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StillPoint Silent Retreats

The Consent to God’s Presence Within



The picture of the hands in prayer is symbolic of a Silent Retreat. A Silent Retreat is a time of “
consenting to God’s Presence within.” Having no dogma or alliance with any specific religion, teacher, lifestyle, or spiritual tradition, our techniques are universal, simple and effective. We practice the approach of the Divine Feminine--relax in the arms of God and live your life from there. The path of the Divine Feminine is called Mystical Spirituality--the perspective that there is only One taking on the myriad of forms as creation with Love as its basis and Peace as its fruit. This tradition is the foundation of contemplative spirituality taken from the monastic cloisters and presented to a modern day society of householders with everyday responsibilities. There is no need to change your life, but to infuse it with Life Itself.





Mystical Spirituality

Over the years, many of us have left traditional religion searching for something that is bigger than we are; something that gives meaning and fulfillment in a world of continuous change and disappointment.  The great saints and philosophers of both East and West have repeatedly told us that what we are looking for is hidden deep within.  it is the “pearl of great price,” or the “Kingdom of Heaven which is within.”  They have taught that nothing short of the direct experience of God will ever fill our need for wholeness, fulfillment, joy and love beyond measure.



Essence Takes Form
Form Differentiates
Then Returns To Essence


“The desire of Spirit to enjoy its singular nature in many forms, spawns this drama of the Universal Cosmic Dream.  Here we know Creation as an act of going out from Source; a descent to matter.  And Spiritual Evolution is, in fact, the reversal of the creation process - the Ascent to Source.”



Mystical Spirituality is the essence
of all religions and spiritual traditions.



All forms, from subatomic particles to universes, are programmed to follow sequentially three primary commands: go forth and experience; become all you can be; and come back Home.  StillPoint Silent Retreats is about introducing the principles and methods of the Mystical Path of Coming Home; a path which transcends “age,” dogma, religion, culture and personal ego. 



This path transcends the limited ego’s desire
to create personal reality and fulfills the Soul’s Destiny
to know and become One with Ultimate Reality. 


It is about experiencing the permanent fulfillment and Bliss of the Soul, in place of the transitory pleasures and pains of the limited ego self. 




Silence structures consciousness.



It is about moving the point of identification from “I am the body, mind, and senses” to “I Am the Inner Self” who is experiencing, through the body, mind and senses, forever knowing the inner states of undisturbed Love, Peace, Wisdom and Joy. 




Suffering is the natural consequence of
the separation from God and our Inner Self.



It is living outside of Unity as a separate entity bound by the karmic laws and consequences of thoughts, deeds, and feelings that are alien to this Oneness.  Pain on this earth plane is part of having a body and all that goes with the extreme paradox of being Pure Spirit, locked in a small human form with needs, desires and cravings inherited from its primitive physical and psychological nature. 




The human being returning to God
is the pinnacle of Creation.



The path to our inner nature is a simple one.  So simple, that it is overlooked in our rush to fill our lives with more and more of that which we are not truly seeking.  It is a subtle shift in focus and an expansion of perspective.  The path is an allowing for Silence and a silencing of the noise that conceals the higher states of consciousness.  It is a reversal and balance of the life energy from an exclusive focus out into the excitation of the world, to a gentle upward and inward flow into the Eternal Self within. 


We request that all attendees read the retreat handbook, “The Journey of the Soul” and Mystical Chapters One before the retreat.  This contains the vocabulary and perceptual framework of the StillPoint Silent Retreats.  It will also help you to determine whether this Silent Retreat experience is for you. 

Ideal Candidate:

  • Theistic approach to spirituality

  • Good health

  • Ability to sit for three 60 minute sessions per day

  • Has read “The Journey of the Soul” to understand the vocabulary and fundamental principles of Mystical Spirituality

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The Nature of the Silent
Retreat

Our spirituality is known as the mystical path. It has as its “primary objective the restoration of human beings to their natural state, unity with God.” It includes the core teachings of all world religions: there is only One, and that One is God.

There are three pillars of the spiritual process: Silence, Pure Knowledge and Practicing the Presence of God in our human awareness. The StillPoint Silent Retreat program is designed specifically to introduce and enhance these processes during a day, a weekend or week long program.

Silence is the presence of God within creation. We teach a very gentle and effective meditation technique to experience this Silence. It is virtually effortless and is known as the Divine Feminine approach to God Communion.

Pure Knowledge is the wisdom of the saints and other God Realized beings. This wisdom is the container of understanding that holds the Silence allowing us to live from the nature of soul while performing our duties in the world.

