(eh-ray-mos)
Greek word meaning solitary place, quiet place, desert place

We seek to provide contemplative opportunities for people of all faith traditions and all walks of life to step back from the hectic pace of life and reconnect to their Source.

In These Uncertain Times May We Uplift Each Other Virtually

With the impact of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) continuing to challenge us daily and the cries for justice piercing our hearts, we continue to support the Eremos community and our Central Texas neighbors virtually through our newsletters, social media posts, and selected programs.

As a contemplative community, we know the soul nourishment that occurs when we drop out of our heads into the silence of our hearts to be with God, the Divine, the Holy One, or whatever name you call Source. We invite you to pause often to take a deep breath, drop into the silence, and find the peace that passes all understanding.

Know that you are not alone no matter how physically isolated you are at this time. We are a community. We hold you, your loved ones, and our world in our collective hearts and prayers. And, we hold the vision and space for healing to come and for the world to emerge stronger and more united for the challenges facing us now.

Thank you for joining us in this vision.

We recently offered a virtual program, Poetry in the Time of Pandemic, with Cathey Capers. Beautiful, heartfelt poems emerged and some of the poems were made available to us. Below is one of the poems (we’ll rotate through as many as we can), with a link to the other poems at the end. May these poetic expressions from our community offer healing to your heart.

Upcoming Events

June 3, Noon to 1:00pm

Benedict’s Way with Betsy Aylin

June 6th, 10:00am to 12:00pm Virtually

Contemplative Creativity Circle with Marie Angele Sanchez

Jun 7th, 2pm to 3:15pm (Virtual Gathering)

Soul Support

June 14th, 2pm to 3pm (Virtual Workshop)

Pondering the News with Deborah Franke

June 17, Noon to 1:00pm

Benedict’s Way with Betsy Aylin

June 18th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Contemplative Men's Ongoing Group

Who We Are

New to Contemplation?

To be contemplative is to enter a quiet in which every aspect of our humanness becomes still in response to the stillness within God, the Divine, or however you define the Source of all that is.

In the spaciousness created within the Eremos community, you are gently invited to behold the Mystery of God. As you rest in moments of silence in community, burdens are lightened, clarity comes, and compassion for yourself and others is reawakened.

Whether you choose to accept our invitation via spiritual direction, a workshop, retreat or monthly on-going small group, you are welcome here.

May your heart receive and be blessed by this poem.

Sometimes, a quote, a poem or other reading, an image, or a piece of music can uplift your spirit and provide soul nourishment to ponder in your times of silence and reflection.

by Beverly Voss

SORROW

A scrap of sorrow clings to
the wasp nest under eaves.
Blows free.
Lands on the blood-red canna
by the fence.

Everything today reminds me
how far away you are.
I want—like a child who has
been told, “NO!” to tantrum
on the floor of the market,
screaming my protest between
the cabbages and rutabagas.
I want to drive/fly/swim to
your doorstep. Wrap arms
around you twenty times
or more.

Sorrow says, “No. Again,
no.” The clear and very
patient parent. “This is
not the time for hurry/
scurry/travel and flight.
Let the scrap of sorrow
befriend you. Hold your
tears. Help you find
grace in things you did
not know you loved…the
wasp nest, for instance,
with its papery walls.
Blue jay spiky all over
when he finishes his
watery ablution. The
moon passing in and out
of clouds dangling Venus
from an invisible
pendant.”

You can find other poems written in the Poetry in the Time of Pandemic workshop HERE.

May we all come together virtually to offer hope and healing to all hearts, minds, and souls. Thank you for being part of our contemplative community without walls.

Our Featured Programs

WEDNESDAYS: June 10th and 24th, July 8th and 22nd, and August 12th and 26th.

Summer Interludes – A Virtual Series

Eremos invites you to step back from daily distractions for an hour to experience our Summer Interlude Series. Each facilitator will share a practice, wisdom, or an experience that is sustaining them through this summer like no other.
EREMOS SUMMER 2020 BOOK REFLECTION Beginning in June

Welcoming the Unwelcome Wholehearted Living In A Brokenhearted World By Pema Chödrön

Whether or not you have any familiarity with Buddhism, come and be nourished by each other and all that Pema Chödrön has to share. The exchange of ideas and differences of opinion these groups honor and support is truly food for the mind, body, and soul. Through quiet reflection and rich conversation, we’ll contemplate the stories shared and the power of the practices offered. Please join us!
Saturday, June 20th 9:30AM – 12:00PM

A Shamanic Experience: Deepen Your Connection to Everything Around You.

The shamanic experience is a global way of understanding the world and working with Spirit – a world view that is closely connected to the Earth and wisdom of the ancestors. Experiencing a few core practices, including the magic of rhythm and shamanic meditation (shamanic journey), you’ll leave the workshop with a heightened awareness of the importance of your relationship with the spirits of life all around you and with tools to help you dream a new life dream for the future.

We invite you to step back from the busyness of life. Spaciousness, clarity, connection, and peace are just a few of the gifts that await you in our contemplative community without walls.

MONTHLY CONTEMPLATIVE GROUPS

Exploring your relationship with the Divine...

Experience the benefits of connecting to and exploring your relationship with the Divine in the company of a small group of fellow travelers on the contemplative path. You’re welcome to join one or more of the following groups.
You are invited to discover creativity as a contemplative path: Relax in a quiet place dedicated to creative work Bring your own materials or use materials provided Follow directions offered or create your own way Neither artistic talent nor training necessary Enjoy time for individual and group reflection Ground and grow in a creating community..Read detail
Within this supportive circle, participants experience the uniqueness and diversity of each spiritual journey. It also provides women an opportunity to be affirmed in their contemplative experience...Read detail
Eremos invites you to a free, once-a-month contemplative session in a location near you. Most groups meet on the 3rd Sunday afternoon of the month. Please check below for the specific date and time of a group near you. Each session includes a brief reading, 20 minutes of silent contemplation to rest your mind, and sharing from group members about their contemplative experience...Read detail
This on-going Eremos offering provides an opportunity to explore the rich tradition of Benedictine spirituality as a way to enrich the spiritual depth and meaning of our lives and as a guide to everyday living...Read detail
Eremos invites you to join us in community to explore the possibility of reclaiming peace within ourselves through a contemplative response that turns the daily news that bombards our hearts and minds from a toxin to a tonic. ..Read detail
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We share the events of our lives. We focus on a common theme for reflection. We spend some time in contemplative silence. We offer each other our insights and responses and bless one another in parting until we meet again...Read detail
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