with Terrill and Robin Keeler
April 28 – 30, 2017
Many of us yearn for a break from the multiple demands and distractions of our daily lives. The purpose of this retreat is to provide an opportunity for deep and nourishing silence. We want to create at Quaker Center a supportive community in which people can connect with their own Spiritual journeys.
This retreat is open to anyone, Quaker or non-Quaker, religiously active or not, who hears the call deep within themselves for silence. Participants need not have a regular meditation discipline to be in this retreat. Persons seeking to develop and enrich their own spiritual discipline are particularly encouraged to attend.
We will meet Friday evening for introductions and to express our intentions for the weekend. Opportunities will be available for using art, yoga, walking meditation and daily Quaker meetings for worship as means for entering the silence. There may be those who choose to use this time as a solitary retreat. It is our goal to encourage participants to make use of this weekend in ways that best fit for their spiritual paths. The facilitators will be available for individual meetings as desired and requested to support participants in their individual journeys.
Quaker Center’s Redwood forest, hiking trails, meditation cottage and labyrinth will all be available to participants who seek to connect with the divine as expressed in nature.
Robin and Terrill Keeler are both professional psychotherapists and members of Live Oak Friends Meeting in Salinas, California. Throughout their married life of 45 years, they have begun each day with meditation and prayer. This practice has included reading spiritual literature from a variety of traditions, mindfulness meditation, and centering prayer. It has helped them cope with difficult periods in their lives, deepen their relationship with the Spirit, and grow closer together. Robin has participated in and led Buddhist retreats and workshops. Both Robin and Terrill are active in leading Alternatives to Violence workshops in the two Soledad prisons. For fun, Robin and Terrill enjoy music, hiking, and time with their two adult children