Current Offerings


Current Offerings

2017 Course Offerings

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Core Classes


Led by the Rev. Gregory Farrand

Tuesdays 6–8 p.m., Sept. 12–Oct. 31 (8 weeks)

Thursdays 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Sept. 14–Nov. 2 (8 weeks)

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.”




Led by Summer Estes, LPC

Tuesdays 6–8 p.m., Sept. 12–Nov. 14 (10 weeks)

Thursdays 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Sept. 14–Nov. 16 (10 weeks)

The focus of this class is on deepening our inner journey of personal awakening, so that we can be more whole and integrated people in our outer work of fulfilling God’s desire for a transformed world. The class will offer practices and experiences to awaken us to our heart’s true desires and our false-self strategies, revealing how we habitually handle the parts of ourselves (and others) that we do not like. Working with the Enneagram, Contemplative Prayer, and a variety of small group exercises, we will practice welcoming and holding space for those places in ourselves and others, learning to live more authentically connected and more holistically compassionate lives.


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Companion Classes


Facilitated by Rev. Frank Dew and Kristen Leigh Southworth, M.Div.

Mondays 12–1:30 p.m., Sept. 11–Nov. 6 (9 weeks)

“Servant leadership” is not just a course of study but a way of living in service to God’s dream for a transformed world. Over the years, numerous ministries and non-profits have been born as a result of students discerning a sense of call in their community. This brown bag lunchtime discussion group will offer opportunities to “come and see” the work that is currently being done on a local level on issues like immigration, homelessness, criminal justice reform, hunger, poverty, healthcare, and environmental justice. We’ll hear from experienced servant leaders working with organizations right here in Greensboro, and provide opportunities for reflection and discernment as well as resources for becoming involved.




Led by Dr. Ruth Anderson

Mondays 3–4:30 p.m., Sept. 18–Oct. 2 (3 weeks)

We know that poverty hurts children in our community. We will examine what poverty is and how it impacts children in and out of school. We will consider strategies that might be of service to children and how to recognize not only the challenges but the strengths of people living in poverty. We will have opportunities to learn about ways to engage with vulnerable children in our community.




Facilitated by Dr. Ruth Anderson and other spiritual activists

Mondays 4–6 p.m., Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 30, and Nov. 27

For over ten years, a small group of people have been working together to support local children living in poverty through our work with Partnership Village, a local transitional housing community. We visit with the children on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to provide loving presence and tutoring support as they do their homework. We also offer them healthy snacks, books, and other materials. Join us for any one of our four monthly meetings to learn more about this form of servant leadership and discover how you might become more involved.



Led by Steve Cushman, MFA

Mondays 6–8 p.m., Sept. 11–Oct. 16 (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.




Led by Linda Hiatt, 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher

Tuesdays 9:30–11 a.m., Sept. 12–Nov. 14 (10 weeks)

Prayerful Yoga is a moving meditation that links mind, breath, and body, and encourages participants to surrender to the present moment. Prayerful yoga is suitable for all body types and those with some yoga experience. Together, we will place ourselves in an environment where the movement and meditation draws us closer to “the vital nucleus of things” and helps us listen to our own truth through our shared experience. Please bring a mat or large towel and light blanket.




Led by Dr. Ruth Anderson

Wednesdays 12–12:30 p.m., Sept. 13–Nov. 15 (10 weeks)

We sit in a circle, take three deep breaths, and then enter into 20 minutes of silence together. After the silence, there is an opportunity to share prayer requests for the week, and to pray for ourselves, our community, and our world. No registration is required. Feel free to drop in on any session. Beginners are always welcome.



Led by Carol Lucas, MPH, BSN and Certified Health & Wellness Coach

Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Sept. 13–Oct. 18 (6 weeks)

When we find ourselves at a crossroads, in a rut, or facing a time of transition, we have the opportunity to craft a new life vision. Drawing from the wisdom of Parker Palmer and utilizing a variety of interactive teaching and group coaching methods, this course will help you to reflect on your current life status, explore your unique life vision, and begin to craft a clear and compelling path for living into the life you’ve always imagined. Through this work, participants will build a network of support and continuing growth for moving into the next stage of their lives.




