What is Mine to Do?
After the Women’s March on Austin

opentodreamsSaturday, January 21st, 2017
4pm – 5pm
First United Methodist Church at 12th & Lavaca

Eremos is partnering with First United Methodist Church (FUMC) to create a time for grounding and reflection after the Women’s March on Austin the day after the inauguration. Planned start time is 4pm (the march is scheduled from Noon to 3pm).

FUMC is located at 12th & Lavaca. On the steps of the church, we’ll have an opportunity to light candles for a prayer or intention post-march. Before entering the sanctuary, there will be opportunities to draw or journal about your experience. Within the sanctuary, we’ll be offering a contemplative opportunity with inspiring music, poems, readings, and moments of silence. We invite you to ponder the question, “Now, what is mine to do?” during this time.

This ecumenical program is designed to allow anyone from any faith tradition or walk of life to pause and integrate what they experienced during the march and to offer a supportive, quiet sanctuary for any prayers or intentions post-march that feel appropriate to them. Please join us for this free event and share with friends!

WHEN: 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, January 21st.

WHERE: First United Methodist Church located at 12th and Lavaca (across from the state capitol)

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To find out more about the march, go to:

Sing With Your Ancestors
No musical experience required.

Saturday, February 18th
Tit In Love Is  Singing Blossom Branch

“The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.”
—Rabindranath Tagore

Not that long ago we all lived in small family groups. Singing and dancing marked every part of life: birth, coming of age, union, harvest, sickness, death. Every person in the tribe participated in these “calling on the spirit” events.

We invite you to let Sally guide you to a simpler time with chants and songs from a variety of cultures. Yes, we will all participate. No musical experience required. Find your own voice or a new voice supported by the voices of your tribe. There will also be time to reflect and create your own sounds and songs individually and with the group.

Facilitator: Sally Hamilton

Date:Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Time: 9:30am to Noon

Fee: $45 ($50 at the door) – Scholarships Available

Location: Berkeley United Methodist Church, 2407 Berkeley Ave, Austin 78745

Sally HamiltonABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Sally Hamilton is grounded in the belief that all humans were born to sing and dance. Sally has created singing communities for the past 20 years with friends and strangers by offering a safe space and gentle guidance. A singer since birth, Sally became inspired to lead group singing by attending a workshop led by Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Sally has also studied improvisational singing and sounding with local voice teacher, Suzy Stern, and has been a member of Conspirare Concert Choir and Austin Civic Chorus. Sally holds a MEd in Special Education/Early Childhood and spent most of her career as a Parent Educator.

To register or for more information about this workshop, please contact Eremos today.


Teresa of Avila:
Exploring the Interior Castle

Saturday, March 18th
Teresa of Avila

“I thought of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in heaven there are many mansions.”
—Mother Teresa de Cepada y Ahumada

You’re invited to spend a morning immersing yourself in Teresa of Avila’s wisdom about the spiritual journey. Beloved mystic by many, Teresa lived her adult life as a Catholic nun in the area near Avila, Spain during the Spanish Inquisition in the 1500’s.  A charming girl and woman who from an early age wanted to dedicate her life to God, Teresa joined the Carmelite order.

In The Interior Castle, Teresa shares her radical understanding of the relationship that the Beloved desires with us. Together we will follow this map of the spiritual life as a prototype for our own spiritual journey.  We will ponder and reflect on how we can use Teresa’s insights to draw us closer to the Divine Lover.  All are welcome!

Facilitator: Missy Tobia

Date:Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Time: 9:30am to Noon

Fee: $45 ($50 at the door) – Scholarships Available

Location: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr, Austin, 78759

Missy Tobia and TeresaABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Missy Tobia D. Min, has been inspired by St. Teresa of Avila since she was a teenager, and she has deep roots in Carmelite spirituality. In September of 2016, she traveled to Avila, Spain on a pilgrimage retreat to study The Interior Castle. A Spiritual Director for over thirty years, Missy is an active member of Eremos, where she has served on the Board of Directors (2010-2015), and is currently part of Listening Hearts (a group of spiritual directors supporting the spirit of Eremos).

To register or for more information about this workshop, please contact Eremos today.