The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness
Joy isn’t hard to find at all. In fact, it’s all around us.” – Ingrid Fetell Lee
After the spotlight on grief, sadness, fear, and anger the challenges of the past year have brought, we invite you to switch your attention to the cultivation of joy in your life.
As a contemplative community, we usually focus on slowing down to gaze inward or be in the present moment to find the peace, love, and joy we desire. However, sometimes the external can be a powerful source of inspiration to support us in experiencing these gifts.
“This book has the power to change everything. Writing with depth, wit, and insight, Ingrid Fetell Lee shares all you need to know in order to create external environments that give rise to inner joy.” –Susan Cain, author of Quiet and founder of Quiet Revolution
Please join us on a 4-week discovery of the aesthetics of joy and this designer’s wisdom to help us “harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives.”
Book Reflection Details
Four 90-minute facilitated sessions VIA ZOOM, JUNE 2021
Partial Scholarships available
For more information about this empowering workshop event, please contact Eremos today.
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(90 Minute Sessions)
|DATE OFFERED||LOCATION OFFERED||STATUS OF GROUP|
|Dianna Amorde||Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm||June 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd||VIRTUALLY (Zoom)||OPEN|
|Annette Pearson||Tuesdays from 1:00pm to 2:15pm||June 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd||VIRTUALLY (Zoom)||CLOSED|
|Regina Moser||Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm||June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th||VIRTUALLY (Zoom)||CLOSED|
|Barbara Schutz||Wednesdays from 12:30pm – 2:00pm||June 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd||VIRTUALLY (Zoom)||OPEN|
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Ingrid Fetell Lee
A designer and founder of the blog The Aesthetics of Joy, Ms. Lee has been featured as an expert on design and joy by the New York Times, Wired, and Fast Company. She holds a master’s in industrial design from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s in English and creative writing from Princeton University.
FACILITATOR: 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”.
FACILITATOR: 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.
FACILITATOR: Regina Moser is an educator, spiritual director and avid reader who has facilitated book groups for over 15 years. Regina loves sharing the joys of reading, pondering and exploring in reflective groups. Trusting that listening is Holy, Regina appreciates weaving contemplate practices, journaling and thoughtful questions to delve into the power of sharing stories.
FACILITATOR: 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.
A Note About Our Book Selections:
The Eremos Program Committee considers the program theme for the year, recommendations or feedback on possible book selections from our community, upcoming speakers, and a desire for a mix of voices from different backgrounds when choosing our books. If you have a book to recommend to our Program Committee, please submit your recommendation HERE.
Bringing our unique histories and perspectives to these book reflection conversations, we ask that participants be open to the perspective of the author and others in the group. There is no expectation that everyone will universally like a book or author; however, our hope is that lives are enhanced through the contemplation of the writing and the insights shared in each group.
Upcoming and Past Book Reflection Choices:
Winter: Dropping the Struggle by Roger Housden
Summer: Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee
Fall: Ladder to the Light by Steven Charleston
Winter: Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr
Summer: Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chödrön
Fall: The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V. Magee
Winter: Waking Up to This Day by Paula D’Arcy
Summer: An Altar in the World by Barba Brown Taylor
Fall: Crossing the Unknown Sea by David Whyte
Winter: Healing the Soul of America by Marianne Williamson
Summer: The Little Book of Inner Peace by Ashley Davis Bush
Fall: More Together Than Alone by Mark Nepo
Winter: Illuminating the Way by Christine Valters Paintner
Fall: Sacred Fire by Ronald Rolheiser
Winter: Mystical Hope by Cynthia Bourgeault
Fall: Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister
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