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
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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 Suggested Donation: Sliding Scale $35.00-$70.00 per group session
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
Gender Roles: Women and Subtle Sexism
With the help of a funny and clever short film (from Spiritual Cinema Circle), we will launch into a reflection and discussion of stereotypical gender roles and the tender age at which they take root. In many ways, we still experience these stereotypes. How can we encourage not playing into these roles? Gender roles impact who we are, our ways of relating to God and our spirituality in general. We have the power to change ourselves, our own behavior, our language. In the end, it is women who must decide to create change for women.
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Wednesday June 5, 10:30am-noon OR 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Joyful Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk
The calendar of the heavens brings us to the Summer Solstice when Sun reaches both its highest and northernmost points in the sky. Light rays strike the earth at a direct angle and offer long hours of sunlight that bathes us in vitamin D, benefits our mood, and boosts our immune system, bones and heart. In addition to the longer hours of sunlight, the sun sets more slowly at the solstice. This offers us those long expansive romantic summertime sunsets. It is truly the “noontime” of the year. Falling between planting and harvest season it is a time to let loose and enjoy the pleasures of life. This is a season of joy!
Rain or shine everyone is welcome! Join with the community of all for a labyrinth ritual walk in celebration of what brings us joy.
Date: June 21, 2019, 7:00 pm Facilitator: Sherylyn H. Pitt Suggested Donation: $10.00 (gratefully appreciated!)
Enough Is Enough!
Usually “enough is enough” means “cut it out!” However, the title of this program means enough IS enough and will explore why this is so and why this mindset is one of the truths that can lead to inner peace and global sustainability. You will discover that you always have enough of what you need, that the never-enough culture in which we live is harmful to our physical, spiritual and mental health and that abundance is far more real than scarcity, regardless of what advertisers say!
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Monday, June 24, 1:30-3 pm OR Tuesday, June 25, 7-8:30 pm Free will donation
An Introduction to the Practice of Centering Prayer
The daily practice of Centering Prayer, created by Thomas Keating and currently taught by Cynthia Bourgeault and other spiritual leaders seeks to create space for the Divine in our busy, overstimulated, 21st century lives. These sessions will introduce the practice of Centering Prayer encouraging participants to experience an intentional letting go of the continuous and repetitive thoughts that bombard our contemporary “monkey minds.” While the practice of Centering Prayer will no doubt produce many positive results related to relaxation and wellness experienced through other types of meditation, Centering Prayer is practiced for the specific purpose of supporting a gradual, personal transformation from the small, egoic self that leads to deeper intimacy and oneness with the Divine, the self, and for all of creation. The facilitator will share her own practice of Centering Prayer, including challenges and recommendations for sustaining the practice. Participants will be offered two sessions. The first session will provide the how of the Centering Prayer practice and an opportunity to experience the practice as a group; the second session will provide participants an opportunity to share their personal experiences over a two-week trial period as well as identifying collected suggestions for establishing and sustaining the practice over a longer period of time
Presenter: Betsy Thigpen Dates/Time: Tuesdays, July 9 & 30, 10:30am to noon Suggested Donation: $20 for both sessions
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
Those familiar with the Christian scriptures know about the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. But the Gospel of Mary Magdalene may be less familiar. This program will explore what this gospel teaches us about Mary Magdalene and her extraordinary relationship with Jesus. We will see how her post-resurrection presence and influence in the early church had a strong effect on the shaping of Christianity Participants will leave this program with a new mentor and a new model for living the Christian faith.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Date/Time: Monday, July 22, 10:00-11:30 am OR 7-8:30 pm Free will donation
Julian of Norwich and Her Image of the Divine
One day in the year 1373, a woman named Julian experienced 16 visions from God. These visions were written down and eventually became a text called A Book of Showings. What were these showings? They were images of a Divine Lover who simply wants to love. They show us a God who is far more interested in relationship with us than in the rules and conditions for loving God that we have created. Julian received insights into the goodness of creation, the consequences of sin (or rather the lack of) and the Divine Feminine. This program will explore these insights so that you, too, can more fully know and more deeply love this Divine Lover.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Time: Thursday, August 1, 1:30-3p m OR Monday, August 5, 7-8:30 pm Free will donation
Yoga, A Wellness Tradition
When you hear the word “Yoga”, do you think “Pretzel”? While the physical movement of Yoga, called Asana, is certainly “yoga”, it is only one small piece of this broader wellness, even spiritual, life practice. While Yoga is not religion, it does discuss how one can live a more fulfilling life when that life contains a spiritual component. These tenets and others will be discussed in this presentation with Olivia Fried. Please join us to learn about how Yoga was first conceptualized and what its disciplines actually include. No need for a mat as this is a discussion!
