Programs & Events

Brigid and the Winter of Our Discontent:
An Imbolc Invocation and Practice

Whether we feel undone by the long dark of winter or a harsh and confounding ordeal, we require the aid and wisdom of a strong and capable spirit ally, and there is none so many-faceted nor luminous as Brigid, triple goddess and revered saint of the Celtic people. On her Imbolc feast day, February 1st, we will both invoke and celebrate this powerful beacon of the Divine Feminine, known to the ancients as a Mother of Life, and to Celtic Christians as Mary of the Gaels. A worker of miracles, a bringer of spring, an inspiration to poets, artists, healers, and mothers, this Celtic luminary Brigid, whose very name means “fiery arrow,” will help us to pierce our darkness. Turning to story, ritual, practice and prayer, we will explore all the many strengths and gifts Brigid can bestow upon our weary souls, fortifying us, so that we can move forward in a more empowered and enlightened way, ultimately emerging from our troubles, renewed and blessed.
Location: This will be a live virtual program and is part of Mercy by the Sea’s ongoing Celtic Prayer Circle, offered in partnership with Mercy Ecology.
Date: February 2, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. US/EDT
Retreat Director: Jane Burns is a teacher and practitioner of Celtic Shamanism. She has studied and practiced psychic and intuitive healing for over forty years. Jane is also an ordained minister and writer. Her book, Up A Tree: A Novel and Shamanic Handbook, was published in 2014 and her Celtic oracle deck, Portal to the Sacred Trees, became available in 2019. She is a founding member of the Society for Shamanic Practice and has been a member of the Shift Network faculty since 2019. For more information about our presenter, visit her website by clicking here.
Cost: $35
Registration: Now open! To register, please click here or call Guest Services at (203) 245 - 0401, ext 114.

Directed Retreat with Fr. Terrence Moran
Silent directed retreats are a space and time that allow us to step away from the busyness of life and deepen our relationship with God. Directed retreats are grounded in solitude, silence, prayer and daily meetings with a spiritual director. Mercy Ecospirituality Center, with 39 acres of land offers a beautiful and sacred space to immerse oneself in nature, to encounter God and oneself.
Location: Mercy Ecospirituality Center, Benson VT
October 10-16, 2021 (arrival between 4:00 and 5:00 PM Sunday October 10th and departure Saturday morning October 16th)
Availability: Spaces for 5 retreatants with private rooms
Retreat Director: Fr. Terrence Moran has been a spiritual director and retreat leader for 35 years and has worked in the training of spiritual directors and as Chair of the Board of Spiritual Directors International. He currently ministers as the Director of the Office of Justice, Peace, and Ecological Integrity of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and is an associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.
Cost: $530.00 for the week, all meals included. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit will be required once we confirm your reservation.
Registration: Please call (802) 537-4531 or email [email protected]


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