Discovering the sacred in our daily lives through photography allows us to learn by the act of framing a moment in time. When you are in the flow of capturing photos, it becomes a
spiritual discipline - you are praying with your eyes and your heart.
Spirituality Through a Camera Lens gently guides us in seeing the holy in our lives and capturing it in our photography. Over four sessions, participants of all levels will be coached through artistic and technical skills of camera use; complete photo assignments in and outside of each class; and share the sacred stories of their photographs with one another.
At the conclusion of the course, participants are invited to add a photo to an exhibit at Dominican Center at Marywood Art Gallery Please bring your camera to each session. Cell phones and cameras are welcomed.
Cost: $45 / students $10
The best gift that you can give the world is a you that is fully present. Come, retreat to a place focused on quieting the environment around and all that is within you. Learn to respond to your need and longing for time and space to renew body, mind, and spirit. Retreat fees include continental breakfast.
Gentle Yoga: Come Home to Yourself, with Kathy Julien - Return home to yourself as you build awareness of your breath, observe the body's sensations, notice thoughts, and expand the heart. As you move through this practice, explore how mindful movement and breath work can deliver much-needed nurturing, rest, and clarity. Gentle yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions.
I Light: Release and Trust the Journey, with Leara Glinzak, MSAT - Using an art experiential, explore how imagination, creativity, and faith, when woven together, creates centering. During this session, ground in your faith and experience a creative process and an art therapy directive that will guide you on an introspective journey.
Labyrinth Walk: Connect With Your Truth, with Susan Duesbery - Known as a path of prayer, or as a path of meditation, the labyrinth has an uncanny ability to help access our deepest truths. In challenging times, labyrinth walking graciously offers profound guidance on how to navigate our journeys with an open, loving heart.
Moving Meditation, with Nahed Fernando - Nature is your spiritual companion for this contemplative walk through the St. Francis Garden for Prayer and Meditation. Walking meditation allows us use the physical, mental, and spiritual experience of walking to develop our ability to take awareness of the holy and sacred within our ordinary lives.
Seated Stillness: Finding Sacred Space Within, with Sandra Mitchell - In this restful session, using seated guided meditation, silence, and gentle inquiry of the heart, seek stillness and discernment of what will best serve you in your journey of finding sacred space within.
Zentangle®: Be Present, with Amy Kam, CZT - The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This artistic form of meditation creates a safe space for you to discover new ways to open up to your self-expression, and allows you to explore how to overcome perfection and see the beauty in all things.
Reserve your space today by registering and paying online.
In this Tuesday Tabletalk - Forgiveness: A Response to Hate, explore the teachings on forgiveness that are found in all faith traditions. We have all suffered due to the wrongs done to us. Others have been hurt by our own actions. Many of us look to our faith for guidance on how to forgive, when to forgive, and why to forgive.
Faith traditions teach us that true forgiveness leads to peace; yet this is nota natural response for many of us. Many times we remain in the tension that exists in the decision to grant and receive forgiveness, or not. Connected by our common humanity, we gather this evening in an open and safe conversation on forgiveness.
Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, Marcel "Fable the Poet" Price and Rev. Madelyn Thompson will share with us their compelling reflections on forgiveness to guide us into safe conversations. We will lean into forgiveness and gain insights from others gathered around the dinner table.
Cost includes vegetarian meal.
Cost: $20 / $10 students, use coupon code studenttabletalk for this discount
Ilka Handshaw, the inspiring local author of Are We Awakened Yet? guides us toward practical steps that make a difference in sustaining life in our planet by caring for our common home. By providing credible current data on earth's imbalance, Ilka will raise our level of consciousness to the urgency for action and how we can start now to make a difference. The feeling of being overwhelmed by the enormity of global, climate and environmental issues may lead us to inaction even though we have a desire to make a difference. Ilka challenges us to wake up and move and show us how our local actions matter and contribute towards bringing balance. Join us as we learn of direction and immediate ways we can implement acts of kindness and compassion as we care for our earth. Be with others wanting to wake up and move to action to save our planet, our only home.