Julius Caesar – Shakespeare Retreat 2022
Led by Fr. Stephen Rowan, this retreat uses Shakespeare to challenge you to find sound reasons to take wise action and make positive change in your life.
In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare looks at the politics of his time – late 16th century England – through the lens of Rome in the first century before Christ. He shows how envy, resentment, mutual suspicion, and scapegoating are the driving forces of “regime change” and that they succeed especially well if people are easily led by slick-sounding crowd-pleasers and demagogues. Even though great change is promised by the death of Caesar, Shakespeare points out a great lesson of history: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”
Just as Roman politics was a mirror for Shakespeare’s time, Shakespeare’s plays are a mirror for ours. In this retreat, we will consider how Julius Caesar shows the importance of using irony as a perspective on events and of finding “positive models” for imitation; they also challenge us to find sound reasons for taking wise action and making positive change.
Single Room: $247.50 per person, or Shared Room: $209 per Person
Led by: Fr. Stephen Rowan
Our guestrooms have one queen or double sized bed per room. Rooms are simply furnished with bedding, towels, and soap as well as a Bible and crucifix.
Registration includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. Special dietary requirements will be gladly met if you make your needs known to our kitchen staff. A guest fridge is also available for guest use in the Dining Room.
On the first evening of your retreat, you are welcome to arrive any time between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. The retreat will officially begin with dinner at 6:00pm. The retreat will conclude at 1:00pm on the last day of your retreat, following lunch.
A computer with internet access is open for use in our lobby, and WiFi is available throughout the building.
Help is available 24 hours a day. Our staff or retreat volunteers are eager to assist you throughout your stay. Coffee, tea, and fresh baked cookies are offered 24/7 in the Dining Room. Our Chapel is always open, giving you a quiet place for prayer and reflection any time of the day or night.
Retreat payments are non-refundable.