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.
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, 2021
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
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, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM via zoom
Cost is $40
For any questions, reach out to Denise Tangney: email@example.com
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.
For more information, contact Bernice Marie-Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 2021 from 9:30 to 12:30.
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 2020 from 7:00-9:30 PM
For more information contact Christina Carlson at email@example.com
CALLING ALL MIDDLE-SCHOOLERS!
JOIN GRANDMA DEE AS SHE READS FULL CICADA MOON
OCTOBER 5, OCTOBER 13, OCTOBER 19, AND OCTOBER 26, 2020
4:00 PM -5:30 PM EDT
VIRTUAL MEETING VIA ZOOM
Join Grandma Dee as she reads the coming of age, Newberry Award winning book Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton._ Mimi dreams of becoming an astronaut in this stirring verse novel about the struggle to fit in and the need to stand up for what’s right. The reading, art and meditative offering will provide an opportunity for children to address feelings of compassion, joy, anxiety, inclusion, and hope. Creativity will help your loved one find their unique voice, listen deeply, and experience their somatic wisdom. Isn’t that what the Guild is all about!
For more information email Dr. Denise Tangney at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
SPECIAL EVENT: EXPLORING WHITE PRIVILEGE
A DISCUSSION LED BY DR. BERNICE MARIE-DALY AP III
FOUR MONDAYS: JULY 20, 27, AUGUST 3, AND 10, 2020
10:30 AM EST TO NOON
For those deeply concerned about how ‘whiteness’ sculpts self and society, we invite participants to greater awareness through reflective exercises and experiences examining the ways unconscious internalized white privilege impacts our lives and society at large. Approached through the lens of deep listening, expressed with personal integrity and compassion, our awakenings dare us to commit to self-transformation and to work towards creating a just, sustainable and compassionate world. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Race by Robin Di Angelo will guide our explorations.
Facilitator: Bernice Marie-Daly Bernice Marie-Daly, Ph.D., an educator and retreat facilitator, holds degrees in Spirituality & Psychology, Counseling and Philosophy and is a certified Core Energetics Instructor & Practitioner. As founder and director of Awakenings: The New School for Women’s Spirituality, Bernice facilitated in-depth programming in women’s spirituality, justice-making and the arts. Author of Ecofeminism: Sacred Matter/Sacred Mother (The American Teilhard Association) and co-author of Created in Her Image: Models of the Feminine Divine, Bernice taught interdisciplinary courses in Environmental Studies & Women’s Studies at Fairfield University and World Religions at Norwalk Community College. She has been a member of The Guild for Spiritual Guidance for over thirty-five years.
STEPPING OVER THE THRESHOLD TO ELDERHOOD
A PROGRAM CO-SPONSORED WITH SAGE-ING INTERNATIONAL
This program will include 6 Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.
August 15, August 22, September 5, September 12, September 26, October 3 – 2020
Aging is a developmental stage as powerful as the stages of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Moving from one stage to another is an expansion of awareness and being in the world. In our culture, the images of aging often keep us frozen in an adult stage of development while our bodies are clearly aging. The program will include a series of eight- 1 ½ hour workshop sessions using Zoom. Sessions will be recorded for those who can’t attend a session. The workshops are highly interactive and engaging. The topics will explore the processes and techniques that move us with meaning into the developmental stage of aging and living fully as an elder. Weekly topics in this program include:
- Reframing Images of Aging
- Qualities of a Wise Elder
- Aging as a Spiritual Journey
- Harvesting Life’s Wisdom
- The Gift of Forgiveness
- Embracing Grief
- Facing Our Mortality
- Service and Legacy
HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE IN A CIRCLE: AN EXPLANATION OF THE MYCELIUM WEB AND WHY IT MATTERS
OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NORTHEAST GUILD FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM EDT
VIRTUAL MEETING VIA ZOOM
Since the beginning of time, human cultures have honored an interconnected web of life. This great spirit is found in the mycelium in the soil and it also forms our bodies and who we are because we have emerged from the soil. Nature exists in a lifecycle of growth, death, and rebirth and the interconnected mycelial networks provide an invisible link that creates the conditions for this miracle of living and breathing life to thrive on Earth. We live in an ecology of great consciousness.
Spiritual transformations also use the same circular metaphors. Through deep discussion and somatic meditation, we will attempt to rise to the monumental ecological and spiritual challenges of our time. Only through reciprocity with nature and our fellow humans, can we build a regenerative culture. Without an understanding of our interconnections, we will disintegrate into civil war, zero sum tribalism and possibly the collapse of advanced technological civilization. Understanding the web of life and its natural wisdom can save us from the curse of greed, envy, isms, and stupidity.
This embodied experience explores ways in which our hearts can become the generating force of the relational energy that radiates out into the world and branches down into earth.
The cost is $30