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2018 Course Offerings

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Core Classes

COMMUNION: PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF PRESENCE

Led by the Rev. Gregory Farrand

Tuesdays 6–8 p.m., Feb. 6–March 6 (5 weeks)

Thursdays 10 a.m.–Noon, Feb. 8–March 8 (5 weeks)

In this course we explore spiritual practices that can help us deepen our experience of communion with God and become more "present” in our everyday lives, in order to become increasingly transparent to Divine Presence. The central emphasis of this course will be establishing and or deepening our own daily spiritual practice. We will use Cynthia Bourgeault’s book The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice as a guide and draw support and strength from the class as a community of practice.

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COMPASSION: AWAKENING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE HEART

Led by the Rev. Gregory Farrand

Tuesdays 6–8 p.m., March 13–Apr. 17 (5 weeks)

Thursdays 10 a.m.–Noon, March 15–Apr. 19 (5 weeks)

Compassion is at the very heart of the teaching of Jesus. Compassion flows abundantly in our own lives when our hearts are awakened to the presence of God. Recent scientific research supports the understanding of pre-modern religious traditions that the human heart is more than just a “pump,” but a center of profound emotional and spiritual intelligence, and the instrument by which we can bring our lives into alignment with Divine energy, love, and compassion. Drawing upon modern scientific research as well as classic teachings and practices of the Christian tradition, this class will support students in an experiential process of awakening the intelligence of our own hearts, so that we can increasingly serve as instruments of God’s compassion in the world.

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CALL: CO-CREATION AND THE COMMITMENT TO SACRED SERVICE

Led by Ruth D. Anderson, Ph.D

Tuesdays 6–8 p.m., Feb. 6–Apr. 17 (10 weeks)

Thursdays 10 a.m.–Noon, Feb. 8–Apr. 19 (10 weeks)

We ask the big questions in this class. At this stage of my life: What is the particular piece of God’s dream that has been specifically entrusted to me? What is the purpose for which God has brought me into the world? What has my entire life, to this point, prepared me for? In a community of like-minded participants, we will explore these and other related questions through reflection of our lives, exploration of our gifts, engagement of spiritual practices, and dialogue in circles of trust. We will support one another in discerning God’s call and in bringing our lives into greater alignment with divine power and purpose. This class will include an experience of a Clearness Committee as participant or “focus person” and an exploration of our call as members of a global community as the larger context for our own personal sense of call.

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Companion Classes

PRAYERFUL YOGA

Led by Linda Hiatt, 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher

Tuesdays 9:30–11 a.m., Session 1: Jan. 16–March 20 (skipping Jan. 23 and March 6 (8 weeks); Session 2: Apr. 3–May 22 (8 weeks) 

Prayerful Yoga meets our bodies, minds and spirits right where they are and encourages us on the journey towards balance and equanimity in all aspects of our being. The meditation and mindful releasing, opening and movement of Prayerful Yoga is suitable for all body types and levels of experience (including no prior yoga experience.) Please bring a mat/towel and a light blanket.

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CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

Led by Dr. Ruth D. Anderson, Ph.D

Wednesdays 12–12:30 p.m., Jan. 17–May 30

We begin our time by taking three deep, intentional breaths and then enter the silence together for 20 minutes. At the end of the 20 minutes, we share any concerns, celebrations for a few moments — to carry with us during our week. You are welcome to drop in or come and join this special group.

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WRITING AS AN ACT OF SELF DISCOVERY

Led by Steve Cushman

Mondays 6–8 p.m., Feb. 5–March 12 (6 weeks)

This expressive writing workshop will provide you with the opportunity to write about what’s important to you. Oftentimes, writing is the catalyst for discovery or as writer Andre Dubus said, “I didn’t know what I knew until I wrote it down.” In a small group setting, we will engage in structured writing exercises and read and discuss writing that deals with matters of the heart and spirit. We will look at ways of generating ideas about your unique experiences and then sharing those ideas in a comfortable environment. No prior writing experience is required, only a desire to sit and think and write.

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Workshops

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AND THE BRAIN

Led by Randall Hayes, Ph.D

Saturday, February 17, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Mind, heart, and body are an integrated system, as indicated by the 60s term “psychobiology,” before the more brain-centric label “neuroscience” took over the press. That pendulum of socially acceptable language is now swinging back, and there is much excitement about “integrative medicine,” using spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, and prayer not just for stress relief but for the personal growth necessary to overcome conditions like trauma and addiction. This workshop will focus specifically on Stephen Porges’s PolyVagal Theory, which concerns the neural regulation of the gut, the heart, and the muscles of the face that we use for social communication. In addition to examining the model as an intellectual construct, we will exercise these different circuits and determine their effects on our emotional states, first-hand.

