​​Why Oasis Might be Right For You! ​​

Why do people come? Why when they come to one program, do they often come back for more? For some, it is straight forward--they are looking for training in spiritual direction or contemplation. We offer quality training in those areas, so they come and treasure what they find. But for others it is far from straight forward. They feel a draw toward a deeper walk with God and are really looking to find a community, where that desire resonates on the faces of others as they speak it into the opening circle. Or they have some notion of wanting to be able to lovingly listen to others around spiritual matters and come hoping to be equipped in that way. Some want to take their prayer to new levels of communion. Some come wanting to balance seminary academics with immersion into the mystery of God. Some have walked from church without walking from Spirit and seek to grow and integrate their spiritual life in new ways and learn from other seekers on the path.


 What draws you? What tugs at your heart and spirit? What would it mean to deepen your trust right there? Know from Oasis, if you come we will meet you where you are and surround you with a loving, safe, and contemplative learning community. More than anything else, that is what Oasis offers.
          --Glenn Mitchell, Director of Oasis Ministries

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Drawing from the Depths of Spirit

Contemplatively

Actively

June 2018 Day Retreats

For 2018-2019 Day Retreat Information, please visit our Day Retreats 2018-2019 webpage


Annual Thomas Merton Day Retreat


​​Glenn Mitchell gathers everyone together this June for a day apart with the works of Thomas Merton. We have been gathering annually for 15 years in the beautiful setting of Still Waters to explore the continuing contribution of Merton. Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Trappist monk, writer, poet, contemplative, was one of the most influential Christian voices of the 20th century. The day will hold reflections on a theme, time for retreat along the banks of the lovely Conodoguinet Creek, and time to share with other seekers.
    
Date: Friday, June 8, 2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location:  Still Waters Retreat Center
501 W. Slate Hill Road, Carlisle, PA 17013
Cost:   $75- $95 (as you are able) 
Register online or call the office at 717-737-8222

*Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided. Space is limited to 18, so register early.

Download the flyer for more information.

The Contemplative Art of
Watching Butterflies


Teresa Knipper, Spiritual Director, master gardener, and intuitive art teacher will offer this day long program about the contemplative art of watching butterflies.  The program will include instruction on the best plants to use to attract butterflies to your home garden, tips on viewing and photographing butterflies, and suggestions on field guides and garden information. Ample time will be provided to settle inward and discover the significance of butterflies in your own personal journey through private prayer time journaling and art experience. The day will also include walks to view butterflies in the Mercer Educational Gardens. Please dress for the outdoors with sturdy shoes, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen if you use, and bring water and lunch.
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Date: Saturday, June 9,  2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location:   Mercer Educational Gardens  
431A Federal City Road, Pennington, NJ 08534       
Cost: $60- $85 (as you are able)     
Register online or call the office at 717-737-8222

Download the flyer for more information.


Still and Still Moving ​​

How can you practice “stillness in motion” in tattered threads of your life’s web? Kent Grof will help participants learn ways to open to surprise—with silent times, film clips, music, writing, gestures, and reading. Examples: pause with another to convert your insight into a question?; invite “silent applause” in groups; use “examen” in the shower to discern a centering word/image—then expect still points on the go; enter your “portable monastery” at the computer. As you weave life’s web with “still spaces,” experience interactive contemplative moments while moving still. 
*T.S. Eliot phrase .
     
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Date: Friday, June 15,  2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Christ Presbyterian Church
 421 Deerfield Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011   

Cost: $60- $85 (as you are able)  ​
Register online or call the office at 717-737-8222

​*Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.

Download the flyer for more information.


Deeper into the Wild:
Hiking the Seasons

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Join Michael Allwein, Barbara Hutchinson, and Marjorie Ellen Rupert on any of the 4 hikes offered per year. Celebrate the changing of seasons during this 5-7 mile hike in southeast PA or northern MD. Hiking participants will be guided into times of reflection, sharing, solitude, and community.

Date: Thursday, June 21,2018
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: to be determined
Cost: $25-$50.  (as you are able)
Register online or call 717-737-8222

Download the flyer for more information.



For more day retreat opportunities
click here to visit the
Day Retreats 2018-2019 webpage

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