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The Soul of Aging Spiritual Retreat

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - September 2 @ 1:00 pm MDT

At some point every person faces the inevitability of aging, its challenges and delights. Speaking about the aging process, Mary Catherine Bateson wrote: “We do not need formulas or rigid models to follow; we need to be drawn into a common process of search that will suggest new ways of being.” For those who wish to engage in that search, Mimanagish is the perfect place for the retreat called “The Soul of Aging.”

The Circle of Trust experience called “The Soul of Aging” is for people who long to explore, understand, and be transformed by the aging process. The themes address the spiritual aspects of this life season, including forgiveness, yearnings, time, serving others, and befriending our own deaths. The approach is spiritual and respectful of each person’s personal belief system. The experience requires an open spirit and honest sharing.

Based on the pioneering work of Dr. Parker J. Palmer, the Circle of Trust approach has been developed through the Center for Courage and Renewal. Participants, with a trained leader such as Cathy Barker, create a safe, confidential, and sacred space where people support each other in accessing the voice of their soul. Essays, poetry, and images inspire journaling and self-discovery. Touchstones guide the way. Everyone has the opportunity to listen deeply to the others as well as to their own inner teacher.

The retreat begins with 6:00 supper on Sunday, August 29 and ends after noon lunch on September 2. Each day will include one 2 1/2 hour session and one 1 1/2 hour session, as well as time for hiking, resting, fishing, reading, campfires, walking the labyrinth, and other soul-nourishing activities. The Mimanagish setting itself encourages deep breathing and relaxation, as everyone unplugs from glowing screens and outside demands. Participants of any age are welcome, and non-participating adults may come just to enjoy the river and forest. The cost is $333 for the four-night/five day experience. For more information contact Cathy Barker at or 406-422-3346.

Scholarships are available for this retreat.  Contact the organizer for details before registering to get your coupon code.

Registration Deadline:  08/15/2021





August 29 @ 6:00 pm MDT
September 2 @ 1:00 pm MDT
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Cathy Barker


4003 Main Boulder Road
McLeod, MT 59052 United States
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