March Reflections and Resources by Joanna Quintrell

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Greetings from the Journey Center!

For the past few weeks I have been sitting with and meditating on these simple and powerful words, written over 3000 years ago:

“When I awake, I am still with You.” (Psalm 139:18)

These words have helped to deepen my awareness of the presence of the Holy and my gratitude for the wonderful reality that I am never alone. I am blessed by this image as I fall asleep- the One who knows me and loves me is here with me…even though I am asleep and unaware.

This phrase also captures for me the essence of the spiritual life. So often I am “asleep and unaware” as I go through my days. My mind is elsewhere and there is so much that distracts me. The Spirit’s gentle invitation is this: “Wake up…remember…notice…live in the present moment. This is where you encounter the Holy and experience again the love, grace and healing that is here for you.”

I look out my window this morning and see that, at least here in Northern California, the world is waking up as well! There are starting to be blossoms on the fruit trees, spring flowers pushing up through the earth and slightly warmer temperatures during the day. All around us is that invitation to awaken, to remember.

This month we are pleased to once again offer you many resources for your spiritual journey and we hope that you will find something on the list below that could become for you a pathway to a place for awakening and remembering. Thank you for registering ahead of time on our website or by calling us at 707-578-2121…and know that we are grateful for the privilege of being a blessing to you.

 

CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE SERIES

  • Meeting the Mystics: Thomas Merton: The Seeds of the True and False Self. Friday, March 15, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Thomas Merton has been called ‘the first post-modern Christian mystic’. In this workshop we will examine his central understanding of the spiritual journey as an exploration of what he called the true and the false self. Facilitator: Susan Shay Suggested donation: $20 View the Meeting the Mystics: Thomas Merton poster

 

  • NEW!! Healing and Transformation: The Psychology of the Contemplative Journey Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Please make a note of this time, which is accurate (it’s not correct in the newsletter). The Christian contemplative path has a rich and sophisticated understanding of psychological healing and spiritual transformation. In this workshop we’ll examine the tradition, and integrate the findings of contemporary psychology to deepen our appreciation of the Christ-centered wisdom way. Facilitator: Ruah Bull Ph.D.Cost: $30 http://www.journeycenter.org/posters/Healing&TransformationPosterSpring2013.pdf?201303062242

 

SHARING THE SACRED

  • The Seder Experience Workshop and Dinner…Tuesday, March 19; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 24; 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Learn about and then participate in the Passover Meal, known as the Seder. This 2-session workshop consists of one evening (Thursday, March 19; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) viewing and discussing an educational video from a Messianic Jewish perspective that describes the history and details of the Seder. We will gather again on Sunday, March 24, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. to participate together in a traditional Jewish Seder meal. The Jewish and Christian traditions will be integrated and honored in both Seder events. Facilitator: Sylvan Eidelman. Cost: $20 per person. http://www.journeycenter.org/posters/SederPosterSpring2013.pdf?201303062248

  • NEW!! Aramaic Jesus – An Introduction to the Teachings of Jesus in His Native Language- Friday, March 22, 7:00–9:00 p.m. This workshop offers an opportunity to explore the sound and substance of some of the teachings of Jesus in Aramaic. We will experience simple, traditional practices of chant, prayer, and contemplation common to Jesus, his disciples, and the people of ancient Palestine. Using our own voice to speak and chant the words of Jesus can bring each of us into a direct and immediate experience of his healing message. Facilitator: Devi Mathieu is a singer, writer, and teacher. Suggested donation: $20 http://www.journeycenter.org/posters/AramaicJesusPosterSpring2013.pdf?201303062251

 

ARTS AND CREATIVITY

  • There are just 10 tickets left for Andy Cater’s CD Release Concert on Saturday, March 16 (7:30 p.m.)! Join us for a wonderful evening with this local musician and songwriter, who will be sharing his original piano compositions and the stories behind them…accompanied by Gary Krohn on the violin. This beautiful candlelit contemplative concert is a fundraiser to help us celebrate the Journey Center’s fifth birthday. Call us for tickets at 707-578-2121. For details, see the event poster: View the Andy Cater concert poster

 

  • Creativity Released Workshop Saturday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. – noon This class is for people who feel they have an artistic talent and have buried it rather than developed it and for people who simply want to have a more meaningful artistic life. We will engage in a number of activities to call out the artist and creativity in each participant. Facilitator: Kathy Cia White Cost: $25 + a $5 materials fee View the http://www.journeycenter.org/posters/Creativityreleasedspring2013.pdf?201303062251

 

  • The Journey Center is Going to the Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival! Pre-trip play readings continue this quarter…and it is not too late to join us! March 23, 5:30–9:00 p.m.- we will read “The Taming of the Shrew- Part One”. Live theatre, for many of us, is a pathway to encountering ourselves, the heart of what it means to be a human being, sacred moments and deepened compassion. Join your hosts, John & Joanna Quintrell and Dan & Lisa Beach for a wonderful group trip to Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival in June 2013. Tickets are being ordered now and the group meets monthly for fun and informative play readings and a pre-trip party. Cost: The cost for participation is $100 per person. For those who wish to participate in the play readings but not the trip may do so for a cost of $10 per evening. http://www.journeycenter.org/posters/ShakespearePosterSpring2013.pdf?201303062256 

COUNSELING, HEALING AND RECOVERY

  • The Attorney is In”: Monday, March 25. A resource to help with your discernment if you have a legal question or find yourself in a legal situation. Appointments are available in half-hour increments : 5:00, 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. Meet with our favorite attorney, Roy Johnston, at the Journey Center for a no-cost 30-minute consultation. Roy is a specialist in estate planning, probate, trust administration, mortgages, real estate and business, and is conversant in other areas of law, such as family law and bankruptcy, and can give referrals to attorneys who specialize in these other areas of law. Roy loves the Journey Center and so is not charging for these consultations…he only asks that you consider making a donation of any amount to support the Center’s mission. For an appointment, contact the Journey Center at 707-578-2121. View the “The Attorney is In” Poster

 

Blessings to you on your journey!

Joanna Quintrell

 

The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-578-2121
www.journeycenter.org

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Reflections and Resources for January by Joanna Quintrell

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Greetings from the Journey Center staff!

I’m writing this just after Christmas and, I don’t know about you, but this is the week when my heart and mind become engaged in both reflecting on the year that is just finishing and turning toward the new year that will soon be here. I find myself remembering blessings and joys, sorrows and challenges, wisdom gained and love shared in these past twelve months. There is always much gratitude as well as some regret, and this is all part of being a human being…

Looking ahead to a new year is an experience of wondering and hopefulness for me. I become very aware that each breath is a gift from God and I know that I am being invited once again to trust that the One who has been with me every moment of my life will continue to be with me in every moment of 2013. I love these ancient words of encouragement from Psalm 139:

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

What a comforting reminder that wherever our paths lead in the year ahead, we will never be alone…

January is a special month at the Journey Center and we invite you to consider joining us for one of these beginning-of-the-year experiences. It is our desire to support you in your own process of reflecting and listening even more deeply to the voice of the Spirit as the new year unfolds before you. The January retreats, groups, workshops and opportunities for service are listed here according to Series/Topic so you can easily find what would be of interest to you. Thank you for registering so we know to expect you… online at www.journeycenter.org or by calling us at 707-578-2121.

CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE SERIES

·There are still a few spots left for this wonderful annual retreat weekend, which so many people look forward to as a way of beginning the year in quietness and contemplation …A Winter Contemplative Retreat Weekend at St. Columba’s Retreat House, Inverness (Point Reyes area); Friday, January 11th (afternoon) – Sunday, January 13th (noon). The world in winter is a place of hushed sounds and muted colors. Gone are the riotous color and dancing leaves of the fall. Trees are bare, bulbs are planted but waiting underground for spring. There is a sense of silence, of a great quieting down and with it an invitation to quiet ourselves and listen more carefully to our hearts and to the Holy. Please join us as the new year begins for this contemplative retreat, which will incorporate times of silence and solitude with guided group sessions. Spiritual direction sessions will be available. Retreat facilitators are spiritual directors Helen Cepero, Cecilia Tonna, Jamie Knutsen, Ruah Bull and Julie Miller. Cost: $180 (payment plans available); View the Winter Contemplative Retreat poster

·FREE EVENING GATHERING…An Evening of ‘Natural Reflection’: Sundays, January 13 & 27; 6:30 – 8pm. Have you ever wanted to come to The Journey Center to enjoy the space but you are not available during the weekdays? Come join Julie Miller (Spiritual Director & naturalist) who will be offering a contemplative reading of a piece of literature focused on the ways we encounter The Holy in nature. Julie will introduce the author and read, and we will then have time for discussion and reflecting our own responses to the passage. View the Evening of Natural Reflection poster

