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an Intimate Gathering:
The Spirit of the Beguines Retreat and Pilgrimage
to twenty-eight 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.
a Financial Commitment:
The retreat has been priced to cover specific
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 nine day retreat is $3100.00 if paid in-full
by June 1st 2015. A non-refundable deposit of $350 is due at time of
registration with balance due within 30 days of acceptance, to ensure your spot
in the retreat. If for some reason your application is not accepted (i.e.,
because the retreat is full) your deposit will be refunded. After June 1st
the cost of the retreat is $3450.00. Based on our previous experience of
offering small, nurturing retreats "In the Spirit of the Beguines
Retreat and Pilgrimage" will be filled by June 1st so if
you are inspired to join us, please make your commitment early.
What is covered
in the retreat fee:
from the Brussel Nationaal/Bruxelles-National
on Saturday, September
19, 2015 to our hotel in Brugge, Belgium. (Plan flights to arrive by 9:00AM. If
you arrive later or want to arrive early we will provide information regarding
taking a train, at your own cost, to the hotel which is approximately sixty
minutes from the airport).
occupancy lodging: Three nights at Hotel Novotel Brugge Centrum. http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-1033-novotel-brugge-centrum/index.shtml
And five nights
at Begijnhof Hotel in Leuven Belgium, directly adjacent to the Groot Begijnhof
of Leuven. http://www.bchotel.be/en/ All
include private bath, hairdryer, TV, direct-dial telephones, full breakfast and
use of fitness facilities. 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.
Breakfast every day: Starting Sunday, September
20th thru Sunday, September
every day except Sunday September 20th when you are free to enjoy
lunch on your own after church in Brugge
Five three-course dinners hosted at the Novotel
in Brugge, the Faulty Club in Leuven and a special farewell dinner at the Het Anker Brewery is a Flemish brewery in Mechelen, originally
founded in 1471 by a community of Beguines. Each dinner includes one glass of
the local wine or beer (if desired).
facility and coffee breaks
on the days we are “retreating” at the Faculty Club in Brugge.
Vegetarian options can be pre-arranged. Every
attempt will be made to accommodate food restrictions that are identified
Two Full- Day trips (see Itinerary) to include, bus transportation,
museum entrance fees, professional English-speaking guides and lunches.
from Brugge to Leuven
Two segments of teaching by theologian Rev.
Matthew Fox, author of numerous books and articles that reference the Beguines
and their influence on medieval culture, the spiritual experience of lay
persons and on mystics like Meister Eckhart.
Retreat facilitation and teaching by Dr. Susan
Coppage Evans, Stephanie Raffelock and Prof. Dr. Rob Faesen, SJ
Teaching materials for the retreat
The cost of the retreat is the equivalent of
all fees for items listed above, transportation and lodging for the teachers, teaching
stipends for Rev. Matthew Fox and Dr. Faeson and $20.00/day per person
administrative fee/facilitation fee for WholeHearted/Dr. Coppage Evans
is NOT covered in the retreat fee:
or Brugge Belgium from/to your home (no airfare is included)
No refunds can be made due to the small
nature of our group. Consider travel insurance in case of personal emergency.
bus driver, guides, hotel staff, etc.
included and are open for planning on your own or with other participants.
outside one glass of wine or beer at dinner.
the hotel on Sunday
September 27th to the airport.
for individual or shared use and cost approximately 60 EUROS/$70 US Dollars. Times
can be arranged once at the retreat and coordinated with other participants. The collaborating partner is taxi
Jenny. The drive from the hotel to the airport (Brussels) takes about 15 à 20
minutes when it is not rush hour.
are several direct train connections from Leuven to Brussels airport. On the
you can find all necessary timetables & prices. Should you need help, the
hotel will provide an exact overview for you. To go to the train station of
Leuven it is advised that guests take a taxi which will cost appr. € 10.
will be two $1000.00 retreat assistant scholarships offered. Retreat assistants will be the
right-hand helpers of Susan and Stephanie. They will have plenty of retreat
experience time but will have many jobs and duties as well. Most duties will be
related to providing hospitality to other pilgrims and to help set up rooms
with chairs and supplies as needed. Assistants should be comfortable arriving
to scheduled talks or events 15-30 minutes early. If you would like to apply
for a work scholarship, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 –The Spirit of the Beguines
an Emotional Commitment
is the intention of Susan and Stephanie 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
only two hotels during 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 Belgium.
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, inspiration
and wisdom emerge; the space where God whispers and we clearly hear. If
you are accepted as one of the twenty-eight
participants, you will receive from us some suggested ways to prepare so that
you and the other twenty-seven participants, together – can make this a
powerful retreat and pilgrimage.
for the Journey
to be one of the twenty-eight participants by completing the
following form and mail a non-refundable $350 deposit to:
Guy Hill Rd
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 $350 deposit will be
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 Stephanie
or call Susan at 303-279-9288.