Tuesday, August 30, 2016


"A few things can help facilitate change. The first and most effective is circumstances over which you have no control, especially suffering in its many forms. These rearrange your world view and awaken the dead places within. They are not what you want, but they are given to you; they become the teachable moments that can and will change you deeply."

~ Richard Rohr, OFM, Adapted from How Men Change: A Thin Time (CD, DVD, MP3)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Uprooting Racism

On August 9, a group of Litchfield County residents met at Wisdom House to discuss the topic of racism in our county.

Litchfield resident Victoria Christgau, who is the Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Center for Non-Violence, introduced the group to the evening experience and Dr. Arthur Romano, Professor of Conflict Studies at George Mason University, led the group in a number of activities to heighten their awareness of racism in their own individual lives.

Wisdom House

Saturday, August 20, 2016



Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

        ~  Leonardo Da Vinci

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Artist Residency

"As a public school art teacher, I feel it is crucial to work on my own artwork, yet I can't always find the time and energy during the school year. My artist residency at Wisdom House this summer provided me with the time and space needed to work on my art.  The comfortable room, exceptional food, refreshing pool, labyrinth, and friendly and attentive staff all added to my experience.  The peaceful environment and beautiful surroundings were conducive to my creative work.  This was my second time in residency at Wisdom House and, once again, I accomplished more than I ever imagined and had an amazing time!"

  ~  Lisa Blanchette

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Nonviolence Explored at Wisdom House Event

Wisdom House and the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence co-sponsored an evening conversation about uprooting racism in Northwest CT.  This is a news item about the program.  

Wisdom House presents programs in spirituality, education, the arts, and contemporary issues.  More at www.ctnonviolence.org.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Artist Talk and Reception

Come to an artist's talk and reception with North Carolina artist, Erin Tapley, on Saturday, August 13th at 3:30pm at the Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center.

Her exhibit titled "Heal" is a collection of printed fabric scrolls currently in the Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery.   The scrolls were created through the  technique of marbling.  

Erin Tapley is presently on the faculty of Western Carolina University.

The exhibit runs through October 1.

Regular gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

For further information, call Wisdom House at (860) 567-3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or click on www.wisdomhouse.org.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Guided Retreat: Henri Nouwen and Vincent Van Gogh - Masters of Compassion

Come discover the shared spiritual visions of Henri Nouwen and Vincent Van Gogh in a Guided Retreat taking place at Wisdom House from Friday, August 12th until Friday, August 19th.

 Author Carol Berry will lead the retreat about these “masters of compassion.” Commuters are welcome. Everyone attending will receive a copy of her book, Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art.

For fees and more information, call Wisdom House at 860-567-3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Geologist's Reflections

I have been to Wisdom House three times to participate in a writing retreat titled, "Geoscience Academics in the Northeast." We are a small group of 15-20 female geologists who come to work and support each other in a discipline that is traditionally underrepresented with respect to women.

Wisdom House provides the perfect location to work productively, whether quietly writing on the sun porch, or holding a discussion with a colleague on the bench overlooking the labyrinth, all the time knowing we will be given hearty meals to sustain us in between times.

Last year while at the retreat, I worked on a publication I needed to complete before going up for tenure at my institution. I wrote consistently until I had a solid manuscript ready for submission.

That paper was published the same month I went up for tenure.  I'm pleased to say that I am now a tenured Associate Professor at the University of San Diego. I return to Wisdom House as often as I can to continue working on my research and to spend time with my fellow geology colleagues.

Beth O'Shea