·We are pleased to offer this special day retreat/workshop with spiritual director, Helen Cepero, who comes to us from Alaska! Living with Hope in 2013: Saturday, January 19; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. When we live in hope our imagination grows and life flourishes. Using story, reflection and practices, this workshop/retreat will help us identify ways to see our present through the lens of hope. It will invite us all to embrace the future (and a new year) with openness, fun and flexibility. Cost: $25 – bring your own lunch or plan to purchase lunch nearby. Location : The Journey Center.View the Living with Hope Retreat poster
·NEW- We welcome guest teacher Catherine Regan! Awakening the Dreamer: Contemplative Prayer and the Great Turning…Sat., Jan 26th, 9:30am-4pm “See I am doing something new! It springs forth even now. Do you not perceive it?”(Is.43:19). The Holy Spirit is working something new on the earth and in us. God is showing us that we are a part of an interconnected and ever-unfolding Reality bigger than we can see. Our morning session will lay a foundation of understanding about the state of our Earth Community at this time by presenting excerpts from Awakening the Dreamer –a symposium that boldly envisions bringing forth a spiritually fulfilling, environmentally sustainable and socially just human presence on Earth. With open mind and heart we will ask: Where are we? How did we get here? What is possible now? Where do we go from here? The afternoon will be an exploration of the relationship between contemplative prayer and the ‘something new’ wanting to be born. Our communal reflection will be guided by Joanna Macy’s framework for the Great Turning from an industrial growth society to a life-sustaining society. We will begin and end the day with Silence where true communion resides. Facilitator: Catherine Regan Ph.D. is a spiritual director, clinical psychologist and adjunct faculty member at Mercy Center, Burlingame. She has a special interest in the relationship between contemplative spiritual practice and the call to live in harmony with life on Earth. Cost: $25- bring your own lunch.  View the Awakening the Dreamer
·FREE WORKSHOP, offered in Oakmont this quarter! A Holy Longing: Following the Contemplative Path of Desire; Wed. January 30, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Are you longing for something ‘more’ in your life and spirituality, but are unsure of what that is? Is what you most desire changing? Has your relationship to Spirit been shifting in ways that are uncomfortable, even confusing? Are the life experiences and spiritual practices that once nourished you no longer satisfying? Come and explore in a safe place the stirrings that may be calling you into exploring newly emerging God-given desires for body/mind/spirit/community/contemplation. People on all spiritual paths are welcome as we listen together for the movements of Mystery and how they may be calling you into the next phase of your journey. View the A Holy Longing poster. Facilitators: spiritual directors Ruah Bull, Laurie Goldstein and Dick Meyer. and the Spiritual Direction Staff. Location: Oakmont’s Central Activity Center, Room B

COMPASSION, MERCY AND JUSTICE SERIES

·NEW SERVICE OPPORTUNITY- 4 PARTICIPANTS NEEDED TO JOIN KALIA MUSSETTER FOR THIS PROJECT TO HAPPEN… KID STREET SCHOOL 2nd GRADER’S QUILT PROJECT: Five consecutive Wednesday afternoons, January 16-February 13; 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please join us as we help the children of the combined 2nd/3rd Grade class at the Kid Street School to create a beautiful quilt for their classroom’s comfort corner…even if you have never sewn a single stitch in your life. I will teach participants to come alongside our very vulnerable children in ways that work the best for them, and also how to help me to teach the kids to design and sew their new classroom quilt. The Kid Street School is a local non-profit public charter school that serves the highest risk grade school-aged children in Sonoma County. Many of our kids come to us each day from local shelters and group homes, and many have families who are working hard to secure more health and safety in areas of addiction, abuse, mental health issues and other profound family challenges. Kid Street is specially attuned to the needs of children living with exceptional stress, and it is always a joy and privilege to bring rich, creative experiences to our kids. The secret of Kid Street is that kind adults come in to help, and end up being healed and transformed ourselves. Facilitator: Kalia Mussetter, a local textile artist, is also the founder and director of Living Bridges, a local non-profit consultancy that “brings people together for transformative community service.” Cost: $50. All fabrics, threads and batting supplied. Location: The January 16 session will be held at the Journey Center and the remaining sessions at the combined 2 nd/3rd Grade Classroom at the Kid Street School. View the KID STREET QUILT PROJECT poster

ARTS, CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY SERIES

·Don’t miss this wonderful Creativity Released Workshop: Sunday, January 6; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. This class is for people who feel they have an artistic talent and have buried it rather than developed it and for people who simply want to have a more meaningful artistic life. We will engage in a number of activities to call out the artist and creativity in each participant. You may feel that something has been missing in your life. You want to either discover or more fully use your talents because you know that if you don’t, you will be leaving something important undone. Facilitator: Kathy Cia White, a local artist who is passionate about helping others release their creative gifts. Cost: $15 + a $5 materials fee. View the Creativity Released Workshop poster

·New Year’s Mandala Retreat Day: Drawing in a New Vision for 2013… Rebirth, Reflection and Renewal with Caterina Martinico : Saturday, January 12; 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The New Year is a natural time to reflect on our lives, the state of the planet, what the world needs and what we are here to give. Start the cycle of this new year with a deeply healing art process in this day-long Mandala drawing workshop. Using the meditative Mandala process created by Judith Cornell, we will draw a mandala that will remind us of our intentions for our world and ourselves for the coming year.. Give yourself the gift of this wonderful experience in the art of mandala making to help you open to the moment, create personal sanctuary and set intentions for the year to come. No art experience necessary! View the New Year’s Mandala Retreat Day poster . Facilitator: Caterina Martinico is an artist and art therapist who began studying with Judith Cornell in 1993 and has been facilitating Illuminated Mandala workshops for over 20 years. Cost: $75 with a $10 materials fee.

·A NEW YEAR Prayer Collage/Vision Board Class with Maria Crane: Monday, January 14; 7:00-9:30 p.m. Come create a visual picture of your hopes and dreams for the new year using magazines, words, and other art mediums. Let it serve as a visual reminder of your Creator’s goodness and the wonderful plans in store for you. Discuss and pray in your intentions at the end of the class with a blessing circle. Facilitator: This popular class will be facilitated by Maria Crane, a local artist in Sonoma County. Cost: $15 donation. View the Prayer Collage/Vision Board Class poster

·DON’T MISS OUR NEXT JOURNEY CENTER ART GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION… FOR ARTIST RENEE ORTIZ! “CALLED”: Sunday, January 20; 5:00-7:00 p.m. Meet the artist; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission. The show runs through February. View the Renee Ortiz Opening Reception poster

COUNSELING, HEALING AND RECOVERY SERIES

·”The Attorney is In”: A resource to help with your discernment if you have a legal question or find yourself in a legal situation. Appointments are available on Jan 28, in half-hour increments (5:00-6:30 p.m.) Meet with our favorite attorney, Roy Johnston, at the Journey Center for a no-cost 30-minute consultation. Roy is a specialist in estate planning, probate, trust administration, mortgages, real estate and business, and is conversant in other areas of law, such as family law and bankruptcy, and can give referrals to attorneys who specialize in these other areas of law. Roy loves the Journey Center and so is not charging for these consultations…he only asks that you consider making a donation of any amount to support the Center’s mission. For an appointment, contact the Journey Center at 707-578-2121. View the “The Attorney is In” Poster

We are so grateful for the wonderful folks who have come to share their gifts and passion with us as the new year begins, and we hope that you’ll be able to join us soon for one of these very special offerings!

Blessings to you on your journey…

Joanna Quintrell and the Journey Center staff
The Journey Center 1601 Fourth Street,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-578-2121
www.journeycenter.org

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December Reflections and Resources by Joanna Quintrell

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Greetings from the Journey Center staff!

The Advent season begins this Sunday and we invite you to join us in a movement away from “busyness and hubbub” and toward a simpler and more peaceful experience of the month ahead. The important thing is not that we are really good at this already, but that we are longing for this.

Notice your own desire when you stop, breathe and think about the upcoming weeks and what they mean to you. Perhaps you want to:

 

·Experience the season with childlike wonder

·Let go of stress and embrace simplicity

·Focus on relationships rather than tasks

·Walk slowly rather than speed madly

·Experience the presence of the One who knows you, loves you and is with you

We believe that one simple key in the movement toward a different kind of December is to choose to be in the present moment. That’s where God is…and that’s where peace is. In any given moment, rather than dwelling on what’s past or focusing on what’s coming in the future, try taking some slow, deep breaths and noticing what is around you. Use all your senses to take it in, and don’t forget to check in with your heart. Even five minutes in the present moment, as you can, will offer you the discovery of the contemplative gifts you will find there… peace, joy, love and hope.

