Pond with Statue

A 3-Day Residential Retreat at Loretto MotherHouse

with Karen Bess & John Shealy

We are excited to be offering this powerful 3-day residential retreat for MBSR Alumni and other experienced meditators. It be held at the lovely Loretto Motherhouse, March 30 - April 2, 2017, Friday 10 am to Sunday 4 pm. NOTE: This retreat is almost full! Please drop Karen a note before you register to make sure there's still room at the inn...


"...He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit!" John 20:22


Many drawn to meditation & mindfulness practices are neither fully “at home” in the church, synagogue, sangha or shala. Some suffer deep-seated traumas of “church hurt”— attachment wounds woven into family & culture, formed in childhood, and hard to heal.


Leave traffic & technology far behind; Let’s go deeper into the spacious, Spirit-filled freedom of the Breath.


Explore the gifts and legacies of our Judeo-Christian roots, in a highly supportive & collaborative process, combining prayer, meditation, gentle yoga, QiGong, worship with the sisters & walking on their wonderful 800-acre farm.

Join with others devoted to mindful & contemplative practices in the central Kentucky heartland—a 1 hr. 15 min. drive south of Louisville not far from Bardstown. We will live and practice together on the top floor of the 150 year old Academy Building where, in years gone by, novices were formed into the first indigenous order of nuns in America.


Lovely room and all meals are included. Space is limited to only 12 participants!


Description:  Join Karen and John in their ongoing adventures tracking the miracles of mindfulness, on a 3 day retreat in the central Kentucky heartland of Spirit and spirits—a lovely one hour drive south of Louisville not far from Makers Mark and Merton’s Gethsemane. We will live, eat, and practice together on the top floor of the 150 year old Academy Building at of the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse on a 800-acre farm—Karen’s spiritual home away from home for nearly 40 years. 
Together in this peaceful setting, while strengthening our practice of meditation/prayer, yoga, QiGong, journaling, artistic expression...we will explore the gifts and legacies of our Judeo-Christian roots and the unseen wounds that may linger and hinder our healing in our relationships and daily lives. Through the interactional, Buddhist practices of insight dialogue and Integral Mondo Zen, Karen and John will model and facilitate an intimate journey of discovery into the heart of Ultimate Ground...Clear Deep Heart-Mind...Divine Presence. 
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17


Registration:You choose from among the payment options: $500 down to $250. You set your own fee based upon your financial situation with a minimum of $250 - your generosity allows others who are less fortunate to participate in this powerful program. Partial scholarships and payment plans are available - drop John a note if you would like to discuss these options.


Payment is accepted via personal check or any major credit card via PayPal:


• Mail your check (made payable to "John Shealy") along with your email address, cell number and home address (and if you'll be attending the 3-Day Retreat) to: John Shealy, 535 Forum Ave., Louisville, KY 40214


• Credit Card payment: click on the PayPal logo below and follow the instructions. In a few minutes I will receive notice from PayPal of your payment with your name and email address.


After I receive your payment, I'll send you an email confirming your registration and a couple of weeks or so before the retreat I will send out information about what to bring, directions, etc.


Many Blessings to you and yours,

Karen & John


If you have any questions, drop John a note or give him a call 502 727 2996.


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