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Cosmology of Love

A weekend with David Spangler, Christopher Bamford, Janet Piedilato, Nancy Grace and Lee Irwin

November 14th - 16th, 2008

Please join us for a weekend of exploring love as a force and presence in the universe. We will explore the boundary between self and other, enter the flow of divine compassion, and reveal the sacred presence within our loving relationships, all as we seek to deepen our understanding of the ultimate goal: A Cosmology of Love.

The weekend will be a combination of interactive presentation and small group work led by the program's presenters. There will be morning dreamsharing, music, and heartful dialogue throughout the weekend, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at noon on Sunday.

LOVE AS A BOUNDARY: Engaging Self and Other with David Spangler

The challenge of the human being is to unite the finite and the infinite, the bounded and the boundless, self and other, in a partnering and co-creative wholeness that does not privilege one side or the other. It is all too common for us to choose one or the other, to focus on ourselves and our needs and wants or to lose ourselves in transcendence and self-negation. In either case, it’s like trying to play a Mozart piano concerto with one hand: much is lost.

This challenge is most felt at the boundary between self and other. A boundary does three things: it creates a specific space, it differentiates, and it provides a place of engagement and potential co-creativity. What kind of boundary fulfills these functions and also permits self and other to partner in a larger wholeness? What kind of boundary allows the bounded and the boundless, the finite and the infinite, to come together without canceling each other out?

Love is that boundary. Directed simultaneously inward to self and outward to others, love can provide a structure that holds the particular and the differentiated even as it opens in spaciousness to hold all that is larger than self. In this talk, we will explore this power of love not simply as an emotion or even as a spiritual force but as a container, an action, in which Self and Sacred are held together in mutually fostering ways.

SACRED HOSPITALITY: Entering the Flow of Divine Mercy and Compassion with Christopher Bamford

At the heart of the very idea of revelation, especially in the Abrahamic traditions, is the unconditional gift of an unknown, groundless, giving ground of all: an absolute sourceless spring of infinite generosity and love. Abraham himself first and paradigmatically announced this radical reality, calling upon human beings to turn themselves around and become divine vessels, dialogical, polyphonic heart-centered universal beings: givers not takers, assenters not negators, able to transform power into love and force into mercy and compassion. Drawing on the living stream of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic wisdom, this talk will explore the many voices that teach such a cosmology of love and seek simple ways in which human beings today can begin to realize this reality in their lives.

THE ULTIMATE MATRIX: Understanding Love as the Fabric of Life with Janet Piedilato

The biologist looks for the ultimate unit of life and rests with the structure called the cell. The physicist looks deeper and going beyond the focus on what is life and what is inanimate, delves into the sub atomic territory of all manifest. Yet the physicist sees the ultimate sub atomic unit, not directly but indirectly in a territory where presence is determined by inference, by energetic presences made known by patterns, waves, symbols that merely point to that which the eye cannot see.

These sub atomic units appear to be at the very basis of all manifest. Mysterious and perplexing, “spooky” as Albert Einstein once complained, because they act in contradictory ways that appear not in line with what is demonstrated in our reality experiences. Yet perhaps these contradictions point us to truth, to understanding something of the fabric of our being: not something that can be measured and named definitively. Not something that can be placed in a neat category completely understood….No. These tiny sub atomic units, the basis of all manifest behave in a manner that points us towards something magical and elusive, an enigma, a paradox, a mystery.

What are these sub atomic particles/waves really, or rather what do the inferred signs point to? What actually lies at the Ultimate Matrix? How can a very physical universe have at its root something not so physical? Does science now join with the more ancient spiritual beliefs to point toward the truth? Could the energy that lies at the core be none other than love, of Beloved? Could love be the coin of many sides upon which all opposites sit? Can love solve the mystery that unites all being? Together we shall explore how such complexity can be united by the simplicity of love.

