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.

Exploring Meditation
Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm, April 3 - May 8, 2019
Six Week Series - $100; Click here to purchase
Individual Sessions - $20; Click the date to purchase
Space is limited. Advanced registration is required.
All classes held at Massage by Ahmed located at 4931 St. Elmo Avenue in Bethesda, MD

Whether you're a novice who wants to learn about meditation in a safe, supportive environment or a seasoned meditator seeking to deepen your practice, these sessions are for you. Join as we explore the many shapes and forms meditation can take. Learn about the physical and mental benefits of meditation. Find a meditation practice that suits your temperament and personality type while discovering ways to incorporate meditation into your already busy life.

April 3:  Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Meditation But Were Afraid To Ask . . .
Bring your questions as we discuss what meditation is and isn't, the benefits of a regular practice, and learn a simple meditation practice you can do anywhere at any time.

April 10:  Attention and Intention 
Explore the difference between intention and attention in meditation using sound and silence.

April 17:  Body Awareness
Learn meditation practices that engage your body as well as your mind to renew and refresh your whole being.

April 24:  Creative Meditation
Let go of your inner critic and welcome your inner child this evening as we play with color, shapes, and texture, discovering a joyful practice in mindfulness.

May 1:  Mindful Writing
Explore simple writing exercises, journaling techniques, and an ancient mindful way of reading and writing that can serve as a basis for a regular meditation practice.

May 8:  Meditation and Compassion
Learn how meditation can literally change our brains, encouraging us to act from a place of love rather than fear, engendering compassion in our families, communities, and world.

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.

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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.

Ancient Wisdom for Today's Journey
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Anam Cara Retreats
4071 Adams Drive
Wheaton, MD  20902

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