|Thursday, February 5 |
1:30- 4:00 PM
|Creative Spiritual Dance Forum|
In this workshop we will create a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere. We will start with a focus question, contemplate it, and then process the ideas through creativity. There will be music that matches the theme of the focus question. First we will spontaneously write out whatever comes to us on that theme on pads of paper to our first song. We may use a prompt. Then we will process the information with our bodies by spontaneously moving to the music, going with the flow, doing what we feel. Next we will answer the question with our hearts by experiencing color and a large piece of butcher paper for a community drawing. Then we’ll let the next song carry us in movement again. We will end in appreciations. This can be a deeply moving, insightful, and joyful time.Michele Brady-Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University. Her creation of Sacred Dance Class was inspired by her training in painting; specifically Spontaneous Expression Painting offered at Holy Names University/Sophia Center.
|Thursday, February 26 |
1:30- 4:00 PM
Human trafficking and How it Affects Mother Earth
Kim Kubal will address human trafficking and her spiritual journey. Kim believes we are all one and what we do to ourselves and others, along with our own healing, affects everyone on the planet, including mother earth.Kim Kubal— is Executive Director of a nonprofit (San Mateo County) which addresses the needs of abused women, men and children suffering from human trafficking, extreme abuse, trauma, PTSD and addictions. She has also written a book - Your Strength to Heal - for survivors, caregivers, clinicians dealing with PTSD, trauma and addiction (to be published) and has two websites. She has been in intense therapy for over 26 years and is a survivor of human trafficking and extreme abuse and is also an activist. She is currently in grad school for her LMFT as a therapist.
Thursday, March 19
1:30- 4:00 PM
The Dark-Skinned Mother
We are living at a critical evolutionary juncture in time and history. What can the dark-skinned representations of the Sacred Feminine teach us? How may we access the archetypal energies embodied by the "Dark Mother" across the world's cultures? Join us for this fascinating exploration that will primarily focus on the multifaceted qualities and the rich symbolism of the Black Madonna and the Hindu goddess Kali in her most popular manifestation in the Shakta tradition of India. This presentation will also include a guided meditation and some interactive practices.
Isabella PRICE, MA—Isabella Price is the author of the e-book series "One Truth, Many Paths" on unitive spirituality. She has been successfully teaching classes and workshops at universities, colleges, and adult education venues for over 20 years and holds an MA (global history and comparative religion) from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is also a certified SQ21 Spiritual Intelligence coach and meditation teacher. For more information, please visit www.onetruth-manypaths.com
Thursday, April 23
1:30- 4:00 PM
Using a New Story Narrative to Navigate the Great Transformation
What might the Universe story sound like from the lens of narrative and poetry? How can such a fictional telling of the New Story help inform us as we meet the social, ecological, and spiritual challenges of our times—and why is such a telling so vital to changing the paradigm of modern society? Using ideas and readings from the book, The Holy Universe, as our guide, we will explore these questions and other ideas, from the power of story to how a new creation mythology informed by the best of modern science can serve to give us deeper meaning in the modern, secular world. We will examine some of the stories of “Modern Mind” and how they intersect with our personal stories, explore how this framework can help us discover our individual roles in the great work of our time, and explore why the crises of our times might be the best thing to have happened to humanity. Come learn how we can make sense of what we have wrought upon on the planet and on each other, and how we can help ourselves create an authentic, sacred path through these trying times.
David CHRISTOPHER, PhD— left behind corporate and airline careers to pursue his passion for exploring our place in the Universe, and to help bring forth a new story for our turbulent times. For the past fifteen years he has immersed himself in the works of scientists and thinkers such as Brian Swimme, Elisabet Sahtouris, Thomas Berry, James Lovelock, and many others. Author of The Holy Universe. For more information, please visit http://theholyuniverse.com
Rivers of Light/Channels of Grace
What we give our deepest attention to ultimately forms who we are, as individuals and as a species. This intensive explores accessing the inner landscape through stillness, sound, original music composition, and poetry. Participants will explore and reflect on their own unique ways of nurturing creative thought.
Carol FLINDERS, PhD— specializes in medieval studies and is author of Enduring Grace, Enduring Live and At the Root of This Longing.
Tim FLINDERS, MA—is the author of Thomas Berry's Sacred Surround: An Introduction to His Thought and Spirituality. An educator and writer, he lectures on contemplative spirituality. He and his wife, Carol are founders of the Two Rock Institute in Tomales, California.