Winter Light:

Returning Home to a Place of Deep Belonging

Friday January 19, 2018 - Sunday January 21, 2018

"You have traveled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back." ~ John O'Donohue

"When the common world makes less and less sense, myth makes more and more sense." ~ Michael Meade

Winter invites us to notice the low angle of the sun casting long shadows, to feel the prick of cold, to make careful footsteps over the frost ground. We wander slowly among the frozen grasses and the trees, listening for winter's strange wild songs, for the story the land is telling, for the dream it carries. We wonder that we have fallen out of an ancient love affair with Earth herself. We know the time for return and repair has come.

Winter also invites us to gather around the warm glow of the hearth fire, immerse ourselves in the old stories, the ancient myths that help us shed our illusions of separation and awaken us to the deeper belonging that has always been there.

On this retreat, through time in nature, gathered times of ceremony, and soulful conversation, we will immerse ourselves in the world of myth and deep imagination looking for wisdom that can shift cultural consciousness in this time of turmoil and transformation.

This program is for people of all faiths and for those who might call themselves spiritual, but not religious. 

Wellspring Conference Center is set in the beauty of Dayspring - 200+ acres of woodlands, meadows, ponds and stream valleys, with a permaculture market garden and silent retreat center, and located in Maryland, less than 20 miles from Washington, DC. The retreat begins with supper at 6 pm on Friday, and concludes with lunch on Sunday. The fee includes lodging, meals and program. 

*** Notice - Winter Light is full. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please email WellspringConferenceCenter@gmail.com. Getting on the waiting list is a wise idea, as cancellations occur, and spaces are likely to open up. Thank you! ***


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Retreat Leaders: Cheryl Hellner, Julie Gabrielli, and Jim Hall

Julie Gabrielli practices and teaches sustainable architecture, and has long been an advocate of reconsidering the stores we live by. Her writing, storytelling and retreats all explore the effects of immersion in sensory and imaginative kinship with the wild, animate earth. www.juliegabrielli.com

Jim Hall and Cheryl Hellner live and work at Dayspring, where for the past 25 years they have lead classes and retreats to reconnect children and adults to the world of nature and soul and to catch glimpses of a new mode of human presence on the planet that is simple, just, and in harmony with all creation.