Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is
an interfaith center presenting programs in
spirituality, education, and the arts.
It offers hospitality for group meetings and specializes
in service to the not-for-profit community.
The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.

229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, CT 06759

Announcement of Job Opening
Position:  Executive Director of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center Litchfield, CT
Applications being accepted through June 30, 2017

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, CT seeks an Executive Director for its interfaith, not-for-profit center. This is done in keeping with the mission and strategic planning for Wisdom House.

Candidates are required to have at least five years managerial and leadership experience, a bachelor's degree, ability to manage the hospitality mission of the center  to work with diverse personalities and cultures, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to encourage and motivate staff, excellent organizational skills with ability to establish and rearrange priorities, proficiency in understanding and developing budgets, ability to mediate conflict, knowledge of buildings, grounds and ecology, basic computer skills.

Essential skills of an ideal candidate:
Motivation and skills to embrace the mission of Wisdom House and be aligned with the center's core values; ability to convey the mission of Wisdom House;  attention to hospitality and guest care,  self-starting with attention to detail and commitment to achieving results; demonstrated skill in budget management; proven  organizational skills, able to make decisions; reliable, trustworthy; respect and welcome guests of all cultures and spiritual traditions; contribute to the unique workplace environment of Wisdom House; exhibit an efficient, conscientious and effective work ethic which has been developing at the center for over 25 years; appreciate the land, the table and the arts. These are essential aspects of the mission and spirituality of Wisdom House.

Full details are contained below in the Job Description for Executive Director.
Applicants are requested to send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and give a range of an expected salary.
This Full Time salaried position includes medical benefits, vacation, holidays.
Job description for the Executive Director follows this announcement.

About Wisdom House: Founded in 1949 as a training center for women joining the congregation of nuns called the Daughters of Wisdom, then the addition of Seat of Wisdom College and, since 1967, an interfaith retreat and conference center presenting programs in spirituality, education and the arts.  The center provides hospitality for the not-for-profit community. Wisdom House's mission is rooted in the Judaeo-Christian Wisdom tradition which supports the center's commitment to sustainability and concern for contemporary issues.  It is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom. Wisdom House is open year round and is an equal opportunity employer.  More information on www.wisdomhouse.org.

Send application to:  Rosemarie Greco, DW, Executive Director, rg@wisdomhouse.org  with subject line "Job Application."

The Executive Director of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center serves as the chief executive officer, upholding the mission and core values of Wisdom House, in all matters of general administration, planning, fiscal management, property maintenance, personnel management, public relations, marketing and communications. www.wisdomhouse.org.

The mission of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is to provide a place of welcome and respect for all who seek Wisdom. The Center presents programs in spirituality, education and the arts and provides hospitality for the not-for-profit community. Wisdom House's mission is rooted in the Judeo-Christian Wisdom tradition which supports the center's commitment to sustainability and concern for contemporary issues. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.

Core Values of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center:
- Respect of all people; appreciation of diversity among people, cultures and spiritual traditions
- Facilitates understanding among groups in residence.
- Awareness of Catholic social justice teachings and commitment to humanitarian values.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Reports to: Daughters of Wisdom Board of Directors liaison.

Hospitality and Guest Care
The Executive Director oversees the ministry of hospitality and care of guests with the coordinators of Hosted and Sponsored programs which include Book store and Art Gallery.
- Ensures a hospitable presence, welcome and safety of all guests, especially when guests are in residence.
- Provides for or arranges a staff rotation system for staff presence with guests.
- Oversees all departments for quality service to guests and respect for staff members.
- Commitment to the core values of Wisdom House (wisdomhouse.org) and Daughters of Wisdom (daughtersofwisdom.org).

Management and Administration
The Executive Director is responsible for the day to day management of Wisdom House.
- Ensures mission effectiveness and adherence to the policies set by the Daughters of Wisdom Board of Directors.
- Creates strategic plan for Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center with Advisory Board.
- Consults with Advisory Board at regular meetings.
- Ensures effective communication with all stakeholders.
- Provides effective coaching, support and evaluation for staff members and volunteers.
- Prepares and presents quarterly report and annual operating budget for review and approval by the Daughters of Wisdom Board of Directors.
- Assures mission effectiveness.
- Manages and approves all social media communications, in line with the mission.

Fiscal Management
- Develops and manages the annual budget for ordinary and capital expenses.
- Oversees all accounting activities, including payroll and financial transactions and reporting.
- Reviews monthly P&L, CDs and investments; approves expenditures; approves monthly financial reports.
- Oversees the annual audit and works with independent auditor.
- Manages all fundraising activities in support of Wisdom House's programs; cultivates donor base and other resources to support Wisdom House's mission.
- Engages in fund raising, grant writing, including grant proposals, applications, related research and reporting.
- Coordinates Wisdom Award selection and implementation with nominations committee and  staff.
- Evaluates property and liability insurance proposals.

Management of Human Resources
- Ensures adequate staffing levels that remain within annual salary budget.
- Effectively coaches, supports and appraises staff members.
- Approves employee time logs, signs payroll checks; approves time off requests in accordance with established policies.
- Implements wage increases as approved by the Daughters of Wisdom Board of Directors.
- Manages the annual health insurance plan renewal. Consults with insurance broker and recommends plan design and premium cost for approval by the Daughters of Wisdom Board of Directors.
- Proactively manages Wisdom House's workers' compensation program. Follows up on all incidents and accidents and maintains effective communication with employees.
- Proactively manages any incident and accident reports involving guests and maintains effective communication as needed.

