Contemplative Austin

Eremos

An Expansive Exploration of Play with Arts, Crafts, Writing, Music
 with Brooks Kasson

You’re invited to playfully unleash your creativity with us this holiday season. Brooks has crafted a rich community experience to support your creative exploration.

To find your naturally inquisitive and creative center, we’ll begin with a bit of group structure in a no-judgment setting. After that, you'll have time with your favorite medium to create on your own. We'll return to the group to share (if you choose) and to celebrate our flowing creativity.

“start anywhere.  just start.  trust the process.” –Brooks Kasson

A note from Brooks about why this might be right for you:

“sometimes i have trouble even beginning to play with my materials.  i will clean out kitchen drawers before i get around to entering my studio.  and i find that usually all it takes to create is a bit of a nudge, a slight encouragement, a date with myself in order to get started.  this playshop is just such a date - a playdate with yourself to help you get started, to restart, to add to or finish up anything you want to create....especially if you have no idea what that might be.”

Date:

Saturday, December 5th

Time:

9:30AM - 12:00PM

Fee:

$35.00 (partial scholarships available)

Location:

Virtual, via Zoom

Facilitator:

Brooks Kasson
About our Facilitator

Brooks Kasson

brooks has been having fun for years with many media - photo, watercolor, pen & ink, collage, storytelling and improv, drumming, crocheting, poetry and writing. not only does she enjoy mixing them up, creating new modalities of expression, she even more loves supporting others in their unique ways of expressing. using kindness as a groundcloth, she's interested in all levels of imagination. she has been facilitating heartfelt groups for years and is adept at creating safe and sacred space.
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Eremos

How This Gift of Childhood Can Lead Us to a Better World

with Annie Spade

October 31st, 2020

Adults follow paths. Children explore.” –Neil Gaiman

On the morning of Halloween – when the child in many of us comes out – join us to reenter the rich and potent world of early childhood! The desire for connection and capacity for wonderment we experienced in our youth can move the adults we are now toward respect, compassion, and honoring of the earth and all beings.

Using her lifetime of experience with young children, and her passion for creating a bright, peaceful future for our world, Annie Spade will open doors within us to the capacities of children. Inviting us to recall our own childhood experiences in nature, she will encourage us to continue to extend and harvest these gifts, whatever our age.

Together we’ll re-engage childlike wonder, love, and joy for life to help us create a better world.

Come explore with us!

Date:

Saturday, October 31st

Time:

9:30AM - 12:00PM

Fee:

$35.00

Location:

Virtually, via Zoom

Facilitator:

Annie Spade
About our Facilitator

Annie Spade

Founder-Director of Montessori School of the Epiphany in Austin, Annie Spade has spent the last 38 years with young children in a Montessori setting. In addition to her passion for children and their education, Annie facilitates programs on Gender Reconciliation, is an avid amateur naturalist, administrates the Teilhard de Chardin Facebook page, and is an active member of Unity Earth: a network of organizations honoring the diversity of the human family and promoting healing for the Earth and all of her inhabitants.
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Eremos

Compassion and Loving Kindness for Self and Others

4-Week Series, beginning September 22nd

Bring Inner Peace, Balance and Freedom into Your Life

“Mindfulness is the intentional process of paying attention, without judgment, to the unfolding of moment-by-moment experience.” ― Tara Brach

As our journey through this time of the pandemic seems to be never-ending with the challenges of a presidential election adding to the intensity, we invite you to let the gift of mindfulness meditation help you move through this fall with more peace, balance, and freedom.

As Alice Lottes, PhD is completing her two-year mindfulness teacher training from leaders in the field, Tara Brach, PhD and Jack Kornfield, PhD, you can explore or refresh you experience of mindfulness meditation and learn Compassion Meditation with her from the comfort of your home in this next series (builds upon the series offered last May, but experience in that series is not required) for an investment of only $20 for four 70-minute sessions!

During This Four Weeks You Will:

  • Develop a healthier relationship with your thoughts and emotions
  • Be more in touch with your body and mind
  • Practice bringing compassion to yourself and others

You Can Experience These Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation:

  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reduced stress
  • Greater energy, enthusiasm and happiness

And These Benefits of Compassion Meditation Using R.A.I.N.

(R-Recognize – A-Allow – I-Investigate- N-Nurture)

  • Improved ability to cultivate a sense of inner peace and self-care
  • Ability to foster compassion for others

No experience with Mindfulness Meditation is required. Those new to meditation are welcome as well as those who are seeking to deepen their practice. Note: If you attended the Mindfulness Meditation Basics Class in May, this course will offer a short review of what was covered and offer new techniques to help deepen your practice.

