Spiritual Direction

 Amma Theodora

Amma Theodora

Spiritual Direction as Contemplative Practice

 

Within each of us lies a yearning and a deep desire to find meaning in our lives, grow closer to God, and come to know our True Self.  Since the earliest centuries of Christianity, spiritual ammas and abbas (mothers and fathers) have served as spiritual directors---encouraging others in their search for God.  This 2-session class will look particularly at "spiritual direction for contemplatives".

This class is now over.  Check back soon for additional classes related to Spiritual Direction.

 

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Contemplative Movie Night

        "We are all mystics seeking to solve the        mysteries of existence."   -Father Keating                                                                                                       

       "We are all mystics seeking to solve the

      mysteries of existence."   -Father Keating

                                                                                                     

With One Voice

 

"With One Voice brings together mystics from fourteen different spiritual traditions to share their perspectives on the unifying truth that transcends all religions.  In this documentary, these awakened teachers address profound questions about life and love, the existence of God, the path to spiritual awakening and the way to true peace in the world.  Through their words and compelling presence, they ask us to look within our own hearts and listen deeply, so we too can join the conversation and speak With One Voice."  (With One Voice - Home Page)

Following the viewing of the film, you may choose to stay for guided contemplative dialogue.

Tuesday, April 24              2018

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Holy Wisdom Monastery

Retreat & Guest House

$18

 

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Early Autumn Contemplative Movie Night

Eastern Mystics:  Discovering the Sacred in the Ordinary

"In every generation there are people who reach out beyond the cultural and religious boundaries of their time, and even beyond the limits of their own thoughts, searching for answers to life's deepest mysteries.  We call these seekers mystics.  In this groundbreaking documentary, well-known mystics from the Buddhist, Hindu, Advaita, and Taoist traditions discuss their own awakening experiences, the nature of mysticism, religious tolerance, love and compassion, spiritual practices . . . They exhort us to discover The Sacred in the Ordinary."  (DVD case)

Following the viewing of the film, you may choose to stay for guided contemplative dialogue.

Tuesday, August 28       2018

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Holy Wisdom Monastery

Retreat & Guest House, Room 110

$18

 

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Centering Prayer I

 

Be still and know that I am God.   -Psalm 46:10

For those new to Centering Prayer or who have completed an Introductory Workshop, these classes will look to Christian meditation as a means of transformation of hearts and consciousness.

Each class will include teachings, dialogue, and meditation period.

6 Thursdays       Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 25       2018

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Middleton Community Church

645 Schewe Road  (corner of Old Sauk & Schewe)

Middleton

$125

 

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Centering Prayer II: Exploring the Dimensions

 

Be still and know that I am God.   -Psalm 46: 10

Centering Prayer meditation is a method of receptive, silent prayer that prepares us to open to the gift of contemplative prayer . . . a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.  This class will explore what happens over time in the practice of meditation.  

Teachings:  Consenting to the Presence of God, Listening at the Level of Being, Evolution Towards Oneness, Witnessing Presence, and Spiritual Transformation.  The Welcoming Prayer will also be introduced.

Teachings, dialogue, and group meditation will be part of each gathering.

6 Wednesdays    April 11, 18, 25, May 9, 16, 30       2018

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Middleton Community Church

645 Schewe Road  (corner of Old Sauk & Schewe)

Middleton

$125

 

 

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Listening With the Ear of the Heart

Contemplative Dialogue

   

  

 

Living contemplatively calls us to slow down, pay attention, look closely, and listen deeply.  

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BOOKLET #10: Preparing for Advent & Christmas

 

Using the Bridges to Contemplative Living series of short, interspiritual writings by Thomas Merton and other spiritual masters, this small group gathering is a rich process of inner focusing, deep listening, contemplative dialogue, and the emergence of a collective group knowing.

New people welcome!

8  Thursdays

Sept 13, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 15, 29, Dec 6     2018

10:30 am - noon

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

1833 Regent Street

Madison 

$135, includes booklet

 

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BOOKLET #1: Entering the School of Your Experience

New people welcome!

8 Thursdays     Sept 13, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 15, 29, Dec 6    2018

1:00 - 2:30 pm

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

1833 Regent Street

Madison

$135, includes booklet

 

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