THE CIRCLE OF LOVE: Transformation through Relations with Lee Irwin

The Hermetic maximum of “as above, so below” can be reinterpreted to also mean “as below, so also above”. Human love not only reflects divine love, but also provides a medium through which love can actualize and change the world. Our loving relationships are like templates, they provide patterns of love that can energize a creative process of development which is the very heart of divine manifestation. In a co-creative sense, the above-below paradigm reflects processes of relatedness - each of us is an agent of divine possibility and our love relation with others creates a “third field” in which the self-other relation are infused with a distinct sacred presence. This sacred presence is held and energized by the authenticity of the love shared and simultaneously that same presence energizes creative possibility in a loving context. The deep mystery of love is to honor and revere that sacred presence as a guide to inspired relatedness through co-creative interaction. How can we deepen the “metaphysica” of love? How can we access the greater sentience of the third field? How does that greater sentience open us, though love, to deeper insight that reflects the creative ground of Being? Let’s explore the interfaces between the cosmic and personal aspects of love in a universe of mystery and transformation.

MORNING DREAMSHARING with Nancy Grace

Each morning during the weekend, anyone interested is invited to join us to share dreams from the previous night. We will explore how our dreams may be reflecting the themes of the weekend, offering us guidance and creative inspiration as we explore our Cosmology of Love.

GUIDING VOICES BIOS

David Spangler is an internationally known spiritual teacher and writer, and was instrumental in helping establish the Findhorn Foundation community in northern Scotland in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. Since then David has traveled widely within the United States and Canada giving classes, workshops and lectures. His themes have included the emergence of a holistic culture, the nature of personal sacredness, our participation in a coevolving, co-creative universe, partnering, and working with spiritual realms, our responsibility to the earth and to each other, the spiritual nature and power of our individuality, and our calling to be of service at this crucial time of world history. Many of these themes come together in his primary work, which is the development of a spiritual perspective and practice called Incarnational Spirituality.

Lee Irwin is Director of the Religious Studies department at the College of Charleston specializing in Native American spirituality and Western mystical traditions. He sits on the board of the Association for the Study of Esotericism. Lee is the author of many books including The Dream Seekers: Native American Visionary Traditions of the Great Plains, Visionary Worlds: The Making and Unmaking of Reality, and Awakening the Spirit: On Life, Illumination and Being. He has books forthcoming on spiritual alchemy and Sophianic studies.

Janet Piedilato is a transpersonal psychologist with an ecclectic background that is grounded with a doctorate in biology, tempered with a doctorate in transpersonal psychology, and empowered by years of study as a student of shamanism, herbal therapy, and ancient dream ritual. Dr. Piedilato literally straddles the fence between the scientific and the intuitive, the waking and the dream realities. Dr. Piedilato maintains a private practice, facilitates workshops and pilgrimages to sacred sites, is the founder and CEO of Immaginal, and founder/director of Temenos, a sacred teaching space. A passionate alchemist and diplome pastry chef, she offers courses at Temenos focusing on the inner path of dream and visionary work as well on the incorporation of spiritual intention in the preparation of alchemical feasts.

Christopher Bamford, editor of SteinerBooks and Lindisfarne Books, is a writer and scholar of Western esotericism, esoteric Christianity and Anthroposophy. He is the author of, most recently, An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit if Wisdom in the West, and is one of the founders of Seven Pillars’ Green Hermeticism track.

Nancy Grace has been learning and teaching about dreams for twenty years, with a focus on dreamwork as spiritual practice, and the benefits of sharing dreams in groups. She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and co-founded the Cummington Community Dream Center in western Massachusetts in 2004. Nancy has an M.A. in Transformative Arts, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Mythology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in southern California.

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of his grandfather, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is also the President of the Suluk Academy and founder of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. Pir Zia holds a Doctoral degree in Religion from Duke University and is a recipient of the U Thant Peace Award.

Jennifer Alia Wittman is Director of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, and spent much of her formative professional life exploring the intersection of love and social change. Alia will serve as host and moderator for the weekend.

For this weekend, participants must commit to the entire program, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. through Sunday at noon.