Management of Building and Grounds
- Ensures the security of the buildings and grounds, oversees maintenance; responds to occasional off hour emergencies; oversees personnel and repairs on renovations of building and grounds (70 acres) and the immediate campus of 4-6 acres.
- Provides oversight for buildings and grounds
- Ensures compliance with all applicable regulations, including OSHA. Makes projections for repairs and replacements due to depreciation of property from usage. Ensures the health of trees, plants, wildlife on the property (see sustainability brochure).
- Consult as needed for licenses and inspections with:
- Department of Health/Torrington Area (kitchen, water supply, swimming pool);
- Connecticut Department of Safety (elevator);
- Litchfield Fire Marshall and Building Inspector (building inspections and emergency shelter management);
- Hartford Steam boiler (boilers and furnaces);
- Other agencies as needed (i.e. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and United States Department of Agriculture).

Advocacy/Community Relations/Communications
- Identifies, establishes and maintains effective communications with individuals, businesses, and groups whose support, expertise, resources and influence are valuable to Wisdom House's mission and strategic plan.
- Actively participates in professional and community organizations and presents oneself as an advocate of Wisdom House.
- Oversees and approves all media communications. Manages all correspondence with donors, foundations, organization and other stakeholders, as needed.
- Promotes appropriate marketing and advertising consistent with Wisdom House's * tax exempt not for profit status and mission which includes various media sources and organizations.

Work Environment
- The hours of work may exceed 40 and will include evenings and weekend hours.
- Work includes frequent sitting, walking , climbing stairs, the ability to navigate terrain that is low to moderate in nature, and the ability to respond to residential room issues.
- Confidentiality is essential for financial, personal and guest information.

- Bachelor's degree required
- Aligned with core Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center values, including proven ability to work with diverse personalities and cultures and commitment to social justice and humanitarian issues.
- Commitment to the core values and mission of both Wisdom House (www.wisdomhouse.org)  and the Daughters of Wisdom (www.daughtersofwisdom.org).
- Knowledge of and appreciation for contemporary Catholic spirituality and teaching and other world spiritual traditions.
- Basic awareness of contemporary cosmology, environmental and other current issues to uphold and promote the center's commitment to exploration of contemporary global issues.   
- Five or more years of non-profit management/leadership in hospitality, operations and human resources.
- Demonstrated proficiency in budget management; working knowledge of QuickBooks
- Proven proficient organizational skills in planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
- Ability to convey the mission of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center to all stakeholders, including staff, board, volunteers and donors.
- Strong collaborative skills
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
- Public speaking ability - speaking to groups at Wisdom House concerning the mission and spirituality focus.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel).
- Working knowledge of tax and other compliance implications of non-profit status.
- Commitment to high ethical standards and support of a diverse retreat center.
- Demonstrated ability to network effectively on a community-wide basis.
- Track record of fundraising success, including ability to write grants and secure donor funding.

Experiences of Emerging Church
Breathing Under Water:
Spirituality and the Twelve Steps
Saturday, July 8 ~ 10am - 12pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Peggy Richard
Calling the 12-step program the "..great American contribution
to the history of spirituality," Richard Rohr challenges his listeners
to master the denials, deceptions and illusions of not just our
personal addictions but the addictive nature of our entire culture. 
In this audio series, Richard Rohr offers hope
and practical suggestions from many sources,
including Bill Wilson's, Big Book and Scripture.
Themes of Talks:
1. The Big Book and The Gospel,
2. Addictive Thinking,
3. Wounds as Trophies,
4. Rituals and Life Summary. 
Donation: $5
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Spiritual Drumming
Tuesday, July 11 ~ 1-2:30pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Experience drumming by becoming part of a sacred circle
Susan Strand
Learn and play drum rhythms;
drum with intentionality and create community.
Bring your own drum if you have one.
A few drums and many rhythm instruments will be available.
email Susan for registration: sstrand@snet.net           
Suggested Donation $10
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Jewish Mysticism and the Divine Feminine
Friday, July 14 - 6pm through Sunday, July 16 - 1pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
will present a program led by Rabbi Rami Shapiro,  
“Kabbalah/Jewish Mysticism and The Divine Feminine”
on Friday, July 14 (6 pm dinner) through Sunday, July 16 (lunch.)
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, poet, essayist,
and educator and frequent presenter at Wisdom House.  
His books include The Sacred Art of Loving Kindness,
The Divine Feminine, and Accidental Grace.
He is also the editor of The World Wisdom Bible.

"If ten people sit together to engage with Torah, the Shechinah
(Divine Feminine Presence of God" rests among them..."
~ Rabbi Rami Shapiro

          In this introduction to Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism)
 participants will discover that Kabbalah is one of the deepest
ways to engage with Torah and awaken to the Divine Feminine.
It should not be surprising to learn that Kabbalah is steeped in feminine
 imagery and an understanding of spirituality as a feminine undertaking.
Rabbi Rami will explore the centrality of the Divine Feminine to
Jewish mysticism, and how the mystical practices of noted Jewish rabbis
down the ages can provide us with our own path to the Shechinah.

Registration closes Thursday, July 13, at 7:00 p.m.
A copy of Shapiro’s book,
Minyan: Ten Principles for Living Life of  Integrity
will be included with the cost of the program.
     Overnight accommodations are available
and commuters are also welcome.
Non-refundable deposit: $50
For Saturday only commuter rate please call us.  
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Nature as Our Muse
Friday, July 14 - 6pm through Sunday, July 16 - 1pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
A weekend writing workshop, “Nature As Our Muse: Writing Retreat”  
July 14(6 pm dinner) to July 16(lunch), will be presented at
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield.  
Author Davyne Verstandig will give the retreat.

