Author Archives: Neil Douglas-Klotz

One-day online retreat with Neil and Brother Joe Kilikevice, Feb 27

Dear Friends of Abwoon,

Happy to be sharing retreat space again with good friend and colleague Br. Joe Kilikevice in Illinois, USA on 27 February, from 10 am – 1 pm Chicago time, so 4pm – 7pm here in the UK. This is sponsored for Lent by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, IL, with which Br. Joe has a relationship. For details, see here

Stay safe…all the best, Neil

Bread of Life Online Retreat 12 December

with Neil Douglas-Klotz and Br. Joseph Kilikevice

Dear Friends of Abwoon,

I am privileged to offer this special day with my friend Brother Joe, with whom I co-led many of the early Aramaic Jesus retreats in the 1980s. Together we shared teaching, sharing, Dances of Universal Peace and art-as-meditation in many forms. This online retreat day will include chant, body prayer, sharing, contemplation and bread-baking as our art-as-meditation—a reminder that daily life is our own unique art and gift of the cosmos.

Love and blessings to you all,

Neil

Create Through Us the Bread of Life

An Interfaith Advent Day of Retreat, Saturday, December 12, 2020

on Zoom, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, USA Central Standard Time

The title of this retreat is a translation of the familiar words, “Give us this day our daily bread.” sourced from the ancient texts of the Bible written in the Aramaic language Jesus spoke. This translation makes clear the mandate to be the spiritual nourishment for one another that goes beyond simply feeding the hungry. The remainder of the Aramaic text implies a radical trust that more will be provided when we are generous. “We ask only for what is needed to feed the next mouth.” Daily bread becomes the Bread of Life that welcomes all as we reach out in loving kindness to those who seek spiritual sustenance from us.  

This Advent day of retreat offers an opportunity to claim a day of peace during a time of pre-holiday stress. We reclaim the ritual of baking a loaf of bread and relearn the simple pleasure of being host and guest of one another. This becomes the ancient ritual of tasting, savoring and enjoying the nourishment of bread and friendship while observing the safety measures the covid pandemic requires. We remember that we are hosts and beloved guests who feast on the gifts of the earth and the spiritual nourishment that comes through us to each other.

Using Zoom, Neil will  offer teachings and spiritual practices on the Aramaic words of Jesus from his home in Scotland. Br. Joseph will guide the process of baking delicious honey whole wheat bread as a spiritual practice from his kitchen at Shem Center in Illinois.

Small group zoom meetings, breaks and an hour for lunch offline will be part of the day.  Participants are asked to make a commitment to the entire retreat day from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It will only be available live, not on recording later. Registration details follow below. The bread recipe is a simple one anyone can use with guidance.

A lists of ingredients and utensils will be sent with a confirmation of registration.

Sorry, we cannot accept registrations after December 7, 2020.

REGISTRATION send via e-mail Emory Mead, registrar emory.mead@yahoo.com

Name: _____________________________________

your e-mail address: _____________________________________

donation amount: __________________________

Your donation in any amount will be received with gratitude and used to help further our interfaith/inter-spiritual missions.

After registering, go to the PayPal home page, and select “Send Money, Pay on Line,” then “Send a Request” at the top of the page. Using the Shem Center e-mail address–shemcenter1993@gmail.comenter the amount of your donation. It will go directly into the Shem Center PayPal account.

If you prefer, you may send a check to:

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality

708 N. Harvey Ave.

Oak Park, IL  60302 USA

Registration for Aramaic Prayer Retreat closing Sunday

This Sunday September 13 is the last day to sign up for the online retreat in the Aramaic Prayer, which begins on Sunday 20 September, 5 pm UK time. We need a week in between for the organizers to send the details to everyone and make sure they have them. All sessions will be recorded and posted a day later to a secure web page.

I want to emphasize that the retreat is by dana, freewill donations only, absolutely no compulsion. The registrars only need your name and email address. I am not keeping track of who donates what or who donates anything. The web page will have al link to make a donation if one wishes to do so.

Registration for English speakers to: 

Sylvia Murillo: fibati58@hotmail.com  

For Spanish speakers to:

Esperanza Gonzalez: yafatta@hotmail.com

Stay Safe!

Yours in peace,

Neil

Online Aramaic Prayer Retreat, English-Spanish, beginning in September

Aramaic Prayer retreat via Zoom

8 Sessions on Sundays:

September 20-November 8

With translation into Spanish

Dear Friends,

At the request of friends in Colombia, I will be offering an 8-week retreat on the Aramaic Prayer (the “Lord’s Prayer”) in English with Spanish translation, beginning Sunday, 20 September. Each session will last 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours. They will be recorded, in case you cannot make the live session. The live session will begin at 11:00 in Colombia (GMT -5), same as in the Central Time Zone of the USA, and 17:00 in the UK. 

Although this was originally envisioned only for Spanish speakers, it is now also being opened to English speakers. I will be speaking English followed by the Spanish translation. In each session, we will take up one line of the prayer. Sessions will include:

  • An attunement based on the sounds of the words in which I will expand on the translations I did 30+ years ago in Prayers of the Cosmos.
  • A short period of answering questions from the previous week.
  • Chanting the prayer with seated or standing body prayer.
  • Silent prayer and contemplation keyed to the very challenging times in which we find ourselves today.

In the short video below, recorded in March, I talked about the Prayer in “virus times.” Our earth’s crisis has only become more urgent since then. A focus on the selfless meditation of the Aramaic Prayer can provide healing personally and allow us to send protection and blessing to our surrounding communities:

Because of translation, more time will be spent in chanting and meditation than in looking at word meanings. Both Prayers of the Cosmos and The Hidden Gospel are available in English and Spanish, so these are resources to begin with, which will help deepen the experience of the retreat series.

The retreat will be by donation. Because of the translation work involved, and in order to support those local communities, the organizers have suggested a minimum donation of $80, but no one will be excluded for lack of fundsRegistration is required, and people are requested to sign up only if they intend to stay for the full 8-week journey.

Registration and Information:

For English speakers: Sylvia Murillo, fibati58@hotmail.com

WhatsApp: +57 315 340 2013

For Spanish speakers: Esperanza Gonzalez, yafatta@hotmail.com

WhatsApp: +57 311 254 8942

Once you have registered, you may make a donation via PayPal through the following link. You do not need a PayPal account.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DT6FGH3BHU7V8&source=url

Rather than use a separate listserv, I will post audio and video recordings at a web page only available to those who have registered. Questions after each session will be sent to the organizers, with my priority for answering given to those who are Spanish-speaking. I will endeavor to do my best to answer everyone, but this series is, as mentioned, primarily about devotion, prayer, healing and sending blessing rather than linguistics.

This will likely be the only Aramaic Jesus online retreat I will do this autumn.

I hope that you will be able to join us!

Love and blessings,

Neil