Rhode Island River Pilgrimage
Sep
5
to Sep 8

Rhode Island River Pilgrimage

Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island & Kairos Earth

Specific river TBD

In the spirit of the Connecticut River Pilgrimage in 2017, this weekend will include praying for and in the natural world as we paddle into one of Rhode Island's beautiful and protected bays.

Our three days of paddling will include morning, midday, and evening prayer, holding silence in the mornings, seeking reconciliation with the watershed, and blessing the land as we move through it.

To learn more details and to register visit www.kairosearth.org.

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Connecticut River Pilgrimage
Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

Connecticut River Pilgrimage

Sponsored by Kairos Earth | Dates and location TBD

We are returning to the Connecticut River this summer for another River of Life Pilgrimage!

This pilgrimage shorter pilgrimage will be in the spirit of the Connect River Pilgrimage of 2017. Each day will include morning, midday, and evening prayer, holding silence in the mornings, seeking reconciliation with the watershed, and blessing the land as we move through it.

Visit www.kairosearth.org/connecticutriver2018 for tentative dates and who to contact if you’re interested in becoming a paddling pilgrim in 2018!

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Wood/Pawcatuck River Pilgrimage
May
17
to May 20

Wood/Pawcatuck River Pilgrimage

  • St Elizabeth's Episcopal Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island & Kairos Earth

This weekend river pilgrimage is Kairos Earth's first River of Life Pilgrimage since the inaugural 40 Day River of Life Pilgrimage. In the spirit of the Connecticut River Pilgrimage in 2017, this weekend will include praying for and in the natural world as we paddle 30 miles from Hope Valley, Rhode Island to Little Naragansett Bay.

Our three days of paddling will include morning, midday, and evening prayer, holding silence in the mornings, seeking reconciliation with the watershed, and blessing the land as we move through it.

To learn more details and to register visit www.kairosearth.org/woodriver.

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Earth Credo - Spring
Apr
22
to Apr 27

Earth Credo - Spring

Sponsored by Kairos Earth

Earth Credo is a 5-day immersion in the practice and spirituality of living in right relationship with the natural world. Rooted in the Christian tradition of care for the earth, we will learn contemplative disciplines that support intimacy with God through Creation. We will simultaneously immerse ourselves directly in the land, and learn practical outdoor skills needed to be comfortable interacting more closely with nature. Evening discussions will center on the inter-dependency of intimacy with God and care of the land, spiritually grounded environmental stewardship, ecological justice, and the building of sustainable culture. Earth Credo is designed to train and empower participants to offer Christian eco-spirituality workshops, classes, and leadership perspectives within their local church and community.

Earth Credo is a consolidation of the spirituality and practices that sustained the 40-Day River of Life Connecticut River Pilgrimage in the summer of 2017. Earth Credo, run entirely at Trinity Retreat Center, offers this same spiritual and ecological depth with retreat-center accommodations, and is designed to be accessible to those with little outdoor experience.

To learn more and to register visit www.kairosearth.org/earthcredo/.

 

 

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Introduction to Centering Prayer
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to Centering Prayer

Facilitator: Mark Kutolowski

Sponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church | Jericho, VT

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental, or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.

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WORKSHOP: Introduction to Centering Prayer
Feb
10
9:30 AM09:30

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Centering Prayer

FACILITATOR: MARK KUTOLOWSKI

SPONSORING GROUP: United Church of Strafford | Strafford, VT

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental, or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.

Learn more at www.unitedchurchofstrafford.com

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Metanoia Winter Silent Retreat - FULL
Feb
1
to Feb 3

Metanoia Winter Silent Retreat - FULL

  • Vermont 132 Strafford, VT United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

During this silent retreat in Strafford, Vermont, we will communally practice the monastic liturgical hours and hold space for private contemplative practice in between the hours.

The hours will include readings (biblical and other spiritual reading), singing, and communal silence. Silence will be kept for the entirety of the weekend.

The retreat will begin with Thursday night dinner at 5:30pm. We will begin prayer with Thursday Vespers at 7pm and conclude with Saturday None at 3pm. The seven hours of the day are Vigils (before dawn), Lauds (morning), Terce (mid-morning), Sext (noon), None (mid-afternoon), Vespers (evening) and Compline (bedtime).

Those who are able and interested are welcome to continue keeping the hours with us through lunchtime on Monday, February 5th.

This retreat is free of charge. Meals will be provided potluck style. Accommodations are primitive - yurt or wall tent - but will be heated. 

Email us at markandlisa@metanoiavt.com to reserve a spot!

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NEW DATE! Workshop: Introduction to Centering Prayer
Jan
27
9:30 AM09:30

NEW DATE! Workshop: Introduction to Centering Prayer

This event was rescheduled from January 13th due to inclement weather

FACILITATOR: MARK KUTOLOWSKI

SPONSORING GROUP: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church | Jericho, VT

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental, or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.