At the Journey Center, we slow our pace and offer a few simple gatherings. Please consider joining us for:

·Advent Reflections: A Candlelight Contemplative Gathering: Sundays, December 9, 16 & 23; 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. During this busy season, we gather each Sunday to create space for the Holy and receiving the gifts of joy, peace and hope. All are welcome, from all spiritual paths, for this time of beautiful seasonal music, contemplative readings and prayerful meditation. In the Christian tradition, the season of Advent is the month preceding Christmas and is meant to be a time of reflecting on the meaning of the coming of the Christ-child. Facilitators: Joanna Quintrell and other Journey Center spiritual directors; gifted musicians and vocalists from our community. Cost: Free View the Advent Reflections poster

·Blue Christmas Contemplative Gathering: Friday, December 7, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. This contemplative gathering allows for a quiet time of reflection in word, song and prayer –focusing on God’s presence and comfort for those who grieve the many losses experienced over the past year. For many people, the holiday season does not bring the joy that is advertised. They may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one, the anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health or the pain of isolation. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child or have suffered through an emotional trauma. Or perhaps they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations. Our Blue Christmas Contemplative Gathering offers an opportunity to experience a quiet time of hope and celebration in the midst of suffering or stress. Come and experience the healing presence of God’s love during a season that may be very “blue” for you. Facilitator: Dan Beach, spiritual director; Cost: Free     View the “Blue Christmas Contemplative Gathering” poster
·Chanukah & the Festival of Lights: Saturday, December 8 (6:30p – 8p) Gather to learn about the Jewish celebration of Chanukah, its’ origins and how it is observed. We will light the Menorah, enjoy some light refreshments and discuss the Christmas tradition of stringing lights. We will carpool to a local Santa Rosa neighborhood known for its’ outdoor light display and take an easy stroll. Facilitators: Sylvan Eidelman and Julie Miller. Cost: $5     View the “Chanukah & the Festival of Lights” Poster

Please note that the Journey Center will be closed for two weeks during the holidays: December 17-January 1.  Some of you enjoy purchasing Journey Center gift certificates for friends and loved ones, giving them the gift of resources for their spiritual journey, and we wanted you to know that these will be available between now and December 14 at the Center. (And, in case this might interest you, I just got an email today from John Hanses, whose beautiful large-format photography is currently featured in our gallery, letting us know that he is offering 40% off all his work during December).

May you experience peace and grace in all the “present moments” that lie ahead in the month of December!

Blessings,

Joanna Quintrell and the Journey Center staff
The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-578-2121
www.journeycenter.org

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Reflections and Resources For the Rest of November by Joanna Quintrell

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Greetings from the Journey Center Staff!

What are you thankful for? This is a question that most of us will hear and reflect on in this month of the year, so I thought I’d share this short Thanksgiving Psalm with you, as well as the details of what’s coming up at the Journey Center in the remainder of the month. We are so very grateful for you and continue to do our best to bring you resources that support and bless you on your journey.

Shout for joy to the Holy One, all the earth. Give thanks with gladness and enter into that loving Presence with joyful songs. Know that you belong to your Creator; you are lovingly tended like sheep in the rich, green pasture.

Yes, your Shepherd is good and loves you faithfully, forever. (From Psalm 100)

COMING UP THIS WEEKEND:

·Celebrating the Miracles: Creating a Gratitude Abundance Mandala: Saturday, November 17; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. In this workshop we will be honoring and giving thanks for the earthly gifts of abundance manifesting all around us at this time of the year. We will engage in a powerful and centering process of giving thanks in a prayerful and creative manner. We will do this by creating luminous Gratitude Mandalas based on a drawing process developed by the late Judith Cornell. Traditionally, mandalas have been used as a meditation tool for focusing attention, establishing a sacred space and gaining balance within from the energetic images and symbols. Paying attention to the blessings present in our lives, by using words, images and color, we will welcome this Season of Thanksgiving in through creating a visual healing Mandala of gratitude. No previous art experience necessary. Facilitator: Caterina Martinico is an artist and art therapist who began studying with Judith Cornell in 1993 and has been facilitating Illuminated Mandala workshops, for over 20 years. For more information on her work and mandalas see: www.creativeartstudio.com. Cost: $65 + $10 material fee. Please bring a bag lunch. View the Creating a Gratitude Abundance Mandala Fall poster 

·An Evening of ‘Natural Reflection’ (Sunday, November 18; 6:30-8:00 p.m.) Have you ever wanted to come to the Journey Center to enjoy the space but you are not available during the weekdays? Come join Julie Miller (Spiritual Director & naturalist) who will be offering a contemplative reading of a piece of literature focused on the ways we encounter The Holy in nature. Julie will introduce the author and read, and we will then have time for discussion and reflecting our own responses to the passage. Free. View the Evening of Natural Reflection poster

SPECIAL CONTEMPLATIVE ADVENT WORKSHOP

·Encountering the Holy during Advent: An Invitation to the Contemplative Gifts of the Season: Sunday, November 25; 7:00-8:30 p.m. The upcoming season of Advent is an invitation to create space in the busy weeks ahead for encountering the Holy and receiving the gifts of joy, peace and hope. This workshop is an introduction to the Advent season and to new ways of approaching it that will enrich your spiritual journey. Free. Facilitator: Joanna Quintrell. View the Encountering the Holy during Advent poster

THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE SERIES

·Weekly Groups for Contemplative Prayer and Meditation- meeting at various times throughout the week. All are free of charge. View the Contemplative Gatherings Fall poster
·Group Spiritual Direction: a Model for Redemptive Community- this monthly group is forming and dates will be decided by the participants. Spirituality is a quest for the God who is longing for us, rooted in an ever-deepening desire for the unknown and unknowable-what we refer to as the Divine. In group spiritual direction, 4-6 people gather together monthly to become more aware of that Mystery and share that awareness in a meditative process of reflective listening and sharing. In group spiritual direction we are collectively present for one another. Facilitators: Dick Meyer and Linda Albert, Spiritual Directors. Contact Dick if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity (707-540-3023)

Thank you for signing up for the events you plan to attend, either online at www.journeycenter.org or by calling us at 707-578-2121. Please note that we will be closing at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

With gratitude,

Joanna Quintrell and the Journey Center staff

The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-578-2121
www.journeycenter.org

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Reflections and Resources for November by Joanna Quintrell

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Greetings from the Journey Center Staff!

The rains have returned to Sonoma County and the thirsty earth has had a nice, long drink of life-giving water. It won’t be long before the hills start turning green, which is one of my favorite things to look for this time of year! I look and I stare and I hope, and then one day I see it…spots and streaks of green amongst the gold and brown. The new grasses emerging from the soil bless us with that vibrant green and soon all the hillsides are transformed.

Our spirits get thirsty, too, don’t they? A deep drink of Living Water, offered to us freely from the One who knows us and loves us, can make all the difference to our inner life. A dried up desert landscape can be transformed into a well-watered, beautiful and fruitful garden as we learn to open ourselves to that gift of Living Water.

At the Journey Center, we offer a whole variety of resources and pathways to experience the presence and love of the Holy. Some of these invite us into quietness and meditation, and some involve community and celebration. Here is a list of what’s coming up this month (by type of resource), along with our heartfelt invitation to join us and be blessed! Please do register ahead of time for workshops, groups and classes by calling us at 707-578-2121 or signing up online at www.journeycenter.org

THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE SERIES

·Meeting the Mystics: The Divine Light and ‘Divine Energies’ of God (Friday, November 9; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) Come join us in exploring the mystical experience of ‘the Divine Light’, listening to how this revelation spoke to many nations through the ages. We will particularly focus on the teachings of Orthodox monk and Archbishop, Gregory Palamas, and his writings on ‘the uncreated light’ and the ‘divine energies’ of God which expressed the truth that the Living God is accessible to human experience. Participants will learn about the times and places throughout history in which this idea has surfaced in religion, philosophy and science. Facilitator: Will Goldstein has been a musician and songwriter for thirty years. He has long had an active interest in theology and the topic of The Divine Light. Will was an initiate of Sant Kirpal Singh, a spiritual teacher of Surat Shabd Yoga (the Path of Light and Sound) from India before converting to Christianity in 1975. Cost: $10 View the Mystics: The Divine Light poster

·An Evening of ‘Natural Reflection’ (Sundays, November 11 & 18; 6:30-8:00 p.m.) Have you ever wanted to come to the Journey Center to enjoy the space but you are not available during the weekdays? Come join Julie Miller (Spiritual Director & naturalist) who will be offering a contemplative reading of a piece of literature focused on the ways we encounter The Holy in nature. Julie will introduce the author and read, and we will then have time for discussion and reflecting our own responses to the passage. Free. View the Evening of Natural Reflection poster

·Weekly Groups for Contemplative Prayer and Meditation- meeting at various times throughout the week. All are free of charge. View the Contemplative Gatherings Fall poster

·Group Spiritual Direction: a Model for Redemptive Community- this monthly group is forming and dates will be decided by the participants. Spirituality is a quest for the God who is longing for us, rooted in an ever-deepening desire for the unknown and unknowable-what we refer to as the Divine. In group spiritual direction, 4-6 people gather together monthly to become more aware of that Mystery and share that awareness in a meditative process of reflective listening and sharing. In group spiritual direction we are collectively present for one another. Facilitators: Dick Meyer and Linda Albert, Spiritual Directors. Contact Dick if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity (707-540-3023)