Friday, November 14, 2008

2 - 6 p.m. Registration @ Seven Pillars' Offices

6 - 7 p.m. Dinner @ Abode Dining Room

7 - 9 p.m. Opening Evening

On a Cosmology of Love
with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan


Sacred Hospitality: Entering the Flow of Divine Mercy and Compassion
with Christopher Bamford

Saturday, November 15, 2008

7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast

8 - 9 a.m. Dreamsharing

9:15 - 10:45 a.m. The Circle of Love: Transformation through Relations with Lee Irwin

10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Small Groups

Group One with Lee Irwin and Nancy Grace (Conference Room)
Group Two with Janet Piedilato and Christopher Bamford (Meditation Hall)
Group Three with David Spangler and Jennifer Alia Wittman (Library)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Free Time

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. The Ultimate Matrix: Understanding Love as the Fabric of Life with Janet Piedilato

3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Break

4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Small Groups

Group One with David Spangler and Jennifer Alia Wittman (Library)
Group Two with Lee Irwin and Nancy Grace (Conference Room)
Group Three with Janet Piedilato and Christopher Bamford (Meditation Hall)

6 - 7 p.m. Dinner @ Abode Dining Room

8 - 10 p.m. Love as a Boundary: Engaging Self and Other with David Spangler

Sunday, November 16, 2008

7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast @ Abode Dining Room

8 - 9 a.m. Dreamsharing

9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Small Groups

Group One with Janet Piedilato and Christopher Bamford (Meditation Hall)
Group Two with David Spangler and Jennifer Alia Wittman (Library)
Group Three with Lee Irwin and Nancy Grace (Conference Room)

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Closing

12:15 p.m. Abode Sunday Brunch


Early Bird Discount Extended Through November 7th, 2008!

To register please either register online at http://www.sevenpillarsevents.org, or contact Seven Pillars’ office at 518-794-8777. If you call and meet our answering machine, please leave a message with your name, number, and the best times to return your call. We have a very small staff, and do our best to return calls as quickly as possible.

At the time of registration, please be ready to provide the following information:

1. First and Last Name, Preferred Name for Event Badge
2. Street Address, City, State and Zip
3. Email Address
4. Phone Numbers, Primary and Cell
5. Housing Preference
6. Travel Plans
7. Special Dietary or Other Needs
8. Payment Information.

At the time of registration we process the full amount of attending the program. If you must cancel, please let us know at least 48 hours before the program’s start time, and we will refund your payment, minus a $50 non-refundable deposit. Any cancellations within 48 hours of the program’s start time will be refunded 50% of the original payment.

Tuition

$195 tuition if registered by November 7, 2008
$225 tuition as of November 8, 2008

$145 tuition for adults under age 29.

A limited number of partial scholarships/work exchange positions are available.

Housing & Commuter Fees

Housing will be provided by the Abode of the Message, 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, New York. Room and Board rates for the weekend are as follow:

Single Room $170, 2 nights
Double Room $140, 2 nights
Dorm Room $110, 2 nights
Commuter $80, 2 days

All housing and commuter fees include dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. As much as possible, meals will be organic and locally grown.

Additional Accommodations

If you would like to arrange your own accommodations, and then attend the Cosmology of Love program as a commuter, below are additional local housing options:

The Shaker Mill Inn
Off Route 22 on Cherry Lane
Canaan, NY 12029
(800) 365-9345 or (518) 794-9345
E-mail: stay@shakermillfarminn.com
5 minutes from the Abode
Rates: from $80 - $110
Website: http://www.shakermillfarminn.com

Shaker Meadows B & B
14209 Rt. 22 South
New Lebanon, NY 12125
(518) 794-9385
5 minutes from the Abode
(Bed and Breakfast; 6 Rooms)
Rates: $85-$125

The Churchill House
228 Churchill Road
(Route 22 and Churchill Road)
New Lebanon, NY 12125
5 minutes from the Abode
(800) 532-2702 or (518) 766-5852
Rates: $135- $175
Website: http://www.churchillhousebb.com