     Participants in the weekend program will have the opportunity
to write and be inspired in a natural setting of the Litchfield Hills
while being guided in their writing.  Writers of poetry, fiction or memoir will
benefit by this retreat.  Commuters are also welcome to attend the weekend.    

Davyne Verstandig
 Ms. Verstandig has 22 years of teaching English and Creative Writing at UCONN.
She is presently teaching at the Hartford Campus of UCONN. As an author,
her works in progress include a novel, The Sorrows of the Blue Distance,
a memoir, The Mermaid in the Cornfield, and poetry in Sex and Sexuality
 in a Feminist World and Where the Beach Meets the Ocean.  
She is also poet laureate of Washington, CT.  
Registration closes Thursday, July 13, at Midnight
Non-refundable deposit: $50
For Saturday only commuter rate please call us.  
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Arts Retreat: Intensive Icon Painting
Sunday, July 16 - 5pm through Friday, July 21 - 10am
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Learn the meditative process of creating an icon.
Michael Moran, CP
For many years now people from a variety of spiritual traditions
have found themselves drawn to the mysterious and
prayerful images found in the icons of Easter Christianity.

In this retreat participants will follow step-by-step insturctions and
complete an icon of St. John the Baptist. The icon we will paint will be
done in a variation of the Russian traditions. Eash session will be
conducted in a manner that is both mindful and meditative.
The six day retreat will be conducted in an environment of quiet so
that maximum mindfulness will support the retreatants creating.
There will be daily studio time, morning and evening prayer,
communal sharing and guidance by the iconographer, Michael Moran.
No prior painting experience is required.
All levels of skill are welcome.
Registration is limited to 12 participants.
All materials are provided.  
Mass will not be available on site.
Registration closes Saturday, July 15, at Noon
Non-Refundable deposit: $100
For further information call (860) 567-3163

The Contemplative Art of Ikebana
Living Flowers
Saturday, July 22 ~ 10am-1pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
The Japanese art form of Ikebana (living flowers) is an artistic
endeavor that can also lead one into a spititual journey.
It takes from nature - its season, natural beauty and design.
Shoko Iwata
The leader of this program is trained in the Sogestu School of Ikebana.
Their motto is 'Arrange, Anytime, and Anywhere and with Any Material."
Participants will observe the creation of an arrangement as well as make
one of their own. We will use seasonally available branches and flowers.
Color also will impact the design.
Program fee includes all materials and lunch.
Non-refundable deposit: $30
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Taste and See: Picnic Without the Grill
Saturday, July 22 ~ 2-3:30pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Leave the grill at home.
Chef Margaret Jacobs
Who said it couldn't be done? Create all the elements for an enjoyable
and easily-put-together picnic. Wisdom House Head Chef Margaret
shares her secrets: Cold blueberry soup,sesame flank steak,
ginger lemon chicken, tamari beets, seeded mustard red bliss potatoes,
lemon squares. Finish it all off with a wedge of cheese and wine or seltzer!
Registration closes Friday, July 21, at Noon
Non-refundable deposit: $15
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Transfourming Sorrow
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
A Multi-Sensory Installation in Wisdom House Chapel....
Organizing Curator: Tony Carretta
Wisdom House, an interfaith center, which has a longstanding commitment
to the arts and creativity as a pathway to spiritual awareness,
has provided their multi-level Chapel for this compelling event.

Kardash Onnig, a Lebanese born artist of Armenian descent,
has been in the forefront of utilizing his art as a means of highlighting
 the futility of human conflict while presenting the possibility of resolving
differences through mutual responsibility and common self- interests.
He is a sculptor, inventor, toymaker, and activist who has worked in the
Hudson Valley community and exhibited worldwide for over 45 years.

When describing the project and installation
at Wisdom House, Onnig notes:
 "The notion of transforming sorrow was kindled in my consciousness
when I read a book of poetry by Vahe Vahian, a childhood teacher of mine
from Beirut. He was a survivor of the Armenian genocide. Vahe transcended
 his grief over the death of his son and experienced a rebirth through writing poetry.
This transformation occurred when he opened his heart and mind  to embrace the
"mountainous grief of humankind" and "adopted" all suffering humans as his children."

Throughout the decades, Onnig has striven in his work with people
 from diverse backgrounds, to embrace all victims of bigotry
 and hatred regardless of cultural and national difference.
Kardash Onnig's installation is an invitation not only to mourn
but also to transform our individual and collective sorrow.

Transfourming Sorrow will be in Wisdom House Chapel until July 29.
Guests are welcome Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm.
The exhibition has been organized and curated by artist and author,
 Tony Carretta, of Northfield, CT in cooperation with Wisdom House.

 On Saturday, June 3 at 3:30 pm, there will be an informal
walk-around with the artist in Wisdom House Chapel.
For further information, contact Wisdom House at 860-567-3163.

Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat and conference center which
welcomes women and men who value seeking and learning in a
contemplative environment. Its mission continues a commitment to
sustainability and concern for contemporary issues.
The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.