THE ARTS, CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY SERIES

·Celebrating the Miracles: Creating a Gratitude Abundance Mandala: Saturday, November 17; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. In this workshop we will be honoring and giving thanks for the earthly gifts of abundance manifesting all around us at this time of the year. We will engage in a powerful and centering process of giving thanks in a prayerful and creative manner. We will do this by creating luminous Gratitude Mandalas based on a drawing process developed by the late Judith Cornell. Traditionally, mandalas have been used as a meditation tool for focusing attention, establishing a sacred space and gaining balance within from the energetic images and symbols. Paying attention to the blessings present in our lives, by using words, images and color, we will welcome this Season of Thanksgiving in through creating a visual healing Mandala of gratitude. No previous art experience necessary. Facilitator: Caterina Martinico is an artist and art therapist who began studying with Judith Cornell in 1993 and has been facilitating Illuminated Mandala workshops, for over 20 years. For more information on her work and mandalas see: www.creativeartstudio.com. Cost: $65 + $10 material fee. Please bring a bag lunch. View the Creating a Gratitude Abundance Mandala Fall poster 

THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES

·An Introduction to the Contemplative Enneagram: Monday, November 5; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. This group is for those who know their Enneagram scores for all nine styles and who want to reflect on and explore their unique Enneagram profile. We believe that the Enneagram is a tool that can be used by the Spirit to bring about personal and relationship transformation when we take the time to notice, listen and respond. If you have taken Wagner’s WEPSS inventory or the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator, you are invited to participate in this transformative group experience. We will explore how combining contemplative practices with our knowledge of the Enneagram can open doors to transformation. Each time we gather, there will be a teaching on some aspect of the Enneagram and then a series of guided, reflective experiences which provide a setting and structure in which we can go deeper with our individual work. Bring a journal and pen. Facilitators: Joanna Quintrell, spiritual director and other Enneagram teachers/facilitators . Cost: $15 per person, $25 per couple (two people who attend together). View the Introduction to the Contemplative Enneagram poster

·Quarterly Enneagram Guest Teacher Workshop: Exploring the Enneagram’s 27 Subtypes ( Saturday, November 10; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Bring your lunch or plan to go out for lunch). According to seminal Enneagram author and teacher Claudio Naranjo’s latest description of the Enneagram’s instinct-based subtypes, it’s not only important to understand the nine Enneagram types, knowing the 27 subtypes is also crucial in using the Enneagram for personal growth. Each of the 27 subtypes represents a distinct character type, as each expresses one of the nine passions through a driving need fueled by one of three fundamental instincts, for self-preservation, for social relationship, or for one-to-one bonding. In this day-long workshop we will learn about what the subtypes are, how they manifest in behavior, and how to recognize the 27 distinct personalities. Facilitator: Beatrice Chestnut is an experienced teacher and group facilitator. She has taught at Northwestern University and trained students in interpersonal learning groups at Stanford University and the University of San Francisco’s Law School. She studied the Enneagram with Helen Palmer and David Daniels and has been an active member of the international Enneagram community for ten years, serving as President of the IEA from 2006-2007. Together with David Burke and Jerry Wagner she was founding co-editor of the IEA’s Enneagram Journal in 2008. She has been working with the Enneagram for over 22 years. Cost: $40 per person (only a few spaces remain!) View the Quarterly Enneagram Guest Teacher Workshop poster

THE COUNSELING, HEALING AND RECOVERY SERIES

·Come Away… To A Quiet Time: Friday, November 16; 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Do you long to: just stop …get quiet …calm yourself … breathe in God’s love and comfort and strength and peace? This is a drop- in group where there is a mixture of meditative quiet sitting… sometimes with music, with words, with the imagination, with poetry or scripture. There are three movements each night, with 5 minutes of silence in between. Please join us and experience the value of quiet to your mind, body and spirit. Led by: Alexandra Montoya, spiritual director and counselor.   View the A Quiet Time Fall Poster .

·”The Attorney is In”: A resource to help with your discernment if you have a legal question or find yourself in a legal situation. Appointments are available on Nov 19; 5:00-6:30 p.m. Meet with our favorite attorney, Roy Johnston, at the Journey Center for a no-cost 30-minute consultation. Roy is a specialist in estate planning, probate, trust administration, mortgages, real estate and business, and is conversant in other areas of law, such as family law and bankruptcy, and can give referrals to attorneys who specialize in these other areas of law. Roy loves the Journey Center and so is not charging for these consultations…he only asks that you consider making a donation of any amount to support the Center’s mission. For an appointment, contact the Journey Center at 707-578-2121. View the Attorney Is In Fall Poster

SPECIAL CONTEMPLATIVE ADVENT WORKSHOP

·Encountering the Holy during Advent: An Invitation to the Contemplative Gifts of the Season: Sunday, November 25; 7:00-8:30 p.m. The upcoming season of Advent is an invitation to create space in the busy weeks ahead for encountering the Holy and receiving the gifts of joy, peace and hope. This workshop is an introduction to the Advent season and to new ways of approaching it that will enrich your spiritual journey. Free. Facilitator: Joanna Quintrell. View the Encountering the Holy during Advent poster

May you be blessed on your journey, and drink deeply of the Living Water!

Joanna Quintrell

The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-578-2121
www.journeycenter.org

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Reflections and Resources for the Month of October by Joanna Quintrell

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Greetings from the Journey Center staff!

Today I noticed the vivid fall colors in the changing leaves and was struck by the wonder of these trees as they are undergoing yet another transition. The bright fall sunshine lit them up and there they stood, glowing with beauty! Soon the leaves will be on the ground and the winter rains will bring a more barren scene, and then will come spring and new life will bud forth.

Transitions…we are all in them most of the time. Just when things seem stable and predictable, something changes. The new circumstance might bring us joy and gratitude or usher in a time of struggle. Sometimes we look inside and realize that THIS is where the changes are unfolding…we are moving into a different season and the things that sustained us before are giving way to a longing that takes us on another journey.

In the transitions of your life, do you have a place where you can find the space and the peace to do the reflecting, thinking, feeling and processing that is needed? Are there companions for your journey who support and encourage you? Are you being invited to open your eyes and notice where the Spirit is present and moving and bringing transformation?

At the Journey Center, our hope is that we can offer some of these things to everyone, especially when transitions are in the air!

Below are listed the special events, gatherings, workshops, groups, retreats and opportunities for community that are coming up in the next month. If you would like to join us, please register on our website at www.journeycenter.org or by calling us at 707-578-2121. We would love to be a blessing to you! (And please also note that on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct. 4 our hours at the Journey Center will be shortened to 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m., just for those 2 days).

THIS WEEKEND:

·Meeting the Mystics: Thomas Berry and the Mystery of the Cosmos- Friday, September 28 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) Thomas Berry, prophet and priest, was one of the most influential nature mystics and writers of the 20th century. In this program, we will watch together and discuss the video THOMAS BERRY: THE GREAT STORY, which beautifully illustrates the life and work of one of the new breed of eco-theologians. Facilitator: Paul Burks is a United Methodist Minister (retired) and former editor of Earthlight: the magazine of Spirituality and Ecology, and Sequoia; newsmagazine of Religion and Society. He currently coordinates Environmental and Earth Ministries in San Raphael, and focuses his ministry on environmental education in Deep Ecology and Creation-centered spirituality. Cost: $10 View the Meeting the Mystics: Thomas Berry poster

·Thresholds: a Day of Retreat- Saturday, September 29 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). One of the great mysteries of the Christian tradition is the teaching that all things, the good and the bad, are integral in spiritual transformation. As we journey along our path, we come to forks in the road that call us to pause and discern to commit to a particular direction. These Thresholds that we will be exploring in prayer and reflection mark endings and present new beginnings. (This retreat is co-sponsored by The Journey Center and Mimesis of Oakmont Community Church). Facilitators: Spiritual Directors Dick Meyer, Laurie Goldstein, Dan Beach and Ruah Bull. Cost: $76.00. Please register TODAY if you want one of the remaining spots and to receive retreat information. Location: the beautiful Westerbeke Conference Center, 2300 Grove Street, Sonoma, CA. View the Threshholds Retreat Poster

·Quilting As a Spiritual Practice: Two Saturdays- September 29 and October 6 (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Calling all creative people, which means…. calling everybody with love! One of the best-kept secrets of life is that we are all artists; it’s just that sometimes, we are the last to know. Please join quilt artist Kalia Mussetter and others as we create a quilt together as a gift for a homeless teen in our community who very much needs to be encouraged by beauty each day, even if you have never sewn a single stitch in your life. Cost: $25- all fabrics and batting provided. Bring your sewing machine, if you have one! View the Quilting as a Spiritual Practice poster

Events for the Rest of the Month of October, listed by Series (so you can easily find what you are interested in):

THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE SERIES

·New!! How to Haiku: Contemplating the Divine in Creation: Mondays, October 15 & 22, 2012; (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.):  Poetry, like music, can lift the soul, heal the mind, and open the heart to contemplation. Since Haiku came to the west from Japan many people have found that this short form of poetry cultivates a sense of beauty and wonder. This course will introduce the basis of Haiku and give us the chance to practice composing. This class is open to all whether you have experience in writing or not. Facilitator: Jim Wilson has been writing Haiku for decades. His work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies. Jim studied Buddhism in Korea and Japan, was a former monastic and Abbot of a Buddhist Temple, and served as a Buddhist prison chaplain. He turned to Christianity about ten years ago and is currently a member of a local Friends (Quaker) meeting. Jim has poetry blog which can be found at www.shapingwords.blogspot.com. Cost: $20 for the series. View the How to Haiku poster

·Come Away… To A Quiet Time- Friday, October 19, (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.): An evening experience of quiet, meditative time. This is a drop- in group where there is a mixture of meditative quiet sitting… sometimes with music, with words, with the imagination, with poetry or scripture. Please come experience the value of quiet to your mind, body and spirit. View the A Quiet Time Fall Poster

·New!! Centering Prayer and the Christian Tradition of Healing- Saturday, October 27, 2012; (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.-Bring your bag lunch) During our time together we will be exploring the practice of Centering Prayer and its demonstrated effects on healing. The workshop will also be looking at the broader practice of healing within the Christian tradition and its contemplative dimension. All are welcome, whether or not you have previously practiced centering prayer.  Facilitator: Jane Ferguson Flout has been practicing centering prayer since 2001 and is certified as a presenter of Centering Prayer by Contemplative Outreach. She has written about the health aspects of centering prayer in her doctoral dissertation, in the journal Pastoral Psychology, and in the book project Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health. Cost: $20 For more information, visit the Contemplative Workshops page on our website: http://journeycenter.org/hapWorkshopsClasses.php

THE COMPASSION, MERCY AND JUSTICE SERIES

·Orientation and Training for Volunteer Service with Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors: Saturday, October 20, 2012; (9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.). With whom did Jesus spend virtually all of His time with while He was here? With those He was mentoring and also with the most vulnerable people in every community He visited. So many of us, whether we are secular folk or engaged in some form of spiritual practice, want to help in our community but may or may not be quite sure how to do so. Others of us have a lot of experience volunteering and are interested in expanding our skills and capacities for service. Facilitator: Kalia Mussetter is the founder of Living Bridges, a local non-profit consultancy that “brings people together for transformative community service.” She is an artist and writer with more than 20 years of experience in many kinds of service with vulnerable neighbors in many local populations. Cost: $20 donation.  For more details, visit our CMJ webpage at: http://journeycenter.org/hapCompassion.php

THE COUNSELING, HEALING AND RECOVERY SERIES

·Points of Life presents: The Stages of Real Life- Wednesday, October 3, 2012; (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.) Plan the Stages of your life now with a collaborative of real life experts. AN EDUTAINING PRESENTATION: Enjoy our real-life vignettes and hear from experts in their fields. Have you ever thought about… Care Considerations / Future Planning? Why would I want to get a Lifeline pendant or other medical alert system? How do I get Mom to accept more help? What in-home care options are out there? What if a loved one needs 24-hour supervision? What is the difference between assisted living and skilled nursing? How will we know it’s time for hospice? Is Long Term Care Insurance worth the cost? Should I purchase a Medicare supplement? What goes into a solid financial plan? How does a Reverse Mortgage work? What is probate and do we want to avoid it? What is final planning and why do it? Facilitators: Roy Johnston, a local attorney, and a panel of other experts Cost: $10 donation View the Points of Life Presentation poster

·”The Attorney is In”- Monday, October 15 (30-minute appointments available between 5:00-6:30 p.m.): A resource to help with your discernment if you have a legal question or find yourself in a legal situation. Meet with our favorite attorney, Roy Johnston, at the Journey Center for a no-cost 30-minute consultation. Roy is a specialist in estate planning, probate, trust administration, mortgages, real estate and business, and is conversant in other areas of law, such as family law and bankruptcy, and can give referrals to attorneys who specialize in these other areas of law. Roy loves the Journey Center and so is not charging for these consultations…he only asks that you consider making a donation of any amount to support the Center’s mission. For an appointment, contact the Journey Center at 707-578-2121.  View the Attorney Is In Fall Poster

THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES

·The Enneagram Exploration Group- Wednesdays, October 10- November 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m.(No meeting Oct. 24): Join Joanna Quintrell, spiritual director and certified Enneagram workshop presenter, and others interested in personal growth, spirituality, healing and better relationships. Explore in depth the nine types of the Enneagram (an ancient tool for transformation) and discover the unique person you were created to be. Cost: Individuals: $120 + $10 assessment inventory fee; each additional person you bring is $60 + $10 assessment inventory fee. Free to “alumni” who bring someone new with them to the group. (We are happy to arrange any payment plan for you). For more details, visit our Enneagram page on the website at http://journeycenter.org/hapEnneagramBeginner.php

THE HEALTHY LIVING SERIES

·NEW! Group Acupuncture and Meditation: a Holistic Caring Approach to Healing and Health, with Rachel Tan; Sunday, October 21 (3:00-5:00 p.m.): Do you find yourself in physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental pain with a need to seek professional help or guidance but feel you cannot afford it? Acupuncture and meditation practiced together reinforce the benefits of both. Join Rachel Tan in this comfortable, peaceful and prayerful healing environment. Come as you are, wear comfortable cloths, bring a pillow and blanket. Group Acupuncture is a practice of offering financially affordable acupuncture services in a setting where multiple patients receive treatments at the same time. Facilitator: Rachel Tan is a licensed acupuncturist and spiritual director. Cost: sliding scale ($20-$50) View the Group Acupuncture poster

THE ARTS, CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY SERIES

·Creativity Released Workshop- Sunday, October 28 (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.): This class is for people who feel they have an artistic talent and have buried it rather than developed it and for people who simply want to have a more meaningful artistic life. We will engage in a number of activities to call out the artist and creativity in each participant. You may feel that something has been missing in your life. You want to either discover or more fully use your talents because you know that if you don’t, you will be leaving something important undone. Facilitator: Kathy Cia White, a local artist who is passionate about helping others release their creative gifts. Cost: $15 + a $5 materials fee. View the Creativity Released Workshop poster

THE ENCOUNTERING THE HOLY IN CREATION SERIES

·An Evening of “Natural Reflection”- October 14 & 21 (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.). Have you wanted to come to the Journey Center to enjoy the space but you are not available during the weekdays? Come join Julie Miller (Spiritual Director & naturalist) who will be offering a contemplative reading of a piece of literature focused on the ways we encounter The Holy in nature. Julie will introduce the author and read, and we will then have time for discussion and reflecting our own responses to the passage. See the Community Groups page for more information.

HOMESTEADING/CARING FOR CREATION WORKSHOPS

·How to Extract Honey from a Hive (with beekeeper, Emery Dann)-Sunday, October 7 (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.): Honey bees do not fill jars with honey, just as cows do not fill gallon containers with milk. If you would like to see and participate in extracting honey and learning about the fascinating world of honey bees to your comfort level, please join us for this fascinating workshop.  Facilitator: Emery Dann is the owner of Skyline Honey and past President of the Sonoma County Beekeepers Association. He mentors beekeepers, manages hives, collects swarms, does beehive extractions from buildings and has a wealth of bee experience to entertain you and help you explore the hardest working, most amazing social insect in our world! Cost: $15. Location: Journey Center and Emery’s nearby hives and honey extraction room. View the How to Extract Honey from a Hive poster

Finally, we are continuing to offer excellent and FUN events that help to raise much-needed funds for the Journey Center. This past week’ concert with Catherine Altamura was fantastic, as will be these two events. Please consider attending and showing your support while having a great time!

·Chanson d’Eve (The Song of Eve)- a special evening of music/song, art and food to benefit four nonprofits, including the Journey Center. Laurie Goldstein, one of the Journey Center’s spiritual directors, says this… “Lovers of music and life, I am creating a concert called “Chanson d’Eve” ( Song of Eve) at 2 pm on Saturday Oct 13 and Sunday Oct 14. It is a fundraiser for the Journey Center with a sliding scale. For many years I have LOVED being in nature. When  I saw that the French composer Gabriel Faure had chosen 10 of 108 poems that were written about a woman awakening in nature and experiencing it, i said, ” Did he write this for me?” Roxanne Michaelian will be accompanying me on the piano. Kayleen Asbo, professor, cultural historian and mythologist will be joining me to talk about how we have imagined Eve through the ages with accompanying images from art history. In the spirit of Faure’s delicious and unique approach to Eve’s awakening in paradise we will offer paradisical foods. Join us for this sensory and spiritual experience!”  View the Chanson d’Eve concert poster

·Don’t Miss our First Annual “Journey Center Night at the Playhouse” Fundraiser: Live theatre (“Rabbit Hole”), Silent Auction, wonderful food and beverages!! Thursday, October 25, 2012, (7:00 p.m.) Join us for a great night of local theatre, food, beverages, live music and a wonderful silent auction…all to benefit the Journey Center’s mission in our community! The play that we will be seeing is “Rabbit Hole”, written by David Lindsay-Abaire. It was the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The evening will also feature a silent auction that we are calling “Be Good to Yourself and Have Fun!” and there will be many items and packages available: dinners, symphony tickets, wine/winery tours, a trip to Ashland’s Shakespeare festival, a weekend at a beautiful home in Bodega Bay, massage, acupuncture, a handyman for a day and many more items. Gourmet appetizers, desserts, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the evening go to support the Journey Center. Cost: Minimum donation of $25 per ticket. There will be a total of only 94 tickets available for this special evening! To purchase tickets, please contact the Journey Center at 707-578-2121. Location: The 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa. View the Night at the Playhouse poster

May you be blessed on your journey and through your transitions with an ever-deepening awareness of the presence and love of the One who knows you and is with you!

