Series: Wild Women Circle: Finding your Pack A Women’s Soul Support Group (Based on the book Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes)
Interested in a supportive women’s empowerment circle where you can join with other women to get curious about being a Wild Woman? Love the book “Women Who Run With Wolves”? Then this group is for you! Through story telling, skilled and guided group facilitation and an exploration of Clarissa’s book Women Who Run With Wolves, we will recover and revive the feminine soul.
You will be invited to “practice listening to your intuition, your inner voice; ask questions; be curious; trust; see what you see; hear what you hear; and then act upon what you know to be true. These intuitive powers were given to your soul at birth. “(Estes, 1970) These feminine abilities may lay dormant because of life experiences or buried and embedded in a culture that fails to value and support women’s voices. But the natural, wild, instinctive woman does live in you and can be revived. Interested in Running with Wolves? Wild Women Circle: Finding Your Pack may be a place for you to howl! You must attend the first group meeting to participate. Once the group begins it will be closed to new members. There are group slots for 8-12 women
Registration closes on February 13, 2019.
Facilitator: Sherylyn Pitt Dates/Times: 3rd Wednesday of every month: Feb. 20, March 20, April 24, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, 6:30-8:30pm [NOTE: April's program has been changed to April 24 (from April 17) Suggested Donation: Sliding Scale $35.00-$70.00 per group session
Creating Personal Ritual, Part I - Making Life Transitions Sacred
Ritual is a powerful way for us to experience the intersection of the material and spiritual worlds. Whether grieving a loss, celebrating a victory, or simply attuning to the season at hand, creating personal ritual helps us to more consciously honor, process, and move through life transitions. Join us to discuss the topic of ritual and learn how to create your own meaningful rituals within daily life. Feel free to bring an object or objects that are relevant to a transition you are going through, an intention, or the season. We will incorporate these into a custom ritual you will design during this program and take home for personal use. (Materials will be provided)
Presenter: Karla Davis Dates: Thursday, February 7, 7-8:30pm Suggested Donation: $20 please note: the morning program on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 has been cancelled.
Longing for Belonging
We live in an era of instant communication, via social media. There’s Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and probably more cyberspace avenues to put us in touch with others. But, ironically, according to social scientists, there’s a pervasive sense of disconnect among us. Brene Brown calls it “a spiritual crisis of disconnection” in her recent book, Braving the Wilderness. We are wired for belonging and this need is not satisfied by simply fitting in. What’s the difference? Belonging brings us home; fitting in keeps us wandering. We’ve all had experiences of both. This program is an opportunity to share your experiences and deepen your understanding of your life’s journey. Braving the Wilderness will serve as a useful resource.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Monday, February 11, 7-8:30pm OR Tuesday, February 19, 1:30-3pm Free will donation
Time: Making the Most of this Precious Gift
Time is precious. Time is beyond our control and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. How do we maximize the precious minutes given to us each day? Take some time (!) and come discuss ways we can make the most of the time we have. “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Thursday, February 21, 1:30-3pm OR Monday, February 25, 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Immersed in Compassion: A Lenten/Anytime Journey!
Compassion is a value found within every religious tradition. Perhaps its most common expression is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Compassion has been known to transform hearts as well as situations. This program will be a six-week immersion in compassion, coinciding with the Christian season of Lent. Our guide will be Joyce Rupp’s recent gem, Boundless Compassion (provided) which offers nourishing reflections and practices for each day. If you would like to be transformed into a compassionate presence for our world, please consider registering for this program!
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Monday mornings (10:30-11:30) OR evenings (7-8pm) March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1, 8, 15 Suggested Donation: $40 for series or $10 per session
Creating Personal Ritual, Part II - Follow-up from February Program
Ritual is a powerful way for us to experience the intersection of the material and spiritual worlds. In February we discussed this topic and learned how to create meaningful rituals within our daily lives. Join us as we share how we implemented and experienced our personal rituals over the course of the month. Did you align with the season? The moon phase? Were you working through an inner shift or transition? Share your experience and glean from the wisdom each woman tapped into; women sharing ritual is powerful medicine.
Presenter: Karla Davis Dates/Times: Tuesday, March 5, 10:30-noon OR Thursday, March 7, 7-8:30pm Suggested Donation: $20
The Inner Monastery - Fulfilling the Longing for God in a Frenetic World
If you are someone who has felt a consistent longing for quiet, for a less frenetic pace so you could have time to reflect on that frenetic pace; if you have sensed a call to go within, this program is for you! It will validate that call and bring clarity to that place within, that "inner monastery," a term used by spiritual writer, Beverly Lanzetta, in her latest book, The Monk Within. Beverly writes from her experience of discovering and nurturing the monk within herself and then creating a monastic community-without-walls that has nurtured its members for almost 40 years. One of those members, Sarah Stein, is offering this program. She has been a member of Beverly's community since its beginning. Participants in this program will need to have a copy of The Monk Within so they can reflect on Beverly's insights with Sarah and then, have it as a rich resource for prayer and reflection for the rest of their lives! That's how meaningful this book will be for those who have, in Beverly's words, "a monastic personality."
Presenter: Sarah Stein Dates/Times: Thursdays, March 7 AND 21, 10am- noon Free will donation
WOMAN TO WOMAN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, MARCH 8th
Once again and for one last time before we close, we invite you to join us in giving support to women receiving community assistance in Raleigh by sending handwritten notes of encouragement. Use index cards or note cards of your choosing and drop them in the “mailbox” in the front room at The Place or mail them to us by March 1st. Blank cards will be available at The Place for those attending a program to fill out. Using only your first name, write as many as you wish. Compose your own message or copy the sample provided below. During the first week in March we will deliver the cards to various agencies serving women in need as well as some local nursing homes.
