John Main Seminar & Pre-Seminar Silent Retreat August 5-11, 2019.
Rev. Dr. Sarah Bachelard is an internationally respected theologian, retreat leader and priest. She is the founder and leader of Benedictus Contemplative Church in Canberra, Australia and an honorary fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Sarah was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University where she studied theology with former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. She is the author of two books, Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis and Resurrection and Moral Imagination.
Laurence Freeman was born in England in 1951 where he was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at New College, Oxford University. Before entering monastic life, he had experience with the United Nations in New York, banking and journalism. Today Fr. Laurence is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Christ our Saviour, Turvey, England, a monastery of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation. Fr. Laurence was awarded the Order of Canada in 2012 in recognition of his work for interfaith dialogue and the promotion of world peace.
The 3 day pilgrimage will complement the retreat theme of Sources of Wisdom as we learn about the spirituality of the First Nation coastal people. We will travel to Vancouver’s renowned Stanley Park totem poles and hear stories of the totem poles and the indigenous artists who carved them. We will see National Historic Site Saint Paul’s Church and hear Squamish First Nation Elders share their legends, culture and traditions. Our journey will also include a ferry trip to Vancouver Island with visits to the city of Victoria's beautiful Butchart Gardens and the Royal British Columbia Museum. You will discover the natural and human history of the Pacific Rainforest area and how First Nation reverence for the environment continues to be a source of wisdom in our time.