Joanna Quintrell and the Journey Center staff

The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-578-2121
www.journeycenter.org

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Reflections and Resources-September by Joanna Quintrell

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Greetings from the Journey Center staff!

I am sitting at my kitchen table, looking out the back door. Our large maple tree is losing its leaves and there is a continual “piling up” going on back there! This and other signs remind me that the seasons are changing once again. It seems like I just planted tiny bell pepper and winter squash seedlings, wondering if they would grow, and now they are offering their bountiful harvest and their time of fruitfulness is almost over. My time in the garden is beginning to focus now on cleaning up, removing summer plants and preparing for the changes in temperature that will soon be here. It is time to begin planting the cool-weather crops of fall and winter, to cut back on watering and to think about a whole new set of vegetables from which I’ll be creating our meals.

Are the seasons changing in your spiritual life right now? Perhaps you’ve been through a difficult time and you are now beginning to sense a shift towards peace and stability with an accompanying longing for a new experience of the Holy. Or maybe there are storm clouds gathering on the horizon and you are aware that you will need some new resources to draw from and new avenues for staying deeply connected to God. As we take the time to notice where we are on our journey, it helps to give thoughtful reflection to what is needed for support, nourishment and wisdom.

The Journey Center resources described in this email are offered to you in the hope that something here might be just the thing that the Spirit is inviting you to experience this month. We invite you to listen for that prompting as you read about the groups, workshops, retreats, gatherings and other events that are taking place soon. Thank you for contacting us to register if you are planning to attend. You can do so by calling us at 707-578-2121 or online at www.journeycenter.org . We look forward to being an oasis for you during the transitions and new seasons of your life!

COMING UP THIS WEEKEND- Free fun event and helpful resources for your life and health!!

·Don’t miss this Friday’s fascinating FREE workshop and book signing celebration with Jeffery Mitchell, author of The Gift: Ancient Secrets of Solomon’s Wisdom – Friday, September 14, 2012; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. We welcome and celebrate author Jeffery Mitchell, who will tell the wonderful story of his spiritual pilgrimage to Ethiopia and lead us in a workshop with the following themes from his new book, The Gift: our universal longing for spiritual wholeness and wisdom (the cycle of growth), the 7 Pillars of Wisdom and the 7 Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight, and the struggle/opportunity with our true and false self. Facilitator: Jeffery Mitchell Cost: There is no charge for this event; books will be available for sale and signing. Dessert and beverages will be served. View the Book Signing Poster

·”The Attorney is In”- A resource to help with your discernment if you have a legal question or find yourself in a legal situation. Sept 17 (there are 2 appointments remaining between 5:30-6:30 p.m.) Meet with our favorite attorney, Roy Johnston, at the Journey Center for a no-cost 30-minute consultation. Roy is a specialist in estate planning, probate, trust administration, mortgages, real estate and business, and is conversant in other areas of law, such as family law and bankruptcy, and can give referrals to attorneys who specialize in these other areas of law. Roy loves the Journey Center and so is not charging for these consultations…he only asks that you consider making a donation of any amount to support the Center’s mission. For an appointment, contact the Journey Center at 707-578-2121. View the Attorney Is In Fall Poster

THE NEXT AMAZING CONCERT IN OUR SERIES- those who have been attending these events have been delighted to discover what a wonderful evening this is as we enjoy a concert in this intimate venue while supporting the Journey Center:

·An Evening of International Guitar with Catherine Altamura Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Please join us for an evening of International Music performed by guitarist Catherine Altamura, who will be playing on her collection of guitars from around the world. This concert is a fundraising event for the benefit of the Journey Center. Catherine will bless us with a program of original arrangements and compositions from Spain, India, Greece, and South and North America, along with a series of Fingerstyle pieces performed on a 12-string guitar. Visit her website at www.catherinealtamura.com and hear selections from her two CDs.Tickets are $25 and must be purchased prior to the concert (by contacting the Journey Center at 707-578-2121) as there are only 40 seats in this intimate venue. Gourmet desserts and beverages will be available for purchase. View the Catherine Altamura concert poster

A VERY SPECIAL FALL RETREAT OPPORTUNITY offered by four of the Journey Center’s spiritual directors- limited spaces available:

·NEW!! Thresholds: a Day of Retreat Saturday, September 29 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) One of the great mysteries of the Christian tradition is the teaching that all things, the good and the bad, are integral in spiritual transformation. As we journey along our path, we come to forks in the road that call us to pause and discern to commit to a particular direction. These Thresholds that we will be exploring in prayer and reflection mark endings and present new beginnings. (This retreat is co-sponsored by The Journey Center and Mimesis of Oakmont Community Church.) Facilitators: Spiritual Directors Dick Meyer, Laurie Goldstein, Dan Beach and Ruah Bull. Cost: $76.00. Please register ahead of time for one of the available spots and to receive retreat information. Location: the beautiful Westerbeke Conference Center, 2300 Grove Street, Sonoma, CA. View the Threshholds Retreat Poster

And here are the other offerings for the rest of the month, listed by series- thank you for signing up so we know you’ll be joining us:

THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE SERIES

·Come Away… To A Quiet Time: An evening experience of quiet, meditative time September 21 (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.) Do you long to: just stop …get quiet …calm yourself … breathe in God’s love and comfort and strength and peace? This is a drop- in group where there is a mixture of meditative quiet sitting. Please come experience the value of quiet to your mind, body and spirit. Come as your schedule allows; enter in silence if the Quiet Time has begun.  View the A Quiet Time Fall Poster

·NEW! Group Spiritual Direction: a Model for Redemptive Community Sept. 20 (6:45 – 9:00 pm.) Spirituality is a quest for the God who is longing for us, rooted in an ever-deepening desire for the unknown and unknowable-what we refer to as the Divine. In group spiritual direction, 4-6 people gather together monthly to become more aware of that Mystery and share that awareness in a meditative process of reflective listening and sharing Facilitators: Dick Meyer and Linda Albert, Spiritual Directors Cost: Sliding scale $35-$55 per session. .  View the Group Spiritual Direction poster

·Meeting the Mystics: Thomas Berry and the Mystery of the Cosmos Friday, September 28 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) Thomas Berry, prophet and priest, was one of the most influential nature mystics and writers of the 20th century. In this program, we will watch together and discuss the video THOMAS BERRY: THE GREAT STORY, which beautifully illustrates the life and work of one of the new breed of eco-theologians. Facilitator: Paul Burks is a United Methodist Minister (retired) and former editor of Earthlight: the magazine of Spirituality and Ecology, and Sequoia; newsmagazine of Religion and Society. He currently coordinates Environmental and Earth Ministries in San Raphael, and focuses his ministry on environmental education in Deep Ecology and Creation-centered spirituality. Cost: $10 View the Meeting the Mystics: Thomas Berry poster

THE COMPASSION, MERCY AND JUSTICE SERIES

·Quilting as a Spiritual Practice: Saturdays, September 29 and October 6 (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Calling all creative people, which means…. calling everybody, with love! One of the best-kept secrets of life is that we are all artists; it’s just that sometimes, we are the last to know. Please join Kalia Mussetter, the quilt artist currently featured in our gallery, as the group creates a quilt together as a gift for a homeless teen in our community who very much needs to be encouraged by beauty each day. We have our minimum number of participants, so this wonderful class is a “go”! No prior quilting or sewing experience necessary. Cost: $25 per person. See the Homesteading page for more information.

THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES

·The Enneagram: A Tool for Transformation (Free Introductory Workshop) Wednesday, September 26 (6:30-9:00 p.m.) Join Joanna Quintrell, spiritual director at the Journey Center, for this free workshop designed to introduce you to the Enneagram, an ancient tool for personal and relational transformation. You will learn a lot about yourself and others in a relaxed and fun setting! This is a great workshop to bring a friend or relative to. Cost: Free.  View the Enneagram Workshop & Exploration Group Poster

Blessings to you on your journey!

