Yearly Retreat Starts Friday Evening

Our annual retreat is coming up quite quickly.  If you want to contact AREO to register or ask questions, send a message to and we'll pass it along.

Our annual Winter Retreat is a wonderful time for reflection and renewal. This tradition allows us space to know ourselves and our F/friends better. Throughout the weekend there will be time for deep listening, for speaking, and for sharing with each other. We will have time to consider where we are—navigating from here to there—and imagining a Spirit-filled future. Possibilities include resting in a quiet space as well as role-playing, creating art, reading and journalling. Media include live guitar music and short video.

OMM ANNUAL RETREAT on the theme of “transformation and change," facilitated by Margaret Slavin, Peterborough MM
All during retreat: a comfortable rest space will be available for those who need naps or quiet time, in the nursery.
Books and papers on our theme will be on a resource table in the meeting room, Including written materials by/from our facilitator and key “Emma Field” books about transformation and change.
Friday, January 31.
5 Singing led by Bob Barnett in meeting room
5:30-6:30 simple supper (downstairs for food, upstairs to meet is our overall pattern)
6:30-7 cleanup
7 pm gather in meeting room:
Land acknowledgement
People welcomed and encouraged to explore the “wall” and the resource table for a few minutes.
7:15: Settle
Introductions and Retreat outline
Brief remarks by Margaret about the words Change/ Transition/ Transformation.
Opening worship.
Whole group go-round with name and a change you feel you are in right now.
8:25: In groups of 3 storytelling about changes people are engaged in right now, personal, societal, or global including climate change. Deep listening, 3 minutes each, 9 minutes total...
Move once to a different group, tell a different story from one of the other levels.
8:45: Closing worship-sharing
9 PM: good night…Hand out copies of Emma Field chapter to read overnight/Bedtime story?
Saturday, Feb. 1
8:15-9 Arriving, Browsing…
Coffee/teas, fruit, nuts available in front hallway
Wall and resources for handouts
9-9:15: Reading, etc. preparing to settle
Land acknowledgement
9:15: Settle. Opening worship.
Brief intro from Margaret about navigation through change
9:30: Show 3 short videos.
10 – 11: worship-sharing format: How do you keep from despair? Do you have an anchor, compass, rudder?
11:00: snack/bio break
11:30: eco-vigil activity (role play activity)
12:20: Call for people to do a roleplay of Emma meets Lucretia Mott for our evening program
12:30-1:30 lunch (catered by The Syrian kitchen) and cleanup
12:30-3:15:“R&R Free time” for walks, naps (nursery equipped with pillows) etc, reading, making art on unicorn room wall... etc.
Assignment: Find a navigation “instrument” (thing, poem or song, etc) to bring on Sunday morning.
3:15-4:30: Silence, then forming working groups: getting the help and input of others with the issues we are navigating…
World café format, scribing thoughts...
4:30 -5 PM reporting back
5:30-6: Set up for dinner (created by Isabelle Yingling and helpers)
6-7: Dinner (and cleanup)
7 PM: Singing, further wall work
7:15-9: Emma meets Lucretia Mott, and other role plays, with late dessert @ 8:15
SUNDAY Feb 2, AM plans
8-9 am WAFFLE BREAKFAST Hope to be SILENT 8:15-45, then clean up
9-10 am FINAL REFLECTIONS SESSION (before regular meeting for worship)
Worship sharing-type session where people speak to what they have written on cards, share as led:
I stay afloat in hard times by ……
My compass or direction is in…..
Hope for me is ….
10:30-11:45 meeting for worship, followed by coffee and announcements
12:30 leftovers lunch and final cleanup