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BREATH AS A PATHWAY TO PRESENCE: AN INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP TO TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATH®

Led by Summer Estes, MA, NCC, LPC, Transformatinal Breath® Facilitators

Saturday, March 17, 1–4 p.m.

This workshop is designed to introduce both new and experienced participants to a powerful modality called Transformational Breath®. We will create a safe space for participants to experience the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of breath work, and work with our three centers of intelligence: body, heart and mind. Conscious connected breathing practices are an ancient path for creating fertile ground from which the wisdom of our heart can arise. This one-day, experiential workshop is limited to 14 participants.

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WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

BREATHING BEYOND GRIEF: A WEEKEND INTENSIVE

Led by Tony Castle and Jennifer Gronbach of The Clearing Center, Transformational Breath® facilitator Summer Estes, LPC, and others

Friday, Feb. 9–Sunday, Feb. 11, Haw River State Park in the lovely Heron's Roost Retreat Building, Browns Summit, NC

This weekend workshop is for those who find themselves struggling with how to integrate wounds related to unresolved grief. This can look like disappointments in life, losing a job or a loved one, or those struggling with anxiety, depression, or physical pain. It is also a great retreat for those who feel stuck in life or those who feel they are “fine” but know they could be living a more joy filled life.

Move Beyond Prolonged Grief
• Improve your capacity for happiness
• Powerful processes to empower and equip
• Learn how to move beyond the pain of the past and take away two powerful techniques to empower you to move forward and regain your joy in this weekend intensive!

Unresolved grief and a buildup of clutter within can cause physical pain, drive our decisions and directly affect our capacity for joy. Through writing, communication, and Transformational Breath® work we begin to clear prolonged grief and release its effects from the body. Most people tell you to move on but don’t tell you how... Learn how in this powerful weekend.

Cost: Early bird rate $325 (register by January 9); Regular rate is $375 after January 9; rates include two lunches and snacks
Lodging available - please call us at 336-544-1225 if you wish to register for weekend workshop including lodging
*$520 should a participant decide to stay at Haw River in a room for two nights (includes meals)
*$475 should two participants decide to share a room for two nights (includes meals)

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SERVANT LEADERSHIP WEEKEND 

Led by The Rev. Gregory Farrand, David Bollt of Relational Yoga, and Summer Estes, LPC and Certified Transformational Breath® facilitator

Friday, May 18–Sunday, May 20, Greensboro, NC (Location to be announced)

Friday, May 18, 6–9 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (lunch included)
Sunday, May 20, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (lunch included)

Servant Leadership offers a fresh, practice-oriented path of Christian spirituality for the 21st century, connecting our faith with our everyday life by blending the inward journey of prayer, presence, and personal transformation with the outward journey of love-in-action and sacred service in the world. In this course, we will step into the paradigm shift at the heart of Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom of God, connecting this to the paradigm shift currently unfolding in contemporary science and cosmology.

We will introduce the three central practices of Servant Leadership: Communion, Compassion, and Co-Creation, designed to awaken and open the deeper intelligence of the mind, heart, and body. We understand the shift from a dualistic, ego-centered consciousness to a more unitive consciousness, flowing from this three-centered knowing, to be a practical way of “putting on the mind of Christ.”   

Cost: Early bird rate $275 (register by April 1); Regular rate is $350 after April 1; rates include two lunches

Enrollment limited to 20 participants

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The Labyrinth

LABYRINTH KEEPERS

Coordinated by Libby Haile

Location: Smyth Library, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

First Monday of each month, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

The Labyrinth Keepers are an ecumenical group dedicated to providing education and opportunities for people to experience transformation through walking the labyrinth. We plan, advertise, train, and provide facilitators for a variety of community-wide labyrinth offerings. We
welcome new members. Contact Libby Haile at  to support and join the ministry of the labyrinth.

 

SPRING EQUINOX WALK WITH LIVE MUSIC BY DAVID HORTH

Led by Labyrinth Keepers

Location: Outdoor Labyrinth, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Sunday, March 18, 4–5:30 p.m.

Welcome the arrival of spring by walking Holy Trinity’s outdoor labyrinth. You are invited to walk the path of the heart, in community, as we celebrate the coming of the Season of Light. There will be a brief blessing at 4:00 followed by uninterrupted walking and music. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be cancelled.

 

HOLY WEEK WALKS

Led by Labyrinth Keepers

Location: Outdoor Labyrinth, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Monday–Thursday, March 26–29, 12:15–1 p.m.

