Midweek Retreat

Photo courtesy of Ghost Ranch

Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality


A midweek retreat with the acclaimed spiritual teacher John Philip Newell in the intimacy of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico.

One of the most cherished images in the Celtic world is the memory of John the Beloved leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper. It was said of him that he therefore heard the heartbeat of God. He became a symbol of the practice of listening, listening for the beat of the Sacred deep within ourselves, within one another, and within the body of the earth.

This will be the focus of our retreat, co-led by John Philip Newell, offering teachings, and Cami Twilling, facilitating our spiritual practices. The retreat begins with the evening meal on Tuesday and ends with lunch on Thursday.

John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, is one of the most prominent Christian teachers of spirituality in the Western world. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over 15 books, including Praying with the Earth and his most recent visionary title The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings. In 2016 he founded the School of Celtic Consciousness in the belief that Celtic wisdom is needed at this moment in time, urgently.

Cami Twilling is the Director of Contemplative Spirituality at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Denver, Colorado. A retreat leader and certified Spiritual Director, she has been leading mountain, urban, international and local retreats for more than 20 years in addition to weekly meditation and prayer practices. She also serves on the leadership team for the School for Celtic Consciousness in Colorado where she collaborates with John Philip Newell in the teaching and spiritual practice of the School.

John Philip Newell and Cami Twilling at the Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness