The Lessons of the River
Sunday, November 6
Community of Saint Johns Retreat House
$50/ $45 members
I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.
— John O’Donohue
We will learn from the river how to pay attention to what obstructs the flow. The river shows us that we are connected to the source of all life through gratefulness, through receptivity, through openness. That Source-place is within, overflowing. Everything in life changes. The river knows this well, changing constantly… and yet, it is only the forms that change. The river calls us to self-awareness. The river shows us how to say “Yes,” to every obstacle, to trust the onward motion of life. We will search for the calm surface that reveals the depths and then look for those same depths within. Through chant, reflection, and holy conversation with Nature, we will receive and embody these lessons of the river.
Rabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in the Alliance for Jewish Renewal and director of The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice. She composes and performs spiritual music, has produced 10 albums, and is the author of 3 books. Shefa combines her grounding in Judaism with a background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Native American spiritual traditions to make her uniquely qualified as a spiritual bridge celebrating the shared path of devotion.