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* The Breathing Life of All: Chants, Movement, & Meditations with the Aramaic Jesus

This retreat will offer an experience of chanting, moving and meditating with the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus (the "Lord's Prayer").  

This is a wonderful doorway into Jesus’ native spirituality and way of meditation, whether or not you have joined in an Aramaic Jesus retreats previously.

This meditative art combines simple chanting with contemplative, body-based awareness, either sitting in silence and/or with gentle circle dance movement in the form of "Dances of Universal Peace." 

It can also be used in an individual retreat process of spiritual renewal, when various words or sayings are combined in particular ways. The leader will also offer some guidance in this area.  Neil will also share insights from his new book Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus.

There are two retreat parts.

  1. The first part is open to all. Begins on Friday night and concludes on Sunday morning. Generous breaks throughout. See detailed schedule below.
  2. The second retreat portion is optional and focused on support for leading the chanting and body movements. Read more below. Scheduled for Monday morning and afternoon. Folks attending Monday should attend the full weekend retreat.

Retreat Schedule

Friday evening, April 14, 2023

  • 7-9 p.m. - Session

Saturday, April 15, 2023

  • 9 a.m.-12 noon - Session with 30 minute tea break in the middle
  • 12 noon-2:30 p.m. - Lunch & Break
  • 2:30-5:30 p.m. - Session with 30 minute tea break in the middle
  • 5:30-7 p.m. - Dinner Break
  • 7-9 p.m. - Session

Sunday, April 16, 2023

  • 9 a.m.-12 noon - Session with mid-morning tea break
  • 12 noon-1:30 p.m. - End of retreat. Lunch provided
  • Afternoon & evening is free time for those staying for Monday

Monday, April 17, 2023 - For Leaders

  • similar to Saturday's schedule from 9-5:30 p.m.

Monday Leadership Workshop on the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus

This day workshop will focus on leadership of the movements, chants and body prayers to the Dances of Universal Peace connected to Neil's work with the Aramaic Prayer.

He will also offer advice for those using the prayer chants and their "seed sounds" in chanting or contemplative prayer/meditation groups without the use of the dances.

One need not be a Dances of Universal Peace leader to attend. Some experience leading meditation or chant will, however, make the day more useful and practical.

Retreat leader: Since the publication of Neil Douglas-Klotz’s Prayers of the Cosmos in 1990, which Dr. Matthew Fox called the “seeds of a revolution,” chanting and meditating with the words of Jesus in his native Aramaic language has become one of the main contemplative prayer methods in various spiritual communities around the world. 

Using Aramaic (either aloud or silently) offers one a direct connection through vibration, sound and breath to the spirituality of person who used the words, as well as to the indigenous Christianity of the Middle East, which predates the Western creeds and theologies based in “original sin.” In the same way that some Eastern mantra can, it bypasses the overly-busy, conceptual mind and allows prayer to enter deeply into one’s feeling and body.

Registration Information:

This retreat will be offered in-person. 

Registration will be limited to 65 people.  

Stay tuned for announcements when registration will open.  We expect sometime in early 2023.  

Scholarships are available. Please email Morgan @ healingpartners.biz for consideration.

Meal Information, tentatively:  

For the main retreat, two lunches (Saturday & Sunday) and one dinner (Saturday) is provided in registration. Tentatively planning for lunches to be vegetarian and for a meat option available for dinner.

On Monday, lunch is also provided.

Dietary preferences will be collected during registration. Please let us know us if you prefer vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free options. We will accommodate as best we can.

Lodging Information:

This will not a residential retreat. Lodging is on your own.

A block of rooms will be reserved at the nearest hotel and other lodging information will be available at time of registration.  Please make arrangements at your earliest convenience.

If you would like to be matched for a homestay, we will update the contact info for the homestay coordinator when registration is open.  

Covid Protocols:

Coming soon!

Volunteer Needs:

Coming soon!

Tinyurl:  https://plm.tiny.us/AramaicRetreat2023

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