SAMPLE: Hi! My name is (first name). Even though we have not met, I know that as a woman you have within you the strength, courage and wisdom to face whatever challenges that may lie ahead. As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8th, I want you to know, woman to woman, that I celebrate YOU and wish you peace, health and happiness. Be strong and don’t ever stop believing in yourself!
Alchemy of Grief Present Moment Awareness with Nancy Loeffler
The practice of Present Moment Awareness helps us to open to what is, as it is. This is so even in the most heart-shattering experiences. We learn to experience the perfection of Life as it is, no matter how it seems to be. This practice alleviates the suffering of wanting things to be different than they are–no matter what they are. This is not a method to fix what is wrong. You will learn that nothing needs to be fixed. Present Moment Awareness consistently reveals so beautifully that there is nothing wrong, and no one needing to be fixed. It leads us to realize that every wound is a pathway to the Holy, if we can be present enough to recognize it.
Presenter: Nancy Loeffler Dates/Times: Tuesday, March 12, 10-11:30am OR Tuesday, March 19, 7-8:30pm Suggested Donation: $20
We will gather on the labyrinth to participate in an experience intended to open our hearts to the balance of the Spring Equinox. We will rest our hearts in the warming seeds, lengthening days and newly running sap in the veins of the earth. What in our lives need be warmed, nourished, and called forth? The program begins at 7:00pm and ends at 8:30pm. We gather in hope that we can offer and receive healing for ourselves, our families, our community, and our earth. We will utilize the two ancient spiritual practices Sound healing and the labyrinth pilgrimage, to enhance our celebration of the Spring Equinox. Please bring a folding chair for your comfort during the ceremony and a frame drum or rattle if you have one. You are also invited to bring an item that reflects what you would like to balance and call forth this Spring. Come and join with your companions on their journey! A suggested donation of $10.00 will be gratefully accepted.
Facilitator: Sherylyn Pitt
Choosing Your Words, Crafting Your Life
Do your words empower and nurture you and others or do they cause discomfort and discord? There are several tools that can help one change that inner dialogue and we will examine them and put them into practice during this program. We have the ability to choose and to craft and with those choices comes self-nourishment and even more important, self-realization. This not only affects the individual but all those whose lives we touch. Please come and join the discussion. Share your stories and the tools that have empowered and nurtured you.
Presenter: Jean Costa Dates/Times: Tuesday, April 2, 1:30-3pm OR Tuesday, May 7, 1:30-3pm Suggested Donation: $20
Forgiveness as Healing and Wholeness
Forgiveness is for our own growth and happiness. Forgiving a person who hurts us is one of the hardest things we do. We can choose to stop what happened from running or ruining our lives or we can continue to recycle resentments and bitterness. Forgiveness is a process. We cannot force forgiveness, but we can explore its possibilities.
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Wednesday, April 3, 7-8:30pm OR Wednesday, April 10, 10:30-noon Free will donation
Retreat Day: Treasured Memories – Hopeful Futures
Join us for our final retreat day as we remember the journey of our earth-based, seasonal retreat days over the years. As we reflect on these resources anew, with fresh eyes, we will see how we can carry them into the future as our journeys continue. (Please bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert provided.)
Presenters: Sister Judy Hallock and Sister Mary Margaret Weber Date/Time: Tuesday, April 16, 9:30am-2:30pm Site: home of Jan Kimball and Beth Wolfe , 1500 Farmington Court, Raleigh 27615 Suggested Donation: $30
How Sacred is Your World?
All of creation is sacred, from the smallest microbes to the tallest sequoias. Every breath you take, every interaction you have is a sacred moment. And yet, how often do we see this as we relate to ourselves, to others and to Mother Nature? The veil between the worlds is thinning, allowing us all to walk with a foot in both worlds, the seen and the unseen. We will discuss the physical and the energetic components of our lives and how to navigate through both with grace.
Do you have friends who are nourished by a faith tradition other than your own? Many have friends who follow different “sects” within their own tradition – i.e. “I’m a Catholic and I have a close friend who is Lutheran, or Methodist, or Baptist.” But what about, “I’m a Christian and I have a close friend who is Jewish, or Muslim, or Pagan.” This program will explore the richness of interfaith friendships and why they are so needed in these times.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Monday, May 13, 1:30-3pm OR Thursday, May 16, 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Gratitude When Times are Hard
It’s easy to feel and express gratitude and appreciation when life is good, but what about when life isn’t so good? What about when life is hard? How can humans possibly experience gratitude when our bodies are broken and in pain? How can we reach for gratitude in times of loss and heartache? And where do we find gratitude when the suffering of others surrounds us, and we have no control or power to change things? This program will help you understand WHY gratitude is the most healing and empowering tool that we have access to when times are hard; learn HOW to call on gratitude when our emotions and thoughts are far from it; and apply and practice numerous gratitude techniques, processes and perspectives. You will learn strategies for cultivating gratitude in the day-to-day. It will also provide some relief and release for participants who may be experiencing hard times.
Presenter: Karin Cross Dates/Times: Tuesday, May 14, 7-9pm OR Tuesday, May 21, 11am-1pm Suggested Donation: $20