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Wisdom School
April 2018

Wisdom School

The Way of Wisdom: a Wisdom School
Do you long for deep knowing?
Do you thirst for deep rest?


Wisdom is a way of knowing what goes beyond one’s mind, one’s rational understanding, to embrace the whole of the person: heart, mind, and body. Wisdom is the mystery embedded deep within every religion. Our particular Wisdom School will approach Wisdom through a Christian lens.

A Wisdom School is a retreat focused on living in Presence. It is about deepening what Cynthia Bourgeault calls "intelligent spiritual insight." In Wisdom Way of Knowing, she says, "Wisdom is not about knowing more but knowing deeper." This retreat will be based on the model developed by Cynthia Bourgeault.

A Wisdom School does not actually teach Wisdom; it creates a sacred space for Wisdom to emerge.

Wisdom brings about a change of consciousness. Practice is the path we follow to bring about this change.
Wisdom Jesus, Cynthia Bourgeault

Recommended reading:
Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault
Gospel of Thomas (Jan and Diane will be using Lynn Baumann’s translation. There are many others)
(Kindle free version: The Gospel of Thomas, by A. Nyland)

If you have questions, please contact Diane at (317) 437-4689 or Jan at (937) 321-5016. 

This intensive retreat occurs over two weekends, offering an ancient roadmap of human wholeness, holding sacred space for our being to increase and to have greater receptivity to Presence. Through the Benedictine tradition of prayer and work, we will prepare our hearts to perceive the signs of Wisdom. We will use a three-centered approach in order to bring heart, mind, and body into harmony and deepen our spiritual formation.

Through the use of sacred practices, including silence, prayer, work, chanting, and Lectio Divina, we will hold sacred space. The leaders will be Diane Elliott and Jan Byars. Cynthia has been Diane’s and Jan’s spiritual teacher for many years and has endorsed this beginning Wisdom School personally.

Please join us for two weekends of deep Knowing & deep Rest! Space is limited to 30, first come first served. A waitlist will be created if necessary.

Dates: (Your registration includes two weekends.)

  • Friday, April 6, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Place: Second Presbyterian Church (7700 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN  46260) 

Cost: $150 per person includes 2 weekends.
This includes Friday dinner, and Saturday & Sunday lunches and snacks. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Second Presbyterian has graciously provided the facilities, keeping the cost very low.

  • $50 is due at registration and $100 by March 1, 2018.
  • Full $150 payment is required at registration, when registering March 1 - April 3.
  • Final registration deadline is April 3.

Since breakfast is not included, please eat breakfast before coming. You can register online or mail a check (made payable to Second Presbyterian Church, Wisdom School in memo blank) to Wisdom School, Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260.