Contemplative Austin

Eremos

Exploring the Underlying Oneness that Connects Us All

with Paula D’Arcy and Craig Hella Johnson

Come be with two of Austin’s greatest treasures as they weave a tapestry of connection through stories, reflections, and music.

Politics, the media, and civic unrest can cause us to focus on our differences and the seemingly wide gap between how each ‘side’ views the world.

Paula and Craig will remind us through powerful stories and music that no matter the surface differences, we are all connected. Grounded in and strengthened by their wisdom, we will leave more compassionate and open to new ideas to help our world flourish. Please join us for this inspiring virtual experience!

Date:

Sunday, September 27th

Time:

2:00PM - 4:30PM

Fee:

$50.00 (partial scholarships available)

Location:

Virtual, via Zoom

Facilitator:

Craig Hella Johnson and Paula D’Arcy

Part of this session will be pre-recorded, so you can have the optimal experience of Craig’s music and the conversation between Paula and Craig. Both of them will be ‘live’ during the session and answer your questions live on Zoom.

About our Facilitator

Craig Hella Johnson

Renowned as one of today’s most influential voices in choral conducting, Craig Hella Johnson brings unparalleled depth of knowledge, artistic sensitivity, and rich imagination to his programs. As Grammy®-winning founder and Artistic Director of Conspirare, Johnson assembles some of the finest singers in the country to form a world-class, award-winning ensemble committed to creating dynamic choral art.
About our Facilitator

Paula D’Arcy

Writer, retreat leader, and conference and seminar speaker, Paula D’Arcy is also President of Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need as well as those invested in the opening of the heart and the healing of this world. A former psychotherapist who ministered to those facing issues of grief and loss, Paula worked with the Peale Foundation, founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, from 1980 until his death in 1993, and has written ten books.

Sponsored by Eremos, a Center of Contemplative Life, Conspirare, and The Red Bird Foundation.

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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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A 3-Part Series for the Unemployed or Underemployed

Begins Thursday, August 20th at 2pm CDT
Only $5 for all three 90-minute sessions!

With the loss of employment comes

Loss of Identity
Loss of relationships
Loss of security

Approaching this time of loss with contemplation and creativity can bring compassion to the chaos.  Join us to begin to transform this loss by using your imagination, unconscious longings, and true self to move into the future with renewed vision.

The sessions will encourage you to:

Consider the experience of loss, naming the grief and recognizing the opportunity.

 

Use creativity and silence to come out of your head and heal your heart.

 

Reclaim your core—your work can be an expression of who you are.

Date:

Three 90-minute sessions on Thursday, August 20, 27 & September 3

Time:

2:00-3:30pm (CDT)

Facilitator:

Four facilitators will support you during these sessions: Sharon Dunn, Rebecca Guengerich, Paula Loring, and Marshall Lyles.

Fee:

Only $5 for all three sessions

Location:

Virtually via Zoom
About our Facilitator

Sharon Dunn, PhD

Sharon Dunn, PhD, has been serially unemployed throughout her working life and has gained deep wisdom about the value of stepping back to find the foundation of your being as a way to cope with challenges. She is a Spiritual Director and offers her services through Eremos, a Center of Contemplative Life.
About our Facilitator

Rebecca Guengerich

Pastoral Associate at the Lutheran Campus Ministries at the University of Texas and Spiritual Director at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Westlake, Rebecca Guengerich has a passion for helping individuals of all ages discern how to honor their faith in relationship to their vocational calling. Rebecca provides a calm space for people to reflect, breathe, grow and seek meaning in their everyday lives of work, relationships and community.
About our Facilitator

Paula Loring, LCSW-S

Paula Loring, LCSW-S retired from her 40-year psychotherapy practice in 2015. She re-imagined her offerings to the world by becoming a volunteer consultant at the Austin Center for Grief and Loss. Currently, she is facing what it might mean to be truly retired and re-member her fulfilling career to enter a more meaningful and mindful personal life.
About our Facilitator

Marshall Lyles

Marshall Lyles is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor in the state of Texas. Also, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and certified in EMDR therapy who in addition to his private practice speaks around the country on trauma, attachment, sandplay, and EMDR.
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“Act as if everything depended upon you; trust as if everything depended upon God.”

