Carol Kilby, author of Evolutionary Dancer: Out, In, and on the Fringe of the Church, will present this first Engaged Wisdom course of the new year. 

Carol notes that this evolutionary moment calls for the rewilding of our story! The stories of nationhood, religion, and culture have separated us from our larger selves and our relationship to the universe and the earth.

In this time of planetary crisis, it is time for an exodus, time for a new story. Inspired by Sadie Allen Moon’s observation that Jung saw the source of every society’s renewal in individuals whenever they navigate beyond the walls of their culture and bring back to it some novel insight for the collective’s development, the course will investigate how evolutionary rituals, personal practices, and rites of passages can ground our story in the ways of cosmos and nature empowering us to consciously and positively step into the earth’s dance of transformation. 

In addition, participants will discover evolutionary rituals that draw on climate science, new cosmology, ecology, and an evolutionary spirituality that re-member our wild and wonder-full selves. Through rewilding our stories, rituals, and selves in the dance of becoming, individuals who contribute to the evolution of the collective.

The course is open to all, both Guild members and non-members. The fee is $30.

This course is now closed.


Pilgrimage to Iona. August 12-21, 2022
This Pilgrimage to Iona

       This Pandemic year challenged all of us to change our routines and expectations.  For some, that meant isolation and more time for reading, movies, house organizing, hobbies, walking.  For some that meant, days of being ill and/or dealing with the fear and anxiety of becoming ill, or caring for a loved one who was ill or newly isolated in an elder care facility.  For some that meant learning to work alone from home or navigating an on-site job with new rules, regulations and protective gear.  For some it meant learning a lot of new technology in order to stay connected to worshipping communities, book groups, family and friends.   For all us, some change in what was once considered the routine day-to-day activity of life, needed to be re-negotiated and re-navigated.  For many of us there was little time to ponder the changes that were swirling around us as individuals, a nation, and a global community.  

     Pondering the changes, losses and revelations of this past year will be essential to our growth and well-being.  Paying attention to all that emerged in these months will help to guide us into new ways of being in community together.  This is not a time to long for a “return to normal” but a challenging opportunity to imagine moving into “a new normal.”    This call to new imagining, is a process that will take more than the next few months.  Just as it will take scientists years to gather the data that will lead to greater understanding of how viruses function, it will take the human psyche time as well, to process the changes being called forth.  

       You are invited to a time of pilgrimage; to a time of processing, holding and listening to all that bubbled up during this pandemic year and to what is yet to emerge.  You are invited to a place of pilgrimage; to a place that has been receptive to the human spiritual, meaning making quest for centuries; a place that invites the intention and attention needed to reveal where we are being called to extend ourselves and our thinking out into the world.   You are invited to an act of pilgrimage; to lay aside a need for answers, and allow curiosity, yes, even holy curiosity, to nurture and nourish your spirit.  Please plan to set aside time to join us on a Pilgrimage to Iona in the summer of 2022.  The hospitality of this wee island community will care for your physical needs, and the gifts of sea, sky, stone, and sun will nurture your spirit.  

This program is now closed.

Join Guild members and others at the Mountain Retreat Center in Highlands, North Carolina, for a three-day, in-person workshop this June on Aging as a Spiritual Practice. Guild member Paulette Robinson will lead the workshop, which is co-sponsored by Wholeness of the Heart, Sage-ing International, and the Guild for Spiritual Guidance.

Aging is a time of harvesting and bringing the sacred into life. It is a time when the external forces of life make way for an internal focus on life’s purpose and mining life experiences for meaning. Life itself becomes a reflective space. When lived purposefully, aging becomes a spiritual practice. In this course, participants will explore tools for internal and external spiritual practice that can serve this internal movement. They will create meaning-making rituals, deepen meditative states, make intentional sacred spaces, and more.

About the presenter:

Paulette Robinson is a certified Sage-ing Leader, graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and experienced retreat and workshop facilitator. For the past 20 years, Paulette has facilitated healing as a shamanic practitioner using multiple energy modalities and practices.  She has certifications in spiritual and elder coaching, family constellations and ancestral trauma,  alchemical alignment (somatic trauma release), past-life regressions, and mediumship.

Four days: June 23, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to June 26, 2022 (1PM)

In person at the Mountain Retreat Center, Highlands, North Carolina

$500 early bird rate before May 1, 2022 
$555 regular rate after May 1, 2022
Registration closes on June 9, 2022

Room and Board Cost for lodging and all meals:
Double Room:  $315 (for all meals and lodging for four days and three nights)
Single Room:   $455  (for all meals and lodging for four days and three nights)

For questions, contact the Mountain Retreat Center

This course is now closed.

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 18, 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

This Engaged Wisdom course is now closed.

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. The Guild will explore this important topic with a series of films, from November to April.  

Through viewing and discussing three films that evoke feelings surrounding the resiliency of ‘hope,” participants will explore how the promise of life and freedom can break down the limitations of self-sufficiency and fear. The presenter, Father Larry Lewis, will conduct the discussions following the films along the lines of group spiritual direction.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021,  7 p.m. ET – Lars and the Real Girl (US)            
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7 p.m. ET – The Lives of Others (German)  
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 7 p.m. ET – Jojo Rabbit (US) 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 7 p.m. ET – Pig  (US)                              
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 7 p.m. ET – Coda (US)           

About the presenterRev. 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, he spent many years in China and now serves in the Maryknoll Office of Society Personnel.
Mark your calendars for:

This Engaged Wisdom film course is now closed.

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.

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.

Offered on six Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11. The cost is $125.

This seminar is now closed. 

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.

To register after 6 p.m. on January 29, 2022, please contact Denise Tangney: or (516)-313-6217

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
The cost is $100

At the Intersection of Science and Spirituality: Contemplative Consciousness and the Zest for Life

Each of us, from our own place in the world, desires to be an engaged participant in the unfolding of our world, while at the same time seeking meaning and authenticity.  Come, explore the wonder-laden mysteries of the Universe; their capacity to lure us into contemplative practice; and the subsequent imperative to act with integrity in creating a better world.

Session 1: 6/13/21 5-7 P.M. EST
Session 2: 6/18/21 5-7 P.M. EST
Session 3: 6/19/21 5-7 P.M. EST
Cost: $150

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


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:

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.


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


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


4:00 PM -5:30 PM EDT

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

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


FOUR MONDAYS: JULY 20, 27, AUGUST 3, AND 10, 2020

​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.



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:

  1. Reframing Images of Aging
  2. Qualities of a Wise Elder
  3. Aging as a Spiritual Journey
  4. Harvesting Life’s Wisdom
  5. The Gift of Forgiveness
  6. Embracing Grief
  7. Facing Our Mortality
  8. Service and Legacy


SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM EDT

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