You are invited to spend a day in quiet contemplation on Whidbey Island to nurture your spirit and experience the deep calm that meditation offers.
In a one-day retreat led by Northwest meditation teacher Kurt Hoelting and practitioner Virginia Felton, we will explore and experience various styles of meditation. The retreat will be held at Kurt’s meditation studio near Clinton on Whidbey Island (a short drive from the Clinton ferry terminal).
The day’s goal is to engage in dialog and guided meditation from various traditions: Zen meditation practice, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, walking meditation, and Centering Prayer as practiced by Fr. Thomas Keating. Periods of sitting meditation and discussion will be interspersed with physical activity including Qi Gong, walking meditation, and walking the labyrinth at the Whidbey Institute, adjacent to Kurt’s property.
Morning and afternoon sessions will be introduced by prayer and meditative music. Lunchtime conversation that encourages deeper understanding of each other and the practice of meditation will be encouraged/facilitated.
The deeper goal in offering this day-long retreat is to explore ways to go deeper spiritually, drawing closer to God however Spirit is perceived and finding strength and support for our work in the world.
The retreat will be a small group experience, limited to ten participants. Lunch, consisting of simple soup, salad, bread and dessert will be provided. We will arrange carpools to the retreat once signup is complete. The cost of the retreat is $100, including lunch and resource materials that will be provided. Scholarships are available.
About the retreat leaders
Kurt Hoelting is both an experienced meditation teacher and an ordained UCC minister. From 1994-2021 he was Head Guide and Teacher with Inside Passages, guiding over 75 week-long mindfulness-based kayaking retreats along the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. Kurt is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine. Since concluding his Alaska program, he has continued to teach retreats near his home on Whidbey Island.
Kurt has lifelong roots in the Pacific NW, growing up by the shores of Puget Sound, and is a graduate of the University of Washington and Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life, which was a finalist for the 2011 Washington State Book Award.
Virginia Felton has been a member of UCUCC since 1991 and currently Co-chairs the Personnel Committee and is a member of Church Council. She has been meditating consistently for the past two years and attended Kurt’s Alaska meditation retreat in 2021.. 8
She has extensive experience in structuring adult education offerings and retreats including writing, communication and public relations workshops, life-balance workshops, strategic planning retreats, conferences, and festivals.