St. Ignatius of Loyola

With our lives turned upside down, it can be challenging to stay focused on a spiritual practice. Yet in times like these, the discipline of making time to engage in one can be the most life-giving and healing thing we can do for ourselves and for the world.

Missy Tobia, D.Min, has found the wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola to be an anchor or safe harbor in times of uncertainty. Come spend four 60-minute sessions (one session per week) with Missy as she shares with you the power of Ignatian Contemplation, a way of praying with scripture, and the Examen, a method of reviewing your day in the presence of God.

Over the course of four weeks, you’ll have an opportunity to explore how you can incorporate Ignatian contemplation into your life as you share this new practice with a small group of new friends and an experienced spiritual director.

(Limited to Only 10 participants)

No previous experience with the life and teachings of St. Ignatius is required.

 

You’ll Learn:

About the life of St. Ignatius and how his teachings and practices can help you now.

How Ignatian Contemplation can be used to enliven the power of scripture.

What the Examen is and how it can make you more intentional in your life.

You Can Experience:

A deeper relationship with the New Testament scriptures.

The peace that can come from a contemplative practice.

The profound spiritual insights Ignatian Contemplation facilitates.

Sharing in the wisdom of a small community of like-minded seekers.

Date:

Begins THURSDAY, September 10th Meeting weekly September 17th, 24th and October 1st

Time:

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Fee:

$50 per person. Partial scholarships available.

Group Size:

Limited to Only 10 Participants

Location:

Virtual (via Zoom)

Facilitator:

Missy Tobia
About our Facilitator

Missy Tobia

Missy Tobia, D. Min, has been inspired by the Christian mystics since she was a teenager, and she has deep roots in Carmelite spirituality. As part of master’s degree in spirituality, Missy experienced a thirty-day silent retreat known as the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. In her over thirty years as a spiritual director, she has shared these powerful practices with her directees for their benefit. Missy is an active member of the Austin Spiritual Director’s Community and of Eremos, where she has served on the Board of Directors (2010-2015), and she is currently part of Listening Hearts (a group of spiritual directors supporting the spirit of Eremos).
About

St. Ignatius of Loyola

“St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491, one of 13 children of a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. In 1521, Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, Ignatius Loyola experienced a conversion. Over the years, Ignatius became expert in the art of spiritual direction. He collected his insights, prayers, and suggestions in his book the Spiritual Exercises. It became one of the most influential books on the spiritual life ever written. With a small group of friends, Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits. Ignatius conceived the Jesuits as ‘contemplatives in action.’ This also describes the many Christians who have been touched by Ignatian spirituality.” Source: www.ingnatianspirituality.com
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How to Allow Self-Compassion and Grace
to Help you Cope with the Chaos

with Scott Van Camp
Saturday, August 15th Via Zoom

“As we individuals grow in our resilience—as we become better at staying conscious and not losing heart—we will be able to remain strong in challenging conditions for the long haul. This is within the capacity of all of us.” –Pema Chödrön

 

Are you weary of the seemingly never-ending pandemic?

Are you exhausted by the upheaval and divisiveness in our country?

Do you find the sweltering August heat affecting your ability to avoid self-defeating choices?

Come and rest awhile as Scott Van Camp guides us into bringing more balance to our lives through self-compassion, applied humility, and mindfulness, along with curiosity and grace for the season.

You will leave with compassion for yourself, tools to diffuse the inner critic, and tips for how to spend more time in the present moment.

his workshop will be recorded and available for viewing for registered participants for 30 days.

Date:

Saturday, August 15th

Time:

10:00am to Noon (CDT)

Fee:

Only $35 (partial scholarships available)

Location:

Virtually via Zoom
About our Facilitator

Scott Van Camp, LMFT

SCOTT VAN CAMP, LMFT is the Clinical Director at The Austin Center for Grief & Loss. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he has been in the field of human services for over 25 years. He is a leader and trainer with over 15 years of management experience who listens deeply to others, and partners with people to identify and integrate their strengths toward accomplishing individual and organizational goals. As a leader, Scott believes in congruency between organizational practices and the level of compassion, clarity, and communication that the organization aspires-to in the clinical services provided to persons seeking therapeutic support. Scott believes in celebrating others. He is also a husband, father, musician, and life-long motorcyclist.
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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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