Thursday, February 27, 2014

On Wisdom's Table

Chicken with sweet chili sauce along with sauteed vegetables are some of the tasty nutritious items presented by Wisdom House Head Chef Margaret Jacobs.

Monday, February 24, 2014

March 2014 Program Overview

   Merton and Sophia:
            Wisdom in Our Life and Prayer…

On March 21-23, Wisdom House invites you to a weekend retreat, a sustained meditation on the divine presence in the world, Wisdom-Sophia, that will draw from the life and witness of Trappist monk Thomas Merton.  Join Christopher Pramuk, PhD, for this enlightening and intriguing program based on his widely acclaimed book, Sophia:  The Hidden Christ of Merton.  The book was awarded the International Thomas Merton Society’s 2011 Thomas Merton Award.

Dr. Pramuk teaches theology and spirituality at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He has authored four books, the latest being, Hope Sings So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line (, and also written award-winning essays for America magazine, Cross Currents, and others.  

The retreat will begin with Friday dinner at 6 PM and end with lunch on Sunday.
For fees and further information,
call:  (860) 567-3163.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Weekend of the Arts at Wisdom House

Take part in a weekend of soulful artistic creation.
Choose one of these exceptional retreats!
February 28 - March 2, 2014

“Experiencing the Mandala”
with Margaret Considine
Be introduced to the ideal of using the mandala as a form of self-expression and personal insight.  In a light-hearted atmosphere, participants will be exposed to design principles and techniques.  See what unfolds within the symmetry of the mandala! The retreat will be given by Margaret Considine, a facilitator of mandala workshops throughout New England ( Materials are included in the program fee.

“Weaving A Life”
with Linda Chidsey
(rescheduled because of snow storm)

Experience a relaxing weekend in our Farm House learning an art form that can act as a metaphor, and a practice that honors your soul’s true purpose.  Interlacing fiber and color, and shared stories and conversation, with periods of silence, participants will craft a personal weaving of beauty and special meaning.  This program will be presented by Linda Chidsey.  A Recorded Minister in the Religious Society of Friends, Linda is a certified Weaving Circle Leader, studying with fiber sculptor and pioneer in fiber arts education, Susan Merrill.


For fees and further information please contact Wisdom House.
call: (860) 567-3163


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Realms : Lives in Parallel

The works of artists Mary Terrizzi, Naya Bricher, and Scott Bricher are presently on exhibit in the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House until March 29.

At the opening of this exhibit, this family of artists shared how their lives in common and their individual passion for art brought about the works in this show.

To view a video of their artist talks, click on the Realms video at the bottom of this page on

The Marie Louise Trichet Gallery is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Visit to find out more about upcoming exhibits and programs related to art and spirituality. Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Upcoming Programs - Weaving and Mandala Retreats

“Weaving A Life”
with Linda Chidsey

Friday, February 14, 6 pm dinner to
Sunday, February 16 lunch  

Experience a relaxing weekend with an art form that could guide you to a life that honors your soul’s true purpose.  Registrations are filling.


“Experiencing The Mandala”
with Margaret Considine  

Friday, Feb. 28, 6 PM dinner to
Sunday,  March 2  lunch

Learn about this ancient practice in a light-hearted weekend and create your own unique mandala and see what unfolds… Registrations are now being taken. 


For more information on either program, or to register, contact Wisdom House.

Phone:  (860) 567-3163

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Citius, Altius, Fortius

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin on February 7th in Sochi, Russia.

The official motto for the Olympics was coined by a French Dominican priest by the name of Fr. Henri Didon, OP.

He was a popular preacher known for his stirring sermons. As a youth, he had been an outstanding athlete in France. When he became a school principal, he introduced sports as a key component of an all-around education.
One of Fr. Didon’s friends was Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics. One day, de Coubertin attended a talk
given by Fr. Didon to the members of a sports association. The priest spoke of “faster, higher, stronger,” i.e. focusing on self-improvement and discipline through sports rather than emphasizing coming in first place.

De Coubertin liked the phrase, and used it as the official motto of the Olympics.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Thomas Merton Celebration

Registrations are already being taken! For more information and pricing for each event call:  (860) 567-3163, email: or click on:  Wisdom House Retreat Portal

Merton image:  Gift of Father John Giuliani