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

Misfits, Warriors, & Holy Fools: Spiritual Biographies to Live By

Who are these misfits, warriors, and holy fools? Through book talks and movies, we will examine contempory mystics who rose to a level of consciousness enviable to anyone living in these times of personal and communal unrest. We will walk with heroes and heroines, East, West, and Indigenous; gleaning insight to best prepare for what awaits us!     

This is an ongoing series, and each session will cover a different topic. The program will be presented via zoom.

September 23, 2021 7-8:30 p.m. EST: The Mystic Heart: Discovering A Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions by Wayne Teasdale

October 28, 2021 7-8:30 p.m. EST: Gifts of Power: The Writings of Rebecca Jackson, Black Visionary, Shaker Eldress, ed. by Jean McMahon Humez

Next book, date, and time to be announced.

No Cost

Register here

For more information, contact Denise Tangney: tangneydenise@gmail.com

*POSTPONED* Program: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography and Soul Mythology

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Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography and Soul Mythology

In a series of four workshops, we will explore personal stories, the myths generated by those stories, and the truths and archetypes that lie within those myths. Through reflection and examination, we will identify impactful life events, which will then help us craft a narrative around one. No previous writing experience is necessary – these stories are expected to be written simply, as though told to a trusted friend.

About the presenter, Dr. Daniel Robinson:

Daniel Robinson is a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Florida, as well as a spiritual director and past president of the Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation. He is the founder of the U.F. Distance Education Doctor of Pharmacy Program, mentoring doctoral students in North America, Korea and Europe. Daniel’s spiritual mentoring includes the use of the labyrinth, journaling, music, the Enneagram, in addition to writing our autobiographical sacred stories, and the living out of our personal myths. His recent book, Misty Mornings and Grace Filled Evenings, is an invitation to share your life with a fellow pilgrim through the Celtic tradition of soul companioning. In addition to his books, Daniel has penned over 80 journal articles. He shares Camp Anam Cara on Green Lake of Acadia in Maine with his wife, Heather, and their English Setter, Keefer.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST – MORE DETAILS SOON.
4 Sessions, Sundays from 2-4 P.M. EST
List of dates: 5/2, 5/16, 5/23 & 5/30/21
Registration closes May 1, 2021
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.

Program: Engaged Transformational Listening

Engaged Transformational Listening

Our listening skills impact our experience of ourselves, others and our world. Most often we hear what we are wired to hear, not necessarily what is actually being shared. This program explores the dynamics of listening, learning about our own ‘automatic’ listening with the intention of becoming aware of what impede or deepen our connections. At the conclusion of the 5 week program you will have skills to shift one or more listening habits. You will develop skills to listen with love and compassion for yourself and others.

Follow-up
Listening with the Natural World
Nature Based Listening

About the presenter, Kate Duncan:

Kate Duncan is an AP XIX graduate and active Guild member. She was one of the original women trailblazers in the technology industry. Kate’s experience in management for IBM seeded a bold adventure in establishing her own leadership development business serving many Fortune 500 companies. Kate’s passion and commitment is to foster deep connections between people. She is committed to sharing her expertise, often pro-bono, as her Sacred Response to the world. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Kate now resides in Connecticut.

5 Sessions, Thursdays from 10-11:30 AM beginning March 4
List of dates: 3/4/21, 3/11/21, 3/18/21, 3/25/21, 4/1/21
Registration closes February 25, 2021
The cost is $50
You can register here

Program – Sacred Philanthropy: When You’re Not Bill Gates

Presented by Brooks Smith-Guild III

Dec. 1, 2020 at 7 PM via Zoom

No Cost

Register here

Merton said, “To live well myself is my first and essential contribution ot the well being of all mankind and to the fulfillment of man’s collective identity.”  Yes, his language is from the fifties, but his spirit and message and challenge abides with us.  We will live into the Process of Sacred Philanthropy.  In living well, in living out our high calling, in being faithful to God, others, earth—we are commanded to love not in word alone, but in deed and in truth.   So that means rooting our use of money deeply in our own Passions—those causes we care most about.  Those causes seared into our souls.

While we will reference fundraising—maybe, especially, Nouwen’s The Spirituality of Fund Raising—this time allows each of us to reflect on and commit ourselves out of our own deepest, Spirit driven priorities.

