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Happy 2019! A Blessing

 

 

The Year as a House

 

Think of the year
as a house:
door flung wide
in welcome,
threshold swept
and waiting,
a graced spaciousness
opening and offering itself
to you.

 

Let it be blessed
in every room.
Let it be hallowed
in every corner.
Let every nook
be a refuge
and every object
set to holy use.

 

Let it be here
that safety will rest.
Let it be here
that health will make its home.
Let it be here
that peace will show its face.
Let it be here
that love will find its way.

 

Here
let the weary come;
let the aching come;
let the lost come;
let the sorrowing come.

 

Here
let them find their rest,
and let them find their soothing,
and let them find their place,
and let them find their delight.

 

And may it be
in this house of a year
that the seasons will spin in beauty;
and may it be
in these turning days
that time will spiral with joy.


And may it be
that its rooms will fill
with ordinary grace
and light spill from every window
to welcome the stranger home.

—Jan Richardson

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Christmas Blessings

Blessings of peace and joy to you and your loved ones this Christmas season from all of us at Crieff Hills. 

 

We are open all winter and the trails are dusted with fresh snow this Christmas Eve!

 

"God came to us because he wanted to join us on the road, to listen to our story, and to help us realize that we are not walking in circles but moving towards the house of peace and joy. This is the great mystery of Christmas that continues to give us comfort and consolation: we are not alone on our journey."
~Henri Nouwen~

 

 
   
   

 

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One Day Retreat Jan. 30

SLOW DOWN & NOTICE THE DIVINE IN ALL THINGS

 

One Day Retreat Open to Everyone

Wed. Jan. 30, 2019

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

 

Cost: $70 includes lunch (bring a friend and you each pay $65)

Deadline to Register is Jan. 23.


Need time and space to be with the Divine?

Longing for spiritual renewal?

Join us for a day of prayer and contemplation within a caring community.

Bring your journal (optional).
 

Led by the staff of Ontario Jubilee (Ralph Brubacher, Jan Evans, Miriam Frey, Nicola Usher)

 

Schedule:

9:30 Check in

9:45 Opening Circle

10:30 Outdoor Meditation

11:15 Indoor Creative Prayer

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Creating a sacred space for prayer

3:15 Reflection on the day

4:00 Departure

 

 
   
   

 

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Pre Advent Retreat Special extended

Now extended until November 30, Crieff Hills is offering a reduced rate for church leaders, preachers and Sunday school teachers to stay in a Pines Suite and access the Advent resource centre in the Pines Common Room.

 

Book an overnight stay for $80 (+HST) per night and receive:

  • overnight accommodation in a one-bedroom suite at the Pines
  • access to a special Advent resource center in the Pines Common Room      
  • opportunities for walking the labyrinth and hiking our extensive wooded trails
  • unhurried time to prepare Bible studies, write sermons and plan children’s program

 

Call 1-800-884-1525 or email info@crieffhills.com to book your stay. Ask about discounts on shared rooms and multiple night stays!

 

Let us help you quiet your heart, wait on God and prepare for the upcoming holiday season.  

 

   

 

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Spiritual Direction and the Ontario Jubilee Program

Spiritual Direction now offered at Crieff Hills

Contact the office if you are interested in receiving spiritual direction during your next visit to Crieff Hills.

 

Also, consider attending the Ontario Jubilee Program to deepen your spiritual practice.  Anyone is welcome to participate in this program, not only those interested in becoming spiritual directors.

Registration is due January 31, 2019 for the first year of the program which develops skills of listening, discernment and spiritual practice.  Phase One of the Jubilee Program begins with a residential retreat at Crieff Hill from May 26-May 31, 2019. 

For more information see www.ontariojubilee.ca

 

   
     
     

 

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Pre-Advent Retreat Special at the Pines

Leading others through the season of Advent requires careful preparation.

 

This year, Crieff is offering a reduced rate for church leaders, preachers and Sunday school teachers for nights between November 4th to 9th and November 11th to 16th.

 

Book an overnight stay for $80 (+HST) per night and receive:

  • overnight accommodation in a one-bedroom suite at the Pines
  • access to a special Advent resource center in the Pines Common Room      
  • opportunities for walking the labyrinth and hiking our extensive wooded trails
  • unhurried time to prepare Bible studies, write sermons and plan children’s program

Call 1-800-884-1525 to book your stay. Ask about discounts on shared rooms and multiple night stays!

 

Let us help you quiet your heart, wait on God and prepare for the upcoming holiday season.  

 

  snowy winter scene with peace sign on tree trunk  
     
     

 

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Open House and Welcome of New Director

This fall Crieff Hills welcomed a new director, the Rev. Dr. Kristine O’Brien.

 

Kristine officially began her work at the beginning of September, but she is no stranger to Crieff Hills.   As a past board member and event leader, she is already familiar with Crieff's mission. “As our world becomes busier and more complicated, everyone needs opportunities for rest and renewal,” she says. “One of the best things about Crieff is the beautiful, historic landscape where guests can catch their breath or reconnect with each other.”  

 

Kristine has a long history of leadership as a camp director and more than twenty years as a pastor.  Last year she completed a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus on contemplative spirituality and has a well-established garden blog, bloomingreverend.com.

 

On Sunday October 21, Crieff Hills will host a public open house beginning at 2:00 pm when friends and neighbours will have an opportunity to tour the property.  A short formal program to welcome Kristine will take place at 4:00 pm, followed by refreshments. 

 

All are welcome to join us!

   
     
     

 

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Bird Banding Demonstration

The sun was shining Saturday September 29th for our fall Bird Banding Demonstration.  Thanks to bird bander, Brian Pomfret, for sharing his humour and wealth of knowledge about our feathered friends.

Brian, along with the help of his family set up 5 fine mist nets along different trails to capture the birds.  The first bird of the morning was a fiesty blue jay that Brian measured, weighed (upside down in a can), calmed and passed to a willing guest to hold and release.

 

During the morning there was a total of 17 birds banded:

1 Ovenbird

3 Black -capped Chickadees

9 Field Sparrows

4 Goldfinches

 

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Crieff Hills is on Instagram!

We invite you to follow Crieff Hills on Instagram to see some beautiful photos of the property!

 

If you are new to Instagram, all you need to do to view the photos is to click on the small black and white icon on the top right corner of our website that looks like a camera.  Enjoy!

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Bird Banding and Fall Hikes September 29

Join us on Saturday September 29 for our annual Bird Banding Morning and Fall Hikes at Crieff Hills from 8:30am to noon. 

 

Come and watch the birds as they are banded and enjoy a hike on our trails.  Drop by the picnic shelter anytime during the morning.  No charge, but donations are appreciated. Bring the whole family! 

 

What happens at a Bird Banding event?

Migrating birds are caught in fine mist nets by a professional bird bander who then weighs and measures the birds before fitting their leg with a thin metal band that has an identification number engraved on the band.  This information helps to gather information about how long birds live and where they travel in order to better focus conservation efforts.

 

   

 

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