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 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).


·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):


·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 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:


·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:


·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 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


·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


·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


·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.


·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

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