So, we will start with—Passions, then move to Partners, explore Process, examine how to evaluate Projects and end with Pondering/Partying/Praying.

Darwin, Divinity, & Dancing With the Wind

This workshop weaves together the latest scientific understanding of our Cosmos with stories from our Judeo-Christian tradition. We will discover that an Eco-Spiritual lens develops a compassionate creative response to the dynamic dimensions of our unfolding Universe.

Saturday, February 13, 2020 from 9:30 – 1:00

Cost is $40

You can register here.

For any questions, reach out to Denise Tangney: tangneydenise@gmail.com

Holy Curiosity: The Art of Paying Attention

Presented by Cari Keith

Using Carl Jung as a guide, this program will use dream work, poetry, and mindful walking to explore the psychological and spiritual benefits of curiosity and the practice of pausing to pay attention.

This program will be on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30.

Cost is $30 with Lunch Included

Courageous Faith

Courageous Faith – Presented in Collaboration with Wisdom House

The challenges of this time of great unknowing and spiritual dark night are considerable. How do we meet these challenges?  How do we strengthen our resilience and fearlessness amongst all this suffering and uncertainty?

Join us as we share spiritual practices, insights and resources in dialogue with Cynthia Bourgeault, Ilia Delio and Pema Chodran as guides for the path unfolding before us. 

Saturday, December 5, 2020 via Zoom 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. 

Cost: $20.00

You can register here.

For more information, contact Bernice Marie-Daly at  bmdawakenings@sbcglobal.net

Program: Pilgrimage for a Pandemic

Combining the Guild practice of circle sharing with the technology of Zoom, and the narratives of Boccaccio with the model of lectio divina, we are offering a program in which we will use storytelling, others’ and our own, as a way to process the experience of living during a time of pandemic. With the image of Boccaccio’s young storytellers wandering the countryside in mind, The Guild’s Sacred Travel Committee invites you to participate in an event inspired by the Decameron. While Boccaccio’s characters told stories as a way to avoid and escape the plague, we imagine an opportunity for Guild members to enter into the challenges of living in the time of Covid-19 through storytelling.

The Program will run on Wednesday evenings in October from 7:00-9:30 PM

You can register here.

For more information contact Christina Carlson at cmcarlson111@gmail.com

Program – Exploring the Labyrinth: Opening to Wisdom

A highway will be there, called the holy way … it is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk.

Isaiah 35:8,9

Do you find it difficult to sit still in silence or in prayer without your mind wandering all over the place?  Are you attracted to embodied spiritual disciplines where you pray using your body?  Are you drawn to the spiritual practice of pilgrimage?  Do you find yourself yearning for a way to be more centered during this time of uncertainty and unrest?  

Come explore the ancient spiritual practice of walking the labyrinth.  Labyrinths have been used for thousands of years by people around the world and in most religious traditions as aids in meditation and prayer.  Walking the winding path of the labyrinth is a metaphor for our spiritual journey.  This meditative walk can be a way to listen to your soul, to connect to the Divine within.  The sacred space of the labyrinth invites us to a place of healing, self-knowledge, discernment, and co-creation.

In our time together, we will look at the history of labyrinths found around the world and explore how walking the labyrinth can be a spiritual practice.  We’ll look at various ways to walk a labyrinth.  And, of course, we’ll walk the Wisdom House labyrinth.  There will be time for personal reflection and for the sharing of our experiences.

“Solvitur ambulando … It is solved by walking …”

St. Augustine

This program is presented in association with Wisdom House

September 22, 2020 from 9:30 – 11:30

Register here

Program: Poetry 4 Kids

Exposure to free verse poetry offers an opportunity for children to address feelings of loneliness, anxiety, compassion, joy, inclusion, and hope. Along with the rhythm of words and a discussion of the content, children will be exposed to a meditative practice of art for expression. Creativity allows one to find their unique voice, listen deeply and experience their somatic wisdom. Featuring Newbury Award Winning Book Full Cicada Moon.

Join us via Zoom from 4-5:30 on 10/5, 10/13, 10/19, and 10/26.
The cost is $40; Donations are also accepted.
You can register here.
Any questions? Reach out to Denise Tangney at tangneydenise@gmail.com