Contemplative Workshops/Classes/Groups

photo of path through woodsOur contemplative workshops, classes and groups cover various topics related to contemplative spirituality. They are held at the Journey Center, unless noted otherwise. Pre-registration is required. Please register with our online registration form or by calling the Journey Center at 707-578-2121.

The Examen Through Art Journaling:
a creative way to reflect on the past year through an ancient prayer practice

Friday, December 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The quiet that follows the holidays is a natural time to reflect on this past year. Join us at the Journey Center as we use the Examen prayer practice to guide a time of art journaling. Imagine a cozy time together with hot cocoa and some treats as we become aware of the Divine’s presence, reflect on the year with gratitude, and pay attention to our various experiences then express them through art.

No previous experience necessary. It’s more about the process then the end result. Come and discover your inner artist. If you don’t have an art journal, paper and art supplies will be provided. More>

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To be rescheduled

Dream Circle: Morning of Dreams

Saturday, August 25, 9:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Explore your dreams in a loving and confidential setting. We will begin with a short centering practice and teaching. We will then tend to dreams brought by group members.

New group starting in March This five-week cycle will hold a space in which to build trusting rapport as we enter together into the sacred mystery of our dreams. We will open ourselves to our dreams with a short teaching followed by a spiritual practice. In this confidential group, we will then gently share and hold one another’s dreams as we expand and notice the movements of God in our dream material. Expect to be pleasantly surprised as an awareness of The Divine manifests in our dream work together!

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The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola - closed group

Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., September 12 - October 24 (7 weeks)

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola are designed for anyone who is already a person of prayer and finds themselves seeking a deeper relationship with God. Through the Holy Spirit, St. Ignatius of Loyola offers us discernment guidelines in the Spiritual Exercises that will help you sift through these movements in order to develop a greater sense of “making choices” along your spiritual journey. More>

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12 Step Spirituality for EVERYONE

Meets the first Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
April 5, not meeting at the Journey Center
The 12 Steps associated with Alcoholics Anonymous contain a spirituality that transcends multiple religious & secular traditions. Even if we have never heard these steps before, if we are truly honest with ourselves, most all of us meet up against our own “need to control and orchestrate our lives according to our plans. More>

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Sacred Circle: Listening as a Spiritual Practice

CANCELLED! Tuesday, August 22, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
You are invited to be part of a sacred listening circle that will meet once a month in the Main Room at the Journey Center. Become part of a safe, comfortable sharing circle in which silence, speaking, and listening are held in reverence and confidence. Share and discover your authentic voice and witness others through compassionate listening as they speak their unique truth. More>

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Remembering and Celebrating God Along Life’s Way: A Spiritual Practice to Nourish our Souls

Saturday, April 8, 9:30 am–12:30 p.m.
When do we find the time to reflect on our walk with the Holy and remember and savor the blessings of God? We long for this sacred time because when sought in this way, the Spirit provides rich nourishment for our souls. Yet, our longing can be left unsatisfied when the pace and needs of life so easily dominate our calendars. Here is help for the journey! In this uniquely designed workshop, we will lead you through a contemplative process of remembering and celebrating God’s presence. Through prayerful prompts and reflection, you will be invited to create a timeline that portrays how the Holy has moved and spoken in the seasons of your life. Engaging in this exercise will illuminate the desires and longings of your heart and continue to deepen your relationship with the Holy. More>

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Group Spiritual Direction for the Spouses of Clergy
“Spiritual Companions: Tending to the Holy on the Journey”

FREE informational meeting, Tuesday April 18, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for dessert OR
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Group direction is a method of spiritual direction which provides a safe and sacred space to meet God in the presence of others & find the ways God is moving in our lives. This group benefits those who desire to seek the Holy without the pressures of being a clergy spouse which often arises from societal norms/expectations. More>

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The Camino of Life:
A half-day contemplative retreat