Joanna Quintrell and the Journey Center staff
The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-578-2121
www.journeycenter.org

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Newsletter Article Fall 2012: Pathways by Joanna Quintrell, Executive Director

Warm sun on a grassy field with trees in the backgroundThis summer, my husband and I took a wonderful road trip in the Pacific Northwest. This was a hiking trip for us and a celebration of the miracle that I can hike again after losing my mobility two years ago to a rare case of osteonecrosis in my knee. (We are SO very grateful for this unexpected healing- a gift of grace- and thank those of you who prayed for us during that very hard time).

Every day of our summer journey we found ourselves on some kind of pathway. Sometimes it was the road itself as we set out on the drive we had ahead that day to get to the next destination. Other pathways took us on foot… through a rain forest, along a beach, around a small town’s streets, into the hospitality of that night’s lodging, onto a ferry, up a mountain, across the snow, and along many trails in the beauty of Creation.

Every pathway was different, lovely in its own way, full of surprises and sometimes challenges. One pathway took us up to the top of Mount Finlayson on Vancouver Island. The journey wasn’t easy and I found myself having to scramble up huge boulders and walk carefully along narrow ledges. Once I fell to my knees in a precarious spot and couldn’t get up without my husband’s help…a scary moment! But we made it to the top where we sat against a boulder, enjoyed a snack, took in the marvelous views, watched a ferry come into Victoria’s harbor and rejoiced together at our accomplishment.

Other pathways gave us the opportunity for gentle strolling and peaceful reflection. The rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula and the ocean trails of San Juan Island come to mind as places where we were in awe of the abundant, vibrant life around us. We will never forget the day we watched orcas from the beach for two hours, interrupted by sighting a bald eagle flying home to his nest!

Though the pathways were all unique, they also had things in common in that they offered us exploration, discovery, beauty, peacefulness, companionship, and an ever-changing experience of sacred places and moments.

Each day of our journey through life, we have pathways available to us…pathways to our own heart, pathways to help us deepen our relationship with the Holy One, pathways that connect us with others.  Sometimes we get stuck in the rut of the habitual and don’t see the other possibilities that lie before us, but those pathways are there and the Spirit is at work, helping us to open our eyes and consider saying “yes” to something new.

Perhaps we are being invited towards choices we could make instead of what we always do, new spiritual practices that open us up to the Spirit in fresh ways,  being transformed by a different perspective or receiving the gift of a new friend for the journey.

At the Journey Center, we offer a variety of resources and experiences of community that are designed to support you on your journey…these can all be thought of as pathways. We encourage you to notice how the Spirit is at work in your own life, inviting you into something new. May you find the grace to say “yes” as you are invited to a new pathway! And, as always, we look forward to the opportunity to be a blessing to you on your journey…

 

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Journey Center Reflections and Resources for September! By Joanna Quintrell

photo of plantGreetings from the Journey Center staff!

Here we are again, at the changing of the seasons and it is time to let you know what is coming up next month at the Journey Center.

My husband and I just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary and spent some time at the coast reflecting on the many things that we find ourselves grateful for at this point in our journey together. As we drove home on Sunday, I began thinking along those same lines about the experiences and blessings that so many of you have told us you have received through your connection to the Journey Center. We are able to be here in the community because of generous donors and wonderful pray-ers, and it occurred to me that I would like to bless those folks by compiling a small book of stories…YOUR stories…about how you have encountered God, been touched by the Spirit, and otherwise been blessed by experiencing the Holy here.

If you could take a few minutes to send me just a paragraph that captures what you are grateful for, I would love to include your story and, in time for Thanksgiving, have a gift to give those who make it possible for us to be here. (We’ll also have copies available for everyone to read!).

Thank you for taking the time to share, if you would like to! And thank you for taking the time to read now about the resources we are offering in the month of September. We would love to be a blessing to you, so call us at 707-578-2121 or register online at www.journeycenter.org if you see something that seems suited to where you find yourself in your life right now. We have arranged the September gatherings by Series so you can more easily find what you are interested in:

THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE SERIES

·FREE WORKSHOP IN SEBASTOPOL: A Holy Longing: Following the Contemplative Path of Desire- Monday, September 10 (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) Are you longing for something ‘more’ in your life and spirituality, but are unsure of what that is? Come and explore in a safe place the stirrings that may be calling you into exploring newly emerging God-given desires for body/mind/spirit/community/contemplation.  View the A Holy Longing poster Facilitator: Ruah Bull, and the Spiritual Direction Staff Cost: Free Location: Sebastopol United Methodist Church

·NEW! Group Spiritual Direction: a Model for Redemptive Community- Sept. 20 (6:45 – 9:00 pm.). Spirituality is a quest for the God who is longing for us, rooted in an ever-deepening desire for the unknown and unknowable-what we refer to as the Divine. In group spiritual direction, 4-6 people gather together monthly to become more aware of that Mystery and share that awareness in a meditative process of reflective listening and sharing. View the Group Spiritual Direction poster Facilitators: Dick Meyer and Linda Albert, Spiritual Directors Cost: Sliding scale $35-$55 per session

·Come Away… To A Quiet Time: An evening experience of quiet, meditative time- September 21 (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.). Do you long to: just stop …get quiet …calm yourself … breathe in God’s love and comfort and strength and peace? This is a drop- in group where there is a mixture of meditative quiet sitting. Please come and experience the value of quiet to your mind, body and spirit. Arrive as your schedule allows; enter in silence if the Quiet Time has begun. View the A Quiet Time Fall Poster

·Meeting the Mystics: Thomas Berry and the Mystery of the Cosmos- Friday, September 28 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) Thomas Berry, prophet and priest, was one of the most influential nature mystics and writers of the 20th century. View the Meeting the Mystics: Thomas Berry poster. In this program, we will watch together and discuss the video THOMAS BERRY: THE GREAT STORY, which beautifully illustrates the life and work of one of the new breed of eco-theologians. Facilitator: Paul Burks is a United Methodist Minister (retired) and former editor of Earthlight: the magazine of Spirituality and Ecology, and Sequoia; newsmagazine of Religion and Society. He currently coordinates Environmental and Earth Ministries in San Raphael, and focuses his ministry on environmental education in Deep Ecology and Creation-centered spirituality. Cost: $10

·NEW!! Thresholds: a Day of Retreat- Saturday, September 29 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). One of the great mysteries of the Christian tradition is the teaching that all things, the good and the bad, are integral in spiritual transformation. As we journey along our path, we come to forks in the road that call us to pause and discern to commit to a particular direction. These Thresholds that we will be exploring in prayer and reflection mark endings and present new beginnings.  View the Threshholds Retreat Poster (This retreat is co-sponsored by The Journey Center and Mimesis of Oakmont Community Church). Facilitators: Spiritual Directors Dick Meyer, Laurie Goldstein, Dan Beach and Ruah Bull Cost: $76.00. Please register ahead of time for one of the available spots and to receive retreat information. Location: the beautiful Westerbeke Conference Center, 2300 Grove Street, Sonoma, CA.   THE COUNSELING, HEALING AND RECOVERY SERIES

·”The Attorney is In”: A resource to help with your discernment if you have a legal question or find yourself in a legal situation- Monday, Sept 17 (5:00-6:30 p.m.). Meet with our favorite attorney, Roy Johnston, at the Journey Center for a no-cost 30-minute consultation. Roy is a specialist in estate planning, probate, trust administration, mortgages, real estate and business, and is conversant in other areas of law, such as family law and bankruptcy, and can give referrals to attorneys who specialize in these other areas of law. View the Attorney Is In Fall Poster.  Roy loves the Journey Center and so is not charging for these consultations…he only asks that you consider making a donation of any amount to support the Center’s mission. For an appointment, contact the Journey Center at 707-578-2121.

THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES

·The Enneagram: A Tool for Transformation (Free Introductory Workshop)- Wednesday, September 26 (6:30-9:00 p.m.) Join Joanna Quintrell, spiritual director at the Journey Center, for this free workshop designed to introduce you to the Enneagram, an ancient tool for personal and relational transformation.  View the Enneagram Workshop & Exploration Group Poster  You will learn a lot about yourself and others in a relaxed and fun setting! This is a great workshop to bring a friend or relative to. Cost: Free.