Date:

Four weekly 70-minute sessions. Each session will include a short talk, followed by a guided meditation practice, and finish with a question-and-answer period. September 22nd and 29th and October 6th and 13th

Time:

TUESDAYS from 7:00pm to 8:10pm

Fee:

$20 per person

Location:

Virtual classes (via Zoom)

Facilitator:

Alice Lottes, PhD

Course Topics include:

  • Week 1 – Mindfulness of Breath and Body
  • Week 2 – Mindfulness of Thoughts and Emotions
  • Week 3 –Bringing RAIN (R-Recognize – A-Allow – I-Investigate- N-Nurture) to Your Inner Life
  • Week 4 – Bringing RAIN to Your Relationships
About our Facilitator

Alice Lottes PhD

A born and raised Austinite, Alice worked in the corporate world for 15 years before returning to school to get her PhD in Psychology and has been in private practice for the past 19 years. Her specialties include working with families and individuals. Alice began to explore meditation in 2013 as an additional skill to add to her psychology tool kit. Once she began her study of meditation, she realized the spiritual depth this practice brought to her life. Alice is currently in year two of a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program lead by Tara Brach PhD and Jack Kornfield PhD. This four-week class is a practicum and a requirement for completion of this program. • The University of Texas - 1982, BS Education • The University of Texas 1998 -MS Psychology • The University of Texas 1999 – PhD Psychology
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Tonight, October 8th, 7:00pm Central to 8:30pm

- Via Zoom

Registration closes 1 hour before the program begins.

Called to inner work and outer action by the cumulative atrocities of racism in our country, many of us don’t know how to begin to be part of the needed changes.

How do we bring our contemplative gifts of silence, reflection, and presence to the table when we sit down to talk about race?

Law professor and mindfulness practitioner Rhonda Magee speaks from extensive experience both personally and professionally of the need to begin the move toward racial justice with ourselves.

“At the heart of the work of mindful racial justice is a commitment to doing no harm, to healing the wounds of injustice through caring—through a fierce, courageous, and far-sighted love. There is something radical about giving what was not given to me, about healing myself so that the harm stops here, and about offering love and compassion in ways that heal the world and protect future generations.” –Rhonda V. Magee

Join us for a powerful 90-minute conversation on racial justice with Rhonda Magee on Thursday evening, October 8th from 7pm Central to 8:30pm via Zoom.

It is only by healing from injustices and dissolving our personal barriers to connection that we develop the ability to view others with compassion and to live in community with people of vastly different backgrounds and viewpoints. Incorporating mindfulness exercises, research, and Magee’s hard-won insights, The Inner Work of Racial Justice offers a road map to a more peaceful world.

 

INVESTMENT: $40

(or $70 for both the evening with Ms. Magee and the 5-week book reflection of The Inner Work of Racial Justice)

Registration closes 1 hour before the program begins.

Join us Thursday, October 8th, 7:00pm Central to 8:30pm via Zoom to explore community-engaged mindfulness and discover a mindfulness and presence-based approach to racial justice.

Go Deeper:
Join us for the Eremos Fall 2020 Book Reflection

The INNER WORK
of RACIAL JUSTICE

Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness
By Rhonda V. Magee

About the Author

Rhonda V. Magee, MA, JD

Rhonda V. Magee, JD, MA, a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, is professor of law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally recognized teacher of mindfulness-based interventions for personal transformation and social justice. A former practicing lawyer, she is chair of the board of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

She is a highly practiced facilitator of trauma sensitive, restorative MBSR interventions for lawyers and law students, and for minimizing the effect of social-identity-based bias. A fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, Magee has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society and a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Commit to an ethics of care, founded on empathy, compassion, and love for all creatures” in which “[p]ractitioners seek to understand and diminish the structural violence of societies and institutions as well as the roots of violence that are present in themselves.”  - Stephen Batchelor

In our lives we are embedded in community in many ways that are obvious and not so obvious. And we are being shaped and formed by those communities we engage with. What if we were equally shaped by our own intentions within those communities, collectives, groups of more than one other human being?

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Join us for a Series of Virtual Conversations and Meditations with Spiritual Leaders

Our Next Session is Thursday, November 19th with Jan Richardson!

Our world will never go back to the way it was in early 2020. COVID-19’s continued grip on our country, protests about racial injustice, economic insecurity, and a divisive presidential election have many on edge and wondering where God or the Divine is in all of this.

As a contemplative community open to people of all faith traditions and walks of life, we’re reaching out to spiritual leaders of a variety of faith traditions to invite them to share with us their sense of the Divine in this turmoil and a contemplative practice that helps them be with God, especially in these stressful times.

We are excited to announce author, artist, and ordained minister Jan Richardson as our next spiritual leader participating in this series. In a 90-minute conversation facilitated by Rev. Dr. Mona West, Jan Richardson will speak to the grief and the blessings this unprecedented time has brought us, will offer a contemplative practice that has guided her through these tumultuous months, and will help us shift inward to claim the beauty and the gifts of what promises to be a holiday season unlike any other.

“To follow God does not often mean traveling with certainty about where God will lead us. Rather, following God propels us to be present to the place where we are, for this is the very place where God shows up.” ― Jan Richardson

Come nourish your spirit as Jan Richardson invites you into Being with the Divine right where you are.

Date:

Thursday evening, November 19th

Time:

7:00pm Central to 8:30pm

Fee:

$40.00 (partial scholarships available)

Location:

Virtually, via Zoom (link will be sent week of the event)

Facilitator:

Jan Richardson and Rev. Dr. Mona West

NOTE: Session will be recorded, so you don’t need to be present in order to enjoy Jan Richardson’s wisdom.
(You’ll have 30 days to view the video.)