Presenter: Olivia Fried Dates/Times: Tuesday, August 6, 10-11:30am OR Tuesday, August 13, 7-8:30 pm Suggested donation: $20
One River, Many Wells
We have tried to emphasize here at The Place, an openness to all spiritual truth. One thing that can make human existence meaningful and give us the courage and creativity to navigate our ways is healthy spirituality. What we strive for is an experience of the Divine. The mystic, Meister Eckhart says, “Divinity is an underground river that no one can stop, and no one can dam up.” There is only one river but many wells into that river. The paths down the well vary. We can benefit from delving into one another’s spiritual riches. Let us reflect on the various paths down the well we have taken and how they impacted our experience of God.
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Thursday, August 8, 7-8:30 pm OR Wednesday, August 14, 10:30 am-noon Free will donation
Do You See What I See?
“Said the night wind to the shepherd boy, ‘Do you see what I see?’ What a great question a popular Christmas song asks! This program will explore why we see what we see, how perception shapes vision, and how our perceptions, when informed by consciousness/mindfulness can change what we see.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Monday, August 19, 10:30am-noon OR Tuesday, August 27, 7-8:30pm Free will donation
Self-Compassion: A Spiritual Practice That Keeps On Giving
“How could anyone ever tell you you were anything less than beautiful?” Libby Roderick asks in her well-known song. Yet, if truth be told, we have heard that message often – from ourselves. We have mastered the ability to be self-critical, to strive to be our best, but we have not begun to master the practice of treating our imperfect selves with compassion. Come and explore mindful self-compassion, see how it starts with the self but doesn’t end there, and why it is just the right antidote for these times.
Presenter: Sister Mary Margaret Weber Dates/Times: Thursday, September 5, 10:30 am-noon OR Monday, September 9, 7-8:30 pm Free will donation
Cultivating Happiness Within Ourselves
Sifting through the wisdom of the ages, we will reflect on inspiring insights that help seekers everywhere cultivate true and lasting happiness within themselves. Happiness is a work in progress, a spiritual quality. As Joan Chittister remarks, “To chase the dream of happiness is not a useless exercise.” Bring your experiences and insights as we share our “works in progress” and perhaps move forward in our quest for happiness.
Presenter: Sister Judy Hallock Dates/Times: Thursday, September 12, 7-8:30 pm OR Tuesday, September 17, 1:30-3 pm Free will donation
Honoring the Harvest in Our Lives: Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk
On this night, we will honor the balance of the Fall Equinox and mark the harvest of what Spirit has brought to us over the Summer months. The program will begin at 7:00 and end at 8:30. The evening will include a contemplative labyrinth walk, and time to evaluate and celebrate harvesting the seeds we have planted. It could be that over the Summer you have sown grief, a tomato plant, your own authentic purpose, a relationship with a child, the natural world or with Spirit. Perhaps you have sown the seeds of a new home or the seeds of joy. Please bring a folding chair for your comfort and an item that represents what you have been "sowing" or working with over the summer. As you move through the labyrinth, you will be invited to honor, celebrate and symbolically harvest that which was present for you over the Summer season. Together we will welcome in the new Fall season. There are few opportunities in our technologically and economically driven culture to create community ritual that honors and celebrates the passage of time in our lives. This is one of those opportunities!