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


·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)


·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: Cost: $65 + $10 material fee. Please bring a bag lunch. View the Creating a Gratitude Abundance Mandala Fall poster 


·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


·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


·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

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