Led by members of the Men’s Spirituality Group

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 5:30–8 p.m., starting Sept. 13

The Men’s Spirituality Group is designed to help men grow in relationship, mutual and self-understanding, and spirituality. Our philosophy is based on Richard Rohr’s Reflections on Male Spirituality. We operate through selected readings, individual sharing, open and confidential listening, and various spiritual practices. If you would like to join us, please contact Dick Weller at (336) 897-2503.

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Led by Marjorie Donnelly, M.Ed. and certified Enneagram Teacher

Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

The Enneagram is a unique model of understanding human behavior that is based in ancient wisdom and informed by contemporary psychology. It identifies nine personality types as different ways of understanding and responding to the world, thus offering a path for deeper self-awareness and greater love of self and others. We will explore the three “centers of intelligence” and the nine expressions of personality found within them. This workshop will be helpful for those who are new to the Enneagram, as well as those who have already been introduced to it but want to expand their understanding. Knowledge of your Type is not necessary, but if you would like to begin the process of discovering it, you can take the online test available at




Led by Kristen Leigh Southworth, M.Div. and professional singer-songwriter

Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Those who came to last year’s Singing & Chant as a Spiritual Practice workshop, or anyone who feels drawn to singing as a form of spiritual practice, will enjoy this new workshop that invites participants into an even deeper level of understanding the practice of chant singing in the context of co-creation. We will explore the spirituality of improvisation, and learn how to listen for what is asking to be born both in group and individual contexts. Participants will learn skills for facilitating group singing in their own communities, and build a repertoire of songs that can be sung in a variety of spiritual settings by people of all ages and musical experience.




Led by Summer Estes, LPC and Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator; Christine Edwards & Tony Castle, Certified Transformational Breath Trainers; Rev. Timothy Patterson and Rev. Gregory Farrand

Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed to introduce both new and experienced participants to two powerful breath work modalities: coherence breath and 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.



Other workshops of interest (not at Holy Trinity):


Led by Dr. Robert C. Shield, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Beaumont, TX.

Location: Christ United Methodist Church, 410 N. Holden Rd., Greensboro, NC

Friday, October 20, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words, but this is only one expression. In the Christian tradition, contemplative prayer is considered to be the pure gift of God. It is the opening of mind and heart — our whole being — to God. Through grace, we can open our awareness to God, whom we know by faith is within us, closer to us than breathing, closer to us than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. Centering prayer is designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. This workshop is sponsored by Nexus Journey and is part of a weekend-long retreat at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center. The cost of the workshop is $55. For more information, visit, or call 336-323- 8957.

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The Labyrinth


Coordinated by Libby Haile & Barbara Cromheecke

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 walks, 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.



Sunday, September 24, 4–5:30 p.m.

Celebrate the arrival of fall by walking Holy Trinity’s outdoor labyrinth. On the autumnal equinox, the length of the day and the night are equal everywhere on earth. There will be a brief blessing and introduction to the labyrinth at 4 p.m. followed by a time of uninterrupted walking. Come at your convenience, but please plan to enter the labyrinth no later than 5 p.m. to allow time to walk before the music concludes at 5:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be cancelled.



Sunday, November 5, 4–5:30 p.m.

All Saints Day is the time in the liturgical year when we pause to celebrate the lives of those saints who have gone before us. Walk in a community of friends on Holy Trinity’s outdoor labyrinth, located in the center of the columbarium garden, which provides the perfect setting for this late afternoon walk accompanied by live music. Please enter the labyrinth no later than 5 p.m. to allow time to walk before the music concludes at 5:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be cancelled.



