Program: Remembering How to Be a People

Remembering How to Be a People: Psychological Leadership to Form Conscious Communities

The culture wars are tearing us apart; the center cannot hold. It is so tempting to close the gate and lock the front door. Yet, we know the gate will not protect our garden from climate change and that we will need to leave our front door only too soon. What we don’t know is how to gather together to bridge our differences and to re-form a shared identity, our shared community.

It is time to remember how to be a people.

In this workshop, we will briefly discuss a developmental model rooted in the mystical vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Jung that identifies the value and limitation of each primary worldview involved in the current culture wars. After this, we will set aside our well-developed capacity for thinking and begin exploring our embodied emotional experience and the way it can help us connect to one another. Using psychological practices, we will listen reflectively and work directly with body and feeling in order to experience psychological belonging. This sense of psychological belonging will help us form conscious groups, activate our natural leadership capacities, and remember how to be a people.

About the presenter, Peter T. Dunlap:

Peter T. Dunlap is a psychologist working in private and political practice in California. He follows Carl Jung’s vision of using psychology to transform political culture and integrates this vision with group practice and an emotion-focused approach to our individual and collective transformation. He is the author of Awakening Our Faith in the Future (Routledge), along with book chapters and journal papers focused on founding a distinctive Jungian political psychology. He is currently the chair of the clinical psychology PhD program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He can be reached at: petertdunlap.com.

January 22, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Via Zoom
The cost is $35

Befriending Dreams Seminar

The Befriending Dreams Seminar will explore the realm of dreams and how we can become better acquainted with them and the messages they offer. The presenter, Dr. Dianne Frost, will introduce us to the lively art of “dream tending” and social dreaming. In dream tending, dreamer and dream tender invite a past dream to become animated in present time and offer its wisdom. Dream tending touches personal, collective, and environmental understandings. Social dreaming springs from the dreams of groups of people and provides a way of reflecting on shared wisdom. It may reveal conditions and possible directions to take for couples, families, businesses, neighborhoods, cities, and even countries.

About the presenter, Dianne Frost, Ph.D.:

Dianne Frost, Ph.D. is a depth psychologist who has long been intrigued by sleeping dreams, waking dreams, and the wisdom gleaned from dreams of any kind. She is an advocate for the expansion of consciousness and love in our world, so her passions are to educate and facilitate people’s growth in healing their hearts, expanding their insights, and offering their love and gifts to the world. Sharing her experience with dreamwork is one way she expresses her passions.

6 sessions
Mondays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. EST
March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11.
The cost is $125.

Program: Good News from The Universe for Bad Times

Good News from the Universe for Bad Times: Crisis, Transformation, and Deep Trust from a Cosmic Perspective

Join us as we reflect on the universal nature of crisis, change, and transformation as well as the resources available for cultivating resilience and trust during difficult times. Drawing on insights from modern cosmology and the evolutionary perspective, we find sources of support, renewal, and guidance that can sustain us through the challenges we face personally, culturally, and globally at this critical time.

About the Presenter, Steve Martin:
Astronomer, educator, and author, Steve Martin has taught astronomy, physics, and consciousness studies at colleges, universities, and learning centers across the U.S. for over 25 years. He is currently one of the lead instructors for the Deeptime Network, and he also consults at the Center for Spiritual Emergence in Asheville, NC.

Three virtual sessions, Mondays, 6—8:30 p.m. ET beginning April 25, 2022
The cost is $75.
The course is open all, members and non-members.

Session 1 – Monday, April 18, 2022
Session 2 – Monday April 25, 2022
Session 3 – Monday, May 2, 2022

Program: A Look at Hope Through the Lens of Film

A Look at Hope Through the Lens of Film

Artists and spiritual writers through the millennia remind us how the capacity to hope keeps us human. Vaclav Havel encourages us “to work for something because it is good.”

We all too easily live in the illusion of self-sufficiency, relying on our own abilities, or, feeling incapacitated through our powerlessness, often succumb to despair.  

“Where we have both dark and light we have also the inexplicable,” observed Samuel Beckett, who also noted, “The key word in all my plays is perhaps.”  

The gift of faith makes the ‘perhaps’ moments in our lives even more poignant.  Through viewing and discussing three films that evoke feelings surrounding the resiliency of ‘hope,” we will explore how the promise of life and freedom can break down the limitations of self-sufficiency and fear.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST- The Lives of Others (German)
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST- Jojo Rabbit (US)
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST – Pig (US)
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST – Coda (US)

About the presenter, Rev. Larry Lewis:

Father Larry Lewis has facilitated film discussions since 2004. The author of The Misfit: Haunting the Human – Unveiling the Divine, Father Lewis received his Ph.D. in spirituality from Duquesne University, and has been a friend of the Guild since 1997. A Maryknoll missionary, Father Lewis spent many years in China and then at the Cenacle Retreat Center on Long Island, NY. He now serves in the Maryknoll Office of Society Personnel.


3 Sessions, select Tuesdays at 7 p.m. EST beginning November 9, 2021
List of dates: 11/9/21, 12/7/21, 1/11/21
Via Zoom
No cost

Workshop: Writing Our Mythic Stories & Spiritual Autobiographies

Writing Our Mythic Stories and Spiritual Autobiographies

We all have stories. Some stories define us. Some may point to our purpose in this life. Some may describe critical turning points. Some are welcomed as mysterious, challenging, explanatory, and mythic. Others are painful and tend to be repressed. Our stories speak to how we experience life and the ego persona we have cultivated. And those that change the way we live are called our sacred stories.

