Rocky Mountain Contemplative Retreats

Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Retreats

October 14 – 18, Rewilding the Heart (Wilderness Spirituality) Retreat (for those who have attended previous Axiom Retreats or read Jeff’s book “The Homeward Call). Cost: $395.00 (single), $375.00 (couple’s price per person)

Winter 2020 (January or February) – we will have another “Rewilding the Heart” opportunity in the WILD winter landscape of Montana. If silence, solitude and snowshoes sound appealing, watch for more information coming soon.

Location: All Rewilding retreats will be held in the beautiful Swan Valley of NW Montana. Glacier National Park is just a short drive from the site. The nearest airport is Glacier Park International Airport (FCA).

 

Rewilding of the Heart – Wilderness Spirituality Retreat

“Hurry always empties a soul.” —From One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Our lives are increasingly being lived at high velocity and with greater amounts of clutter. But if we can somehow slow down and strip away that clutter, we can focus on what really matters. That, in part, is what a wilderness retreat can do.

The discipline of wilderness is a metaphor for a spiritual journey. Just as wilderness offered revelations to the early Desert Christians, so wilderness hones crucial spiritual skills for us: paying attention, traveling light, practicing silence, exercising wonder, and slowing down.

Through these practices, the wilderness itself becomes another way of knowing God in ever deeper ways. As Aslan urged at the end of the Narnia tales, “Farther up and further in.”

We will explore the convictions of the early Desert Christians such as:

  • There are no easy routes to self-realization; it begins, ironically, with self-abandonment.
  • The spiritual life thrives on the margins of society, in a solitude framed by community.
  • Desire and relinquishment are a recurring pattern in wilderness experience.
  • Failure and making mistakes don’t hinder spiritual growth; they occasion it.
  • The body, when disciplined, becomes an important teacher of spiritual insight.
  • Wilderness breeds a lifestyle of resistance, cultural critique, and cantankerous honesty.

An Axiom Wilderness Spirituality Retreat will take you deep into the Bob Marshall or Mission Mountain Wilderness of western Montana. Together we’ll explore the land known as “The last best place” and “the valley of the hush” while enjoying the comforts of a cozy cabin.