Saturday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join Grace Sanchez and Cachy Brister for this half-day “virtual pilgrimage” retreat and experience the life of a pilgrim on the path to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. If you ever thought you wanted to make this pilgrimage, here’s a great first step! This will be a retreat morning of personal pilgrimage and reflection on your life’s journey. Both Grace and Cachy have completed this famed 500-mile journey alone. More>

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Finding God in All Things: An Introduction to the Spiritual Practices of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Meets on Wednesdays: August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
What are The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola? How might they deepen my relationship with God and help me to grow in spiritual freedom? And what does it mean to “find God in all things?” Ignatian Spirituality is grounded in the conviction that God is found in all things and not remote from us. These questions and more will be answered over the duration of this seven-week series focused on the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. More>

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Spiritual Practice Series: Lectio Divina

CANCELLED! Saturday, September 9, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join spiritual director Christopher Huber to delve into this ancient practice meditating on a gospel passage (Lectio Divina means divine reading or sacred text) by listening with your heart. This practice has been around since the sixth century and is widely used today in contemplative and monastic settings thanks to St. Benedict. You’ll learn about this spiritual discipline, how to use it in your life and have an opportunity to practice it in this workshop. More>

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Spiritual Practice Workshop: Centering Prayer

Saturday, October 7, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join spiritual director Dale Webb to journey into the contemplative practice of Centering Prayer. In this prayer practice, you use a sacred word/phrase (of your choice) to return to God’s presence when your mind begins to wander from the Holy. You’ll explore this practice by engaging in it and dialoguing about your experience. More>

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Spiritual Practice Workshop: Imaginative Prayer

Saturday, November 11, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Using the gift of your imagination come and experience an encounter with Christ through a guided meditation called imaginative prayer. Linda Albert will provide an introduction to this Ignatian-style of prayer and leave time for discussion and sharing after the meditation. With guidance, you may enter a gospel story yourself and experience what it is like to be in the presence of Christ. More>

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In Pursuit of Wholeness: Exploring the Four
Jungian Masculine Archetypes

Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This introductory workshop is for men desiring to understand and embrace the building blocks of the mature masculine, as developed by Carl Jung, the four “archetypes.” These four archetypes (known as King, Warrior, Magician and lover) make up make up a blueprint of the collective unconscious that contribute to forming us as men). By way of teaching, conversation and prayer, you will discover how, in combination with your faith, the archetypes help call us forth in our spiritual journey and create wholeness.

By understanding these archetypes, the age–old axiom of “knowledge is power” will shine the Spirit’s light on how these archetypes can be deliberately called up from our souls in choosing healthy responses in everyday life.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. You can pay and register with our online registration form or by calling the Journey Center at (707) 578–2121. More>

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Sensible Shoes Book Group: Discovering
Spiritual Practices Through Story

Group meets Mondays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,
January 8 & 22, February 12 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 9

The book group will read and discuss the novel, Sensible Shoes, which teaches contemplative spiritual practices through the realistic struggles and joys of four women who meet in a spiritual formation class. If you feel drawn to dip your toes into contemplative spirituality, or are simply curious, come and join us as we walk alongside Meg, Mara, Charissa and Hannah on their journey. More>

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Praying with Icons: God’s Storybooks

Saturday, February 3, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Join Spiritual Director Kateri Carraher to learn about the ancient practice of praying with icons. The use of icons as a visual language started around the fourth century AD. An icon guides the viewer to more than its subject matter; it’s a prayer experience where you are visually led to enter God’s word. This workshop will give you a new spiritual perspective on the people and events of the Bible using this timeless practice. More>

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CANCELLED! Spiritual Practice Series: Body Prayer for Women

Saturday, February 10, 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Come to relax, laugh and explore how our bodies are “the temple of the Holy One…and a temple, after all, is a place of prayer and worship. Therefore, when we pray with body and soul, or love with body and soul, or belong with body and soul, we are believing, responding, surrendering with all of who we are.” (Jane Vernard) More>

