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Every moment and every event of a man's life on earth plants something in his soul. Thomas Merton

Retreat Descriptions

Retreat Presenters

To schedule a private retreat or a group retreat, contact us at 

Bethany Spring.


We look forward to having you with us

Please E-Mail

rick@bethanyspring.org

or Call

 502-507-8576

           
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Bethany Spring is 40 Years Old 

This year is the 40th year since Bethany Spring's founding in 1977 by the Sisters of Charity at Nazareth. It was the prayerful vision of Mary Madeline Abdelnour, SCN that a place of hospitality would be established near the Abbey of Gethsemani so that women would have a place to stay while visiting the Abbey.  The good sisters ran Bethany Spring for 30 years, until in 2007 the Merton Institute bought Bethany Spring and ran it for 5 years; until the Merton Institute dissolved in 2012. The property then went to The Abbey of Gethsemani; they ran it as a retreat center for a year, then in November 2013 sold it at absolute auction. It was the end of January 2014 when the property transfer took place and on March 1, 2014 Bethany Spring re-opened, 3 years ago this coming March 1st. Now we are starting to go into our 4th year. God does indeed work in mysterious ways .

We are going to acknowledge the 40th anniversary with an ecumenical re-blessing, an open house and celebration later in the year. There is much to do to spruce Bethany Spring up so we can celebrate in style. The celebration will take place sometime this summer, maybe in July. The exact date will be announced on the website and in the newsletter. So, if the Spirit moves you, make a pilgrimage to Bethany Spring to find your own inner truth. We are open for private, self-guided retreats, we have Guided Retreats, Meditation Retreats, and Work/Study/Meditate/Prayer Retreats. In the Work/Study Retreat you can work a little and get a little off the suggested donation or work more and get more off your suggested donation or work even more and get even more off.

Make your reservations now for your private, self-guided retreat; or one of the guided retreats listed below. Bethany Spring is a holy, prayer-filled, contemplative space!  Call now, the sooner the better, because we are seeing some dates starting to fill up and will soon be no longer available available.                                                                           To register for a               Private, Self-Guided                       or Guided Retreat.          

E-Mail rick@bethanyspring.org                                                 or                                                              Call 502-507-8576                                                         

Birdhouse

                                                                                                                                                                                    PLEASE NOTE: To sign up for any retreat please email us at: rick@bethanyspring.org or      call us at:502-507-8576. 

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    GUIDED RETREATS                      FOR 2017                       

                          +   +   +                                                     June  9,10,11,12 BREAKTHROUGH WITH THOMAS MERTON  & WITH TIBETAN WISDOM                Retreat Director:                                   Joe Zarentonello

The Breakthrough, seasoned with the wisdom of Thomas Merton, is the "Rolls Royce" of Integral Retreats offered. It begins on Wednesday evening with dinner and concludes on Sunday at noon, after lunch. In between, you will have the experience of a lifetime! In addition to the basic weekend Integral Journal retreat, you will spend two additional days in the unique contemplative rhythm of meditative sitting.

This retreat is designed for people who are ready and willing to breakthrough and be transformed! Add to all of this, the literary inspiration and guidance of Thomas Merton--and you have an experience that will continue to unfold its hidden brilliance for years to come! These retreats are limited to 12, and will fill up quickly--so reserve your spot ASAP!

Joe's Bio: Joe Zarantonello is a teacher and poet who has spent the last 40 years practicing many different forms of contemplation. Joe has studied with Buddhist teachers, and since 1982, with the Trappist monks at Gethsemani.                                                             Joe’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame where he majored in The Great Books. His M.A. is from University College (Dublin) where he studied the Irish poets. Joe has published four volumes of poetry. His latest, in 2014, is:Allowing.   Joe spends time on the road leading retreats, but most of the time he’s at home running Loose Leaf Hollow — a guesthouse for solitary or guided retreats in the rolling knobs outside of Bardstown, Kentucky.   Suggested Donation:                                             $395 private room | $295 shared room, includes lodging, all meals, the retreat and related materials.

