COME JOIN US IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES
A year ago or so ago we began a conversation with our friend John Paul Lederach about the value and importance of holistic retreat spaces for people working on the front line of cultivating peace and social change. In September 2015 we brought together 10 inspiring people, all of whom are trying to make the world a more peaceful place, and all of them felt the deep need to step back from the pressures of their every day work and reflect on where they've been, where they were at and where they wanted to go.
We didn't invite them to a training workshop. We hadn't invited them to sharpen the skills they use on a day-to-day basis as practitioners. We weren't inviting them to sit and listen to the latest peace building theories. The ‘classroom’ was the places where our conversations unfolded. It was the woods and mountains we walked through, together or alone. It was around the table as we shared food and experiences. It was the quiet spaces of reflection as we heard the journeys of others and perhaps listened to our own stories in ways we hadn’t anticipated. It was through remembering the faces of the people we’ve worked alongside, the voices of those who have guided us and the memories of those moments we return to when we feel lost. It was in wisdom of pressing pause on all the constant chatter in our minds and observing what emerges from the silence. It will be through new ways of exploring the paths we’ve been on and the paths that may lie ahead.
We kept things simple. Through written reflections and the process of making a talking stick from aspen, people began to listen. We all left the mountains feeling renewed and refreshed.
The work many of us are engaged in takes its toll on our spirit. We become jaded, exhausted and burnt out. Through the vehicles of music, poetry and storytelling over the course of this two-day retreat we will be creating a space to renew, recharge and reflect. In his poem 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' W.B. Yeats talks about the slowly dropping peace he finds on his island haven and how the beauty of it sustained him long after he left:
"I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.'
Our plan is to offer more of these retreats in the hope that will sustain and support you for a long time after you leave. At the moment we don't have any dates planned but if you're interested in being part of another rare and intimate gathering please fill out the form below.
Alpenglow Retreat Center, Colorado
When it comes to creating spaces for learning, reflection and creativity, geography makes a difference. Our retreat will be held at the Alpenglow Retreat Center in the Colorado Rockies. Located about 30 minutes west of Boulder near Nederland, it sits at 9000ft with spectacular views of the continental divide.
Surrounded by forests and lakes, this is a perfect place to step out of the chaotic busyness and demands of life.
Alpenglow is the family home that John Paul Lederach is now transforming into unique space for renewal and relationships.
WE ARE PLANNING FUTURE RETREATS SUCH AS THE ONE WE HELD IN SEPTEMBER. IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEND US AN APPLICATION FOR ONE OF THESE FUTURE RETREATS, PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM BELOW AND WE'LL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU ONCE WE HAVE DECIDED UPON A DATE. MANY THANKS.
If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org