Sunday, December 10

The annual service to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have joined the glorious company of the saints in light during 2017 will take place in Holy Trinity’s All Saints Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Immediately following this service, there will be a labyrinth walk on the Outdoor Labyrinth, which will provide a time of private reflection and walking meditation. This is a time to honor those you love whom you have lost this past year with the gift of your prayerful walking meditation. 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, or call (336) 644-0076.



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.



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 ( 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.



WISDOM CIRCLES (now offered on Wednesdays & Thursdays!)

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

Wednesdays 9–11:30 a.m., Sept. 13–Nov. 15 or Thursdays 1–3:30 p.m., Sept. 14–Nov. 16

We live at a time when civility has come unraveled, prejudice and hate have been given open license, and bullying is glorified by talk radio hosts. One of the many lessons we are learning in these challenging times, is that we need a better understanding of “The Other.” Whether we grew up in families that defined who was Other in our communities or were on the receiving end of Other, we all are caught in its tangled web. Join us as we explore through short stories, essays and personal experiences who the Other is in our own lives and how we deal with the growing social complexity of who gets labeled as Other in our country. Suggested donation: $125.





Anyone who can hold a pen can create a Zentangle. It is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful designs with repetitive patterns. It is also a great stress reducer that increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction. Three separate offerings:


Monday, September 18, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

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



Monday, October 2, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

It is easy to fill a tile with pattern, but there is also a dramatic advantage to leaving some white space on the tile, paying attention to the space between patterns (sort of like enjoying the unexpected pauses in our lives, the breathing space). We’ll explore together several strings that invite leaving empty spaces and also play with what happens when we change the tile color (white, black or Renaissance) or add color to the tile.



Monday, November 6, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

We become so accustomed to working with black micron pens or stepping out in color that we forget the subtle strength of letting sepia be our only addition to the color palette. We’ll play using brown or sepia pens, or markers, or adding a wash of brown watercolor, or brown paper. If you are just beginning to play with color, adding just one color — brown or sepia, is a great way to begin. If you are an old hand at color, stepping back and letting just the addition of one color is a good challenge.


Facilitated by Dee Irwin, Certified Zentangle Teacher and explorer of different mediums. Suggested donation: $40 (includes materials); Space is limited so register early!



Mondays 7–9:30 p.m., Oct. 2–Nov. 13 (7 weeks)

Dusty’s book represents the culmination of his life’s excellent work. In the words of a reviewer: “Every once in a while, a book comes along that touches your soul, moves you, and helps you grow… (This book) will help you open your heart to exercise greater courage, to view your life’s potential, and to fulfill the purpose of your soul.” Since I totally agree with this reader’s comments and have been likewise touched, I would like to lead you in the reading, meditating and discussing the issues in this book and how they touch you.

Led by Kevin Haggerty, M.S. in counseling psychology, teacher, and executive coach. Suggested offering is $135 per person, or $250 per couple.




Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

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 and is also a childbirth doula.

Suggested offering: $55. Bring your lunch & we’ll provide beverages.


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Upcoming Events


Friday, January 12, 4:30–9:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday, January 14, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

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

Location: Haw River State Park in the lovely Heron’s Roost Retreat Building

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 12/15/17)

Regular rate is $375 includes two lunches and snacks

*$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)

Tony Castle is a Transformational Breath® trainer, a certified Grief Recovery trainer and a certified Total Breath facilitator. Tony has worked with Dr. Richard Brown & Dr. Patricia Gerbarg the developers of Total Breath to design his style of breath work. Tony Castle created specialized Breath workshops for the people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and has been described on that reservation as a “Physician of the Soul.” Tony also worked with Dr. Ella Manga of Cape Town, South Africa on Energy Management within the body. Tony is a man who feels a call to helping others and has volunteered his time working in hospice care for five years. He has worked at the Mayo Clinic and has led many breath and grief recovery workshops.

Jennifer Gronbach is a Senior Trainer with Transformational Breath® and Grief Recovery Specialist. She is the founder of The Clearing Center and helps people regain peace, feel empowered, and find joy and purpose in daily life (

Contact The Sacred Garden Bookstore at 336-544-1225 to register.

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