THE HEALTHY LIVING SERIES

·Creating a Car Kitchen for Healthy Commuting! Saturday, September 15, 2012; (10:00 a.m. – Noon): Commuters of all types – sales consultants, wine country tourists, and parents shuttling kids – need easy, healthy, and affordable alternatives to fast food pit stops on the road. This class will give you the simple steps and complete tools you need to create a car ‘kit’ of your own! View the Creating a Car Kitchen poster As a sales consultant and nutrition professional, Chiara Kae has mastered the art of creating customized car kitchens (Chiara’s Car Kitchens ©). Her C-Kits are organic, vegetarian, and focus on wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free and living/raw selections. Facilitator: Chiara Maria Kae, PhD, a professional in the health field for over 20 years. She is a health communication professor, holistic nutrition consultant, and yoga/fitness instructor and is passionate about health and spirituality. Cost: $20

·NEW! Group Acupuncture and Meditation: a Holistic Caring Approach to Healing and Health, with Rachel Tan- Sunday, September 16 (3:00-5:00 p.m.). Do you find yourself in physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental pain with a need to seek professional help or guidance but feel you cannot afford it? Acupuncture and meditation practiced together reinforce the benefits of both. Join Rachel Tan in this comfortable, peaceful and prayerful healing environment.  View the Group Acupuncture poster Come as you are, wear comfortable cloths, bring a pillow and blanket. Group Acupuncture is a practice of offering financially affordable acupuncture services in a setting where multiple patients receive treatments at the same time. Facilitator: Rachel Tan is a licensed acupuncturist and spiritual director Cost: sliding scale ($20-$50)

THE ARTS, CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY SERIES

·IN OUR GALLERY: Kalia Mussetter Opening Reception – “The Light and the Water: Spirit and Feeling Pieced Together in Quilted Art” Artist’s Reception, Friday, September 7, 2012 (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.) Meet the artist; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission. The show runs through October.  Kalia Mussetter has been a visual artist all her life, working in many media.  View Kalia Mussetter’s Opening Reception poster. Her work is deeply personal and intuitive, closely attuned to the person for whom any given piece is being made, and reflects not only each individual’s aesthetics, but spirit. She enjoys creating original designs as well as beautiful traditional patterns. Kalia describes her quilting work as part of her spiritual practice—joyfully creative and also a form of meditation.

·The Gift: Ancient Secrets of Solomon’s Wisdom – Workshop and Book Signing Celebration with author Jeffery Mitchell; Friday, September 14, 2012; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. We welcome and celebrate author Jeffery Mitchell, who will tell the story of his spiritual pilgrimage to Ethiopia and lead us in a workshop with the following themes from his new book, The Gift: our universal longing for spiritual wholeness and wisdom (the cycle of growth), the 7 Pillars of Wisdom and the 7 Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight, and the struggle/opportunity with our true and false self.  View the Book Signing Poster. Cost: There is no charge for this event; books will be available for sale and signing. Dessert and beverages will be served.

·DON’T MISS OUR WONDERFUL FALL FUNDRAISING CONCERT! An Evening of International Guitar with Catherine Altamura Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Please join us for an evening of International Music performed by guitarist Catherine Altamura, who will be playing on her collection of guitars from around the world. This concert is a fundraising event for the benefit of the Journey Center. Catherine will bless us with a program of original arrangements and compositions from Spain, India, Greece, and South and North America, along with a series of Fingerstyle pieces performed on a 12-string guitar. Visit her website at www.catherinealtamura.com.Tickets are $25 and must be purchased prior to the concert (by contacting the Journey Center at 707-578-2121) as there are only 40 seats in this intimate venue. Gourmet desserts and beverages will be available for purchase. View the Catherine Altamura concert poster

THE COMPASSION, MERCY AND JUSTICE SERIES

·Quilting As a Spiritual Practice: Two Saturdays- September 29 and October6 (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Calling all creative people, which means…. calling everybody with love! One of the best-kept secrets of life is that we are all artists; it’s just that sometimes, we are the last to know. Please join quilt artist Kalia Mussetter and others as we create a quilt together as a gift for a homeless teen in our community who very much needs to be encouraged by beauty each day, even if you have never sewn a single stitch in your life. (8 participants needed to hold this Bee). Cost: $25- all fabrics and batting provided.

May you be blessed on your journey!

Joanna Quintrell and the Journey Center staff

The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-578-2121
www.journeycenter.org

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Journey Center Reflections and Resources- wonderful gatherings coming up soon! By Joanna Quintrell

photo of plant

Greetings from the Journey Center staff!

For the past two weeks, I have been unable to tend to most of the gardening chores due to “tweaking” my lower back and knee. What a change from the intense daily gardening that I have been enjoying over the past many months… but I have still wandered in the garden, picking ripe tomatoes and corn, and watching everything grow like crazy!

It’s an interesting experience to not be able to “tend” the garden like it needs, especially since my husband has been away backpacking and has not been here to help. Weeds have popped up in many places, berry vines are growing into the green beans and across the sidewalk, winter squash plants are taking over the back yard and I haven’t been able to “corral” the zucchini, so it is also creeping across the garden, ready to move into adjacent beds.

This reminds me of what happens when I get too busy to tend my own heart and spirit. I get focused on my external life and all the tasks and situations that call for my attention. Days go by, I can’t seem to find time to journal, silence and solitude go out the window…and the next thing I know, someone asks me how I’m doing and I realize that I don’t actually know! Once again I find that I need to take some deep breaths, quiet my heart and mind, and check in with myself.

At the Journey Center, we offer an oasis where this kind of connecting becomes possible…a peaceful place where you can come as you are- to learn, to pray, to meditate, to breath, to notice, to find your way back to the present moment and your own true heart. To that place where the Holy One dwells, the One who knows you and invites you to tend the garden of your spirit.

(Oh, and by the way…I just got the news that my knee and back are better and I can once again tend my garden! Oh, happy day! Watch out zucchini- here I come!)

This weekend’s groups, gatherings and workshops (please remember to sign up ahead of time for all events- call us at 707-578-2121 or register online at www.journeycenter.org )

·New! Is Group Spiritual Direction for You? -Thursday, August 16 (7:00-9:00 p.m.). This is an Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction gathering for anyone who may be interested in being part of this type of community beginning in the fall. Group spiritual direction consists of groups of 4-6 individuals who are interested in meeting once a month to listen with each other for the movement of God in each person’s life. Facilitators: Dick Meyer and Linda Albert are Spiritual Directors at the Journey Center. Cost: Free   ·Come Away… To A Quiet Time – Friday, August 17 (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)- facilitated by Alexandra Montoya, spiritual director. Do you long to: just stop …get quiet …calm yourself … breathe in God’s love and comfort and strength and peace? This is a drop- in group where there is a mixture of meditative quiet sitting .  View the A Quiet Time Summer Poster

·Spiritual Direction: An Invitation to Encounter the Holy (Free Workshop)- Saturday, August 18 (10:00 a.m. – Noon) A growing number of people from many spiritual paths are discovering the benefits of meeting regularly with a spiritual director in order to grow in their awareness of the presence and movement of God in their lives . Presented by two of the Journey Center’s spiritual directors, Linda Albert and Ruah Bull.   View the  Spiritual Direction Workshop poster

·The Enneagram: A Tool for Transformation (Free Introductory Workshop)- Saturday, August 18 , (2:00-5:00 p.m.) Join Joanna Quintrell, spiritual director at the Journey Center, for this free workshop designed to introduce you to the Enneagram, an ancient tool for personal and relational transformation.  Cost: Free  View the Enneagram Summer poster (please note that this workshop was originally schedule for Aug. 11 but has been rescheduled to this Saturday!)

·Prayer/Journey Beads Workshop – Sunday, August 19 (2:00-5:00 p.m.)- facilitated by Chris Fox, local bead artist. Prayer beads have been in existence in many spiritual traditions going back to the beginning of time. Create a strand of beads that can be used in your own spiritual practice and to chronicle your personal journey and life experiences.  View the Prayer and Journey Beads poster for further information, including what you need to bring with you to the workshop.

And here are the offerings for the rest of the month of August:

THE ARTS, CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY SERIES

·Poetry Reading: The Wellness and Advocacy Center Literary Journal Writers and Friends – Friday, August 31 (6:00-8:00 p.m.) Please join us for a reading by the poets featured in the 2012 Wellness and Advocacy Center Literary Journal, Creative Linx. They will also be joined by widely read poet Rebecca Del Rio and Raphael Block. The Wellness and Advocacy Center is a local daytime drop-in center for adults living with mental health issues and psychiatric disabilities. Creative Linx is a brilliant literary and arts journal begun three years ago by Wellness Center peer members. Please join us in celebrating and supporting these very unique and important voices in our shared community. Facilitator: The event will be facilitated by writer/poet and Creative Linx contributor and supporter, Kalia Mussetter. Cost: Free, no registration required.  View the Poetry Reading poster

THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE SERIES

·NEW!! A Holy Longing: Exploring the Contemplative Call -Thursday, August 23 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) Are you longing for something ‘more’ in your spiritual life, but are unsure of what that is? In this experiential workshop, we will share the ancient and discerning wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition as a way for you to discover what is unfolding on your own spiritual journey. Facilitator: Ruah Bull, and the Spiritual Direction Staff. Cost: Free View the “A Holy Longing” poster

FESTIVALS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

·This will be the last evening the Journey Center will have a booth at the SR Downtown Market (this Wednesday, August 15, from 5–8:30 p.m.)  We would love to see you there as we end another wonderful Market season!  http://www.wednesdaynightmarket.org

Many blessings to you on your journey!

Joanna Quintrell and the Journey Center staff
The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-578-2121
www.journeycenter.org

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