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June 16, 17, 18 Women's Retreat "Women: Living from Our Souls:7 Steps of Women's Spirituality"       Led By:Dr Sharon Grant 

This retreat offers women time to step back from their busy lives and have a time of rest and reflection in a setting that is conducive to nourishing their souls and refreshing their spirit. There will be time to meet with the facilitator and other participants well as time alone to walk, enjoy nature, reflect and pray. sessions will focus on seven steps of Women's Spirituality. You will have the opportunity to share your life's experiences in a safe environment and open yourself to new insights. Women have always found strength in circles of understanding. Please join us in this circle where all equal; all are value, all are welcome.     
Sharon earned an STM in Sacred Theology and a doctorate in Ministry. She served as a hospital  chaplain with a focus on ministry to cancer patients; & coordinator of Spiritual Care at a community hospital with emphasis on multi-faith spiritual care.                        Suggested Donation:              $195 includes lodging, meals, retreat & related materials. 
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September 2, 3, 4  Men's Retreat -       Led By: Richard Sisto
Refresh and revitsalize instead of getting worn out vacationing -Meditation/prayer instruction & practice. Core teachings of Merton & Buddhism. Integration of Spiritual Paths. Simple Yoga for health & agility.   Group discussion. Music as a source of contemplation & rejuvenation.                   An afternoon meeting at Merton's Hermitage with Brother Paul.                  Richard was a friend and student of Merton, meditation practitioner, teacher and jazz musician who wrote music for the Merton DVD biography, Soul Searching.                               Suggested Donation: $250 includes lodging, all meals, retreat and related materials
September 15, 16, 17 Thomas Merton and Mary Oliver-Poets of the Sacred Retreat Director: Dr Sharon Grant     The poetry of Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton offers invitations to savor our lives and to realize that now is enough.  Listening deeply and responding to selected poems that turn us toward “the speech each day makes,” we will co-create a weekend with these two seekers of the authentic life. Familiarity with the lives and work of Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton is encouraged but not required for this weekend of personal discovery and contemplative practice.                                          Sharon earned an STM in Sacred Theology and a doctorate in Ministry. She served as a hospital  chaplain with a focus on ministry to cancer patients; and coordinator of Spiritual Care at a community hospital with emphasis on multi-faith spiritual care.           Suggested Donation: $195 includes lodging, all meals, the retreat and related materials.
                             

October 13, 14, 15              Bridges to Contemplative  Living with Thomas Merton        Retreat Dir Dr. Sharon Grant

Bridges to Contemplative Living Retreats are intimate, guided retreat experiences using the Bridges to Contemplative Living book series based on the writings of Thomas Merton. Retreatants are invited to ponder the themes and share out of their own lived experience what is being revealed to them. The process of sharing is contemplative dialogue. No prior knowledge of the Bridges series or of contemplative dialogue is needed. All are welcome!

Sharon earned an STM in Sacred Theology and a doctorate in Ministry. She served as a hospital  chaplain with a focus on ministry to cancer patients; and coordinator of Spiritual Care at a community hospital with emphasis on multi-faith spiritual care.                           Suggested Donation: $195 includes lodging, all meals, the retreat and related materials 

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Exploring Our Spirituality Through Prayer Led By: Dr Sharon Grant & George Aboud                                                                                                                   Prayer as a Portal to Peace                In ancient times believers learned (were taught) that prayer was a way of getting God to change His mind.  Much later, with the Prayer of St. Francis we were shown a way of changing our own minds instead.  But finally, in/with methods that the mystics knew about all along, we discover a completely different possibility – the possibility of entering the realm of 'no-mind', which is  – the peace that surpasses  all understanding – (which could also be called the Mind of God).  Come find out what the mystics found.  In this experiential worship, not only will  we discuss the different types of prayer, we will practice them, with the goal of experiencing what the mystics knew – that we can rest in peace – in this lifetime – in the Presence of God – here and now.
  Sharon has an STM in Sacred Theology and a doctorate in Ministry. She served as a hospital chaplain with a focus on ministry to cancer patients &    as a coordinator of Spiritual Care in a community hospital with an emphasis on multi-faith spiritual support.     George has a long time meditation practice, starting in the early 70's, then, he became interested in and studied other schools of meditation practice as well.  Most recently, he completed a 26-week study course on Christian Centering Prayer as taught by Fr. Thomas Keating. For the past two years, he served as the teacher assistant for the Meditation One courses at the Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville; he answers questions about theory and practice, & facilitates a meditation discussion group. He is a “Mindfulness Mentor”, at the Earth and Spirit Center leaving the campus and takes the training out into the community, teaching meditation to several under-served and underprivileged groups                              Suggested Donation: $195 includes lodging, meals, retreat & related material.
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PLEASE NOTE: To sign up for any retreat please email us at: rick@bethanyspring.org or      call us at:502-507-8576.  

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