I am a fountain, You are my water.
I flow from You to You.
~Zeynep Hatun (Turkey, 15th Century)

Dear Friends,
We send this high summer greeting, noticing the abundance of seed presenting itself in the garden, as the season gradually turns towards autumn. As we look forward, we would like to invite you to be in retreat at Turtle Haven with Ravi Ravindra this October 7-9, 2011.  Our last retreat in April felt the most graceful yet, as we crafted a container with multiple facets that seemed to serve well in generating community support for interspiritual inquiry and reflection.
The October theme  will be  Discovering the Way: Aligning My Will with Thy Will.  At many crossroads and in the larger arc of our lives, many of us seek a course of action, deeply desiring a path informed by forces larger than our individual ego selves. Each Great Spiritual Tradition offers wisdom in its teachings and practices, which bring us closer to enactment of a life lived in service and surrender to higher purpose, to a transpersonal, transrational will. Together, we will explore how traditional teachings guide and inform us, so that as Meister Eckhart expresses it, “What we receive in contemplation, we give out in love.”
We will be joined once again by Darlene Franz who will lead us in chant, accompanied by harmonium.  Additionally we will engage in movement, meditation, guided experience in nature, writing, and reciprocal exploration and reflection in community conversation and shared meals. Tea and good company will be provided, with each retreatant bringing his or her own lunch and snacks.
Utilizing various texts, we will be guided by Ravi in considering individual questions and situations in our lives at present, in which we seek innermost guidance that informs our actions with clarity. Questions we will embrace include the following:
·      What practices help us to cultivate deep listening to Source, to the Beloved, to the Divine?
·      How do these practices provide support for the utilization of my ego and my will, in service to my Self?

·      How do I differentiate between ego generated choice and action and inner guided and divinely inspired choice and action?
How does this relate to the cultural plague of having seemingly too many choices?
·      How do we balance this inner listening and knowing with careful analysis and helpful questioning in the process of discernment?
We will initiate the retreat on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at 8 Petals Studio in Bellingham; this will be open to the public. It will include a talk by Ravi focused on our weekend theme, as well as some group discussion and meditation. On Saturday and Sunday, we will meet at Turtle Haven in Deming, for access to the river and forest trails, and the quiet and peace of  the 11 circuit labyrinth in this rural setting. Saturday’s schedule, which will include a collective lunch, will be 10 a.m. until 5p.m.  On Sunday, we will gather at 10 a.m. and finish our day at 3 p.m. with a shorter lunch period.
We have explored opportunities for out of town participants to stay with a local retreat participant, as well as an affordable option of sharing a space at the comfortable Cedar Treehouse, www.cedartreellc.com , which has several bedrooms and a wonderful fully equipped kitchen . This could be shared by a number of you, and has been reserved for four participants thus far, who have asked that we secure the space.  Please let us know if you need help with housing.
Given the desire to have an intimate retreat experience, we are again limiting the number of participants.
If you know of others who would like to attend the retreat, please have them contact us directly, or check here at the blog.
The cost for this retreat will again be a sliding fee scale of $150 to $190.  Once registered, you will receive a reading list and more detailed information.  Please send your name, address, email address and phone number with the full tuition payable to:  Jillian Froebe, 6551 Rutsatz Road, Deming, WA 98244.   If a payment plan or financial assistance is needed, please let us know.  If something unexpected arises that changes your ability to participate and you notify us prior to September 1, your tuition will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. Tuition is nonrefundable after September 1, 2011.  Because registration is limited and the retreats have generally been full, we suggest you register soon.

We send heartfelt greetings, and hopes of sharing again in the warmth, illumination and intelligence of Ravi’s teaching, and the community that gathers around him,
Jillian Froebe and Elizabeth Kerwin