Companion programs

Contemplative Prayer
Led by Dr. Ruth D. Anderson, Ph.D.

We begin our time by taking three deep, intentional breaths and then enter the silence together for 20 minutes. At the end of the 20 minutes, we share any concerns and celebrations for a few moments to carry with us during our week. You are welcome to drop in or come and join this special group for the term. No fee, but please enroll.

Wednesdays 12–12:30pm beginning Jan. 9 until May 29

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Creating Your Sacred Space
Led by Chris Lindley, MA

Working with classic design elements and using all of the senses, you will design your own peaceful, enchanting space to refresh, dream, laugh, grieve, restore, pray, write — whatever nourishes your inner journey of faith and outward journey in life. Participate in nature by creating a garden refuge and the wildlife it brings. From water features to herbs, statuary to symbolic plants, we will work with artistic objects to create spaces that are truly rooted in Spirit and that uniquely help you flourish. No gardening experience necessary.

Thursdays in May 10am–11:30am beginning May 2 and ending May 30

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Prayerful Yoga
Led by Linda Hiatt, 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher

Prayerful Yoga meets our bodies, minds and spirits right where they are and encourages us on the journey towards balance and equanimity in all aspects of our being. The meditation and mindful releasing, opening and movement of Prayerful Yoga is suitable for all body types and levels of experience. Please bring a mat/towel and a light blanket.

Tuesdays 9:30–11am, Feb. 5–April 16

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Sacred Activism: Being Present to Children in Poverty
Led by Ruth D. Anderson, Ph.D.

For 13 years, a small group of people have been working together to support and be with children living in poverty. We tutor the children Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Partnership Village, a local transitional housing community. On the last Monday of most months during the school year, we gather to pray and reflect on our work together. No fee, but if you are interested in attending one or more of these Monday gatherings, please enroll.

Mondays 4–6pm, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25, April 29

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The Spiritual Practice of Healing Breath: Let go of trapped emotions and deep tensions held within the body

Healing Breath is a spiritual body practice designed to activate the intelligence of the body, heart and mind. This active, conscious-connected breath practice acts as a self-empowering healing modality that corrects restricted breathing patterns and helps you let go of trapped emotions, deep tensions held within the body, negative thought loops, harmful belief systems, and patterns that no longer serve you. Day in and day out, most of us brace ourselves physically and emotionally. Healing Breath releases this tension and creates greater flow and connectedness to the spiritual reality of our interconnectedness to God and all of Creation. Learn more

Friday, Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 for the Breath as a Pathway to Presence Retreat

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Writing from the Heart
Led by Steve Cushman, MFA

This expressive writing workshop will provide you with the opportunity to write about what matters most to you. In a small group setting, we will engage in structured writing exercises and read and discuss writing that deals with matters of the heart and spirit. We will look at ways of generating ideas about your unique experiences and then sharing those ideas in a comfortable environment. Previous experience or comfort with writing is not necessary.

Mondays 6-8pm beginning Feb. 4 and ending March 11

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