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A Torah to Live By:
Scripture as a Path to a More Meaningful Life

Sunday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
This one session class taught by the long time spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Torah, Rabbi George Gittleman, will focus on a few brief passages in the Hebrew Bible using them and the wisdom they carry as a loadstar for a life well lived. More>

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Saturday, February 6, 9:00 a.m.–noon
In this workshop, we explore two related spiritual practices that have been experienced by people of faith throughout the centuries and that have sadly been lost and almost forgotten amidst the noise and busyness of life…the practices of silence and solitude or “retreat-taking.” More>

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Journey Home Week - A Contemplative Gathering: An Introduction to Personal Meditation/Contemplation

Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Join Alexandra Montoya, spiritual director, for this introductory experience of personal quiet and contemplation in the presence of others. Three simple practices are offered to give participants a taste of a few methods of quiet meditation/contemplation. More>

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Listening to Your Still, Small Voice (collage)

Meets four Sundays, October 18 and 25, November 1 and 8, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
For adults, making art with words and media can be a minefield. Our distraction with getting it right or making it look good can get in the way of being squarely in the moment with all our senses activated and our bodies engaged with the materials before us. Collage bypasses the internal critic and accesses our deeper mind, while at the same time allowing us to have fun and share our art with others. No experience necessary! More>

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SERIES CANCELLED! Art As Spiritual Practice

Three Thursday mornings, October 15 & 29 and November 12, 9:30 a.m.–noon
Sitting down to one’s art journal is like sitting down to commune with one’s own soul – so many treasures to discover. Through gentle discussion, times of quiet and contemplation, and much instruction and fun, we will create an art journal that records our soul’s urgings, concerns and hopes. No artistic experience necessary. More>

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Journey Home Week - Spiritual Direction: An Invitation to Encounter the Holy

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
What is the ancient practice called spiritual direction? How can it enhance and support your spiritual journey? To find out, join us for this free workshop. More>

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Journey Home Week - Encountering Christ in the Stories of His Life: An Introduction to Imaginative Prayer Workshop

Thursday, April 23, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This prayer practice invites us to discover the gift of our God-given imagination and experience encounter with Christ in the gospel stories. More>

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New Workshop! Matters of the Heart: Discerning God’s Voice in Wild Places

Sunday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Join spiritual director and naturalist Julie Miller and spiritual director and wilderness guide Nancy Wiens to talk about discerning God’s voice in wild places. When we face uncertainty in our lives we are called to bring the most important matters of our hearts to the One who claims us as Beloved. When Jesus was baptized by John he journeyed into the wild to discern God’s voice and there he heard his calling to incarnate Love in the world. By entering into these wild places, our hearts open more widely to God allowing us to hear His voice more clearly. More>

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8-Week Contemplative Book Study Group: A Grace Disguised, by Jerry Sittser–How The Soul Grows Through Loss

Meets Tuesdays, Sept. 9 & 23, Oct. 7 & 21, Nov. 11 & 25, Dec. 2 & 16, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sooner or later all people suffer loss, in little doses or big ones, suddenly or over time, privately or in public settings. Loss is as much a part of normal life as birth, for as surely as we are born into this world we suffer loss before we leave it. This book shows how it is possible to live in and be enlarged by loss, even as we continue to experience it. More>

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Contemplative Book Study Group: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life , Richard Rohr

Six Sunday evenings: March 1, March 22, April 12, April 26, May 3 & 17; 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Do you need some accountability to read an entire book? Do you enjoy discussing interesting portions or difficult passages? Would you like to read about the second half of life from the wise contemplative and Franciscan priest Richard Rohr? More>

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CANCELLED! Christian Spirituality: Dr. E. Stanley Jones, Missionary for Peace and Brotherhood

CANCELLED! Will be rescheduled
Join us for an evening dedicated to the life of a true servant leader- Dr. E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973). Dr. Jones was a missionary who became a spokesman for peace, brotherhood and social justice throughout the world. Living out his life and service predominantly in India, he was called by a prominent Bishop “the greatest missionary since St Paul.” He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the area of racial justice. More>

