We see and know Earth’s community of life is in serious trouble. Our lives witness the scale as we also teeter on a wobbly edge of collective indifference and our isolated personal despair. Yet we intuit an antidote quite the opposite: one of collective care and compassion fused with a steadfast embrace of active hope. Where might we find guidance when things feel so lost? We’ll explore this – looking to the wisdom and stories of Indigenous peoples, to intrinsic instructions Earth reveals, to nature-loving mystics, poets, and shamanic personalities, and to a universe that keeps illuminating. The retreat begins with the Sacred Universe Award Presentation and Lecture. Reflective days follow with a morning and afternoon conference, music, song, and a short prayer meditation to close each day. Image 'The Cry of Earth' by SOE Mary Southard, CSJ

  • Date: 05/18/2023 06:30 PM - 05/23/2023 12:00 PM
  • Location: 1515 Ogden Ave, La Grange Park, IL 60526, USA (Map)


This program is In-Person and on Zoom.

Zoom participants will receive Zoom sign-in information via email
upon registration + a reminder the day before the program.

Retreat Director: Maureen Wild, SC

Maureen Wild’s graduate studies focused on Living Cosmology and Sacred Ecology, leading her to create many educational programs and retreats. She served as Director of two spirituality-based ecological learning centers: Genesis Farm, NJ, and the Centre for Earth and Spirit, BC, which she co-founded. Maureen has helped foster the international network Sisters of Earth since 1994, and is among those featured in the book Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology (2007). Blessed with many great teachers, one most enduring influence is Thomas Berry, who challenged all to live a committed life of Great Work that protects, rather than ruins, Earth.

Maureen is the 2023 recipient of The Well’s Sacred Universe Award.

The cost of this retreat is $600 Overnight/$500 Commuter/$300 Zoom. Scholarships and payment plans are available for those who need them. 

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