Learn more at www.goodshepherdjericho.org/events/

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Weekly Series: Transforming Fear into Trust | A Contemplative Journey Through Advent
Nov
26
to Dec 24

Weekly Series: Transforming Fear into Trust | A Contemplative Journey Through Advent

  • Norwich, VT & Strafford, VT (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FACILITATORS: Lisa & Mark Kutolowski

DATES/TIMES TBD

In this series, we will be engaging with five traditional figures from the Advent readings, discovering what spiritual lessons they teach us, and learning corresponding contemplative prayer practices.

The focus for each week is:

The Feast of Christ the King: Christ the Teacher | Mark 13:5-23

"When you see violent conflict around you, and reports of violent conflicts everywhere, do not allow yourselves to get drawn into reactionary fear and panic."

Prayer Practice: Body prayer - fear and trust

1st Sunday of Advent: John the Baptist | Mark 1:1-3

"Behold, I send my messenger ahead of you, Who will prepare your way; The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight."

Prayer practice: Meditation on nethqadash shmakh (Aramaic line from Lord's Prayer)

2nd Sunday of Advent: Mary, Mother of God | Luke 1:26-38

"May it be done to me according to your word."

Prayer practice: Centering Prayer

3rd Sunday of Advent: Zechariah | Luke 1:67-79

"To guide our feet into the way of peace."

Prayer practice: Contemplative blessing and hopeful prayer for the world's injustices

4th Sunday of Advent: Christ the Infant | Luke 2:1-7

"...because there was no room for them in the inn."

Prayer practice: Embracing our vulnerability

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Workshop: Introduction to Centering Prayer
Nov
18
8:30 AM08:30

Workshop: Introduction to Centering Prayer

FACILITATOR: MARK KUTOLOWSKI

SPONSORING GROUP: ALL SAINTS' EPISCOPAL CHURCH | Littleton, NH

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental, or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.

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Retreat: Meeting the World with Trust - Transforming Fear into Faith
Nov
2
to Nov 5

Retreat: Meeting the World with Trust - Transforming Fear into Faith

Facilitator: Mark Kutolowski

Sponsoring Group: Northeast Wisdom

In this intensive retreat, we will complement our Wisdom practices of centering prayer, lectio divina, chant and conscious practical work with an immersion into practices that bring interior freedom and peace into dialogue with the body and support outer manifestation in physical relaxation, ease and a transformed nervous system. Our sessions will emphasize practical disciplines emerging from the ancient Russian health system, itself closely linked to the Eastern Orthodox contemplative tradition of hesychasm. We will explore the relationship between physical and psychic tension and fear, and physiological relaxation and faith.  Beginning with solitary practices involving meditation, breathing and movement, we will eventually move into partner and group work utilizing relaxation to creatively engage with conflict both within ourselves and in our immediate environment. Participants will finish this intensive with an expanded sense of the role and potential of body practice in contemplative transformation, and practical methods to improve their physical health and body awareness.

Contact: Kerstin Lipke

Image: The Trinity, Hildegard von Bingen

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River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage 2017
May
31
to Jul 9

River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage 2017

Sponsoring Groups: Kairos Earth and The Episcopal Dioceses of New England

Official website: www.kairosearth.org/river

Registration is now open for the River of Life Connecticut pilgrimage.
Join us for several days, a week, or the entire journey!

May 31 – June 10:
4th Connecticut Lake (northern NH) to Littleton, NH

The Call to the Wilderness / Water, Grace & The River of God

June 10 – June 17:
Littleton, NH to Hanover, NH
Baptism and Immersion in God

June 17 – June 24:
Hanover, NH to Brattleboro, VT
A New Relationship with Creation

June 24 – July 1:
Brattleboro, VT to Springfield, MA
Drinking from our Divine Source

July 1 – July 9:
Springfield, MA to Long Island Sound
Transformation and Resurrection


We are thrilled to guide this 40 day pilgrimage down the Connecticut River in partnership with Kairos Earth and the Episcopal Dioceses of New England! We look forward to supporting each pilgrim's journey through daily prayer, practices of blessing and honoring the land, and community discussions on the way. Interested in coming or want to learn more? Visit www.kairosearth.org/river/ for many more details and to register!

Register before February 28th for the lowest cost. If the cost is prohibitive, please reach out to us soon. We want you on the river with us!

Sign up here to receive information and updates about the River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage trip!

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Workshop: Introduction to Centering Prayer
Mar
25
8:30 AM08:30

Workshop: Introduction to Centering Prayer

FACILITATOR: MARK KUTOLOWSKI

SPONSORING GROUP: CHARLOTTE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH | CHARLOTTE, VT

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental, or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.

