Our contemplative workshops, classes and groups cover various topics related to contemplative spirituality. They are held at the Journey Center, unless noted otherwise. Pre-registration is required. Please register with our online registration form or by calling the Journey Center at 707-578-2121.
Sacred Circle: Listening as a Spiritual Practice
Tuesdays, January 17, February 21 and March 21,
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
You are invited to be part of a sacred listening circle that will meet once a month in the Main Room at the Journey Center. Become part of a safe, comfortable sharing circle in which silence, speaking, and listening are held in reverence and confidence. Share and discover your authentic voice and witness others through compassionate listening as they speak their unique truth. More>
Dream Circle: Exploring Meaning of Dreams in Community
New group starting in March
FREE informational meeting, Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Group meets Wednesdays, March 29 - April 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This five-week cycle will hold a space in which to build trusting rapport as we enter together into the sacred mystery of our dreams. We will open ourselves to our dreams with a short teaching followed by a spiritual practice. In this confidential group, we will then gently share and hold one another’s dreams as we expand and notice the movements of God in our dream material. Expect to be pleasantly surprised as an awareness of The Divine manifests in our dream work together! More>
An Introduction to Body Prayer – For Women
Saturday, March 18, 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Come to relax, laugh and explore how our bodies are “the temple of the Holy One…and a temple, after all, is a place of prayer and worship. Therefore, when we pray with body and soul, or love with body and soul, or belong with body and soul, we are believing, responding, surrendering with all of who we are.” (Jane Vernard) More>
12 Step Spirituality for EVERYONE
FREE informational meeting Thursday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Meets the first Thursday of each month for 12 months starting May 4, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The 12 Steps associated with Alcoholics Anonymous contain a spirituality that transcends multiple religious & secular traditions. Even if we have never heard these steps before, if we are truly honest with ourselves, most all of us meet up against our own “need to control and orchestrate our lives according to our plans. The degree to which experience frustration, we find ourselves with a sense of “dis-ease”….which some would call “an addiction in some form or another”. Come and join us for a fresh look at these transformative 12 steps. As we engage in a lectio divina style reading of these steps, we let go of false desires and embrace a deeper spirituality…..a deeper closeness with our God. PLEASE RSVP to the Journey Center 707-578-2121 More>
Remembering and Celebrating God Along Life’s Way: A Spiritual Practice to Nourish our Souls
Saturday, April 8, 9:30 am–12:30 p.m.
When do we find the time to reflect on our walk with the Holy and remember and savor the blessings of God? We long for this sacred time because when sought in this way, the Spirit provides rich nourishment for our souls. Yet, our longing can be left unsatisfied when the pace and needs of life so easily dominate our calendars. Here is help for the journey! In this uniquely designed workshop, we will lead you through a contemplative process of remembering and celebrating God’s presence. Through prayerful prompts and reflection, you will be invited to create a timeline that portrays how the Holy has moved and spoken in the seasons of your life. Engaging in this exercise will illuminate the desires and longings of your heart and continue to deepen your relationship with the Holy. More>
Group Spiritual Direction for the Spouses of Clergy
“Spiritual Companions: Tending to the Holy on the Journey”
FREE informational meeting, Tuesday April 18, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for dessert OR
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Group direction is a method of spiritual direction which provides a safe and sacred space to meet God in the presence of others & find the ways God is moving in our lives. This group benefits those who desire to seek the Holy without the pressures of being a clergy spouse which often arises from societal norms/expectations. More>
Finding God in All Things: An Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
FREE informational meeting, Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
What are The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola? How might they deepen my relationship with God and help me to grow in spiritual freedom? And what does it mean to “find God in all things?” Ignatian Spirituality is grounded in the conviction that God is active in our world and not remote from us. These questions and more will be answered at this introduction to the teachings of St. Ignatius. Join us to learn about our group “Preparartion for the Ignatian Exercises” forming on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. We’ll meet weekly for seven weeks starting August 30-October 11. More>