The Guild for Spiritual Guidance


The Guild for Spiritual Guidance, Graduate Guild Retreat

“Noticing the Numinous”

Joan A. Deiters

September 30, 2016 through October 2, 2016

Wisdom House, 229 East Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06795

There is a mystery, a felt sense, a holiness, a pre-eminently living force, a Presence, that pervades and enriches the spaces and experiences of life. Humanity has given the source of this felt sense of Presence, awe and reverence many different names but one source – God, the Divine, the Holy One -- working in, among and through all of creation. Rudolf Otto, 20th century mystic and theologian recognized the need for a word and a way for people to talk about what is felt and experienced. as awe/full. He coined the word, “numinous” as a way of engaging this experience with language and recognizing this experience as that which is separate from simple morality, creeds and ethics; that which goes beyond the simple good. Otto’s thought and writings influenced the work of CG Jung. (Above italics from: Otto’s, The Idea of the Holy)

In her description of the weekend, Joan Deiters writes: Jung talks about the importance of being in touch with the numinous.   He says that his goal in therapy is not to rid the clients of neuroses, but to help them to be in touch with the numinous. During this weekend we will explore Jung’s concept of the numinous and, most of all, consider how we might notice our own experiences of numinosity. Our experience of the numinous is almost always tied to a specific place. What makes a place “sacred” to us? What makes a place “sacred” to groups? How might we notice the numinous in nature? One of the ways we experience being touched by a numinous experience is in dreams, so we will also give some time to basic ways of looking at dreams. Last of all, we will try to formulate together how to keep in touch with the ways that the numinous is coming into, and shaping, our lives.

The retreat weekend is designed to give us time to notice, re/member, and commit to paying attention to the ways in which the numinous pervades and enriches our own lives and healing. The agenda (see attached) provides for listening, sharing, and quiet time. Please bring a journal, clothes appropriate to the weather to be outside on Saturday, and a photo of a place that touches a place deep within you, or a personal sacred place.

Joan A. Deiters, is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (Bedford Hills, NY) with a specialty in Jungian Studies, and is currently a psychoanalyst and a spiritual director in private practice in Poughkeepsie and in Bedford Hills, NY.  Joan was the cultivator for the Jungian strand for Guilds XIII-XVI, and is professor emeritus of Vassar College where she taught chemistry for many years beginning in 1978.

For Questions: please contact Cari Keith 

by phone at: 201-321-7216 or [email protected]

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The Unbearable Wholeness of Being:

Ilia Delio,

Teilhardian Scientist-Theologian 

 to Present at

 Fall Graduate Guild Retreat

September 25-27, 2015

Please mark your calendars and join us for an amazing week-end with theologian, scientist, author, teacher, and religious practitioner Ilia Delio.

Her latest book, From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe, is a volume of essays by prominent science and religion scholars applying Teilhard's insights to the needs of the current age.

This special program is co-sponsored with Wisdom House, and will be a new experience and opportunity for Guild members. Saturday, September 26, will be shared with the Wisdom House wider community; those interested in the Guild or who are discerning whether to apply to the Apprentice Program will be invited to spend the week-end with us.

This retreat will require an early registration due to the anticipated volume of requests. Watch for the forms in June and please register immediately to secure space at Wisdom House. [Due to the demand for this program, we will be unable to accept any registrations post-marked after August 15.] 

It has been said of Ilia that she shares Teilhard’s passion for the emerging, evolutionary consciousness of love. Seeing God’s loving presence in all of creation, she explores what we can learn from nature, "the little words of God," as we grow into our own wholeness. In an article about her, journalist Jamie Manson writes, "Delio is a rare theologian with doctoral degrees in both science and theology and she longs for you to see what she sees: the vast interconnectedness of human beings, God and the universe." ( Jamie L. Manson, July 16

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