Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we had to cancel our in-person retreat at Bishop's Ranch, Spirituality Beyond Gender: Celtic Wisdom and Ascension, scheduled for April 19–22, 2020.
Yet, knowing how important it would be for everyone to be in retreat together and, in particular, at this challenging time, Fr. Seán offered in lieu of our time at Bishop’s Ranch, gatherings via Zoom for the retreat lectures and discussions. These gatherings took place May 11-13, 2020.
More good news is that the complete lecture series of Fr. Seán’s six videos will soon be posted to this web page. You will be able to relive your experience, or see what you missed!
Until then... Stay tuned. Stay healthy and safe!
The Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, CA — March 17 — 20, 2019: About 2,400 years ago, Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Some 400 years later, Jesus added his own version of that (excuse my edits!) when he said, “If the householder (consciousness) knew at what time the thief (the unconscious shadow) would break in and steal (do something stupid!), he would not go to sleep (lapse into mindless behavior.)” Most of us are asleep most of the time, driven by an unconsciously acquired (thanks to “education”) and an unconsciously accessed (knee-jerk reactions) cosmology (philosophy of life.) If you think that our world is "going to hell in a hand basket”, isn’t it time for you to choose an alternative destination and a better mode of transport? This retreat/workshop will afford you the time and the companions to undertake that odyssey and create your own GPS.
What is “Life”?
(A) Life – Some Synonyms
(B) The Origin of Life
(C) When the Created Become Creators
(D) There Is Only One Life
(E) Life: Separating Illusion from Reality
(ii) The Structure of Reality
(F) The Stages of Life
(G) Life – Excerpts from the Prologue to John’s Gospel
What is “Evil”?
(A) Theory One - Satan as Shadow
(B) Theory Two - Satan as Cosmic Service-to-Self
(C) Theory Three - Satan as The Devil’s Advocate
(D) Theory Four – Evil as an Emergent Phenomenon
(i) The Meaning of Emergence
(ii) The Theory of Evil as an Emergent Phenomenon
(a) A Jigsaw Puzzle
What is My Mission?
(i) The Levels of Mission
(B) Individual Mission
(i) Emotions: Virtues and Vices
(ii) Two Kinds of Gifts
(iii) My Mission
(C) Global Mission
(i) Patriarchy, Matriarchy and Hate-Triarchy
(iv) From Gender to Androgyny to Soul-self
The Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, CA — March 26 — 29, 2017: There has never been a significant evolutionary shift that has not been precipitated by a major crisis. This is true in geological history e.g., the huge 1.5 billion–years–long crisis that single–celled protozoa — the first lifeforms on our planet — created, when they began extracting hydrogen from water, thus releasing oxygen, which was a deadly poison to them! Or the excess of calcium the planet was excreting which threatened to overpower it, until it found creative ways to solve the problem e.g., make coral reefs of it, build exoskeletons for shell fish, make endoskeletons for the vertebrates.
It’s true in interpersonal relationships; and — as I’m sure you can verify from personal experience — it’s true in your own life journey. Crisis properly navigated is the key to psycho–spiritual growth.
And today — as has happened many times in human history — the world political, economic and military situation presents us with issues of mammoth proportions. Hence, it bears within itself evolutionary possibilities of even greater proportions.
This retreat, and these seven lectures, is an attempt to understand the root causes of this crisis, its invitations and its hidden blessings. It looks fearlessly at the real data, not the fake news, propaganda or fear–mongering, and goes on to identify the mindset, soul–set and practices needed to turn our times towards Christ Consciousness on a planetary level.