A trip to Adelynrood
Adelynrood…the very word sounds magical and otherworldly. The place lives up to it’s name. Adelynrood is a rustically beautiful retreat near the sea north of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s an old place, rambling and creaky and filled with astonishing art. It has, for over 100 years, been the gathering place for a lay order of Episcopalian women who call themselves the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. Look up www.adelynrood.org to see this amazing place.
I was honored to be invited by one of the Companions, Gay Yerger – who is also my good friend – to present a dream workshop July 24-26. What a fantastic experience! Thirty or so women and three men enthusiastically participated in a day and a half of dream activities. Our work was woven into the Companions’ Rule of Life, their Holy Routine which included repeating St. Francis’ Canticle to the Sun antiphonally from upstairs screened porches every morning at 7am. What a lovely way to greet the day! Each day we prayed and worshipped together with Morning Prayer, Noonday Intercessions and Compline at 9pm. And the food was fantastic!
My experience there with the participants was deep and meaningful – I heard beautiful dreams, funny dreams, disturbing dreams. I was so moved, as I always am, by peoples’ willingness to share themselves and their dreams. Thank you all for an unforgetable weekend.