Exhibition Hours:
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Exhibit runs until July 29, 2017.
Please call in advance
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery Opening
"Sacred Moments"
by Ashby Carlisle and Lisa Bell
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
 This joint exhibit features the combined works of New London artist,
Ashby Carlisle and New Hartford artist, Lisa Bell.  
The exhibit includes the three-dimensional landscapes
created by Carlisle along with the strong, visceral fields of color
in the illuminated manuscripts crafted by Bell.
Carlisle-The Tease of Spring #1
Ashby Carlisle uses a welding torch, a kiln and a laser printer to
create pieces that are wholly inspired by the natural world.  
Her works utilize these “implements” to craft her impressionist style structural
mixed media landscapes.  Her work has been exhibited in private collections
and galleries throughout  New England. Past exhibits and awards include:
72nd Connecticut Artists Exhibition, The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT
(Awarded Second Place); John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
(Awarded the Whitney Center Prize) and Golden Thread Gallery
 in West Hartford.  (www.ashbycarlisle.com)

Bell- Psalm 1
Lisa Bell uses traditional scripts and color symbolism taken
from liturgy, music and Scripture to fashion the painted illuminations she creates.
Non-traditional materials are also used in her work. A graduate of Pratt Institute
 in Brooklyn she has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the region.
Her solo exhibits include St. Philip’s Church, Harlem and the
Church of St. Mary the Virgin in NYC. Group exhibits include
Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, St. John’s Episcopal Church,
West Hartford and the National Arts Club in NYC.  (www.lisa-bell.com)

The exhibit runs through April 8, 2017.  
The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery hours are:  
Monday – Saturday, 10 am-4 pm.

     For further information call (860) 567-3163

Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde Community Betterment Fund Grant
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
This grant will be matched by the Torrington Savings Bank.  

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield received a grant
from the Jeffrey and Susan Lalonde Community Betterment Fund,
 a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.
This grant will be matched by the Torrington Savings Bank.  

The grant will be used for the repair of the outdoor swimming pool
which is used for the guests of the retreat and conference center
as well aas for swimming lessons for children through the Town
of Litchfield’s Park and Recreation Department.

Wisdom House expresses its great appreciation to Susan and Jeffrey Lalonde,
 to Torrington Savings Bank and to the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation
 for their generous support of the ministry of Wisdom House.

About Wisdom House: Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat and conference
center presenting programs in spirituality, education and the arts.  
The center provides hospitality for the not-for-profit community.

Wisdom House’s mission is rooted in the Judaeo-Christian
Wisdom tradition which supports the center’s commitment
 to sustainability and concern for contemporary issues.
 The center, since 1949, is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.

Inviting The Great Dance:
Paintings On the Path of Letting Go
By Elisabeth Moss
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery at Wisdom House opened a new exhibit
Inviting The Great Dance: Paintings On the Path of Letting Go
by Elisabeth Moss on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

 The exhibit consists of a collection of works combining acrylics and collage.  
Ms. Moss says she creates by “painting from within” or from intuition and
 the resulting symbols reflected on canvas represent the artist’s deepening
 attunement to the Divine.  These “painted prayers” are often inspired
by a multitude of artists, indigenous, tribal art and children’s art.  

Elisabeth Moss
 A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Moss has been
painting since childhood. She has exhibited in group and solo shows at the
Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford
and the Hosner Gallery in Northhampton, MA among others.
 Ms. Moss offers classes in intuitive visual expression that also
draw upon the practice of meditation and expressive art.  

        Regular gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Art Exhibit
Heal” by North Carolina artist Erin Tapley
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
The exhibit consists of scrolls produced by a technique
 called hydroprinting or marbling. Marbling is a printed,
paper decorating method done by floating
and arranging colors on thickened water.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by the poem
 “Heal Thyself” by Bonnie St. Andrews.  
The visually rich descriptions in that poem shape
 the design and elements of Ms. Tapley’s work.

            Erin Tapley is presently on the faculty of Western Carolina University
and  holds a PhD from the University of Iowa. The awards she has
received as an artist and art educator include a Fulbright Grant, and two
National Endowment for the Humanities.  Previous solo shows include the
Hothouse Gallery in Chicago and the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Minneapolis.
She also has completed numerous murals and
 installations in galleries and museums worldwide.

The exhibit will run until October 1, 2016.
          Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10am–4 pm
            For further information call Wisdom House (860) 567-3163;
or click on:  www.wisdomhouse.org

Art & Politics Forum
Sunday, April 10, 2016
The artist has been called "ein rutler" - the disturber- the one who stirs things up.
What happens when artists stir up the status quo? Just how free are we to do that?
What is the role government in support of the arts in society?

The forum, a panel discussion followed by audience interaction, discussed
the role the that art has had in stirring up the status quo of our culture.
The role of censorship and freedom of expression was also discussed
as well as the role of government in its support of the arts.

The presenters included moderator Jack Gilpin, and panelists Barry Blitt,
Susan Clinard, Roberta B. Willis and Colin McEnroe.
Jack Gilpin, Moderator
Jack Gilpin is a noted stage, screen and television actor appearing in series
such as Law and Order and movies such as Quiz Show, Reversal of Fortune, et.al.

 Barry Blitt, Susan Clinard
Barry Blitt is the celebrated cartoonist and illustrator for The New Yorker magazine.
Susan Clinard is artist in residence at Eli Whitney Museum in New Haven, CT.
Her exhibits have been shown in New York, San Antonio
and her sculptures in galleries and collections worldwide.

Colin McEnroe, Roberta B. Willis
Colin McEnroe is the NPR host of “The Colin McEnroe Show”
and contributor to The Hartford Courant. He writes a blog
 “To Wit” for the Hartford Courant’s website.
Roberta B. Willis is the State Representative from the 64th district
and serves on the NWCT Arts Council Board, and
the Northwest Community College Advisory Board.

Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery Exhibit
"Navigating the Human Landscape"
by Susan Clinard
The exhibit will run until June 25, 2016
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday ~ 10am-4 pm
Ms. Clinard began her sculpture work over twenty five years ago.
She works in wood, clay, bronze, wire and mixed media. Her work is an
exploration of nature’s forms, distorted and perfect, found and inspired.
She says, “It is art reflective of life which contains
the ugly and the beautiful without interruption.”
Ms. Clinard is artist in residence at the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden, CT.
She is currently showing in New York, New Haven and San Antonio.
She has been awarded public commissions such as the Carnegie Foundation
 in New York City, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL and the City of Chicago.
She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, Chicago, and
Creative Arts Workshop, and Eli Whitney Museum, New Haven.
 Her sculptures can be found in galleries, public parks and in collections worldwide.
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
"Interiors and Exteriors"
by  Mary Lou and Bob Alberetti
Artists' talk ~ Saturday, February 27

Architecture is the basis for Mary Lou Alberetti’s ceramic reliefs,
mixed media and collage.  Summers spent in Italy, Spain, Turkey and France
 provided the resources and inspiration. Architectural references,
 some literal, some more abstract, offer an aura of timelessness and
antiquity through the surfaces of multi-layered colors and textures.

Mary Lou Alberetti

Reliefs are inspired by the collages as well as having the collages
 informing the ceramic reliefs.   The resulting work reflects fragmented
architectural forms, with echoes of collective images of timelessness and antiquity.
Mary Lou Alberetti is a studio artist and professor emerita from
Southern Connecticut State University.  Her works are found in such civic,
private and corporate collections including HBO World Headquarters
 in NYC and the Mint Museum of Art and Design, North Carolina.  

Robert Alberetti

Robert Alberetti’s works combine and integrate his oils and mixed media /collage
works with a fresh viewpoint and interpretation influenced from his travels,
both home and abroad. Imagination and emotion are the catalyst for his paintings,
collages and mixed media works.  They include on-site paintings, sketches
and photographs. His process enables him to develop the formal attributes of color,
shape, texture, form and value, all with the intent of resonating with the viewer.
Robert Alberetti is an artist, educator and designer and retired as a
full professor from Western Connecticut State University in 2003.  
He has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as the
Panama Museum of Art, the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco,
the Pentagon, Washington, DC and the Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield.

The Gallery regular hour are:
Monday – Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
The exhibit will close on March 19, 2016.
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Living in the Divine Milieu
~ Friday, September 11, 2015
Sharing Teilhard de Chardin's discovery...
The cosmic vision and spirituality of  Jesuit priest and scientist,
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was the focus of a retreat given by noted scholar,
Ursula King, PhD, FRSA on September 11 and 12, 2015 at
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, CT.

            The realization that the spirit of God flows through all of creation
 became the foundation of Chardin zest for life.  

            Presenting the program was international scholar Ursula King, PhD, RRSA.
King is a professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies and Senior Research
Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, England.  
She has lectured throughout the world and published numerous books
 and articles on interfaith dialogue, spirituality and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
Pierre de Chardin, Writings Selected.
This program was co-sponsored by the
Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University.

Cosmology Video
August 13, 2015
Sister Margaret Galiardi, OP discusses her week-long Cosmology retreat
at Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT in August 2015. Participants in the retreat
explored the inherent spirituality that emerges when we are mindfully present
to what is all around us, from the smallest to the largest,
 and contemplate the Divine Presence in the natural world.

Ephemera: Holding a Moment in Your Hand
by Jean Linville, PhD.
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Opening ~ Saturday, May 16, 2015
The exhibit, an interactive, eco-focused installation in partnership with nature
 encourages the observer to rediscover the wonder and value or slowing their pace
and establishing a connection with the natural world. Examining how we build
connections to the land, while reflecting on the past and envisioning
a healthy environmental future is the artist’s focus.
Jean Linville, PhD
Jean Linville is an eco-artist and arts educator whose work has long been influenced
by her connection to wood and trees. She has had solo and group exhibitions at
The Rockefeller State Park Reserve, in Pocantico, NY, the Museo del la Fotografia,
Rafaela, Argentina and the New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY among others.
Her work has been commissioned by Aquefest 2010, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
and the South Ocean Art Gallery, Freeport, NY. She was inducted in 2004
 into the National Association of Women Artists.

The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery is open
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
For further information call (860) 567-3163

"Embracing Transformation: The Journey and the Cross"
Exhibit in the Marie Trichet Art Gallery
An artist’s talk with painter Janet McKenzie
Saturday, March 28, 2015
An exhibit of 15 oil on canvas paintings based
on the Stations of the Cross and The Resurrection.
“Embracing Transformation: The Journey and the Cross”
About Janet McKenzie
Janet McKenzie is an award-winning artist based in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom,
known for the incorporation of women, diversity, children and symbolic imagery in her work.
Her painting, “Jesus of the People” was selected winner of the National Catholic Reporter’s
competition for a new image of Jesus at the Millennium
by Sr. Wendy Beckett, art historian and BBC television host.





Click below to hear Janet McKenzie
talking about the exhibit.

Seven-Circuit Guided Labyrinth Walks
Introduction, video, labyrinth walk and reflection time

The labyrinth is open for walks during the daytime.
To arrange a guided labyrinth walk, call 860-567-3163
Suggested donation: $5
Sister Rosemarie Greco discusses the history
and use of the labyrinth at Wisdom House.
Program #LW

Peaceful Drones
Al Petrunti of The New Day Group (www.newdayhd.tv ) recently
took aerial video of Wisdom House using drone technology.  
His Facebook page and website:
~ Photos by Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP




The Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House
 is now filling its 2016-2017 calendar.
Artists are invited to submit proposals for exhibits by sending a
CD of 8-10 samples of their work, their resume, and an artist
statement along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

The gallery, this year, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as
being a part of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center.
As an alternative space in an alternative place, the gallery
features works of local, national, and international artists.

