The Contemplative Depth of Winter (Post-Holiday Retreat)
Jan
7
to Jan 9

The Contemplative Depth of Winter (Post-Holiday Retreat)

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The gift of solitude is not ordered for the acquisition of strange contemplative powers, but first of all to the recovery of one’s deep self, and to the renewal of an authenticity…You will never find interior solitude unless you make some conscious effort to deliver yourself from the desires and the cares and the attachments of an existence in time and in the world.

~Thomas Merton~

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The Contemplative Depth of Winter (Pre-Holiday Retreat)
Dec
18
to Dec 20

The Contemplative Depth of Winter (Pre-Holiday Retreat)

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The gift of solitude is not ordered for the acquisition of strange contemplative powers, but first of all to the recovery of one’s deep self, and to the renewal of an authenticity…You will never find interior solitude unless you make some conscious effort to deliver yourself from the desires and the cares and the attachments of an existence in time and in the world.

~Thomas Merton~

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Introduction to World Religions
Jul
6
to Jul 8

Introduction to World Religions

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Faith, Belief, Spirituality and Wisdom have been born in many places throughout our history. Presently, people of different ways are living and working side-by-side more than at any other time due to modern transportation, education, job opportunities, and immigration. What the mainstream news outlets and the socially conditioned world purport about these beliefs and practices can be very different from their actual roots and essences. This retreat will introduce people to the major concepts and different schools of Buddhism; the development of Hinduism and Vedanta through the evolution of its holy books: the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita; will delve into Taoism and its text The Tao Te Ching, and will in inquire into the religion of Islam and its mystical branch, Sufism. All of these religions, or ways of being, ask each individual to look deeply within them self in order to uncover or awaken to a deeper reality than that of our separate ego or social, cultural, and political conditioning.

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May
25
to May 26

Understanding Context and Awakening from Conditioning: A New Vision of Jesus and the Gnostics

For this retreat, we will be utilizing two books: "Jesus a New Vision: Spirit, Culture and The Life of Discipleship" by Marcus J. Borg and  "Cracking the Gnostic Code: The Powers in Gnosticism" by Walter Wink.  During our inquiries into these two books, led by Paul W. Jacob (Jake), we will utilize contemplative reading as a gateway to deeper understanding.  In "Jesus A New Vision", we will be placed into the spiritual, religious, political, and socio-cultural context of the world that Jesus lived and taught in.  This will allow us to holistically associate how this world shaped his teachings and how his teachings challenged and sought to revolutionize that world. Through "Cracking the Gnostic Code", we will be confronted with the world that we live in now through a penetrating and unforgiving Gnostic lens.  We will learn about the Gnostic's belief in the principalities and powers, which were as much alive during their time as they are now.  These powers, such as multi-national corporations, religious hierarchies, and social mysticism and trends, seek to hold dominion over us by allocating our true selves and authentic spirits to the realm of fiction. 


Read and contemplated together, over several days, these two books, coupled with our own societal and self-reflections, could help us to awaken out of false notions and conditionings that we have been hypnotized by for a very long time.

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Falling onto the Ground Book Release
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Falling onto the Ground Book Release

The Stony Point Center would like to invite you to an upcoming event that will feature the book launch for our current Artist-in-residence, Paul W. Jacob (Jake). The book, "Falling onto the Ground" combines Jake's Autumn Leaf Prints with Haiku and Tanka poetry.

We will be selling the art/poetry books at the event, of which 100% of the proceeds will be used to sponsor a weekend "Artist-in-Residency" for two at-risk high school students from Rockland county. 

This will also give us the opportunity to formally welcome the upcoming Artist-in-Residency, Salima Luna Ghazal Raoui, as she transitions into the SPC community.

The event will be Friday, May 11th at 7:30 pm. 

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Focusing on Thomas Merton – The Call to a Contemplative Life Retreat
Apr
20
to Apr 22

Focusing on Thomas Merton – The Call to a Contemplative Life Retreat

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Through various readings from several of Thomas Merton’s books this weekend will help retreatants to understand the evolution of his spiritual journey and his call to a contemplative life. We will see how the places he lived and visited during his early nomadic years with his father greatly influenced his life as a monk and how towards the end of his life, when he was again called to journey outwardly in order for his interior journey to continue to evolve.

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Sacred Gardening: Yielding to the Call of the Land
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Sacred Gardening: Yielding to the Call of the Land

Paul Jacob spent two years developing a sustainable organic garden/orchard for a family on Cortes Island, off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.  This program is a combination of both visuals (photographs that document the creation and evolution of that garden/orchard and the community that developed through it) and a lecture about how to start listening to and tending the land no matter where you live.