Hitchcock House B & B
14163 Rt. 22 South
New Lebanon, NY. 12125
5 minutes from the Abode
(Bed and Breakfast; 4 Rooms)
(518) 794-8826
Rates: $85-$125
Website: http://www.hitchcockhousebb.com

Berkshire Mountain House
150 Berkshire Way
Stephentown, NY 12168
(800) 497-0176
5 minutes from Darrow
(Bed and Breakfast; 9 Rooms, 1 apartment, and 2 cottages)
Rates: $95-$199; whole cottage from $250. Includes breakfasts
E-mail: info@berkshirebb.com
Website: http://www.berkshirebb.com/

The Hancock Inn
Route 43, 102 Main Street
Hancock, MA 01237
(413) 738-5873
10 minutes from Darrow
Rates: $59- $150 (mention Darrow)

The Inn at Richmond
Route 41, 802 State Road
Richmond, MA 01254
(413) 698-2566 or (888) 968-4748
E-Mail: innkeepers@innatrichmond.com
10 minutes from Darrow
Rates: $125-$300
Website: http://www.innatrichmond.com

The Inn at Silver Maple Farm
1871 Route 295, P.O. Box 358
Canaan, NY 12029
(518) 781-3600
E-mail: info@silvermaplefarm
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $90-$290
Website: http://www.silvermaplefarm.com

The Spencer House, A Country Inn
446 Route 20 (located on Route 20 & 22)
New Lebanon, NY 12125
(518) 794-6500
5 minutes from the Abode (Bed and Breakfast)
Rates: $100-$150
Website: http://www.thespencerhouse.com/

Mill House Inn
86 State Route 43, PO Box 1079
Hancock, MA 01237
(800) 563-8645 or (518) 733-5606
E-Mail: mailto:%20fxt2@taconic.net
10 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $115-$170
Website: http://www.themillhouseinn.com/

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
37 Corey Road
Hancock, MA 01237
(800) 882-8859 or (413) 738-5500
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $99-$249
Website: http://www.jiminypeak.com

The Orchards Hotel
222 Adams Road
Williamstown, MA
(413) 458-9611 or (800) 225-1517
30 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $175-$450

The Sedgwick Inn
Route 22
Berlin, NY 12022
(518) 658-2334
E-Mail: mailto:sedwickin@aol.com
20 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $78-$125
Website: http://www.regionnet.com/colberk/sedgwickinn

The Red Lion Inn
Route 7, Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-5545
E-Mail: reservations@redlioninn.com
30 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $89 - $360
Website: http://www.redlioninn.com

Ramada Inn
1350 West Housatonic Street (Route 20)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-8714
10 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $119 - room; $189 - suite
Mention “Darrow School” for 10% discount.

Comfort Inn
1055 South Street (Routes 7 & 20)
Pittsfield MA
(413) 443-4714
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $119 - room; $189 - suite.

Cranwell Resort & Golf Club
55 Lee Road (Route 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-1364 or (800) 272-6935
E-mail: mailto:info@cranwell.com
20 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $165-$515
Website: http://www.cranwell.com

Howard Johnson
462 Pittsfield Road (Routes 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 442-4000 or (800) 446-4656
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $58-$215

Patriot Suites Hotel
8 Dan Fox Drive (Corner of Route 20)
Pittsfield, MA 01240
(413) 972-3300
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $140-$300

The Yankee Inn
461 Pittsfield Road
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 499-3700 or (800) 835-2364
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $69-$269

Days Inn
194 Pittsfield Road (Routes 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-3560 or (800) 329-7466
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $48 - $195

White Horse Inn
378 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-2512
E-mail: whorsein@bcn.net
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $95
Website: http://www.whitehorsebb.com

Crowne Plaza Pittsfield
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-2000 or 800-2-CROWNE
E-mail: mailto:crplaza@berkshire.net
15 minutes from the Abode
In the center of Pittsfield
Rates: $99-$289
Website: http://www.berkshirecrowne.com

