Book Reflection

Eremos Summer 2020 Book Reflection

Welcoming the Unwelcome
Wholehearted Living In A Brokenhearted World

By Pema Chödrön

“Our aim is to fully awaken our heart and mind, not just for our own greater well-being but also to bring benefit, solace, and wisdom to other living beings. What motivation could top that?” – Pema Chödrön

In these rapidly changing and uncertain times, when many hearts are hurting from losses great and small, we invite you to immerse yourself in the wisdom of this beloved spiritual leader.

“Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change…Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas–compassionate beings–in times of hardship.” –Shambhala Publications

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!

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Book Reflection Details

Four 90-minute facilitated sessions, beginning JUNE 2020 (dates vary by group).

Sessions include time for silence, reflection, and sharing.


$50 + book.


See chart below for a complete list of facilitators and the dates/times their groups meet.

For more information about this empowering workshop event, please contact Eremos today.

(90 Minute Sessions)
Anne ProvinceThursdays
from 7:00pm – 8:30pm
June 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)GROUP FILLED
Annette PearsonFridays
from 10:30am – 11:45am
June 12th, 19th, 26th, & July 3rdVIRTUALLY (Zoom)GROUP FILLED
Barbara SchutzWednesdays
from 12:30pm – 2:00pm
June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)GROUP FILLED
Dianna AmordeWednesdays
from 7:00 – 8:30pm
June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)GROUP FILLED


Note: In person groups are subject to any social distancing requirements effective in June.

More facilitators and locations to be added soon.

About the Author

Pema Chödrön

An American-born Buddhist nun and a beloved spiritual teacher, she is the best-selling author of over twenty books, including “The Wisdom of No Escape”, “Start Where You Are”, “When Things Fall Apart”, “The Places that Scare You”, “No Time to Lose” and “Practicing Peace in Times of War”, and “Smile at Fear”. She serves as the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia.

About Your Facilitators

Anne Province

Anne Province is a spiritual director and teacher. She has facilitated many workshops for Eremos and enjoys the gift of exploring books with others, as a facilitator, when her schedule permits. A graduate of the Seminary of the Southwest and the Shalem Institute's Spiritual Guidance program, she teaches as adjunct faculty at the Seminary of the Southwest.

Annette Pearson

Annette Pearson is a spiritual director, writer, and workshop and retreat leader. She loves to incorporate different contemplative practices and various art forms in her programs and enjoys the rich conversations book groups offer. Annette began her training in spiritual direction at FIND, a program of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.
Barbara Schutz

Barbara Schutz

Barbara Schutz was called more deeply into the care of God’s people through the ministry of Spiritual Direction more than 20 years again. She offers individual and group spiritual direction, retreats, classes, and workshops and has facilitated many book groups for Eremos. Barbara describes her passion as “creating opportunities for others to encounter God”.
Dianna Amorde

Dianna Amorde

Dianna Amorde is the Executive Director of Eremos and has been facilitating these book groups since she arrived 8 years ago. She considers them one of her favorite ways of connecting with and supporting the Eremos community and delights in the opportunity to hear different points of view.

Upcoming Eremos Workshops

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  • July 23, 2020 at 14:00:00

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