Thursday, May 09, 2013


Merton’s Kentucky

A guided retreat w/optional trips

POST General Assembly Retreat for Clergy & Families
 June 24-26, 2013
Led by Rev. Cynthia P. Cain &
Joe Zaranontello of LooseLeaf Hollow


A  retreat for those who are interested in beginning, or further developing, a contemplative writing practice. With the spirit of Thomas Merton as our guide, we will explore eight contemplative writing practices. Using these "8 Pathways to the Center," you will experience a way to integrate body, mind, psyche and spirit"

The Integral Retreats and Life-Direction are guided by Joe Zarantonello, teacher, poet and the Creator of The Integral Journal.
Joe's undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame where he majored in The Great Books. His M.A. is from University College, Dublin, where he studied the Irish Poets. Joe spends time on the road leading retreats in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee, but most of the time he's at home running Loose Leaf Hollow, a guesthouse for solitary or guided retreats in the rolling knobs of Kentucky.

COSTS TBD based upon TOURS & ACCOMODATIONS, range $200-$250

#1 Only 45 minutes from Louisville, 25 minutes from Gethsemani, and only 10 minutes from Bardstown~ Loose Leaf Hollow is easily accessible, yet quite secluded
Bordered by gorgeous Bernheim Forest, Loose Leaf Hollow has a grace and beauty all its own, and will be a tonic for both your senses and soul.
Loose Leaf Hollow has a full kitchen, library, and a beautiful zendo for meditation. It can accommodate eight guests and is suitable for over-night, weekend, and longer solitary retreats.
The friendly, open and warm character of Loose Leaf Hollow sets it apart from larger retreat facilities. It is truly “a space for grace” where you can relax, reflect and re-energize your soul!  BEST FOR SINGLES & ADULTS

#2 Cinnamon House B&B Circa 1900. The colors on the inside and outside of this inn are just as spicy and playful as the name. Enjoy views of downtown Springfield, Kentucky, from the Nancy Hanks Lincoln room, the large family-friendly Elizabeth Maddox Roberts room, or the private en suite bathroom in the Marithelma Kelly room. Sit in a rocking chair on the front porch to read or explore the small town just steps away. All seven stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail are within one hour of this quaint town. Study the nation's great history by visiting civil war and Mary Lincoln Legacy sites.

Lincoln was NOT a Unitarian , but he associated with and sympathized with our forebears. His parents were wed and he was born right in these parts and there is much to see of beauty and history. Led by Rev. Cain, kids welcome.
Kentucky’s “knobs” have a rich but little known history that ranges from America’s earliest Catholic enclaves to Prohibition era- bootlegging and even-later, what has come to be called the “Cornbread Mafia.” Spirits interweave with spirituality in this area where Merton had his epiphany!
Tour will be guided by Rev. Cain

The Breakthrough is an opportunity to step out of your day to day worries and troubles and find a sense of peace you never knew existed. You don't want the time to end. Fortunately, it doesn't have to because you take the peace and serenity with you when you leave."
Shearene Conner
Murfreesboro, TN

"There are few ways on the path of compassion that take one from sleep to becoming awake in a brief five days. Joe’s Breakthrough Week, his gentle mastery as teacher, the practice of meditation and writing—whether you are just beginning or are seasoned in these arts—will lead you to profound changes in your world view. I have come to treasure The Breakthrough—the light that comes in, the surprise in that light."
Mary Luken, Director of Bethany Spring New Haven, KY

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to reserve a spot contact Rev. Cain:
CALL 859 221 3034 for more information! Deadline is May 20, 2013.