Retreats: doing the "Great Work"

" We need to awaken the energies of love... While making use of all the resources and the knowledge and wisdom available to us, we have to push the boundaries of our understanding of love, find love in a new land, on new roads still to be mapped out and established... All our assumptions need to be examined and assessed anew. In Thomas Berry's words, we are called to a 'great work' in the world and in ourselves" - Ursula King

Our retreats in Fall 2019 / Winter 2020 are focused on dreams a spiritual realities and they are open to all people interested in exploring their souls.

People of all faiths and no faith are welcome.

November 22 and 23, 2019 January 24 and 25, 2020

These two retreats can be taken independently of each other.

November 22 and 23, 2019

(rescheduled)

Dreams as a Path to Deep Healing of the Soul,

with Peter Fritsch

Westerners have been raised to believe for the past few centuries that dreams have nothing to do with truth or with their spiritual life. However, early Christian literature bears witness to the spiritual importance of dreams, and in the 20th century the work of Carl Jung has reclaimed for dreams their rightful place in contemporary spirituality. In this workshop, participants will be led to explore the symbolism of their own dreams as a path to a surprising depth of healing.

Peter Fritsch, an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and writer is a vigorous proponent of the inner life and the practice of authentic spirituality. He studied with Jungian psychologist and Episcopal priest John A. Sanford. He is convinced that astonishing healing happens when seekers discover a deeper relationship with God through the understanding of the spiritual symbolism of their dreams. He published: A Moment of Great Power: Sacramental Prayer and Generational Healing and Dreams: A Spiritual Guide to Healing and Wholeness.

Time frame: Friday 5pm to 9pm; Saturday 8am to 3pm; participation to the whole program is assumed; exceptions can be made if the participant is able to be present from 7pm to 9pm Friday and all day Saturday.


The parish community of Christ Church will offer chanted prayers with organ music on Friday at 5:30pm and 8:30pm and Saturday at 8:00am. Participation to such prayers is optional.


Suggested donations: $120 include Friday supper, Saturday morning coffee and lunch.

Please reserve your place with a $40 non-refundable deposit (max 12 participants).

Scholarships available.


To enroll, please contact Ashanti Smalls christchurchontariocal@gmail.com

The Center at present does not have facilities to accommodate guests overnight.



January 24 and 25, 2020

Dreaming our Way to Wholeness, with Kathy Sperling

Are you longing for an ancient and powerful practice to explore spiritual growth and transformation? Dreams are one of the fastest ways to connect to the soul and experience human wholeness, which brings freedom, spaciousness and meaning to our often distracted lives. Whether or not you have worked with dreams, this will open up new possibilities to develop greater compassion for self and the world around you.

Kathy Sperling is a spiritual director, a professional musician, and a writer. She lives in Edmonton, Canada. A graduate of the Haden Institute Dream Training Program (NC), she enjoys helping groups and individuals exploring the mystery, wonder, and wisdom dream life offers, as it is such a rich source of inner guidance and freedom in her life. In everything she does, she is a wisdom seeker, a listener for truth and a lover of wholehearted living.

Time frame: Friday 5pm to 9pm; Saturday 8am to 3pm; participation to the whole program is assumed; exceptions can be made if the participant is able to be present from 7pm to 9pm Friday and all day Saturday.


The parish community of Christ Church will offer chanted prayers with organ music on Friday at 5:30pm and 8:30pm and Saturday at 8:00am. Participation to such prayers is optional.


Suggested donations: $120 include Friday supper, Saturday morning coffee and lunch.

Please reserve your place with a $40 non-refundable deposit (max 12 participants).

Scholarships available.


To enroll, please contact Ashanti Smalls christchurchontariocal@gmail.com

The Center at present does not have facilities to accommodate guests overnight.

The Spirit liberates us to become fully human in our own time and place, to wrestle with the complexities of existence and the presence of evil and sin (...) This experience of the Spirit springs from one single reality: God and creation united. It is experience of God acting on us and on the world at the same time, relating us to the world and the world to us within our own ecosystems. There is no separation between action and prayer, ecological practice and celebration - Anne Primavesi

The fountain at Christ Church
Water lilies in the pond at Christ Church


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