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086-024-C Chair Yoga Summer Series 2 Jul 10, 2014-Aug 28, 2014

If you are interested in yoga, but would like to begin gently, Chair Yoga is for you. In this class you will gently move your body using a chair to help you with flexibility, strength, and balance. Seated movements, standing/balancing poses, deep breathing and rest will be woven throughout. You will leave feeling refreshed and energized, yet calm and relaxed. Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session.

086-021 Yoga Basics Summer Series 2 Jul 10, 2014-Aug 28, 2014

Yoga is a gift you give yourself. It acknowledges that you are worthy enough to take time to care for and nurture your body, mind, and spirit. It is a gift that invites you to feel whole, happy and healthy. Come cultivate flexibility, strength, and balance in your body, calm and quiet in your mind, and peace and joy in your spirit. Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session.

086-022-C Yoga Beyond Basics Summer Series 2 Jul 10, 2014-Aug 28, 2014

Yoga is a gift you give yourself. It acknowledges that you are worthy enough to take time to care for and nurture your body, mind, and spirit. It is a gift that invites you to feel whole, happy and healthy. Come cultivate flexibility, strength, and balance in your body, calm and quiet in your mind, and peace and joy in your spirit. Cost: $80.00 per series of 8 sessions. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits for $12.00 per session.

086-097 Nature as Teacher and Healer Jul 17, 2014

The natural world is more than just a pretty place to drop into now and then. Nature's presence invites us into dialogue about how we relate to it ("a part of" or "apart from"), as well as the role it can play in creating greater contentment in our lives. Nature can serve as a gifted teacher and healer; a deliverer from the pace and stressors of everyday life. If you are a mystic sort, Nature may even serve as your "God" connection, taking you deeper into spiritual understanding. Join us as we explore all these roles by spending a beauty-filled evening in nature on the Marywood campus. You will learn a deeper kind of "sacred listening," how to amplify your senses, and how to attune yourself to Nature's healing presence. Reflection, journaling, prayer, meditation and group discussion in the great outdoors! Bring a blanket to sit on, journal to write in, and insect repellant, if needed. Wear walking shoes and outdoor appropriate clothing. Cost: $25.00 CFD: Methodology

086-102 Visual Lectio Divina Jul 24, 2014

If prayer is like breathing, then meditation on Scripture is like eating. We need to practice both in order to thrive as spiritual beings. Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy when he said that we don’t live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. But what if Scripture tastes bland or even unpalatable? In this class we will learn to approach the Bible visually, using simple line drawings to show ourselves what the text actually says, and then pondering its meaning and place in our lives. This is not a class for artists (though they are welcome) but for people looking for a new way to make the stories and teachings of the Bible come alive. Cost: $20.00 (Free for Sisters). *CFD: Spirituality.

086-101 Conspicuously Concealed: Veiling and Gender Seperation Among Bedouin Arab Women Jul 28, 2014

Veiling and gender separation are Bedouin/Arab practices often understood in our society as oppressive to women. Bedouin women see the situation quite differently! In this talk, Dr. Wickering will discuss concealment and power, which she experienced in this recently-settled Tarabiin tribal community in the Sinai, Egypt. Cost: $20.00.

086-060 Walking in Sensible Shoes Sep 03, 2014-Sep 24, 2014

Author Sharon Garlough Brown leads a four-week discussion of the characters and spiritual formation themes of her book, Sensible Shoes, inviting readers to explore their own longings for deepening intimacy with God through prayer and other spiritual disciplines. Please read the book before coming to the first class.

086-005 Dominican Spirituality Sep 06, 2014-May 02, 2015

This series of classes is for anyone desiring to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Dominican history and spirituality. This is a year-long, prayerful study of Dominican saints and historical and contemporary spirituality in the Dominican tradition. Dates: Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 11, & May 2.Cost: $200.00 for 9 sessions. (Scholarships are available.) *CFD: Spirituality

086-008 Feldenkrais Method ® - Awareness Through Movement ® Group Classes Sep 08, 2014-Nov 24, 2014

Lessons are verbally directed active learning exercises relating to aspects of human movement. They are designed to break up habitual patterns and instill new ways of thinking, feeling and moving. The exercises are non-judgmental, non-competitive and self-directed so that each person progresses at his/her own pace. Mats and small pillows provided. Wear comfortable clothing.

NOTE: Registration is required due to space limitations. Classes are limited to 10 participants. If you do not register online, please call 616.514.3325 to make sure there is space still available. You can attend all or selected sessions. Cost: You can register here online for the entire series of 12 sessions for $120.00; or you may pay $10.00 per class, payable at class time.

086-047 Sep 08, 2014-May 12, 2014

The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola form a structure for encountering and loving God more deeply. This adaptation, the Ignatian Retreat in Life, feeds the hunger of our hearts with the Word of God through nine months of prayer and contemplation. Meditating with Scripture over the month’s time is then shared in a small group with a short teaching about Ignatius’s prayer methods and insights into the spiritual life. The price includes all 10 sessions.

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