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Focusing on Henri Nouwen – Balancing Solitude and Community Retreat
Feb
23
to Feb 25

Focusing on Henri Nouwen – Balancing Solitude and Community Retreat

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Come join us on a weekend that will utilize various books and sermons by Henri Nouwen in order to guide us into a deeper understanding of how we can cultivate a balance between solitude and community, and that actually, the solitude and community are inseparable to the health of each other and every individual’s spiritual journey.

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Copy of Acoustic Harvest Concert
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Copy of Acoustic Harvest Concert

The upcoming Acoustical Harvest will feature classical Spanish guitarist Jacqueline Henry-Ross and poet, author, and Stony Point Center writer-in-residence Paul W. Jacob. A combination of musical stylings and locational vignettes will take our audience on a journey through the autumnal landscape of North America. It is sure to be an inspiring and delightful event for all who attend!

We hope you’ll consider joining us for this exciting event that will benefit the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center. Tickets are available for $10 per person and will be sold at the door. The “Acoustical Harvest” will take place at Our Lady of the Atonement Chapel on November 3rd at 7 p.m.

Below you will find a few more details about our featured performers. Their talent and experience are sure to add to this unique autumn experience.

Jacqueline Henry-Ross is a classical guitarist who lives in Northern California. She started to play the guitar at the age of nine and studied intensely under the tutelage of David Grimes, ultimately graduating with a Music Degree from California State University at Fullerton. Her most profound musical memories include having taken Master Classes with the world renowned classical guitarist Maestro Andrés Segovia. In addition, she and her twin sister Patricia Turner were chosen to perform for Segovia as a duo at a benefit concert in his honor at the “Coconut Grove” in Los Angeles along with the Brazilian guitarist, Larindo Almeida. Jacqueline has performed solo and as a part of several guitar duos throughout the United States and Mexico. She has also performed live on the famous Hispanic television show Sábado Gigante.

Paul W. Jacob is a poet, author, storyteller and professor. He is currently the writer-inresidence for the Stony Point Center in the Hudson River Valley. Jacob has taught writing at Rollins College and Valencia College and has been a guest lecturer at Duke University and Flagler College. He was also the Co-Founder and Publishing Director of the culturally influential Modern Nomad magazine. Jacob also collaborated with the late, great, jazz pianist Eddie Higgins on the poetry and jazz album, Miami Session. He has been a featured guest on several regional NPR programs and college radio shows. His newest book, Nomadic Devotion: A Contemplative Inquiry into the Poetics of Place takes the reader on a seasonal journey throughout North America.

*There will be books and CD’s available for purchase at the show.

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Acoustic Harvest Benefit Concert
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Harvest Benefit Concert

The Stony Point Center invites you to attend Acoustic Harvest. It will be an evening with master classical guitarist Jacqueline Henry-Ross and poet, author and professor Paul W. Jacob. The performance will take place on Friday October 27th at 7 P.M. at St. Michael’s in Penn Yan. This unique creative collaboration of classical guitar music and poetic storytelling will take the audience on a seasonal journey throughout North America, including The Finger Lakes region.

*There will be books and CD’s available for purchase at the show.

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20th Anniversary Benefit Concert
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

20th Anniversary Benefit Concert

Cobblestone Springs invites you to attend Acoustic Harvest, our 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert. It will be an evening with master classical guitarist Jacqueline Henry-Ross and poet, author and professor Paul W. Jacob. The performance will take place on Friday October 27th at 7 P.M. at St. Michael’s in Penn Yan. This unique creative collaboration of classical guitar music and poetic storytelling will take the audience on a seasonal journey throughout North America, including The Finger Lakes region.

*There will be books and CD’s available for purchase at the show.

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Great Guides of The Beloved: Female Mystics and Spiritual Teachers
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Great Guides of The Beloved: Female Mystics and Spiritual Teachers

We live in a world that has been and continues to be dominated by male religious figures and hierarchies, as well as masculine ideas of the divine. This retreat will introduce guests to the works and teachings of several female mystics and spiritual guides from various faith traditions. It will also provide retreatants with feminine archetypes of the divine. This retreat will create a space for people to break free from the bondage of their conditionings with regard to what they have been taught to believe about religion and "God." For as the great Christian mystic Meister Eckhart stated, "The Ultimate and Highest leave taking is leaving God for GOD, leaving your notion of God for an Experience of That which transcends all notions." There will also be a candlelight poetry reading of mystical female poetry on Thursday night, and a session on Friday morning where we remember great female teachers of wisdom that have touched our own lives, be it the literature of a saint or our own sister, mother or grandmother.

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