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Martha and Mary: The Path of Contemplative Service

Saturday, February 7, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
In what ways are you like Martha? In what ways are you like Mary? In this workshop we’ll explore together the integration of action (service/Martha) and contemplation (prayer/Mary) that is a distinguishing and central feature of the Christ–centered spiritual journey. We’ll examine and pray with three gospel stories about the sisters of Bethany and how together they teach us about the depths of faith and hope manifesting in love. More>

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An Introduction to Energy and the Temple of the Body: Engaging Embodied Wisdom in Christian Practice

Sunday, September 14, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
The Christian tradition has formed itself around the radical revelation of Incarnation–God being born as a human being–and this workshop is an introductory exploration of how we can engage with our bodies as spiritual instruments. More>

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Energy and the Temple of the Body: Engaging Embodied Wisdom in Christian Practice (an 8–week group)

The Christian tradition has formed itself around the radical revelation of Incarnation–God being born as a human being–and yet we have long neglected the exquisite spiritual instrument that is the body. This is an experiential workshop in which we will explore and engage the spiritual nature of our physicality through the Energy Centers of the body, which have been known by many names in different traditions (chakras, etc). Learning to sense and run the body’s spiritual energy will completely transform our experience of prayer, the mystery of Christ and our own lives. We will be introduced to practices and teachings that open up an immense horizon of wisdom that illuminates the path of Incarnation we are invited to walk ourselves. More>

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Christian Spirituality: Lent: a Time of Dying to the False Self

Friday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Lent is the forty days before Jesus’ death and resurrection, a deeply reflective time in which Christians from all over the world examine ways in which we live out of alignment with The Holy. Each year we pray that The Spirit helps us become more aware of, and let go of, whatever is inauthentic that interferes with the joy of Life—as individuals and as community. We will explore Lent as a season in which we are opening to the death of our false self, and preparing for the restoration of our true-self-in-Christ celebrated at Easter. More>

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Christian Spirituality: The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola: A Pattern for Prayer & Transformation

Rescheduled for spring, 2015.
Born in 1491 in the Basque region of northern Spain, Ignatius, a soldier in the Spanish army, became the founder of the Jesuits. His own interior conversion and transformation form the basic pattern of a method of prayer that has helped individuals in “seeking and finding the will of God” in their lives in the centuries since then. This class will introduce you to the Spiritual Exercises as a pattern for prayer, and to some adaptations of them which make the wisdom of this process available to us today as we seek to grow in awareness of God’s Presence in our daily lives. More>

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Contemplative Book Reading Group - The REED of GOD - a Spiritual Classic by the contemporary mystic, Caryll Houselander

Rescheduled for Fall Meets on Wednesdays for 8 sessions, March 12 - May 7; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (No meeting on April 16)
First published over half a century ago, Caryll Houselander's The Reed of God is a spiritual classic that deserves to be rediscovered by a new generation of readers. Houselander's beautiful and profound mediation depicts the intimately human side of Mary, Mother of God, as an empty reed waiting for God's music to be played through her. She shares her insightful and beautiful vision of Mary as a confused but trusting teenager whose holiness flowered with her eternal "Yes." More>

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GREAT NEWS! Now you can participate in a Journey Center workshop from anywhere in the world! We are excited to announce our very first online class, with more to come in the future...

An ONLINE Journaling as a Spiritual Practice Workshop with Helen Cepero!

The workshop is offered over a 4-week period from the week of October 21 through the week of November 11.
Join Helen Cepero, author and spiritual director, for this online journal group on Google Drive. The focus of the journal group will be deepening our awareness of God's presence in our lives. Each participant will be part of a confidential journaling group for posting and responding online. Technical support will be provided by the Journey Center. Join us for an exciting adventure in personal journaling and learning from other journal writers as well. More>

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