January 30, 2020 — February 2, 2020
New Camaldoli Hermitage, Lucia California

What if our financial resources were aligned with the ancient wisdom of spiritual transformation and right action?  The contemplative stream of Wisdom Christianity offers practices that aid both the inner healing and the opening of the heart that bring us and our money into resonance with higher knowing. This weekend retreat is intended for people who know that they have more than enough financial wealth.  It will be held at New Camaldoli Hermitage, a Catholic monastery on the Big Sur Coast and will offer an experience of the contemplative practices and money conversations that comprise the work of Wisdom & Money Circles.

Details

Wisdom & Money retreats are a time to enter into a monastic rhythm of silence, chanting and prayer.  During our time together, we invite participants to share our money stories, as we feel ready. We offer teaching in contemplative spiritual practices that flow from the Christian monastic tradition, an ancient source of spiritual wisdom. We also teach practices that flow from contemporary movements for social justice, such as the Be Present Empowerment Model.  In addition to our time in circle together, we will have ample time to be on our own in silence.

Wisdom & Money retreats are intended for people who see themselves as having more than enough financial wealth and/or who come from a culture of wealth. At Wisdom & Money, we do not put a number on what constitutes wealth. We are aware that different people have different definitions of wealth and often that depends on who you are comparing yourself to and/or where you live. Our retreats are for those who recognize that they have more than they need. Most people who come to our retreats are keenly aware of economic inequities and/or have friends who struggle to make ends meet. Together, we listen for how to make financial decisions in order to create a world in which everyone has their needs met.

Typically, Wisdom & Money retreats are small circles. This retreat will be limited to eight participants to allow ample time for each person to bring his or her voice into the circle. The facilitators participate in that sharing and also offer teaching about the practices that we use. That said, Wisdom & Money retreats are not “teacher centered.” The participants and our questions are the focus, and the learnings emerge primarily from within ourselves and from listening to each other.

You do not have to be Christian to attend our retreats. We often have participants who are not Christian and/or people who were raised Christian who are no longer active in their church (as well as people who are). That said, Wisdom & Money as an organization is rooted in the Christian tradition. We are not affiliated with a particular denomination or church. This retreat will be held at New Camaldoli Hermitage, which is a community of Camaldolese Benedictine monks whose lives are dedicated to contemplation and prayer.

Wisdom Christianity offers practices that aid both the inner healing and the opening of the heart that brings us and our money into resonance with higher knowing.

Logistics

Participants will stay in simple, single rooms, each of which has a private half bath and a garden with a stunning view of the Big Sur Coast.  Private showers are a short walk.  For photos and more information about New Camaldoli Hermitage accommodations, please see here.

In keeping with Wisdom & Money’s practice of Living in Gift, Wisdom & Money retreats do not charge a “fee.” Part of what we are hoping to create in the world is a transformed flow of money. One way we practice that is by operating in the flow of gift. Our retreats are offered as a gift, and everyone who comes is invited to make an offering into the flow of gift, as we are so led or inspired, so that this ministry can continue to exist and thrive.

Wisdom & Money also practices financial transparency.  Toward that end we share information on the organization’s finances openly with people in our network, including the costs associated with hosting our programs.  The total cost of offering this retreat (including staff time) is $11,000.

We ask that you confirm your attendance by January 7, 2019.  This will allow us time to alert people on our waiting list who would like to attend and/or release rooms that are not needed.

If you're interested in attending this event, please sign up here and we'll be in touch with you.