In Celtic cultures the role of the anam cara, or soul friend, was to offer encouragement and vision for the pilgrimage of life.
Following that time honored tradition, Anam Cara Retreats offers both individuals and communities wisdom and companionship for the journey.
From retreat planning and leadership for individuals and faith based communities to journeys through sacred landscapes with kindred spirits, let us help you discover and deepen the movement of the spirit in your life, your community, and the world.
Writing into the Heart of Autumn: Nature, Poetry and the Spiritual Journey
A Morning Writing Retreat
Saturday, September 29, 9:30 am - noon, Washington National Cathedral
Tickets - $20 in advance, $25 at the door
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In Celtic spirituality, poetry is considered an exhalation of experience and the language of spirituality. As we move into the season of autumn, enjoy a morning apart to explore the rhythm of spending time in nature and turning inward to reflect on its wisdom. Learn from the words and experiences of poets and contemporary writers such as Mary Oliver and Kenneth Steven in the context of the ancient Celtic practice of honoring the seasons. Engage your own experience through simple writing exercises rooted in the autumn landscape of the Cathedral grounds and gardens.
Pilgrimage to Iona with Washington National Cathedral
May 24 - June 2, 201
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Pilgrimage is at the heart of the Celtic tradition, an outward physical journey that invites the traveler to a deeper inward journey. There is perhaps no more famous pilgrim than St. Columba, who left the green hills of Ireland for a rugged island off the Scottish coast.
In the centuries since he established his monastic community on Iona, the island has been a pilgrimage destination for countless seekers who travel to this thin place in the landscape where heaven and earth seem to meet.
Join us on a pilgrimage to Iona as we listen to the silence of the land, the wisdom of saints, and the stories of our fellow pilgrims. The rhythm of our days begins and ends with prayer with the ecumenical Iona Community in the historic abbey church. Morning presentations and conversations explore hallmarks of the Celtic spiritual tradition, while free time in the afternoon provides the opportunity for you to explore the island on your own or with others.
Follow in Columba’s footsteps and discover how the landscape of this holy island and the wisdom of Celtic spirituality through the ages may deepen your own spiritual path in whatever walk of life you come from and return to.
In other news . . .
Check out our latest blog post for a taste of the talk, "Lives, Legends and Landscapes: Walking the Pilgrim's Path in Wales," presented at this year's North American Festival of Wales over Labor Day weekend.