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

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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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