In this workshop we will compile our sacred stories to make a spiritual autobiography. We will notice how our stories reflect the mythology of our times and how we live into them. We will identify unconscious archetypical myths that have guided and navigated our soul.

St. Francis of Assisi prayed, “Who are you and why am I here?” By examining our sacred stories, we may find the answer. Each week we will focus on topics that build upon the prior week. 

Week 1 – The Mythic Power of Our Sacred Stories 
Week 2 – Discovering Our Personal Mythology
Week 3 – Identifying Our Soul Archetypes
Week 4 – Sharing Our Sacred Stories and Their Myth

About the presenter, Daniel Robinson:

Daniel Robinson is a professor, spiritual director, retreat leader, and lover of souls. His current passion is the mentoring of faculty, students, and pilgrims through the art of soul companioning by writing our personal stories, myths and spiritual autobiographies. He has served as a veteran and mentors Wounded Warriers.

Daniel is a member of the Northeast Guild for Spiritual Direction. He lives in Maine with his lovely wife, Heather.

4 Sessions, Sundays from 2-4:00 p.m. EST beginning January 30, 2022
List of dates: 1/30/22, 2/6/22, 2/13/22, 2/20/22
Registration closes January 28, 2022
The cost is $100

Interview with Bernice Marie-Daly on The Sacred Feminine

Bernice Marie-Daly will be leading this year’s spring graduate retreat, entitled The Radical Path of the Sacred Feminine. Bernice has been studying the Sacred Feminine for 35 years. In this interview with board chair Holly Moore, she explains who the Sacred Feminine is, how we experience her, and where we see her.

The retreat will take place from April 23-25, 2021 via Zoom. You can register below.

This retreat is only open to AP Graduates, or by invitation only.

PAST RETREATS

Spring 2021

The Radical Path of the Sacred Feminine

Presented by Bernice Marie-Daly

The Radical Path of the Sacred Feminine an emerging story of the evolution of consciousness manifested through and within the archetype of the Sacred Feminine.   She has been with us from the beginning as a primordial image of Sacred Presence expressed through myriad cultures throughout the ages; we can imagine Her emergence today as “Mother Earth,” boldly challenging our way of life in the face of an existential threat to our very existence.  Sourced though meditation, deep listening, personal experiences and dream imagery; awakened to the realities of unrelenting social upheaval and global devastation, we gather to envision “Mother Earth” guiding us toward a humanity capable of an evolved Love transforming us into “the new human” of the Ecozoic Age.  

Open to all Guild Graduates
April 23-25, 2021 via Zoom
The retreat will begin at 4:00 EST on Friday, April 23, and run until Sunday, April 25 at noon EST.
Cost $100
Registration closes April 21, 2021
*Artwork by Becky Nielsen, XIX

About the Presenter

Bernice Marie-Daly, AP III, has facilitated numerous retreats, workshops, and programs on spirituality and the Divine Feminine.  Most especially during this critical time of spiritual crises, her intention is to facilitate processes that open our hearts and minds to the ways the Sacred Feminine is transforming and guiding our passage into the Ecozoic Era. 

Bernice lives in Connecticut, enjoys swimming, mahjongg, and leisurely walks by LI Sound.  She has four grandchildren, two in Hawaii and two in Vermont.

Fall 2020

The Secret at The Heart of The World: Teilhard de Chardin on the Evolution of Love

A Guild Graduate Retreat with Louis Savary via Zoom

Join us for the Guild’s fall Graduate retreat this September with Louis Savary. He will take us on a journey that will help us to better understand Teilhard’s life and to clearly see and understand some of his most complex ideas and discoveries. We will begin by learning about what propelled Teilhard to go off on a search to find “the secret at the heart of reality” and what he found as a result. We will also learn about the laws of evolution that Teilhard formulated, such as Union Differentiates, and how we can use these laws to take evolution to a higher level of consciousness. In addition, we will find out how Teilhard’s ideas about what it meant to be a human being differed from the thinking of Aristotle and Descartes and why.

We look forward to seeing each of you in the Guild family this fall on Zoom! Whether you are a novice or an expert on the study of Teilhard, you are sure to gain deeper insight and appreciation for his transformative work.

Cost
$100 for both days

Registration
Opens August 1, 2020

Contact
Sue Robinson, Graduate Retreat Coordinator with any questions:

Join us for the Guild’s fall Graduate retreat this September with Louis Savary. He will take us on a journey that will help us to better understand Teilhard’s life and to clearly see and understand some of his most complex ideas and discoveries. We will begin by learning about what propelled Teilhard to go off on a search to find “the secret at the heart of reality” and what he found as a result. We will also learn about the laws of evolution that Teilhard formulated, such as Union Differentiates, and how we can use these laws to take evolution to a higher level of consciousness. In addition, we will find out how Teilhard’s ideas about what it meant to be a human being differed from the thinking of Aristotle and Descartes and why.

We look forward to seeing each of you in the Guild family this fall on Zoom! Whether you are a novice or an expert on the study of Teilhard, you are sure to gain deeper insight and appreciation for his transformative work.

About The Presenter

Louis M. Savary, received a degree in spiritual theology from Catholic University of America. He has lectured, led workshops, taught classes and written books about Teilhard’s spirituality. His goal has been making Teilhard’s ideas practical and useful, especially for those who find his ideas difficult to understand and apply in their own lives.