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Songs, Stories, and Poetry from the Celtic Christian World: a Spiritual Practice for Today

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 4:00 PM


" Under the guidance of Stefan Andre Waligur, our students experienced a joyful and meditative approach in our search for wholeness and meaning...a remarkable journey to the innermost parts of the soul." Rev. Joseph EldridgeUniversity ChaplainAmerican University  "Stefan's music and sensitivity bring us into the very heart of prayer, the beginning of the inner journey."  Mary Cosby Co-Founder Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. Spend the day immersed in the poetic world of Celtic Chritianity guided by gifted musician and retreat leader, Stefan Andre Waligur. Stefan Andre Waligur is also known as Macushla, an Irish term of endearment meaning "heartbeat of the Beloved". Living in Ireland, Stefan is a contemplative, and a musician/composer. He is also a retreat leader and leader of new chant and kirtan around the world. He is an Oblate member of the Benedictine Community called Shantivanam in India Stefan has served as Liturgical Musician for the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC, as chaplain at American University, adjunct faculty at Memphis Theological Seminary and Music Director at Theological College in Washington, D.C., where he regularly led chanting sessions at the National Cathedral.   Classically trained at the New England Conservatory his music has been performed by the Chamber Brass of Boston, the Artaria String Quartet, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. After a life-changing visit to the Taize community in France he began to write music in a similar style. Although similar to Taize chants, these new chants incorporate American rhythms and harmonies, Celtic melodies and the call and response style of Indian raga. Now a growing number of churches and gatherings in the US and Europe are regularly using these chants as a part of their life. In addition, he has been engaged as a teacher of English chant by the Buddhist community Plum Village in the south of France, which was founded by Thich Nhat Hahn. For the past ten years, he has traveled extensively while sharing his music in Europe, the United States, Israel/Palestine, and India.  Please note: Lunch will not be provided.  Please plan to bring a lunch or buy lunch at one of the many nearby resaturants. FAQs   What can I bring into the event? Bring a lunch, a notebook or journal, and your singing voice.  Optional: drum or other instruments    How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact Jessica at director@peacetreecenter.org or 314.283.4697   Can I make this an overnight retreat? Yes!  How lovely would it be to attend Stefan's concert Friday evening, relax into the evening with a heart full of song, wake to walk the labyrinth, and be right there for a retreat day with other companions of the journey?!  Or attend the retreat and spend Saturday night at Peace Tree integreating all of your insights from the day; and then wake to attend worship at Zion UCC next door Sunday morning (10:30 a.m.) where Stefan will be the guest musician.  Or just say good-bye to your neighbors Friday and return glowing on Sunday!   Peace Tree Spirituality Center offers limited overnight accomodations.  Contact Jessica at director@peacetreecenter.org to inquire.  $30/night.

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