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!
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.
Craig Hella Johnson
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.
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.
Sharon Dunn, PhD
Paula Loring, LCSW-S
“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.
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.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
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.
Scott Van Camp, LMFT
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.
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.