Practicing the Presence is an act of conditioning the mind to turn within and enjoy the fruits of its natural relationship with its Source.

During a retreat you may well expect the three stages of spiritual growth to be happening simultaneously. The first is Purification. The Silence and Pure Knowledge come into your consciousness and “burn out” all the inner patterns that keep us stuck in suffering. The burning most often manifests itself as physical or emotional discomfort. It comes, stays a while, and goes. And when it has done its work, there is a sense of relief and lightness.

At the same time you will experience Illumination. During the periods of listening to Pure Knowledge something may come to your awareness that is very liberating or loving and joyful, giving you a sense of peace and well being. The “truths” of Pure Knowledge are not like workshop learning. These truths are written in your heart and in the Silence they are remembered. Often, during the Pure Knowledge talks you will feel that you are “spaced out” or almost unconscious. What is happening is that you are slipping deep into the Silence to the place from which the Pure Knowledge was cognized and expressed. In other words, you are experiencing the deep state of the saint whose words and teachings you are listening to.

At some point during the retreat you will feel a deep sense of bliss or inner well being and connectedness to something wonderful inside. That is the experience of Union or God Communion.

To facilitate these processes and experiences our staff creates an environment conducive to quiet and solitude in a setting that is dignified and reverential. That is why we ask you to keep silent and dress respectfully. Trying to remember what you may have heard or seen is counterproductive. Everything you experience at a StillPoint Silent Retreat is imprinted in your consciousness and imprinted in your heart. – activated as knowledge that is used at a very deep level of being subtly changing your perceptions and responses to life.

The format we use for the retreat is time tested. The results are predictable; and the Presence of God, His angels, and His saints is palpable.

We wholeheartedly welcome you to join us in being Present with Him.
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Coming to the Retreat

Check In

Check In 3:00 PM

StillPoint Retreats are very special events for us and for you. More and more people are coming from long distances, some getting caught in automobile traffic or in delays at the airport, consequently missing some or all of Friday Night which is the “set-up” for the next two days.

We ask that you check-in at the retreat center at 3:00 PM Friday so that you can rest in your room, or go to the meditation room, listen to a chant or be quiet and “decompress” before the retreat starts. We will have an informal buffet Friday, for your convenience from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Local People: (under three hour drive) ~ The Boston traffic on Friday is a nightmare! Whatever the GPS says, please add one additional hour to your travel time.

Distance: (More than four hours by auto or flying) We strongly recommend that you arrive a day early and stay at one of the local hotels listed below.

Rationale: Preparation and gently easing into the atmosphere is very important. First of all being mindful of how much time it takes to travel, (1) helps assure that you are here for check-in on time. (2) You will not be “fried” and “exhausted” Friday night. (3) You will get a lot more out of the retreat if you actually start it Friday after a good night’s sleep, rather than Saturday morning. (4) Also, and this is important, I can take the group deeper in meditation and teaching because I will not have to repeat what you missed in the cloud of fatigue and stress – which I now have to go over on Saturday morning.

It’s up to you on the coming in early, but 3:00 PM check in is now part of the retreat program.

Also, a number of air travelers are staying overnight Sunday, after the retreat and leaving Monday morning. Why? Because there is a very jolting contrast at the noisy, crowded airport after just coming out of very deep Silence. People coming from Texas, California, Florida and Chicago have already started this new process and state that it “makes all the difference.” And why not get everything you can from this encounter with the Inner Self?




Dress


Feel free to come to check-in in your travel attire. However, please convert into your retreat clothing as soon as you can. Please bring clothing that is modest and respectful -- we are spending time in the Presence of the Divine Mother and the Saints and their teachings. Please do not bring capris, shorts, workout pants, jeans or denim pants, mini-skirts, flip flops, open-toed sandals, crocs, tank tops, T-shirts with "cute" messages or pictures. The dress code is simply an expression of respect for what is taking place.

Logistics

Our retreat will be held from 3:00 PM Friday, December 8 through lunch (noon) on Sunday, December 10.
Friday - StillPoint Buffet:

There will be a buffet on Friday evening starting at 5:30 PM in the downstairs dining room. All food will be made freshly for you by the StillPoint Staff.

For those of you who are coming from a distance, it is possible to make arrangements to stay at one of several local hotels/motels near the Espousal Center the day before the retreat and/or the day after. Please call me (Judy Taché) here at StillPoint (603-490-2271) and I will walk you through the process of making the necessary arrangements.
Tuition:

Tuition is due in full on Dec 1st.

