MN Contemplative Outreach 2019 Fall Retreat
Centering Prayer Retreat: The Four Consents
Presenter: Pamela Begeman
Christ the King Retreat Center (website)
Buffalo, MN (map)
Friday November 8th at 3:00 p.m.
to Sunday November 10th at 1:00 p.m.
Early bird rates (if paid in full before July 31):
Single room: $230
Shared room: $200 (per person)
Any questions, please email:
Or call 952-457-6396
The Four Consents
The Four Consents are an invitation to welcome all of life – birth, growth, suffering, dying and death – as God’s precious gift, and to appreciate the universe with all its beauty and potentiality.
1st Consent: Affirmation of Our Basic Goodness
2nd Consent: Activation of Our Talents and Creative Energies
3rd Consent: Acceptance of the Diminution of Self
4th Consent: Transformation in Christ
Whatever we may have done in our earlier life, God is always inviting us through grace to make these consents. They involve both the acceptance of legitimate pleasures with its abundant life, and the final surrender of the false self to the true.
Our exploration and practice of the Four Consents will include sessions led by Pamela Begeman, personal reflection time, group Centering Prayer, and wisdom circle sharing. Silence will be observed from Friday evening at 8:00 until Sunday lunch. We will be upheld in our journey by the restful quiet and beauty of Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, MN.
2019 Fall Retreat Agenda
Pamela Begeman is a commissioned presenter of both Centering Prayer and the Welcoming Prayer. She co-creates and facilitates many of the Contemplative Outreach worldwide online retreats, programs and publications.
Pamela is also one of the creators and editors of The Contemplative Life Program, a series of 40-day booklets on contemplative practices and dispositions. Her daily spiritual practices root her in the present and Presence while being an active wife, mother, grandmother and professional.
Pamela serves as Director of Communications for Contemplative Outreach, and also serves on the steering committee of The Meditation Chapel, a free worldwide Zoom chapel for silent prayer groups.
The spiritual journey is a training in consent to God's presence and to all reality. Basically this is what true humility is. The divine action invites us to make the consents that we were unable to make in childhood and growing up because of the circumstances that surrounded our early lives. [The four consents are] a paradigm for the spiritual journey that shed a great deal of light on the positive aspects of grace, which not only heals the emotional damage of a lifetime, but also empowers us to enter on the path of unconditional love … "
~Father Thomas Keating, Invitation to Love