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Lectio Divina ~ Every Wednesday

December 19, 2018 / Wednesday - December 18, 2019 / Wednesday, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

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Lectio Divina is a way of praying the Scriptures so that the Word of God may penetrate our hearts. This prayerful practice is a blend of silence and slow, prayerful reading of Scripture.

Occurs every Wednesday from 12:00 - 12:30 pm.

 

  • Date: Wednesday 12/19/2018 - Wednesday 12/18/2019
  • Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
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Chair Yoga on Thursday Evenings

May 23, 2019 / Thursday - August 08, 2019 / Thursday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability within the practice. With an emphasis on the breath, alignment, and taking things at your own pace, Chair Yoga brings simplicity to the practice for easeful connection with the healing and restorative benefits yoga offers.

Yoga begins right where I am –
not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.
– Linda Sparrowe

In each yoga session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

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Gentle Yoga on Thursday Evenings

May 23, 2019 / Thursday - August 08, 2019 / Thursday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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This gentle class offers a peaceful session to gradually build strength and range of motion. With this quiet practice, experience how mindful movement and breath work can deliver much-needed nurturing, rest, and clarity.

The body is my temple, asanas are my prayers.
– BKS Iyengar

Using gentle and mindful movement as well as nourishing breath work, Gentle Yoga encourages softly stretching and strengthening. In each session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

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Restorative Yoga on Thursday Evenings

May 23, 2019 / Thursday - August 08, 2019 / Thursday, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Calm the mind and nourish the body with Restorative Yoga. Restorative poses are held on a mat and deeply supported with yoga props. The practice seeks to balance the physical, mental, and spiritual while also experiencing profound rest and relaxation.

Don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga; practice yoga to get better at living.
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Using gentle and mindful movement as well as nourishing breath work, Restorative Yoga encourages softly stretching and strengthening. In each session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

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He Explained to Them the Scriptures: Spring Preached Retreat at Marywood

May 28, 2019 / Tuesday - June 01, 2019 / Saturday

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Father Mark Dean, OMI, writes:

As the disciples walked along the road to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24: 13f) they were joined by a stranger who opened for them a complete new understanding of scriptures well-known to them.

I would like to share with you how, with the help of Fr. James Alison (a stranger, perhaps, to you at this time), I have come to see the Scriptures in a new light… a light whose source is the Risen Christ.

We will first look at a way of understanding ourselves (through a look at how human culture is formed), and how this self-understanding impacts our understanding of God.

We will also look at how the Risen Lord was not at all the kind of Risen Lord which the disciples could have expected. He came to them, quite unexpectedly, as Forgiving Victim.

Then we will look at some well-known parables and see how they may point us in a direction we had not anticipated when seen through the heart of Jesus, the Forgiving Victim. Such new insights may cause us to reconsider how we understand such terms as "God's wrath..." or Atonement theology.

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Father Mark serves at the King’s Retreat House in Belleville, Illinois, providing retreats and presentations.

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Cost: $335 for retreat and meals - or - $460 for retreat, meals, and overnight room. If you would like to register for the retreat and meals, but not overnight space, use the coupon code Scriptures at checkout for the $335 price. 

$200 for Dominican Sisters and other religious. Sisters, please call the front desk to register at this price.

Register with Dominican Center front desk by calling 616.514.3325.

  • Cost: $460.00

Chair Yoga on Tuesday Mornings

May 28, 2019 / Tuesday - August 06, 2019 / Tuesday, 10:30am - 11:30am

Learning Programs

Chair Yoga uses a chair for greater support and stability within the practice. With an emphasis on the breath, alignment, and taking things at your own pace, Chair Yoga brings simplicity to the practice for easeful connection with the healing and restorative benefits yoga offers.

Yoga begins right where I am –
not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.
– Linda Sparrowe

In each yoga session, experience conscious awareness of breath, observe sensations in the body, notice thoughts, and expand the heart center.

Dominican Center’s yoga sessions create a healing space for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions so poses and breath work are accessible to all. For those new to yoga or working with special concerns and injuries, poses are modified and supported with props and detailed instruction for comfort and safety. Props are provided by Dominican Center at no additional cost.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy.

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Zentangle®: Seed to Stem

May 29, 2019 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Zentangle: Seed to Stem, is for those that love Zentangle AND color AND nature-based tangles. Prepare for spring as we explore the power of seed to grow amazing stems and tangles while we enjoy using tools of color such as chalk pencils.

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

Zentangle teaches us not to rush and to take good care of ourselves in the present moment — after all, the present moment is all there is.
- Cathy Malchiodi, Art Therapist

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle Class

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your standard Zentangle supplies (Micron pen, pencil, tortillon).  Learn more at zentangle.com

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  • Cost: $25.00

From Garden to Vineyard: The Forgiving Victim ~What We Learned Along the Way in Our Journey with Jesus

May 30, 2019 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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To understand Jesus as the Forgiving Victim, Father Mark Dean, OMI, uses the work of René Girard and James Alison to look at how we, as humans, are shaped according to the desires of others. Join us as we journey from Garden to Vineyard and ...