All submissions should be sent to:
The Marie Louise Trichet Gallery, Wisdom House,
229 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT  06759.

The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
at Wisdom House opened a new exhibit,
“The Distance Between Language and Light”
by Lori Robeau
on Saturday, September 27, 2014
Artist Talk
Using the ancient art form of the shadow lantern or shadow theatre,
The Distance Between Language & Light is a site specific installation utilizing light,
shadow and movement.  Its aim is to explore the non-verbal, unwritten language of
 images and sensory reality.  This art form is one of the earliest means of telling
stories and communicating with others.  The illuminations can be traced to ancient
Egypt, India, Indonesia and China. They were mainly used in religious ritual and sacred allegory.  
This installation places the viewer in a transitional space between reality and illusion.
The gallery will become a space filled with cycles, patterns, and objects in which one
can see and situate themselves, experience possibilities
and emerge into a new state of consciousness.

Lori Robeau holds an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has exhibited
in group and solos exhibitions though out the Northeast including the Duxbury Art Complex Museum,
Duxbury, MA, The Warwick Art Museum, Warwick, R.I., The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT
and the Pearl Street Gallery in Hartford.  Currently she holds a position at Western Connecticut State University
where she supports the BA and MFA programs and assists with all invitational and student exhibitions.  
Ms. Robeau continues to work as an interdisciplinary artist exploring abstract ideas about
subjectivity and the disjointed relationship between human kind and the natural world.


Food, Glorious Food: Eating with Intention and Compassion
was held on Saturday, May 17th at Wisdom House Retreat
and Conference Center in Litchfield CT.   
This interfaith program was a collaboration between Wisdom House
and the Greater Washington Coalition For Jewish Life.
The personal, environmental and societal benefits of eating with intention
and compassion were the considerations of this engaging program.  
William Duesing
The keynote speaker was William Duesing, founder and former Executive Director
of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut).

For 40 years, organic farmer, author and environmental activist Bill Duesing has been
working to promote organic agriculture and greater local food sufficiency in Connecticut
and the Northeast through lectures, writings, media and community work.  With his wife Suzanne,
he currently grows fruits and vegetables on the Old Solar Farm and advocates for a local and
organic food system. He served for 12 years as the Executive Director of CT NOFA, the
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut. For three years, he chaired the
board of the Community Farm of Simsbury which trains farmers, educates urban
and suburban students and provides certified organic food to the needy.

He is author of Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future.  
Bill was the founding president of CT NOFA and founding chair of the New Haven Ecology Project
and its Common Ground High School, located on a farm in New Haven.  He was a founding
 board member and past president of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. For several decades,
 Bill gardened with elementary and high school students in New Haven and Bridgeport.  
For 10 years he wrote and delivered a weekly environmental essay on public radio from Fairfield, CT.

 Two panel discussions followed the keynote address. Chef Chris Eddy of Winvian, Morris, CT;
Patrick Horan of Waldingfield Farm, Washington, CT; John Morosani of Laurel Ridge Farm of Litchfield, CT;
and Shamu Sadeh of Adamah Farm of Falls Village, CT spoke about food production
and preparation as it relates to human health, the protection of the land, and animal welfare.

  L-R: Chef Eddy, Patrick Horan

  L-R: John Morosani, Shamu Sadeh

Rabbi Natan Margalit, author of Organic Torah website and Rabbi of the
Greater Washington Coalition For Jewish Life; and Rev. Susan McCone,
Rector of St. John’s Church, Washington, CT
addressed the moral and spiritual aspects of food.
L-R: Rabbi Natan Margalit, Rev. Susan McCone

Additional support for this program was provided by the CT NOFA
(Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut), the first and
leading grassroots association advocating for organic food,
farming, gardening and land care in Connecticut.

GWCJL is an inclusive Jewish community in Litchfield County that offers
an alternative to the traditional synagogue experience, providing its
members with a variety of spiritual, intellectual, social and interfaith events.

Art and Spirituality Forum – About Time:  
Today’s Challenge in the Arts,
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The immediacy and expediency of contemporary social media and its effect
on the richness and depth of creativity.  The panel for this forum:  
David Colbert, David Darling, Phoebe Katzin,
Sheila Nevins, and moderator Jack Gilpin.

Time Forum - Part 1

Time Forum - Part 2

Time Forum - Part 3

David Colbert is a sculptor and geometric artist. His work has been exhibited
at New Arts Gallery, Litchfield; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield,  
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, and New Britain Museum of American Art. He has done
solo shows at Florida State University and Western Connecticut State University, among others.

As an internationally known cellist, David Darling has produced several solo CDs
including his Grammy award-winning Prayer for Compassion.  He is also the co-founder
of Music For People an organization promoting improvisational musicianship.

Phoebe Katzin has been creating costumes for over twenty years.  
She is the lead costume designer for MOMIX and has worked in New York City for designers
Gregg Barnes and Kitty Leech as well as creating pieces for theatrical productions.

Sheila Nevins is president of HBO Documentary Films for Home Box Office overseeing
the development and production off all documentaries for HBO, HBO2 and Cinemax.  
As an executive producer she has received numerous Emmy, Peabody Awards  and Academy Awards.

Moderating the panel will be actor, Jack Gilpin who has performed on, off and off-off  Broadway.  
His television credits include Law and Order and The Good Wife and film credits include
Quiz Show, Reversal of Fortune and 21 among many others.
He was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2012.

