The author guides readers toward renewal of mind, heart, and spirit by encouraging them to take time away from the busyness of their lives through retreat. Drawing on her experience as a retreatant and retreat leader, she introduces readers to opportunities for personal restoration within a variety of focused retreats. She wonders how Friends experience of expectant waiting influences the retreat process and how retreats influence expectant waiting. She encourages the “big questions” – What has meaning and purpose in my life? What am I avoiding? What brings me most alive? – and offers specific practices for retreatants to cultivate in everyday life.
About the Author(s)
Valerie Brown is a popular Pendle Hill teacher and retreat leader and the author of two previous Pendle Hill pamphlets, Living from the Center: Mindfulness Meditation and Centering for Friends (PHP #407) and The Mindful Quaker (PHP #386). A certified Kundalini yoga teacher, she was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh as a lay member of the Tien Hiep Order. She is also a Courage and Renewal® facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal, and a leadership coach and educator trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare & Society and the Center for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. Valerie is a member of Solebury Monthly Meeting (PA). See www.leadsmartcoaching.com for more information about Valerie and her work.
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #421