Benedictine Spirituality

Exploring Inner Rooms: an online 12 days of Christmas retreat at Cloister Seminars

It’s not too late to join a heart-stirring, soul-deepening,

online “12 days of Christmas” retreat at Cloister Seminars

Retreat leaders, married couple Chuck Huff and Almut Furchert invite you to “take a break from the hustle and bustle, to breathe, and to wonder, guided and sustained by wise women and men.” Elaborating on the reflections of Johannes Eckert, Abbot of  St. Boniface and Andechs Abbeys in Munich, they will invite us to “think about our own dwelling places and about how we might welcome the Christ child” into our lives, no matter what are lives are right now. 

From my experience with them during this season last year, I am confident they will “help us to create a breathing space between Christmas Day and Epiphany, to replenish us for the new journeys ahead.”

Who are retreat leaders Chuck Huff and Almut Furchert? 

I met these two wonderful people, who have now become my friends, at Saint Benedict’s monastery. They are the creators of Cloister Seminars with a vision to, through real-time and online workshops and retreats, “create a breathing space for us to cultivate, deepen and share our interest in monastic traditions and teachings across ages and continents.” By facilitating the dialogue between mind and heart, they help us “explore how the lessons from the monastery can sustain and replenish our soul’s journey.” They are uniquely qualified to help us unite our love of learning and desire for God as we journey toward a more intellectually and spiritually conscious life. Here are Almut Furchert’s and Chuck Huff’s bios from their website:

Almut Furchert, Ph.D. holds graduate degrees in philosophy of religion (Dr. phil.), psychology (Dipl. Psych.) and adult education from German universities and has worked in private practice in Germany for many years. She is an expert on existential thought traditions (e.g. Kierkegaard, Buber, Jaspers, Frankl) and has in the last years immersed herself in the studies of Hildegard of Bingen, teaching her as one of the fore-mothers of integrated healing science and practice to audiences ranging from nursing students to senior learners. She brings a deep appreciation for the classic texts of psychological and philosophical theory, especially those that reflect on what it means to be human. 

Chuck Huff, Ph.D. is a professor of social psychology at Saint Olaf College, MN, with extensive study in philosophy and religion. He loves to collect and draw pictures of data, to read the latest empirical research, and to connect it with themes of what it means to be human. He is an expert in the field of moral psychology and is especially interested in what makes people take (im)moral action. Chuck has been a Benedictine Oblate at Saint John’s Abbey, MN for more than 20 years. 

I welcome you to participate with me in this beautiful (and cost-free) 12 days of Christmas retreat. Click here to sign up!  

 

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