Prayer and Meditation Gatherings

woman prayingThese contemplative gatherings are designed to offer you space and time for prayer and meditation. "Beginners" (we are all beginners!) and those on all spiritual paths are welcome. Registration is not required. Please drop by as your schedule allows. Groups meet at the Journey Center and are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.

*Sometimes gatherings are cancelled due to holidays or vacations. Please check our calendar for any cancellations before coming to a gathering.

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Journey Home Week Begins - A Candlelight Contemplative Healing Prayer Gathering

Sunday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
We begin Journey Home Week with this deeply peaceful and reflective gathering. It is an opportunity to prepare for the retreat week ahead, quieting our minds and bodies, discovering what it is that we are longing for, and opening our hearts to the Spirit. Healing prayer will be available. More>

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Centering Prayer Groups

Mondays, Noon - 12:45 p.m. (not meeting September 4)
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (not meeting November 23)
A time of prayer and contemplation in which we practice a Christ–centered form of meditation. People on all silent meditation paths are welcome. Both beginners and experienced practitioners will find it supportive and deepening. More>

Imaginative Prayer: Encountering Christ in the Gospels

Tuesdays, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
You are invited to encounter Christ in the stories of His life using the gift of your God–given imagination. This weekly gathering offers a guided prayer/meditation time in which the events of the life of Christ become present and personal, allowing us a direct experience of the love of God. More>

Morning Meditations

Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. (not meeting during the winter quarter)
We gather to begin the week in quiet prayer and meditation. We enjoy times of silence as well as a guided prayer time known as lectio divina (Latin for “sacred, holy reading”)…an ancient spiritual practice that helps us listen to the voice of the Spirit speaking into our lives today. More>

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

Wednesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
We gather each week and begin with Centering Prayer, a receptive method of silent prayer that opens us and prepares us to experience God’s presence and transforming love within us. Following this Christ-centered form of meditation, we embrace the ancient art of praying the Scriptures known as Lectio Divina. In Lectio Divina, we listen with the “ear of the heart” with the aim of nourishing and deepening our relationship with the Holy One. Both beginners and experienced practitioners will find this time supportive and deepening. More>

Weekly Contemplative Prayer/Meditation Group in Sebastopol

Centering Prayer and the Prayer of the Imagination

Wednesdays, Noon-1 p.m.
You are invited to come and encounter Christ in silence, in contemplation and in the imagination, as we practice Christ–centered forms of meditation. Beginners and people on all meditation paths welcome. More>

Journey Home Week - Prayer/Meditation Gatherings

Monday, September 28–Friday, October 2
Throughout the week, workshops and prayer/meditation groups will be offered at various times- both daytime and evening. See the schedule on the prayer/meditation gatherings poster. You are invited to choose the gatherings that will best support you on your journey home to your own true heart and the heart of God. More>

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Journey Home Week - An Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Join us for this introduction to the contemplative practice of Centering Prayer. In addition to learning about this approach to a deeper connection with the Holy, the workshop will include an opportunity to experience the practice. More>

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A Quiet Place

Friday, May 20, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
A safe and peaceful space for those who want to slow down, catch their breath and reconnect with their own heart and the heart of God in a quiet and contemplative setting. We offer music, prayer and meditation and healing prayer. More>

A Quiet Place

Wednesdays, Noon to 1 p.m.
Our lives can be so busy and noisy! Right in the middle of the week, we offer a safe and peaceful space for those who want to slow down, catch their breath and reconnect with their own heart and the heart of God in a quiet and contemplative setting. “A Quiet Place” is a special weekly gathering offering music, prayer and meditation. More>

Natural Reflections: a Contemplative Prayer gathering with Julie Miller. This quarter's reflections based on The Wisdom of Wilderness: Experiencing the Healing Power of Nature by Gerald May.

January 12, 26 and February 2, 9, 23, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
"Wilderness is not just a place; it is also a state of being. If happiness means being happy and sadness means being sad, then wilderness means being wilder." -Gerald May. Join naturalist and spiritual director Julie Miller for this contemplative gathering, which will use this short book for reflection. Discover that wilderness is our natural state and the wild nature of the Holy woos us, especially in the natural world back towards our true selves. More>

Come Away... To A Quiet Time

An evening experience of quiet, meditative time

3rd Fridays Cancelled!September 21, October 19, Cancelled!November 16
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Do you long to: just stop ...get quiet ...calm yourself ... breathe in God's love and comfort and strength and peace? This is a drop- in group where there is a mixture of meditative quiet sitting... sometimes with music, with words, with the imagination, with poetry or scripture. There are three movements each night, with 5 mins of silence in between. Please come experience the value of quiet to your mind, body and spirit. Come as your schedule allows; enter in silence if the Quiet Time has begun. More>

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NEW! Ash Wednesday:

A Lenten Gathering for Reflection and Healing

Wednesday, February 13, 7-8pm
Join us as we observe Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of Lent in the Christian tradition. Spiritually, Ash Wednesday is a day of humbling our hearts before God. We will be reflecting together on the state of our hearts and lives, knowing that whatever we find, the One who loves us unconditionally is full of forgiveness, grace and healing. More>

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