The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
“Inner Light: “ Sculpture by David Colbert
The exhibit will run through September 13, 2014.  
Inner Light
Photo credit: Nicholas Jacobs
This exhibit will focus on slowing down and the perception of light.  
In a darkened room, viewers will be invited to observe
simple lines in space, varying in brightness and color.
David Colbert
Photo credit: Nicholas Jacobs
David Colbert has been working with geometric art for thirty-five years.  
He is also a practitioner of  T’ai chi ch’uan which has ultimately influenced an ongoing
simplification of his art.  He has done shows at New Arts Gallery, Litchfield, Chesterwood,
Stockbridge, MA and group shows at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield,
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury and New Britain Museum of American Art. His solo shows
 include Katonah Museum of Art Public Art Commissions: Florida International University,
Kent State University and Western Connecticut State University.  
For further information about Mr. Colbert’s work visit: www.davidcolbert.com  
For further information about Wisdom House visit: www.wisdomhouse.org

The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery has been an integral
part of Wisdom House for the past twenty years.  
It regularly features the works of local, national, and international artists.  
The gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Realms: Works of Mary Terrizzi,
Naya Bricher and Scott Bricher
Exhibit ran from January 19 to March 29
Litchfield.bz videos:  Intro ~ Mary ~ Naya ~ Scott
See what results from the intersecting lives of one artist family
... Mary Terrizzi, Naya Bricher, and Scott Bricher
The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
announces the opening of a new exhibit:
“Realms: Works of Mary Terrizzi, Naya Bricher and Scott Bricher.

“Realms” is an unfurling record of the parallel journeys of this family of artists.  
The format of the unfurling, exquisite scroll, brings a fusion of the narrative of the
 traditional horizontal hand scroll with the drawing exercise called,
exquisite corpse, where the outcome us uncertain.

Mary Terrizzi is the Creative Director of Coracle Design in South Kent, CT and was previously
the Art Director at the White Flower Farm, Litchfield and Associate Art Director at the
Children’s Television Workshop, NYC.  She has exhibited at the NWCT Arts Tour:
Open Your Eyes, the 43th Annual Juried Members Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of
American Art and in the Juried Members Shows at the Kent Art Association, Kent, CT among others.

Recently graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA, Naya  Bricher is continuing
her visual art studies at Smith and at the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, MA.  
She  has shown her work at the 4th Annual 10x10x10xTieton, Mighty Tieton Warehouse
Gallery in Washington State, WAA Faculty Exhibition at the Washington, CT Art Association,
at the 63rd Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT and many other galleries.

Scott Bricher spent many years as a teacher of fine arts courses ranging from
Parsons School of Design in New York , to the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in Philadelphia, PA
and  Columbia University, NYC.  Some of the art galleries in which he has shown his work
are the Oresman Gallery, Northampton, MA, Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery,
 St. Louis, MO and the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT.
For further information call Wisdom House at (860)567-3163,

Casagrande Institute for Interfaith Conversation
"Double Belonging – At Home In Two Traditions"
October 25 - October 27, 2013
L-R: Neil Soten Theise, MD; Ann Holmes Redding, PhD; Rev. Robert Kaku Gunn, PhD

Double Belonging – At Home In Two Traditions
 is the subject of the Casagrande Institute for Interfaith Conversation
at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center.

For an increasing number of people their spiritual path leads them to practice
a second religion as well as their original one. This personal interreligious
 dialogue leads to a spiritual life of “double belonging” – or,
participating in two religious traditions at once.

This program examines how “double belonging” can affect
one’s spirituality and a person’s spiritual realization.
Presenting the program are Rev. Robert Kaku Gunn, PhD;
Ann Holmes Redding, PhD and Neil Soten Theise,MD.

Rev. Gunn is representing the Christian Buddhist experience;
He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and an
ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priest in the Village Zendo, NYC.

Representing the Jewish-Buddhist experience is Neil Soten Theise, MD.
Dr. Theise is the Director of the Digestive Disease Department of
Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC and a member of the Village Zendo in NYC.

The Christian Muslin experience is being discussed by previously ordained
Episcopal priest and current Muslim, Ann Holmes Redding.

Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
"Collage: A Cure for a Disordered Life"
~ Ingrid Freidenbergs
From pieces of fractured life a whole emerges.....
In collage, one can restructure and rejoin part, from the past,
from private passions, from the lost, from a shattered world;
in short, a cure for a disordered life.
Artist Reception Videos ~ Ingrid Freidenbergs
Sunday, September 15, 2013


"Growing Into the Cosmic Christ "
Guided Retreat - August 9-16, 2013
Michael Crosby, OFM
Father Michael Crosby is a Capuchin Franciscan, member of the Province of St Joseph, OFM, Cap, Detroit.
He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association, Catholic Theological Society of America,
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and pioneer in promoting socially responsible investing.
He has authored 17 books including The Paradox of Power;
From Control to Compassion (Crossroad,2008) and Repair My House (Orbis, 2012).  

Artist Talk: Harvey Offenhartz
In Extremis: The Stations of the Cross,
14 Abstractions,
Oil Paintings on Paper
by Harvey Offenhartz
April 9, 2011

1st Ecology and Spirituality Program
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center held its first Ecology and Spirituality Program
on Saturday, June 1, 2013. This inaugural offering consisted of a conversation focusing
on the recent decline of the bee population and its effect on our lives and our planet.  
Presenting the program were Cate Bourke (left), Mother Ozanne Schumann, O.S.B. (center)
and Alphonse Avitabile (right) - BZ photo

BZ photos
Mr. Avitabile (left) is an Emeritus Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut
(Waterbury Campus) and is also the co-author (with Diana Sammatoro) of  The Beekeepers Handbook.
Mother Ozanne (right) is the beekeeper at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem and
serves on the Board of Directors of the Backyard Beekeepers Association.