Friday, March 30, 11–11:45 a.m.

During this solemn and sacred week leading up to Easter, experience the labyrinth’s sacred pattern and sacred path. Walking the labyrinth helps you to quiet your mind, reconnect with your body, and see your life in the context of a path, a pilgrimage. As you symbolically make the walk with Christ to Jerusalem, use the labyrinth as a tool for silent reflection and prayer in the company of other pilgrims on the way. A Holy Week reflection facilitated by one of the labyrinth keepers and a time of blessing in the center of the labyrinth will precede each day’s walk. Attend any or all of these walks as your schedule allows. Bring a journal if desired. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be cancelled.

 

YOGA AND THE LABYRINTH WITH MONA FLYNN

Led by Mona Flynn

Location: Broome Hall, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 

Use yoga to enhance your walking meditation. Learn, practice, and discover tools for the journey towards greater awareness and spiritual growth. “Light” yoga is for all abilities and will not involve getting on ground. Essential oil gifts provided. This workshop will be followed by the annual World Wide Labyrinth Day Walk at 1 p.m.

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WORLD WIDE LABYRINTH DAY WITH MUSIC BY SANDY BLOCKER

Led by Labyrinth Keepers

Location: Outdoor Labyrinth, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Saturday, May 5, 1 p.m.

World Labyrinth Day, a project of The Labyrinth Society, is a day designated to bring people from all over the planet together in celebration of the labyrinth as a practice and a tool for healing and peace. World Labyrinth Day, which is celebrated all over the world on the first Saturday in May, is a global celebration of the labyrinth and a communal prayer for world peace. The labyrinth community at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church led by the Labyrinth Keepers will “Walk as One at 1.” Join us, and be part of a rolling wave of peaceful energy as the earth turns. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be cancelled.

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Healing Ground

Healing Ground is a ministry of retreat and revitalization that grew from a vision inspired by the Servant Leadership School. This sacred space for spirituality and sustainability offers a variety of contemplative and retreat experiences for individuals and groups. All courses listed here take place at the retreat grounds located in the peaceful countryside of Summerfield, NC. To register for these courses, visit www.healingground.org, or call (336) 644-0076.

 

INDIVIDUAL RETREATS

Healing Ground is available to individuals for unstructured time away from the rigors of everyday routine. We encourage you to consider the benefits of true Sabbath time. Our environs and facilities are perfect for reading, writing, praying, reflecting or just being. A suggested day retreat is $25 per person. Visit our website to learn more.

 

FIRST FRIDAYS IN THE QUIET GARDEN

Convened by Pat Bailey, Dee Irwin and Healing Ground volunteers.

Join us any first Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Healing Ground is part of an international Quiet Garden movement (quietgarden.org). Join us at the beginning of the month as we take time to slow the pace and enjoy a quiet place to pause and let our bodies and minds rest and our hearts awaken. Beverages provided; please bring a bag lunch or something to share. Suggested donation: $20.

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WISDOM CIRCLES: THINGS FALL APART

Facilitated by Dee Irwin who loves to meet people at the intersection of their lives and their questions.

Wednesdays, January 10–March 14, 9–11:30 a.m. or
Thursdays, January 11–March 15, 1–3:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $125

Chinua Achebe’s classic novel, Things Fall Apart, tells of how the coming of the white man (and with that colonialism and Christianity) led to the breakup of the old ways for the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. It speaks to what happens when our world shifts. It may be a bit harder to point to what is shifting the paradigm in our culture — the internet and the worldwide web (imagine a world without tweets), global climate change, global economy, the demise of civility — the list goes on. Which only means that we will have plenty to ponder and discuss as we explore how our lives are shifting in the midst of the difficult times we are all experiencing and what it means for being in relationship with ourselves, our community, our world, the cosmos.

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ART, MEDITATION AND CREATIVE PROCESS

Five Thursdays, January 18–February 15, 10 a.m. – Noon
Suggested donation: $100 and is limited to 12 participants.
Do bring an unlined journal of any size and a pen.

This new series is for those people who would like to deepen their meditation and breath work into various art forms. We will explore creating art together from the still point of meditation and creating with the breath. Betsy is looking for fellow seekers who are willing to put their ego aside and allow whatever wants to be expressed in come forth in the form of art — whether it is poetry, music, movement, writing, or process art. Creating from a place of not-knowing; a place of wonder and intuition, is an opportunity for more empowerment, self-discovery and delight.