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Winter Metanoia Community Retreat
Feb
3
to Feb 5

Winter Metanoia Community Retreat

Theme: Sanctifying Time through the Liturgy of the Hours

On this silent retreat in Tunbridge, Vermont, we will learn about and communally practice the monastic liturgical hours and hold space for private contemplative practice in between the hours.

The hours will include readings from Brother David Steindl-Rast's Music of Silence, singing the Psalms, and communal silence. Silence will be kept for the entirety of the weekend.

The retreat will begin with Friday night dinner at 5:30pm. We will begin prayer with Friday Vespers at 7pm and conclude with Sunday None at 3pm. The seven hours of the day are Vigils (before dawn), Lauds (morning), Terce (mid-morning), Sext (noon), None (mid-afternoon), Vespers (evening) and Compline (bedtime).

Those who are able and interested are welcome to continue keeping the hours with us through lunchtime on Tuesday, February 7th.

This retreat is free of charge. Meals will be provided potluck style.

Email us at markandlisa@metanoiavt.com to reserve a spot!

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Contemplative Prayer for Advent Series
Nov
20
to Dec 18

Contemplative Prayer for Advent Series

  • St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Facilitators: Mark & Lisa Kutolowski

Sponsoring Group: St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Advent is a season of joyful anticipation, when the people of God prayerfully wait with eager expectation for the coming of the incarnated Christ. For Christians, it is a season especially devoted to prayer and fasting, disciplines of holy waiting.

This Advent series will introduce participants to four contemplative prayer practices rooted in the Christian tradition. Meeting Sundays at 10am in Norwich, VT, we will focus on one prayer form a week and seek to practice them throughout the week. Participants are welcome to come to one session or all five!

  • Feast of Christ the King (November 20th): Lectio Divina I
  • 1st Sunday of Advent (November 27th): Lectio Divina II
  • 2nd Sunday of Advent (December 4th): The Examen
  • Gaudate Sunday (December 11th): Centering Prayer
  • 4th Sunday of Advent (December 18th): Ignatian Guided Meditation

This program is free of charge.

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Aug
4
to Aug 7

Summer Metanoia Community Trip

Journey: 4 day paddle on the Connecticut River

Theme: Water & The River of God

 

Metanoia Community Trips are an extension of our (Mark and Lisa's) personal calling to prayer and transformation of heart. Therefore, this trip is not a facilitated program, but a journey of prayer in which we welcome friends and fellow pilgrims to join us in the same rhythm of prayer, silence, simplicity, and travel across the landscape that we ourselves will be taking. We handle the logistics and create space for daily prayer. Beyond this, our intention is simply to be open to the presence of the Living God at work in the mystery of creation, along with whoever is with us on the trip.

If you are drawn to this type of trip, please drop us a line. We'd love to have you! 

Cost:* Equally divided between all travelers (ourselves included)

*It still costs some money to go on a wilderness trip. If expenses would keep you from coming, please contact us. We have funds available for just his purpose!

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Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Rediscovering Our Natural Selves*

* This workshop is closed to the public, but is a program that could be repeated for your group

Facilitator: Mark Kutolowski

Sponsoring Group: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Residents

In this day-long retreat, residents will have the opportunity to rediscover our natural state of close connection with the natural world, and the restorative powers of direct engagement with nature.  

During the morning session, we will wander the landscape, learning ways of natural movement and navigation.  We’ll also explore methods to enhance each of the five senses through direct encounter with the plants, animals and elements we will encounter on the land. 

For the afternoon session, we will explore traditional uses of both the elemental forces of nature (air, water, fire, earth) and of edible and medicinal herbs in indigenous European and Native American health systems.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn and sample several common edible plants as a part of the afternoon session. 

Residents will leave the day refreshed, having discovered new ways of opening to the natural world, and have gained a new set of skills and perspectives relating to the potential of nature as ally in human health and well-being.

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Mar
13
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Introduction to Centering Prayer

  • The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Facilitator: Mark Kutolowski

Sponsoring group: The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College | Hanover, NH

www.ccdcucc.org

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental, or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.

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Feb
13
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Care, Compassion & the Paschal Mystery

Facilitator: Mark Kutolowski

Sponsoring Group: Parish of the Epiphany | Winchester, MA

We will explore the role of compassion ('suffering with') in the care of self, others, and the earth. Specifically, we will look at the dual practices of opening to the Divine Presence as the source of all healing through prayer, and opening to suffering as the path to becoming a channel of God's healing. How does the mystery of death and resurrection at the heart of Christianity inform our care for others, ourselves, and the planet?

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Feb
6
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Introduction to Centering Prayer

  • First Congregational Church of Winchester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Facilitator: Mark Kutolowski

Sponsoring group: First Congregational Church of Winchester | Winchester, MA

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental, or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.

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