Encounter the Holy

The gate of Heaven is everywhere… Thomas Merton

Many people find their way to the Journey Center because they are longing for a real experience of the presence and love of the Holy One…and the transformation that comes as a result. Perhaps you have noticed this desire stirring in you as well.

This is the “main room” of Journey Center online, where you are invited to open yourself to the unique gifts God has for you. We aren’t here to tell you what to believe or how you should live; we simply welcome you into this space and offer all kinds of contemplative resources that deepen and enrich your experience of the presence, love and grace of the One who knows you and walks with you.

An Invitation to Encounter the Holy: Nine Pathways

We invite you to explore these nine pathways to encountering the Holy; some may be familiar to you and others may be something new. Notice what you are feeling drawn to at this season in your life. Click on a tab to learn more about each pathway (or scroll down on mobile). We have provided some resources for each pathway now and are in the process of developing a wonderful variety of online groups, workshops, retreats and other resources to encourage and bless you on your journey. Those will be available here through live streaming and online learning platforms after they are developed. Registration information will be added as they are made available.

The Contemplative Life

The Contemplative Life

The contemplative life is the steady gaze of the soul upon the God who loves us. -Richard J. Foster

There is an approach to living that the Spirit has invited people to over the centuries, one in which our awareness of (and responsiveness to) God’s presence is deepened in a more moment-to-moment way. This is the contemplative life and it does NOT require that you move to the desert and live like a monk. Rather, the invitation is to be fully present in this moment, wherever you are, and discover the Holy One there.

Resources

Online Experiences Coming Soon!

Free introductory workshops:

  • An Invitation to the Contemplative Life
  • Journaling as a Spiritual Practice
  • Dreamwork as a Spiritual Practice

Groups, workshops, retreats and guest teachers:

  • Various contemplative life topics, including Christian mystics
  • Journaling
  • Dreamwork
  • Book groups
  • Contemplative Retreats
Contemplative Prayer and Meditation

Contemplative Prayer and Meditation

The only one who can teach me to find God is God Himself, alone. -Thomas Merton

There are many forms of prayer, most of which involve the great blessing of talking to God. Contemplative prayer practices take us deeper by inviting us to simply be with God in quietness as we open ourselves to Love and listen for God’s heart and our own true heart.

Resources

Online Experiences Coming Soon!

Free introductory workshop:

  • An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

Groups, workshops, and retreats:

  • Free prayer/meditation groups, led by various spiritual directors
  • Exploring various methods of contemplative prayer/meditation in depth, including walking a prayer labyrinth
  • Book groups
  • Contemplative retreats
Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction

It is easier to find guides, someone to tell you what to do, than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship as you work it out yourself. This is what spiritual direction is. -Eugene H. Peterson

Spiritual directors offer an invitation to encounter the Holy, either one-on-one or in a group setting. We were all meant to live life with an awareness of God’s presence and love, yet so often we are too busy and distracted to notice! In spiritual direction, we set aside time to meet with someone who will prayerfully listen as we reflect on our relationship with our Creator, and who can help us discern and experience God’s presence and the Spirit’s movement in more of a moment-by-moment way.

Resources

Online Experiences Coming Soon!

Free introductory workshop:

  • Spiritual Direction: An Invitation to Encounter the Holy

Groups, workshops, and private sessions:

  • Journey Center-affiliated spiritual direction sessions online (Free introductory session and ongoing monthly sessions)
  • Group spiritual direction opportunities
  • Book groups
Contemplative Retreats

Contemplative Retreats

Come away, My Beloved (Song of Solomon 2:10)

Think about how it feels and what it is like when someone you really love, admire and look up to invites you into their home for a meal. Life is filled with God’s invitations to us and what a wonderful thing it is to be invited to step out of the busyness of our lives into time away on personal retreat, simply because God wants to be with us.

Resources

Online Experiences Coming Soon!

Free introductory workshop:

  • The Art of Personal Retreat-Taking

Retreats:

  • Free pre-recorded, guided 30-minute mini-retreat experience
  • Half-day and full-day retreats
  • Invitations to weekend and week-long retreats
Arts, Creativity & Spirituality

Arts, Creativity & Spirituality

What art offers is space- a certain breathing room for the spirit. -John Updike
Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God. -Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way

The arts and creative expression are pathways that open a beautiful connection to our own heart, to the Holy One and to others. We encounter the Holy as we savor what others bring to us through poetry, art, theater, literature, etc. We also experience God’s presence and love as we explore our own creativity, recognizing that we all have it even though we may have misplaced it along the way.

Online Experiences Coming Soon!

Free introductory workshop:

  • Arts, Creativity and Spirituality

Groups, workshops, and retreats:

  • Creativity workshops
  • Ongoing groups to explore creativity as a spiritual practice
  • Special art/creativity events
  • Imago Divina experiences
  • Book groups
  • Retreats
The Enneagram

The Enneagram

Transformation happens when our ordinary perspective shifts and we attain a new understanding of who we really are….this is the wisdom of the Enneagram. -Russ Hudson and Don Riso

The Enneagram is a resource for transformation in our lives, relationships and communities. The nine personality types with their distinct patterns of thinking, feeling and acting are all reflections of how each of us is uniquely created in the divine image, and many people find that the Spirit speaks to us through the wisdom of the Enneagram.

Resources

Online Experiences Coming Soon!

Free introductory workshop:

  • The Enneagram: A Tool for Transformation

Groups, workshops, retreats and guest speakers:

  • Various Enneagram type workshops
  • Various Enneagram groups, including the Contemplative Enneagram
  • Book groups
  • Retreats
Encountering the Holy in Creation

Encountering the Holy in Creation

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown. For going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

For many, Creation is a pathway to encountering the Holy. Standing on a distant mountaintop or watching a butterfly in your own backyard…something about the beauty we see touches us deeply, inspiring and opening us to the Love and Grace that surrounds us in those sacred moments.

Online Experiences Coming Soon!

Free introductory workshop:

  • Encountering the Holy in Creation

Groups, workshops, and retreats:

  • Possibly live streaming of outdoor Creation events
  • Book groups
  • Retreats
Making a Difference

Making a Difference (Activism/Service)

Action is the stream, and contemplation is the spring. -Thomas Merton

As we encounter the Holy, we experience and are nourished by unconditional love and are set free to live from our authentic self. The gifts we receive are meant to be shared with others in our community and world; we show compassion and work for justice wherever the Spirit leads us.

Online Experiences Coming Soon!

Free introductory workshop:

  • Topic TBD

Groups, workshops, and retreats:

  • Racial reconciliation groups
  • Guest teacher workshops
  • Book groups
  • Oasis group for activists
  • Retreats
Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

Many believe a pilgrimage is about going away but it isn’t; it is about coming home.
Those who choose to go on pilgrimage have already ventured away from themselves; and now set out in a longing to journey back to who they are. -L.M. Browning

We are all on a journey, that is true…and there is a special kind of physical journey we can choose to take that does indeed help us find our way home to our own true heart and the heart of God. For centuries, this spiritual practice has brought transformation to those who say “yes” to the pilgrim experience. Beginning in 2020, we plan to offer contemplative pilgrimage experiences around the world and we invite you to consider joining us if the Spirit is calling you.

Resources

Online Experiences Coming Soon!

Free introductory workshop:

  • Topic TBD

Groups, workshops, and retreats:

  • Book groups
  • Guest teachers (pilgrims!) sharing about their journeys
  • Pilgrimages

May We Pray For You?

We have a group of caring people who love to pray for others and you can send us your specific prayer request by simply filling out the form on this page. Know that we will hold your request in confidence as we hold you in our hearts and prayers.


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