Honey bees are dying at an alarming rate with U.S. beekeepers reporting losses of as many
as 50% of their bee populations.  This phenomenon had been linked to, among other things, the use
of certain pesticides.  The European Union has taken a major step to ban the use of these pesticides.   
An estimated $15 billion in agricultural benefits are at state.

"Requiem for Being: An Installation"
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Exhibit: June 1-September 7, 2013
  An art installation, "Requiem for Being" by Cate Bourke (center) was inspired by
bee colony collapse disorder and opened on June 1, 2013.

An artist, Cate Bourke has been a teacher of pottery, an Artist in Residence and has held solo exhibits
in the Wood Gallery, Montpelier, VT and the Guilford Art Center among others.  

Taking bee colony collapse disorder as a point of departure, this ceramic art installation
will be a meditation on otherness, ambivalence and disconnectedness.

Ms. Bourke holds a MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been an Artist in Residence
at East Hartford High School as well as a teacher of pottery. She has had solo exhibits at the West Cove Gallery,
West Haven, and the All Souls Sanctuary in New London and the Fisher Gallery in Avon.

Her work has been part of Group Exhibitions at the Wood Gallery, Montpelier, VT, the Therese
A. Maloney Art Gallery, Morristown, NJ and the Guildford Art Center in Guildford.
Visit Cate Bourke’s website at: (www.catebourke.weebly.com)

A special honeybee scuplture was created by the young artists at Frances Clem Studios in Bantam.
It was on display at Wisdom House in the meeting room.

Transforming Power of American Music Workshop
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The workshop, presented by Marguerite Mullee, examined American music, particularly
from the 20th century.  The program included music of the people: union and civil rights songs,
soul, rock and contemporary music – all forms that took courage to create and perform.  
The times and the music came alive through audio and video examples
as well as participant’s voices raised together.

Marguerite Mullee (right) is the Music Director at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church,
Litchfield and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Gateway Community College, New Haven.  
She is also a Music/Voice Coach at Our lady of Grace Monastery, North Guilford.  
She holds a doctorate in Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy from Columbia University.

"Remember, Return, Rejoice:
Journeying from Lent to Easter "
A morning of reflection to prepare for the
liturgical season of Lent moving into Easter.
Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

"The Journey of the Artist"
a conversation among artists
@ Wisdom House on Sunday, April 29, 2013

Part 1
Part 2

The Transition Companion by Rob Hopkins
Copies of this book are available through Wisdom House for a minimum donation of $16.  
The price on the book is $29.95. (The price for the book and shipping is $20.00).

To order a copy of this book, send payment to Wisdom House,
229 E Litchfield Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759.
You may call us at 860-567-3163

The focus of The Transition Companion  is on
“making  your community more resilient in uncertain times.”
Author Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Movement,
is recognized globally for his grassroots work
in promoting community resilience in the light of peak oil
and climate change. Rob’s blog is www.transitionculture.org.

photos by Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP
Sister Rosemarie Greco with Bryan Garcia,
President of the State's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
and Senator Andrew Roraback.
Ray Furse of Litchfield Hills Solar based in West Cornwall
describes the function of the inverter to change direct current
from the solar panels into alternating current.

Wisdom House activates new solar panels
Litchfield.bz (08-12-11)
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
unveiled its new 80 new solar photovoltaic panels
for the public during a dedication ceremony.

The panels are located on the roof of the center's Spruce Brook Barn
and are an example of Wisdom House's commitment to clean-energy initiatives,
according to Wisdom House Administrator Sister Rosemarie Greco

Funding the installation of the panels were a grant of $50,500
from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund,
now known as the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority,
$30,000 from both the Daughters of Wisdom and Friends of Wisdom House,
$10,000 from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation,
and $10,000 from Paula and Emma Desel.

Estimates show the panels generating about 15,500 kilowatt hours
of clean, renewable energy annually,
saving an estimated 10.7 metric tons
of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
They will help Wisdom House reduce its energy use
by an estimated 25 percent, and over 30 to 40 years,
the panels will produce an estimated $300,000 worth of energy.

State Sen. Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen addressed the gathering
and praised Wisdom House for leading by example.
Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority President Brian Garcia
also spoke and credited Roraback
for his role in legislation that established the authority.

CEFIA's job is to promote, develop and invest in clean energy
and energy-efficient projects that would improve
 the environment and strengthen the economy.

About Wisdom House
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
is an interfaith center in a country setting.  
The center presents programs on spirituality, education and the arts
and has a commitment to energy conservation and sustainability.  
The center welcomes not-for-profit groups,
hosting events and offers hospitality.  
The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.  
For more on Wisdom House, please visit www.wisdomhouse.org .

About the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)
CEFIA was created by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011.
It is the successor organization to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.  
CEFIA’s mission is to promote, develop and invest in clean energy
and energy efficient projects in order to strengthen Connecticut’s economy,
protect community health, improve the environment,
and promote a secure energy supply for the state.  
CEFIA is governed by an 11-member board of directors
appointed by the governor and the leadership of the State Legislature.
As the nation’s full-scale clean energy finance authority,
CEFIA will leverage public and private funds to drive investment
and scale up clean energy deployment in Connecticut.  
For more information on CEFIA, please visit www.ctcleanenergy.com.