All the spaces for the retreat are filled.  We look forward to seeing many of you on November 2.

COCFL Annual Centering Prayer Retreat
November 2-4, 2018
Canterbury Retreat Center, Orlando, FLA

An Ocean of Light

with Fr. Martin Laird

Martin Laird, O.S.A. is a member of the Order of St Augustine and Professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University, USA. He has extensive training in Contemplative Disciplines and gives retreats and lectures throughout the United States, Great Britain and Ireland. Among his books are Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence, compelling works for those interested in contemplative prayer. He draws on the ancient wisdom of both the Christian East and West as well as on contemporary literature. His most recent book, An Ocean of Light, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

The cluttered, reactive mind generates and sustains the illusion that we are separate from God and therefore need to seek God as though God were an object.  Over time, the practice of contemplation gradually begins to clear clutter.

In this contemplative prayer retreat, Fr. Martin Laird will discuss some of the key obstacles we all face in our liberation from the cluttered mind such as anger, fear, comparing ourselves with others, as well as some of the subtler problems maintained by mental clutter mind, such as using contemplative practice as a strategy to acquire and control our own contemplative project.

 

Retreat information:

Canterbury Retreat Center is located 1601 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765 (just north of Orlando)

Registration will be from 4:30 to 5:30 pm Friday, November 2.  Dinner at 6:00 pm.

The retreat concludes at 11:00 am Sunday, November 4.

Rooms are shared (two to a room) with private bath.

A few private rooms are available (on a first come first serve basis).

Total cost:  $275 for shared rooms, $325 for private rooms, $150 commuter rate (includes meals).

Please send the registration form below with a deposit check for $150 to reserve your room.

Please note that $65 of this amount is non-refundable if you should decide to cancel. 

Final payment for the difference is due October 5, 2018.

Scholarships are available in case of need. Please have your facilitator contact Jesse Fox at email: jfox2@stetson.edu, phone: 937-654-0026 (cell)

Take a look at beautiful Canterbury Retreat Center site: http://canterburyretreat.org

download/print registration form:  November 2018-Laird Retreat flyer (w10)

Fr. Laird was interviewed on PBS:

https://www.pbs.org/video/religion-ethics-newsweekly-father-martin-laird-on-contemplation/