Extending our metaphor...whether you're in the woods or on a spiritual journey, it's good to know how to build a fire...

These workshops and classes are intended to offer fire, warmth and light

We find that people tend to be most alert and creative in the morning. Our standard class is 9 to noon. We charge $45 per person for classes plus a per person materials fee, where applicable, unless otherwise noted. Minimum class size is 6 and we find 10 to be a good maximum. Contact us to talk about details and to schedule your class.

Light on the Water: Notes from the Shore

There is a river that flows out of Eden...

And that river flows from Eden right through the scripture into John's Revelation at Patmos.  Along the way people are blessed, challenged, healed and restored as they enter the river or wrestle along its banks.

 Our guide will be the river itself as it courses through scripture.  We'll listen for God's invitation to learn from River, Living Water, and the reflections of light, sky and earth.

We'll begin in Genesis, move toward and over the Jordan, to baptism, a drink from a well and then discover the crystal river of Revelation.  As we go we'll consider the rivers that are even now rushing near our homes or playing in our imaginations.

The series begins July 1 and runs through August 15.  Cost $40 for daily email reflections accompanied by evocative images.

 

Summer Meditations   July 1-August 15, 2017.  Register using the form below:

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Contemplative Photography

This workshop uses contemplative prayer and the practice of Visio Divina* to prepare you to explore God's good and beautiful creation through the lens of a camera. You'll learn how to pause and contemplate the scene before you, discern when to take a photograph and then discover what God may be saying to you through the images you select.  We will share our photographs within the group assembled and prayerfully consider together how each photo has illuminated an aspect of God's presence.

To sign up for the June 24, 2017 workshop at Hillsboro Retreat House click here.       

 *Visio Divina (Divine Seeing) is  a method of praying through images to explore how God communicates with us through sight. 

Wilderness Notes

Online Meditations for Lent (2017)

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The Wilderness is vast, perhaps even dangerous,  but the wilderness of scripture and of our own hearts has plenty of room in which to journey.Our Lenten observations can make space in our schedules.  Our confessions can make space in our consciences.  Our prayers make space in our hearts.

We need space.  We need soul room.  We need enough air around us to breath deeply of the Spirit of the Lord, and to imagine a new vision for our lives.

When we enter the wilderness of Lent with the expectation of encounter, we will be guided, like Jesus, to the reality of our identity in God.

 

This year our daily email meditations will take up themes of wilderness journeying-desolation and consolation, lost and yet found, challenge and companionship.  The wilderness is a land of paradox, yet within these opposites we begin to find center.

 

Sign up for daily meditation and reflection delivered directly to your email.  Journey through your own Lenten wilderness.  Discover a renewed identity in God.

 

40 Days. 40 Meditations. $40.

 

Tools for Spiritual Living (On-line and on-site course)

This course is for those who wish to explore and learn new tools for a life guided by the Spirit.  Based in part on the Rule of Benedict students will cultivate the spiritual practices of prayer, work, study, hospitality and renewal.  Our communal life will be created through on-site meetings and on-line conversations/reflections.  The program is 5 months in length with plenty of time for real practice and incorporation into our lived experiences. 

5 Sessions and On-line learning-$250.  Minimum 8 participants. 

 

 

Contemplative Writing Course-from silence to voice

The course is for anyone interested in deepening their journaling practice and/or their writing practice.  Contemplative writing is always more about contemplation and less about writing or producing a written product.  Writing becomes the vehicle through which we can attend to the inner work of silence.

Out of contemplative silence emerges your deep authentic voice. When the noise of the world is hushed and we enter contemplative silence together we learn to engage our true stories. Supporting one another in silent meditation, then making place for the practice of writing together, we begin to write from the heart. Contemplative practices, breathing, sitting and walking meditation, as well as small group sharing will be the foundation of this course. 6 sessions of 1 ½ -2 hours for $180.  Minimum 6 participant. 

The Way of the Beloved

40 days of meditations delivered to your email.

 

This series of reflective meditations will guide you into a richer and deeper understanding of yourself as beloved of God.  So many people who come to me for spiritual direction struggle with the true nature of being the beloved of God.  

Beginning with Jesus, whom God recognized as the beloved Son before he began his public ministry, moving on to Paul and then to you, we will explore what it means to be the beloved of God and to live as the beloved of God.

Each week we begin with an audio guided meditation and the meditative reflections that follow the meditation speak to the themes explored there.

As we move through the weeks I will invite each of you to share reflections in word or image, if you like, to enable the community to expand its reach of what it means to be the beloved. 

40 days. $40.

Begins June 15-July 24, 2016, Sundays off.