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Registration Details

The retreat is full, registration is closed. Please keep our pilgrimage in your prayers. 


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Building an Intimate Gathering:

The Birthing Visions Retreat is limited to twenty-five retreat participants. We look forward to creating deep connections and fostering new friendships with our shared explorations. We anticipate with excitement the contributions each person will make to the retreat as we gather a group of talented, spirited and openly curious pilgrims.


Making a Financial Commitment:

The retreat has been priced to cover specific costs involved in hosting the retreat. We are happy to be transparent with our budget and share the cost structure with retreat participants.


The cost of the ten day retreat is $2600.00 if paid in-full by October 15th. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due at time of registration with balance due within 30 days of acceptance, to ensure your spot in the retreat. After October 15th the cost of the retreat is $2850.00.


What is covered in the retreat fee:

·         Private Bus transportation from the Frankfort Airport mid-morning on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (If you arrive later or want to arrive early we will provide information regarding taking a taxi, at your own cost, to the hotel which is approximately one hour from the airport)

·         Nine nights single occupancy lodging at Hotel Jagdschloss Niederwald in Rüdesheim am Rhein. http://www.niederwald.de/en.html All rooms include private bath, hairdryer, flat screen TV, direct-dial telephones, buffet breakfast and use of the sauna.  Although there are some double rooms, the price is the same whether you are a single or a double. For some quiet retreat time we encourage your use of single rooms even if you come with a friend.

·         Meals:

o   Breakfast and Lunch every day: Starting with lunch March 14th  thru breakfast March 23rd

o   Five three-course dinners at the hotel with a menu that includes fish, meat and vegetarian main courses from which to choose.

o   Also coffee and snacks on the days we are “retreating” at the hotel

·         Day Trips:  Four Day trips (see Itinerary) to include, bus transportation, museum entrance fees, professional translators, boat and ferry fees, lunches, wine tasting, etc.

·         Two mornings of teaching by theologian Rev. Matthew Fox, author of numerous books on St. Hildegard and a prominent voice in making known Hildegard’s significant contributions.

·         Teaching materials for the retreat



What is NOT covered in the retreat fee:

·         Transportation to/from Frankfort Airport in Germany from/to your home (no airfare is included)

·         Travel insurance (No refunds can be made due to the small nature of our group. Consider travel insurance in case of personal emergency.)

·         Gratuities/tips for the bus driver, translator, hotel staff, etc.

·         Four dinners are not included and are open for planning on your own or with other participants.

·         Alcoholic beverages outside of the wine provided as part of the vineyard tour and wine tasting.

·         Travel from the hotel on Saturday March 23rd to the airport. Taxis will be available for individual or shared use and cost approximately 70 EUROS/$92 US Dollars for up to 4 persons. Times can be arranged once at the retreat and coordinated with other participants.

·         No cost for Susan and Jeannine’s planning, teaching or coordination of the retreat is included. We will take a “Teacher Offering” at the end of the retreat to be divided equally between them. (Direct costs of their air travel, meals and entrance fees have been included in the cost of the retreat).


There will be two $1000.00 retreat assistant scholarships offered. Retreat assistants will be the right-hand helpers of Susan and Jeannine. They will have plenty of retreat experience time but will have many jobs and duties as well. If you would like to apply for a work scholarship, please e-mail wholehearted@mindspring.com with your name, contact information and details about your leadership skills and experience (be specific) as well as a statement of intent with regards to what you hope to experience/learn from attending the retreat. Also, please include your foreign travel experience and what languages you speak. In the subject line of the e-mail write: Work scholarship -Birthing Visions Germany


Making an Emotional Commitment

It is the intention of Jeannine and Susan that our time together be one of transformation, deep nourishment and awakening. We encourage participants to be ready for the journey. This means having a spirit of open curiosity, of collaboration and willingness to offer your gifts to the group. We have tried to minimize the franticness of foreign travel by staying at one hotel for the whole retreat and to have an integrating physical journey at the beginning of the trip and then times of contemplation and inward exploration mid-retreat, after your body is fully at home in Germany. Even with careful planning, a pilgrimage and retreat has its elements of mystery and the unplanned, so coming with good doses of flexibility, resilience, courage and optimism is required. This is a new retreat itinerary for us so we, too, are excited to see how things unfold. Additionally, our experience informs us that it is exactly that – the mysterious unknown which tilts us a little off our axis - that has the ability to shake us out of the mundane and open us to the liminal space where visions, dreams and wisdom emerge; the space where God whispers and we clearly hear.   If you are accepted as one of the twenty-five participants, you will receive from us some suggested ways to prepare so that you and the other twenty-four participants, together – can make this a powerful retreat and pilgrimage.  



Ready for the Journey

Apply to be one of the twenty-five participants by completing the following form and mail a non-refundable $250 deposit to:


4669 Guy Hill Rd

Golden, CO 80403


You will be notified of your acceptance within 60 days at which time your balance is due. We will provide a venue for you to pay your balance due by Credit card or PayPal if desired. If the retreat is full, you will have the option of being put on a waiting list or your $250 deposit will be refunded.   


If you are not yet ready to register and submit your deposit, please do not fill out the form below, please e-mail your questions to Jeannine at jeannine@viriditasllc.com or call Susan at 303-279-9288.

Hotel Jagdschloss Niederwald

Retreat Applicant/Full Name:
E-Mail Address:
Phone number:
Mailing Address:
Age (must be 18 or over to attend):
Do you have a spiritual affiliation or community? If so, describe.
What is your hope or intention for yourself regarding attending "Birthing Visions"?
Please describe any gifts or skills that you may bring to the retreat.
Do you have any specific concerns about attending the retreat?
What is your foreign travel experience?
Other comments for Susan and Jeannine:
Are you accompanying this application with mailing a deposit check?
How did you hear about the retreat?


The Summer Day   excerpt:  Mary Oliver  

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.   
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down   
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,   
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,   
which is what I have been doing all day.   
Tell me, what else should I have done?   
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?   
Tell me, what is it you plan to do    
with your one wild and precious life?   

from New and Selected Poems, 1992    
Beacon Press, Boston, MA