NH. Trained as a forest ecologist at Yale, he worked for 25 years to protect forests, mountains and rivers in his native New England. After a Voice called him to be a priest (notwithstanding that he had never been to church), he returned to Yale to study religion and ecology and be trained as an Episcopal priest. He founded Church of the Woods in 2014 as an outdoor community of prayer embracing all creatures and beings of the land—humans included.

 


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$465.00 per person for this program retreat
$230.00 for students/young adults

Contemplating the Cross: November 16-19, 2023

Location: Emery House in West Newbury
Thursday 6:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, November 16-19, 2023
The Rev. adwoa Wilson, with Emery House Brothers

Our cultural conditioning tells us that suffering is, at best, an unfortunate weigh station on the path to progress, from which to fearfully draw back, quickly pass over, or urgently eradicate. It is not a place to dwell with or discern God. It holds no wisdom. Contrary to this, St. Paul sees in the cross the very wisdom and power of God. Can this really be so in the areas of our own failure, pain, or marginalization?

This retreat is for those who wish to examine their theologies about suffering. Through the companionship of various contemplative theologians and scripture, we will bring a stable gaze on some particular area of our own suffering that we have habitually avoided. We ask can God be contemplated even in this? If so, what wisdom is waiting to reveal itself to us as courageous contemplatives of our own experiences of the cross?

The Rev. adwoa Wilson is an Episcopal priest and has been an Oblate of the Episcopal Order of Julian of Norwich since 2010. Through parish ministry, retreats, community chaplaincy, and teaching she enjoys supporting spiritual formation to help ordinary Christians strengthen their connection with God, one another, and the beauty and needs of the world. She watches birds, does amateur pottery, and is nourished by her many godchildren and most four-footed friends. She resides in Vermont.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$465.00 per person for this program retreat
$230.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

Contemplating the Cross: November 16-19, 2023

Reservation requests are not being accepted.

Living in Creation’s Rhythm: November 10-12, 2023

Location: Emery House in West Newbury

  • Friday 6:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, November 10-12, 2023

Offered by Brothers resident at Emery House 

These seasonal, weekend retreats offer a balanced rhythm of activity and rest as participants form a small, temporary community alongside the Brothers. We offer guided engagement with the natural world, work in our garden, prayerful conversation, monastic worship, and restorative solitude. We particularly welcome those who are new to Emery House, interested in learning more about our new vision for inhabiting this corner of God’s creation, or making a retreat for the first time.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$465.00 per person for this program retreat
$230.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

Living in Creation’s Rhythm: November 10-12, 2023

Reservation requests are not being accepted.