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Epiphany Stories of Transformation–A Seasonal Retreat Online with Bill Redfield
January 6 - February 27
A VIRTUAL WISDOM PROGRAM
It is such a pleasure and privilege for me to offer these programs of recordings for you. I am so grateful for your generous reception of them. Each program tempts me to do something a little bit different, and this program will be no exception. This program, “Epiphany Stories of Transformation,” will bring us to a fuller understanding of the importance of the quality and depth of community for those of us on this Wisdom path. I will be specifically pointing to the dynamics of Gospel of Thomas groups with which I have been working for more than a decade and offering the means for those who might be interested to become further involved in such groups.
Using specifically selected liturgical readings for the season of Epiphany, I will be putting these readings alongside selected Wisdom stories written by Carol Tolonen, a continuing participant in both my programs and one of my Gospel of Thomas groups. But then, if that combination wouldn’t be stimulating enough, I will, to these two, be adding a third—an ongoing explanation of the place of Gospel of Thomas groups in the deepening of community among Wisdom practitioners. Thus, the three aspects I will be bringing together will be:
1. some selected liturgical readings from scripture for the season of Epiphany;
2. some resonant and matching Wisdom stories from Carol Tolonen; and
3. aspects of Gospel of Thomas groups that express some of the changing conditions and essences brought about Wisdom’s transformation and the engendering of its community.
In this work I continue to plow the field of Wisdom’s transformation. We will continue to address such questions as, “what does this transformation look like?” and “how specifically do I more fully and deeply live into it?” More than adding to the content of information (which would need to be run through the intellectual mind), we will be more concerned with acknowledging what participants already deeply know and integrating this more thoroughly in order to more intentionally live out of these realities.
During Epiphany—beginning on Thursday, January 6, and running through Sunday, February 27—there will be weekly recordings of about 45 minutes. With eight Sundays in the season and including The Epiphany on January 6 as well as an introductory offering, there will be ten or so recordings.
Again, I will utilize the Friday Zoom groups to deepen integration and to foster community. Meeting on Fridays at 9 am (Eastern) or 3 pm (Eastern), these gatherings are completely optional and will commence on Friday, January 7, and run through Friday, February 25. Usually, we will spend most of the 75 minutes in small breakout groups of three, addressing specific reflection questions. Participation is always welcomed, but consistent attendance is not required.
I have found the use of audio recordings to convey the teachings to be far more effective than the usual E-course format. There seems to be something about the vibratory resonance that calls forth the heart and the body, and not just the intellectual mind. Music is utilized not to sentimentalize the experience, but to deepen the vibratory intensity. All the orienting information and recordings will be available on a password protected page on my website for your continued access. This provides a container for our work that will provide safety and respect.
Fee. This program is by donation. If you would like, I encourage you to donate at the end of the program. Rather than regarding this as a “fee” or “price” for the program “up front,” I would much prefer your donation be part of your response to its entirety and come at its conclusion. This program is my gift to you; your donation could represent your gift back to me. Donation instructions can be found on the signup page.
Sign Up. Go to https://www.williamredfield.com/program/epiphany-stories and fill out the brief form on the homepage. I will send you the link and password. If you have any questions or concerns, please E-mail me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).