About our Presenter

Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson is an artist, writer, and United Methodist minister who serves as director of The Wellspring Studio, LLC. Her work has attracted an international audience drawn to the spaces of welcome, imagination, and solace that she creates in both word and image. Jan’s books include The Cure for Sorrow, In the Sanctuary of Women, and the just-released Sparrow: A Book of Life and Death and Life. She is especially known as a crafter of blessings that enter deeply into our human experience. Jan makes her home in Florida. She often collaborated with her husband, the singer/songwriter Garrison Doles, until his sudden death in December 2013.
About our Facilitator

Rev. Dr. Mona West

A past part of the clergy in Metropolitan Community Churches, Rev. Dr. Mona West holds a Ph.D. in the Hebrew Bible and serves on the Eremos Board of Directors. She has been touched and inspired by Jan Richardson’s writing for many years.

If you missed our first speaker, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, on August 2nd, you can still register for a link to the recording HERE.

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One-Day Online Retreat (via Zoom)

Bring your Frustration, Confusion and Longing to this weekend with women of faith.  Whether that faith involves a traditional understanding of God or has morphed into something smaller/larger/different, join us as we journey through Grief, Gratitude and Grace. 

Using readings, movement, silence, creativity, music, poetry and other tools, we will create a space of solace and compassion within the loving community.  

This “virtual” retreat will weave together connection and sharing, plus time for silent reflection and meditation on your own.  Join us via Zoom, Saturday, September 12th from 10:00am to 4:00pm, CDT. 

Date:

Saturday, September 12th

Time:

10:00am to 4:00pm, CDT

Fee:

$45.00

Location:

Virtually, via Zoom

Facilitator:

Sharon Dunn
About our Facilitator

Sharon Dunn

Sharon is a spiritual director, offering sessions through Eremos in Austin. She has been part of the Eremos community for more than 20 years, drawing lessons about knowing God from many offerings of the Eremos programs and appreciating beauty wherever it can be found.
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Joy Harjo, the first Native American to hold the post of US Poet Laureate, speaks to the heart of this workshop! Spending a contemplatively oriented day together, with time to go out among the trees in your neighborhood, we will trace, explore, and hopefully expand our relationship with trees using poetry as our medium.

Whether trees have simply been a part of the scenery for you or you have been a life-long observer, and lover of trees, we will peer more deeply into their nature, cycles, relationships, and place in the cosmos in order to illuminate our own.   By traveling this path together with trees, we will learn a way to look more deeply into all of creation as our spiritual family and to recognize their true spiritual guidance.

Some humans say trees are not sentient beings
but they do not understand poetry
—Joy Harjo, US Poet Laureate ,Speaking Tree

No experience with writing or poetry is needed.  Principles and practices of Poetic Medicine will be shared that have encouraged every age and level of writer to claim poem-making as a birthright form of heartfelt expression.

Please bring a story (or poem), a photograph and/or object, about a single tree or a forest, an orchard, or a grove of trees, with which you have had a relationship that has made a difference to you in your life, somehow changed how you see yourself and the world around you.

Date:

Saturday, October, 17

Time:

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Fee:

$125 (two partial scholarships available)

Location:

Virtually (via Zoom)

Facilitator:

Cathey Capers

This poetry retreat is sponsored by
Parker and Paula Jameson and Kim Soechting. We’re grateful to every sponsor, as they help ensure we can continue offering inspiring programs at affordable prices.

About our Facilitator

Cathey Capers

Her passion is the intersection of poetry and contemplation. A graduate of the Institute for Poetic Medicine’s 3-year certification program, Cathey offers poetic medicine programs in the Austin area and is a popular Eremos facilitator. She is also a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation’s Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats.
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Contemplative Austin Events

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May 17-18

May 17-18

Church of Conscious Harmony
2-day Commuter Retreat
http://www.heartoftexas-co.org/retreats
May 26

May 26

First United Methodist Church of Austin, Murchison Chapel
Contemplative Worship Service
https://fumcaustin.org/contemplative-worship/
May 31 - June 7

May 31 - June 7

Oblate Renewal Center, 5700 Blanco Road, San Antonio,TX 78216
Spirituality of Aging—Aging as Call: 8 Day Retreat for Religious and Lay https://ost.edu/event/spirituality-of-aging-aging-as-a-call/
June 15

June 15

Church of Conscious Harmony
Retreat
http://www.heartoftexas-co.org/retreats

Local Contemplative Organizations

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Austin Baha’i Center | Third Wednesdays of the month | Visit Their Website

BookPeople

Contemplative Life (a 501c3)

(First Austin) First Baptist Church of Austin

First United Methodist Church

Heart of Texas chapter of Contemplative Outreach (HoTCO)

Interfaith Action of Central Texas

San Jose Catholic Church

Seton Cove Spirituality Center

St. David’s Episcopal Church

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, Round Rock

St. Thomas More Catholic Church

The Church of Conscious Harmony

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard

University Presbyterian Church

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