In addition to our core curriculum, we offer a number of “companion” classes that offer ongoing support for the inward journey of faith and self-awareness, and the outward journey of service and community engagement. These companion classes are open to anyone and may be taken alone or in addition to a core class. Spiritual practices are woven into all of our classes to help sustain us in this work. See our Current Offerings page for a full listing of all courses, workshops and events.
SACRED ACTIVISM: BEING PRESENT TO CHILDREN IN POVERTY
Led by Ruth Anderson, Ph.D.
Mondays 4-6 p.m., September 24, October 29, and November 26
For 12 years, a small group of people have been working together to support and be with children living in poverty. We tutor the children Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Partnership Village, a local transitional housing community. On the last Monday of most months during the school year, we gather to pray and reflect on our work together. No fee, but if you are interested in attending one or more of these Monday gatherings, please register.
WRITING FROM THE HEART
Led by Steve Cushman, MFA
Mondays 6-8 p.m., September 24 - October 29 (6 weeks)
This expressive writing workshop will provide you with the opportunity to write about what matters most to you. 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. Previous experience or comfort with writing is not necessary.
WAKING UP WHITE
Led by Alison Spooner, M.Ed.
Mondays in October, 4-5:30 p.m. (5 weeks)
We often assume that racism is a thing of the past, yet we see racial tension and the effects of racism still alive in our country. In this course, we will learn about our own racial identities, confront our biases, and discuss complex issues related to race. We will collectively acknowledge and grieve the deep stain that white superiority has marked on our country in order to take steps towards healing and racial justice.
This is a companion class for the Debby Irving event at First Presbyterian Church in September, though anyone is welcome to join us. Local activist Rachel Hester will be a guest contributor. We will use Irving's book Waking Up White as one of our resources to guide our discussions. Please purchase a copy of the book prior to coming to class. The Sacred Garden Bookstore will have the book available for 20% off for class participants.
“[The] widespread phenomenon of white people wanting to guard themselves against appearing stupid, racist, or radical has resulted in an epidemic of silence from people who care deeply about justice and love for their fellow human beings.” – Debby Irving, Waking Up White
Led by Linda Hiatt, 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher
Tuesdays 9:30-11 a.m., September 18 - November 13 (8 weeks; no class on October 9)
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.
Led by Donna Rodriguez
Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m., September 26 - October 31 (6 weeks)
As Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, puts it, “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” Mutual Awakening is a partner meditation developed by Patricia Albere, founder of the Evolutionary Collective. In this class, Evolutionary Collective teacher Donna Rodriguez will share this transformative practice that helps you see your personal development in a much larger, Divine and cosmic context. Together, we will learn to move our focus of consciousness from self, to other, to we, with ease and fluidity. When two or more people come together, center to center, and become sensitively aware of the space between them, a powerful opening occurs in consciousness. We do this practice with eyes wide open, speaking with our partner. Imagine…spiritual connectedness, while remaining fully engaged with each other and the world. (No need to register with a partner. We will be partnering with others in the class.)
Led by Ruth D. Anderson, Ph.D.
Wednesdays 12-12:30 p.m., September 26 - December 12 (11 weeks; no class Thanksgiving week),
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 and 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 for the term. No fee, but please register.