Yankee Extended Stay Suites
20 West Housatonic Street (Route 20)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-3700 or (800) 835-2364
E-Mail: Raya@yankeeinn.com
10 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $65-$225
Website: http://www.berkshireinns.com

All attendees will check in at Seven Pillars’ offices, 256 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, New York, on the grounds of the Abode of the Message. http://www.abodeprograms.org

Directions to the Abode of the Message

From the North:

Take Interstate 87 South (Northway) to Interstate 90 East through Albany. Get off at Exit 11E, and take Rt. 20 East toward Pittsfield, MA. After passing through the town of New Lebanon, continue on Rt. 20 East for approximately one mile, to the Darrow Road sign on the right. Turn right onto Darrow Road and proceed to the end, to the Abode of the Message, and then to the old brown barn on the right. Parking is right beyond the barn on the right.

From the South/NYC/NJ/Eastern PA:

Option #1

Take Interstate 87 North (New York Thruway) to Interstate 90 East (Berkshire connector). Get off at Exit B3, which is Rt. 22 North.
Proceed on Rt. 22 North until you reach the intersection of Routes 22 and 20. Turn right onto Rt. 20 and take Rt. 20 East toward Pittsfield, MA. Continue on Rt. 20 East for approximately one mile to the Darrow Road sign on the right. Turn right onto Darrow Road and proceed to the end, to the Abode of the Message, and then to the old brown barn on the right. Parking is right beyond the barn on the right.

Option #2

Leave the New York Thruway at the Interstate 84 Exit and proceed east on Interstate 84. After approximately 17 miles, exit onto the Taconic Parkway North and proceed 65 miles to the exit for Rt. 295 East. Go 8 miles east on Rt. 295 to the traffic light which is the intersection of Routes 295 and 22. Turn left onto Rt. 22 North. At this point, follow the directions for Rt. 22 above.

From the East:

Option #1:

Take Interstate 90 West (Massachusetts Turnpike). Get off at Exit B3 and take Rt. 22 North. At this point, follow the directions for Route 22 above.

Option #2

Take Interstate 84 West to the Taconic Parkway. Proceed North on the Taconic Parkway and get off at the exit for Rt. 295 East. Go 8 miles east on Rt. 295 to the traffic light which is the intersection of Routes 295 and 22. Turn left onto Rt. 22 North and follow the directions for Rt. 22 above.

From the West:

Take Interstate 90 East. Get off at Exit 11E and take Rt. 20 East toward Pittsfield, MA. After passing through the town of New Lebanon, continue on Rt. 20 East for approximately one mile, to the Darrow Road sign on the right. Turn right onto Darrow Road and proceed to the end, to the Abode of the Message, and then to the old brown barn on the right. Parking is right beyond the barn on the right.

By Air:

If you plan to arrive via air, please arrange to fly into Albany International Airport.

Shuttle service is available, coordinated by Khalid Triebe. Please see information and rates below.

By Train:

If you plan to arrive via train, there is commuter train service from New York City’s Grand Central Station to Wassaic, which then includes a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from the station to the Abode of the Message.

There are also train stations in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (20 minutes away) and Albany, New York (45 minutes away).

Shuttle service is available, coordinated by Khalid Triebe. Please see information and rates below.

By Bus:

If you plan to arrive via bus, there is Greyhound Bus Service to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and Albany, New York.

Shuttle service is available, coordinated by Khalid Triebe. Please see information and rates below.

Shuttle Service

To arrange for Shuttle Service, please contact Khalid Triebe at abodeshuttle@gmail.com, or via his cell, 518-470-0017.

Airport Rates

$50 per person, each way, for one traveler.
$30 per person, each way, for two travelers.
$25 per person, each way, for three or more travelers.

Train & Bus Rates from Albany

$35 per person, each way, for one traveler.
$25 per person, each way, for two travelers.
$20 per person, each way, for three or more travelers.

Train & Bus Rates from Pittsfield

$15 per person, each way, flat rate.

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