Seeing With the Eye of Your Heart: Introductory Wisdom School
With Beth O’Brien, accompanied by Ann Baltes
Tuition: sliding scale $150 – $200, plus meals and lodging
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
-Jesus, in Matthew 5:6
Within the Christian contemplative tradition it is understood that as the heart becomes undivided and the ‘eye of the heart’ is opened, a new way of seeing becomes possible—Visionary Seeing. This Wisdom School will focus on seeing from the heart.
The Benedictine motto of ora et labora (prayer and work) will furnish the template for the retreat, allowing participants to open to an expansive understanding of Wisdom through a balanced rhythm of silent meditation, sacred chanting, conscious work in community, and group teachings.
Beth O’Brien is a Benedictine oblate, spiritual director, and teacher of Centering Prayer meditation. A direct student of Cynthia Bourgeault for many years, Beth received Cynthia’s blessing in 2014 to carry the Wisdom lineage forth—and has been offering her own Wisdom Schools since that time.
In 2015, Beth founded Contemplative Presence (a ministry of spiritual transformation) as a response to the ‘quickening of desire’ in the hearts of those drawn to live as contemplatives in the world. Living on the outskirts of Madison, WI, Beth is married and the mother of two, young adult daughters. MA Education, MA Religious Studies.
Ann Baltes, Sacred Chant Leader
With an educational background in psychology, music, religion, and pastoral counseling, Ann has served in parishes and other settings in the areas of pastoral care, adult and youth faith formation, liturgical music, and retreat facilitation. As an oblate of Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, WI since 2003, Ann’s spirituality is rooted in Benedictine values which have drawn her more deeply along the contemplative path. Sustaining Ann on her path are centering prayer, music as prayer, and companioning other spiritual seekers. Ann relishes her vocation as life partner to her husband, Bill, and mother to their daughter, Grace. Her personal interests include spending time in nature, reading, cooking, and many forms of music.