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.


Ancient Wisdom for Today's Journey
Spiritual Practices for the
Season of Samhain
(November 1 -  January 31)

Reflect on the wisdom of the saints and ancestors who have gone before you.


Embrace the shorter days and longer nights, welcoming the time to turn inward and be still. Give thanks for the dark as well as the light.

Let go of the embers of what doesn't ignite your imagination and consider ways to kindle new sparks of passion
in your life.












UPCOMING EVENTS

WRITING FROM THE HEART
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014 10 AM–4 PM

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  —William Wordsworth

Looking for a way to delve more deeply into what’s stirring in your heart? Interested in learning how to integrate writing with spiritual practices? Feel like you have something that needs to be written but don’t know where to begin?

Join us as we explore spiritual practices that engage our minds, bodies and spirits, allowing the breathings of our hearts to illumine our souls. Be encouraged by a community of kindred spirits as we gather to hear and share our stories. Learn take-home tools to allow you to continue to engage the spirit and write from the heart in your daily life. Bring a notebook, a favorite writing implement, and brown bag lunch. Snacks and beverages provided.

Registration: $60; payable at the class; scholarship assistance is available. All are welcome. Sign-up required. Please RSVP by November 13. Email pilgrimages@cathedral.org

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MOVING MINDFULLY INTO THE NEW YEAR
An At-Home, On-Line Retreat, December 31 - January 1
Just as the evocative language of poetry opens us to a fresh way of seeing, so do threshold times and places invite us to look at our lives from different perspectives. Join us on this on-line, at home retreat as we explore poems that shed light in the darkness, expand our field of vision, and carry us across the threshold into a new year.

Retreat materials sent to you ahead of time include readings, meditation suggestions, and questions for you to explore according to your own rhythm. Periodic emails will prompt times to pause for reflection. Join us as we move mindfully into the new year. 

On-line only option, $45. Click here to register through Event Brite.


NEW THIS YEAR!
MORNING RETREAT FOR MOVING MINDFULLY INTO THE NEW YEAR
December 31, 10 am - 2 pm

In conjunction with the on-line retreat, this year we are pleased to offer the option for an in-person retreat at the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at Washington National Cathedral. In addition to the regular retreat materials and emails, the residential option allows those in the DC area to gather in community and share a guided experience of reflection and celebration, letting go and looking forward. Times of sharing and silence, contemplation and conversation shape our time together.  

Morning retreat including on-line retreat materials, $60. Click here to register through Event Brite.







Stay connected . . .

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Call us at 301-233-7078

Read the blog, Postcards from the Pilgrim's Path