NOW FULL – The Encounter with Evil: A Teaching Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault
November 14 - November 18
NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL
The Encounter with Evil:
A Teaching Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault
Dates: November 14 — November 18, 2022
Beginning with dinner on Monday, and ending Friday with lunch.
Location: The Great Barn at Claymont Court, 667 Huyett Rd, Charles Town WV, 25414
In this timely teaching retreat, we will be inquiring into the nature and presence of evil as a discernible force, with a focus on these key questions:
- What is a useful, contemporary understanding of evil?
- How can we effectively deal with evil, at both an individual and collective scale?
Topics to be addressed include:
- the metaphysics of evil — with an emphasis on the process and relational nature of its arising
- the psychology of evil — with a look at personality disorders as both a microcosm and potential spawning ground
- roots of collective psychosis
- the dangerous blind spot in the Christian strategy of “love conquers all”
- considerations of personal responsibility
- the remediating force of conscience and the costliness of engaging it
Teachings will be drawn from a wide variety of sources both spiritual and psychological, with the emphasis first and foremost on the practical: to learn to recognize and shield oneself better from the toxic effects of prolonged exposure to evil, to “speak truth to power” in a way that wields real clout, and where necessary, to draw more intentionally and skillfully on assistance from realms beyond our own.
Fees and Registration:
$850 for a shared room with one roommate (we cannot provide single, private accommodations)
$400 for offsite, commuters
Spaces are limited.
Covid policy available here.