May 2 & 3
Haiku Workshop and Retreat
Here and Now More Than Ever
organized by Zach Hancock
facilitated by Steve Kennedy
Joseph & Mary Retreat House, Mundelein
This is a special opportunity to learn about and experience writing haiku—one of the great contemplative Zen art-forms.
Steve Kennedy is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Here and Now Society, a haiku practice group in Colorado. He is author/editor of three books of haiku, essays, and photos by his late uncle and Central Park naturalist, Charles Kennedy. Steve is a retired K-12 and university-level educator. He is an experienced retreat leader and a practicing student of Christian mysticism and wilderness theology. He brings a reverent seeker’s mind to his haiku/haibun practice and his retreat facilitation. Zen tradition meets Christian mysticism meets real people, here and now, seeking meaning and means of seeing and healing in a fractured world.
Enter Haiku, Haibun, Senryu, and Renga as individual and communal spiritual practice. Expect some history and framing and weaving of spiritual traditions; some examples and instruction; lots of individual practice time and time for sharing; and a dash of spirited group haiku fun. And what better time for this than in the wild, blossoming belly of Spring?
So, now a taste…
Slow down. Breathe. Wander outdoors. Be present.
And practice: Be here, immersed in all that surrounds you. Expect an invitation into kinship from each particular other, each element, each scene you behold. Note the sublime brevity, the fleeting nature of each startling moment, of time, of life. Be enthralled with an insight, a feeling, an intuition of something sweet or humorous or sad or reassuring or poignant or…? Capture its essence in the elegant manner of the masters of the haiku tradition. Share what you’ve captured and know that you are new in this moment, permanently enriched, and more lovingly adept at moving forward.
You need not be familiar with haiku to attend Here and Now More Than Ever. In fact, if you are familiar with haiku, try to forget all you know and come with a Beginner’s Mind! If you make the time and prioritize attending this retreat with Steve Kennedy, you will not be disappointed. Steve is an inspired person, a gifted teacher, and will open a door of spiritual practice that you probably never knew existed.
We have reserved 20 rooms at Joseph & Mary Retreat House for Here and Now More Than Ever, the retreat begins Saturday March 2nd at 10:30 AM and concludes Sunday March 3rd following breakfast at 9 AM.
If you have never lodged at Joseph & Mary Retreat House, the accommodations are well appointed (beds are comfy according to most if not all) and the food is full of options for every diet, accommodations can be made for food allergies.
Cost of the retreat is $120 for lodging, meals, and haiku workshop.
Please contact Zach with questions and to reserve a spot.
Two Course in Miracles Study Groups
Two Community Church A Course in Miracles (ACIM) Study Groups meet each week in Room 215 at the Gorton Community Center. We gather on Thursday mornings at 9 a.m.and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., and are facilitated by Darrel Bloom and Dave Andersen. All are welcome to join at any time! Alan Cohen's description: "ACIM is a self-study system of spiritual awakening that teaches the way to inner peace and healing through the power of love and forgiveness." For more information and sign up: Study Group - ACIM
A Course in Miracles, (ACIM) is a self-study spiritual-thought system that teaches the way of love and forgiveness. It has captivated the minds and captured the hearts of millions of people who no longer want to frame their life around fear. It seeks to provide an inner peace where fear and pain once, prevailed. Cohen takes the big-picture ideas of the Course and brings them down to earth in 22 concise, easy-to-read chapters.
Please contact Dave or Darrell if you have questions.