Dear Friends of Springwater,
In response to inquiries and interest from a number of members and friends, we held our first 10-day retreat in many years this past May. The retreat was a success, with both participants and staff expressing appreciation for the longer format.
Right now, we are exploring whether to hold a 10-day retreat again next May, to be led by Wayne Coger and Sandra Gonzalez. We would like to begin this inquiry well in advance so that we can ensure the best possible experience for everyone involved. Some of you communicated to us that the length of notice this year was not enough to make your work arrangements and travel plans for such a length of time. Planning ahead also allows us to confirm that there will be enough participants to fill the retreat job positions so as not to overstretch Springwater staff.
With this in mind, we would like you to respond to the survey below if you have a strong interest in and high probability of attending a 10-day retreat in the second week of May 2020, should we decide to hold one. Having a commitment from participants allows us to proceed with planning our 2020 calendar knowing that both our guests and staff can take part in a smooth retreat experience. At the moment it is likely that the dates would be May 9th-19th, 2020, pending final confirmation of the 2020 calendar.
Please note that for the time being, other periods of the year are not an option for a 10-day retreat. The Center’s staff looked very closely at many different periods and their impact, and we have decided that May is the only time we can put on a 10-day retreat for the foreseeable future. Also, to limit the amount of replies to sort through, please reply to the survey only if attending the retreat is a very strong possibility for you.
Thank you for looking so far ahead in the future. A 10-day retreat brings with it certain additional considerations, and your participation can help make it happen. As a long-time friend of the Center recently said in a meeting, “We are the retreat!” Thank you all for your ongoing interest in the work of the Center and helping it flourish as place of silence, stillness, and inquiry.
With warm regards,
Springwater Center Staff