Led by Betsy Bevan who describes herself as a self-taught artist who is curious to get lines and colors out on a page and watch art evolve on it’s own. She has been practicing Zen meditation since her mid-twenties, and is part of Wind & Stars musical ensemble. She is a gifted teacher and musician who seeks a deeper connection with others through art and meditation.

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UNDERSTANDING AND PRACTICING MEDITATION

Mondays March 5–April 9, 7–9:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $125 per person, $200 per couple.

This six Monday night program will focus on different methods of meditation for the purpose of achieving true happiness and joy. The process can include overcoming the loss of a loved one, relief from suffering from illness, getting beyond the experience of PTSD and other similar negative experiences. The journey to a sense of daily well being sometimes involves difficult steps that hardly anyone can take alone. Join us for this journey to discover how simple and effective a meditation practice can be. Group discussion and the book A Little Bit of Meditation by Amy Mercree will be part of the process.

Led by Kevin Haggerty, M.S. in counseling psychology, teacher and executive coach. For further information, call Kevin at 336-509-5777.

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ZENTANGLE®: CREATIVE MEDITATION FOR YOUR INNER ARTIST

Anyone who can hold a pen can create a Zentangle. It is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful designs with repetitive patterns. The bonus is that it is also a great stress reducer that increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction. Three separate offerings. Introduction to Zentangle is needed if this is new to you. Suggested donation: $40/class.

• INTRODUCTION TO ZENTANGLE®

Monday, January 22, 9:30 a.m.–Noon

This two and a half hour workshop is a basic introduction to the Zentangle drawing method. Class will cover the history, the applications, and the steps of creating an original Zentangle tile. This class invites all levels and requires no artistic experience. This is a great start class that is bound to leave you thirsty for more.

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• COMPLIMENTARY CURVES AND COLOR

Monday, February 19, 9:30 a.m.–Noon

There are many patterns that have similar parts, in this case curves, that work beautifully together and also lend themselves to creating Tangelations, one pattern morphing into another. Adding color for shading or accent turns it into Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA).

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• BLACK TILES AND TANGOS

Monday, March 19, 9:30 a.m.–Noon

Tangos are created by combining two or more tangles, analogous to mixing paint colors to create a new color. We will work with several pairs of patterns that lend themselves to hybrid tangles and do it all using gel pens on black tiles of various shapes (standard tiles, bijou, 3Zs, zendalas).

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Facilitated by Dee Irwin, Certified Zentangle Teacher and intrepid explorer of different mediums of expression. 

 

PUTTING MINDFULNESS AT THE CENTER OF HEALTH AND HEALING

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Suggested offering is $55. Bring your lunch. Beverages are provided.
Are you looking to make improvements in your life? Do you want to lose weight or quit smoking? Exercise more? Make career changes? Be a better parent? Minimize stress and anxiety? Pray more? These are only a few of the issues you may face and wish to change. Using the Duke Integrative Health model for creating change we will explore our current situations and create a vision for a healthier future.

Led by Jacqueline Messick a, Duke trained Integrative Health Coach. She holds a Master of Pastoral Studies. She is a childbirth doula as well.

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Upcoming Events

BREATHING BEYOND GRIEF: A WEEKEND INTENSIVE

Led by Tony Castle and Jennifer Gronbach of The Clearing Center, Transformational Breath® facilitator Summer Estes, LPC, and others

Friday, Feb. 9–Sunday, Feb. 11, Haw River State Park in the lovely Heron's Roost Retreat Building, Browns Summit, NC

This weekend workshop is for those who find themselves struggling with how to integrate wounds related to unresolved grief. This can look like disappointments in life, losing a job or a loved one, or those struggling with anxiety, depression, or physical pain. It is also a great retreat for those who feel stuck in life or those who feel they are “fine” but know they could be living a more joy filled life.

Move Beyond Prolonged Grief
• Improve your capacity for happiness
• Powerful processes to empower and equip
• Learn how to move beyond the pain of the past and take away two powerful techniques to empower you to move forward and regain your joy in this weekend intensive!

Unresolved grief and a buildup of clutter within can cause physical pain, drive our decisions and directly affect our capacity for joy. Through writing, communication, and Transformational Breath® work we begin to clear prolonged grief and release its effects from the body. Most people tell you to move on but don’t tell you how... Learn how in this powerful weekend.

Cost: $375; includes two lunches and snacks
Lodging available - please call us at 336-544-1225 if you wish to register for weekend workshop including lodging
*$520 should a participant decide to stay at Haw River in a room for two nights (includes meals)
*$475 should two participants decide to share a room for two nights (includes meals)

 Click Here to Register

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