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

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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                                                         


                                                                                                                                                                                    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                       

September 2, 3, 4  Men's Retreat - Immersion  in Zen  Led By: Richard Sisto
Refresh and Revitalize instead of getting worn out vacationing -

Zen is a very old practice which has a deep lineage and teachings.
It is not a religion, but it embraces all religions. Rather, it is a way of life and a discipline of mind, body and spirit. The ultimate experience of satori, Samadhi, enlightenment or nirvana transcends everything.
It has been compared to and shares a similar perspective taught by Meister Eckhart, St. John of the Cross and numerous other mystics from various religious and spiritual backgrounds.
We will examine the teachings of the early Buddhist Masters including Gautama Buddha, Hui Neng, Haung Po, Bodhi dharma, Hongzhi, Bankei, Dogen, Stonehouse, Empty Cloud and others.           Through writings, poetry & our meditations we will experience the meaning of Zen on a deeper level
Special segments include the viewing of the new DVD on the life of Zen Master Tich Nhat Hanh, entitled: Peace is Every Step.
We will spend part of an afternoon at Merton's hermitage for meditation & discussion with Br Paul Quenon
Richard Sisto began Zen Meditation practice in 1965 with Soyu Matsuoka Roshi at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago. In subsequent years, he has practiced and studied with Thomas Merton, Gary Snyder, Korean Zen (Son) Master Seung San and others. He founded the Red Hawk Zendo in Floyds Knobs, In. and continues teaching in the present for Interfaith Paths to Peace, Earth and Spirit Center and the Louisville Leadership organization                        Suggested Donation: $250 includes lodging, all meals, the retreat and related materials.      Suggested Donation: $250 includes lodging, all meals, retreat and related materials.

Note: The retreat begins at 9 AM Saturday morning with a prayer, arrive 8-9 for coffee & danish, Late arrival is OK. Or arrive Friday 6-9 PM for a slight up-fee. The retreat ends after the morning session on Monday followed by closing prayer. You can stay longer, if you wish, for a Bar-B-Q lunch.

September 15, 16, 17 Thomas Merton and Mary Oliver-Poets of the Sacred Retreat Director:Jonathan Montaldo   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.                                 Jonathan Montaldo is a former director of Bethany Spring (2007-2009) who designed the original model of the Thomas Merton/Marty Oliver retreat. He created the series Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton for the Merton Institute. He has edited many volumes of Merton's work, including The Intimate Merton and A Year with Thomas Merton, and presents retreats on Merton internationally. Jonathan will lead the retreat by live teleconferences from New Jersey through four presentations and dialogue with participants.                                                           Suggested Donation: $195 includes the retreat, lodging, meals and related materials.

October 13, 14, 15              Bridges to Contemplative  Living with Thomas Merton        Retreat Director: Rick Furman

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!                                               Rick is the Resident Director of Bethany Spring.   Suggested Donation: $195 includes lodging, all meals, the retreat,related materials, and a copy of the Bridges To Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton Volume One 

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Suggested Donation: Is by Donaton - includes lodging, meals, retreat & related material.

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MEDITATION - We have on-going instruction and practice of Contemplative Meditation. Come, take advantage of the centuries old practice. The benefits of meditation are many for body, mind and spirit. You will be astonished at the changes that will occur with a regular meditation practice. All meditation is done on a donation only basis.
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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.