As always, we are more than happy to accommodate you financially by providing convenient payment plans. Just call Judy at 603-490-2271 to make arrangements. Please note that we are under a fixed contract with the retreat center. If a cancellation is requested within seven (7) days before the retreat and we cannot fill the cancelled reservation from the wait list, we will need to assess a cancellation fee.
Extra Things to Bring:

  • Please bring a bathrobe and shower footwear. Bathrobes must be worn to and from bathrooms.
  • Also, think about taking an electrical extension cord for hairdryers.
  • Alarm clock
  • Shawl or sweater for meditation room. Please bring some "layered" clothing and a good warm shawl. On occasion we lose heat although maintenance is very good at responding - we have to prepare for whatever happens. So please bring appropriate "covering" as needed. (No group hugs just because it's cold!!)
  • Please bring your own:
    • face cloths
    • tissues
    • extra bath towel
    • small trash can liner for bedroom trash cans
  • Provided by Espousal:
    • linens
    • blanket
    • one pillow
    • one bath towel
  • Pen/pencil and paper for journaling in bedroom. Absolutely no notes are to be taken in the meeting room and no recordings.
Coming at the start and staying until the end of the retreat:

Lunch on Sunday is part of the program and it is important that you make arrangements to stay. This is a period of "transition" necessary for a smooth re-entry to the hustle and bustle you can expect once off-grounds.

It is very important that you arrange your travel plans in order to accommodate arriving on time and staying until the end of the program on Sunday. The retreat will be complete by noon (or after lunch) on Sunday. If you cannot come on time or stay until the end, please call us and we will see if we can accommodate your travel arrangements. Jerry has a very deep and rich program, which will open our hearts and fill our souls. It will, indeed, be yet another incredibly transformative experience!

Hotel - Motel Information for Waltham, MA
(near Espousal Retreat Center)


Hilton Garden Inn
Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 890-0100
www.hiltongardeninn.com
*Recommended; very close to Espousal Retreat Center


Hilton Boston Logan Airport
(On Logan Airport Property)
One Hotel Drive
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 568-6700
www.hilton.com


Hyatt Harborside at Boston Logan Airport
(On Logan Airport Property)
101 Harborside Drive
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 568-1234
www.harborside.hyatt.com


Westin
70 3rd Ave
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 290-5600
www.starwoodhotels.com


Home Suites Inn
455 Totten Pond Rd
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 890-3000
www.homesuitesinn.com
If staying at Home Suites, mention Jean


Embassy Suites
550 Winter St
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 890-6767
www.embassysuites.com


Courtyard (Marriott)
387 Winter St
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 419-0900
www.marriott.com/courtyard/travel.mi


Best Western
380 Winter St
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 890-7800
www.bestwestern.com

Driving Directions to - from Espousal Retreat Center
554 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452
(781) 209-3120
www.espousal.org

From the South:
Merge onto I-95 N / MA-128 N (toward Gloucester / Portsmouth, NH)
Take Totten Pond Rd Exit 27A (toward Waltham, MA)……..0.2 miles
Take Totten Pond Rd ramp (toward Waltham Center)………<0.1 miles
Turn right onto Totten Pond Rd………………………………1.2 miles
Turn left onto Lexington St……………………………………0.3 miles
End at 554 Lexington St, Waltham, MA
You will see a sign for "Espousal Retreat & Conference Center" on left
Turn left here onto the grounds of Espousal


From the North:
Merge onto I-93 S toward Salem, NH (Crossing into Massachusetts)
Merge onto I-95 S / MA-128 via Exit 37B (toward Waltham) 12.5 miles
Take Exit 27A (toward Totten Pond Rd / Winter St)……….…0.1 miles
Turn slight right onto Totten Pond Rd / Winter St
Continue to follow Totten Pond Rd……………………………1.3 miles
Turn left onto Lexington St………………………….…………0.3 miles
End at 554 Lexington St, Waltham, MA
You will see a sign for "Espousal Retreat & Conference Center" on left
Turn left here onto the grounds of Espousal
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Retreat Schedule

Weekend Seminars

2018

March 16-18
Easter

July 13-18
Five Day Intensive

December 7-9
Christmas


One Day Retreats

2018
February 3
May 5
August 11
November 3

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StillPoint Silent Retreats

Christmas Retreat 2012

The Meditation Room

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The Blessed Relic

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Mother and Son

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Altar with Blessed Relic

StillPoint Bakery

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The Dining Room

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Trains

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"If you give Me your mind,
I will give you My Heart"

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"Christ has no body but yours…"

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"It is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me"

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Santa and the trains

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"Everything is Grace because
everything is God's gift…"

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"I AM is the Light that shines on everyone"

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"This Life is no longer mine, but has become One with all that is Perfect and Good"