I am going on retreat! All by myself to a yurt on an organic farm run by nuns for two whole days of mostly silence. I am almost beside myself with the thrill of it all. My SD and I have been talking about this getting away since about January, but with one thing and another it just hasn't come together. I admit to some foot dragging, but mainly it's schedule. This full-time day job of mine does get in the way now and again. And a lot of vacation time has been spent going to diocesan convention, clergy conference, summer school and other events that educate, edifiy and enrich me in many ways, but do not meet the need for retreat! So last Sunday, when the lovely college age daughter of congregants told me of the yurt on the farm where she is interning this summer, and that it is available for private retreats I began to envision the possibility. I called and talked to one of the very nice sisters, and their schedule fits my schedule, and it's really going to happen! I'm told there are trails to walk, work on the farm if guests are so inclined (weeding can be contempletive), communal prayer and meals and otherwise you are left to just be. Twenty-eight days till Earthrise Farm Retreat!!!!