Wild Sanctuary: Contemplative Spiritual Practice in the Celtic Christian Tradition
Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil

March 19-21, 2024

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Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, trained to be a sacred presence outside the conventions of traditional religion. As a sacred musician, spiritual mentor and worship leader he incorporates chant, ritual, poetry, storytelling, and mindful practice to create a space for profound connection and sacred witness. Simon provides music for worship, ceremony, and prayer in a wide variety of churches and non-religious spiritual communities. He particularly loves to create music for meditation, healing services, and rites of passage.

Simon is also an experienced workshop and retreat leader, drawing on 15 years of study, training, and practice that grew from his time living and working in Iona Abbey. Although influenced by many traditions, Simon’s spiritual path and teaching is deeply rooted in Celtic Christianity, the wisdom of the earth, and in the Scottish land where he’s spent most of his life. simondevoil.com

Join Simon for his spring residency at Kanuga for this special retreat. With the beautiful forested landscape of Kanuga as our sanctuary, each day will include a blend of wisdom teachings in the Celtic tradition, contemplative practices including song, chanting, and silence, and personal time for reflection.

Other retreat highlights include:

  • Daily Birdsong Vespers, an inclusive outdoor worship that welcomes each evening with song and prayer, online and in person
  • Tools and practices to support finding our place in the web of creation
  • Spring Equinox Concert in celebration of spring equinox: Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
    As evening falls and birdsong gives way to starlight and the frog chorus, welcome the return of spring with music to soothe the soul and nourish the spirit. Rain location: Chapel of The Transfiguration.

Join Simon for Additional Events this Spring

BIRDSONG VESPERS – In-person and via Livestream
Sunday, March 3-Friday, March 22, 5 p.m.
Daily in St. Francis Chapel (outdoors)
A keystone of Simon’s residency at Kanuga, Birdsong Vespers offers an inclusive, informal, and earth-based evening service. With the forest as our cathedral, we’ll sing, share poetry and prayer, and experience the gifts of birdsong and the wind. Note:
Birdsong Vespers is typically a daily service. There may be some cancellations due to weather or conflicting events. Birdsong schedule and more information can be found here: https://simondevoil.com/birdsong.

CHANTS & PRAYERS – In-person and via Livestream
Wednesday, March 13, 12 p.m.
Chapel of The Transfiguration at Kanuga

A contemplative service of chanting, poetry, and prayer, with pauses of quiet for reflection. All are welcome. 

SPRING EQUINOX CONCERT
Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
Labyrinth (outdoors)

As evening falls and birdsong gives way to starlight and the frog chorus, welcome the return of spring with music to soothe the soul and nourish the spirit. Rain location: Chapel of The Transfiguration.
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