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 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:


·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: 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.


·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)


·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 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


·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

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