Graduate Retreat: The Potter’s Wheel – September 8th-11th 2016

CIL Graduate Retreat
September 8-11, 2016

The Potter’s Wheel

When we have totally surrendered to that beauty,
we shall be a mighty kindness Rumi

We each know these rhythms in our lives:

life is good, perhaps not perfect, but good enough
we dwell in a sense of stability, life offers itself to us, we open and grow

And then, sometimes with unexpected suddenness

we experience being thrown from the familiar ground we call our life.
we are lost, not knowing who we are, not knowing how or where to turn

The existential philosophers speak of this as a time of ‘thrownness’.

The art of pottery speaks of the potter holding the ball of clay and ‘throwing’ it upon the pottery wheel in order to shape a pot. We are the potters of our lives, lifting even those pieces of our lives that have shattered onto the wheel and turning and turning them into new forms of living clay.

As always, in our graduate retreat we will create a healing circle so that we may again and again each be the potters turning the wheel of our lives. Gathering at the end of summer will allow us to set our intentions for healing ourselves and our planet for the coming cycle of quiet, renewal, rebirth.

We will gather in Alexis’s home on Thursday evening at 6:00pm on September 8, and meet all day Friday and Saturday and until lunch on Sunday. The cost is $700. Kelly will set aside rooms in a block at the Hilton Garden Inn in Danbury. (Kelly Byrne,, 25 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 19591) To hold a place and get the code, please send $100 to Kelly. For those of you traveling from Europe, email Kelly directly and tell her that you will pay upon arrival.


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