... Explore the nature of God - a God who is neither violent nor in rivalry with us.

... Travel to the Garden of Eden to experience the plucking of the "forbidden" fruit to better understand this Forgiving Victim.

... Look to Jesus' parables to transform their understanding of how the Victim always chooses forgiveness and nonviolence to transform our hearts and souls.

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  • Presenter: Father Mark Dean, OMI
  • Date: Thursday 05/30/2019
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: $15.00

Trauma-Informed Yoga (Summer Session I)

June 04, 2019 / Tuesday - July 09, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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In Trauma-Informed Yoga, discover the power of grounding, restoration, identity, and transformation (GRIT), which is an empowering and foundational six-week system for healing from trauma. This model invites you to re-connect with your body through somatic movement, meditation, and creative writing as you explore your relationship with yourself and transform the narrative of your life.

Trauma-Informed Yoga is taught by Kayla Morgan of Resilient Roots Yoga

Cost: $10.00 per session

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June Reflective Film Series: Dheepan

June 07, 2019 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Join us for the Reflective Film Series, Dheepan. The film tells the story of three Tamil refugees who flee the civil war-ravaged Sri Lanka and come Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIto France, in the hope of reconstructing their lives. The film won the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It was later shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Rated R

Popcorn and soda provided.

Co-sponsored by Dominican Associates. Special thanks to Zulema Moret, Dominican Associate, for her generosity.

  • Date: Friday 06/07/2019
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Introducing and Exploring Zentangle® (June Session)

June 12, 2019 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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In Introducing and Exploring Zentangle, learn the benefits of the Zentangle Drawing Method, as well as techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. Discover the gifts of relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, new practices for problem-solving, and uncover new ways to see beauty and to embrace the unexpected.

A wonderful way for a person to grow in a quiet meditative atmosphere, expressing their creativity and sharing in the process with others.
- Zentangle Participant

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle Method is a form of artistic expression and meditation that allows you to create beautiful images using techniques of drawing structured patterns and reflective prompts. No previous art experience required.

Beginners welcome! Supplies included.

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  • Cost: $35.00

From Homelands to Strange Lands

June 15, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am - 11:30am

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Why are people fleeing from homelands for strange lands? What are the root causes of migration today?

Disease, disaster, economic crisis, danger… the reasons people migrate aren’t so different today than they were at other times in history. Beyond such extremes of suffering, familial connections are global, as are economies. What does that have to do with why people flee home countries? That’s exactly what Joan Williams, OP, and an interfaith pilgrimage to Honduras in March 2019 set out to explore.

Join us for a study and contemplative program about right relationship and migration. Let’s explore our worldviews together and look through lenses that differ from our own.

Guided by Sister Joan Williams, we will look through her eyes to meet the people of Honduras and better understand why people are fleeing from homelands to strange lands. She will share first-hand what impacts their day-to-day lives in neighborhoods, villages, and places of work. She will give us a greater sense of how policies and practices in Honduras, and in our own country, have and continue to influence the Honduran reality of today. Her sharing is based on her own experience of 19 years of living and ministering in San Pedro Sula, Honduras; reflection on her return to the United States; and her experiences on the reverse caravan pilgrimage to explore the root causes of migration.

Cost: $25 / $10 students (students use code HOME at check out)

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FD: Evangelization

  • Presenter: Sister Joan Williams, OP
  • Date: Saturday 06/15/2019
  • Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Cost: $25.00

Greet the Morning in Gratitude

June 19, 2019 / Wednesday - July 31, 2019 / Wednesday, 6:00am - 7:00am

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Greet the morning in gratitude in this eight-week program of reflective and contemplative walking with one another. This practice helps us start each day anew, step-by-step releasing disappointments and recommitting to joy and hope. We hope to re-inspire those who are in the service of others, which is a category that includes all of us. Whether you walk with your feet or move with the assistance of cane, walker, or wheelchair, we welcome you to Greet the Morning in Gratitude. The pace is your own.

Dates:

  • June 19, 2019
  • June 26, 2019
  • July 3, 2019
  • July 10, 2019
  • July 17, 2019
  • July 24, 2019
  • July 31, 2019
  • August 7, 2019

Cost: Free-will donation

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Discovering Our Common Ground

June 19, 2019 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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In Discovering Our Common Ground, we invite all to this experiential and interactive evening that uses the transformative tool of acting and role play in helping us shift our thoughts, beliefs, and actions as we explore alternative responses and reactions to real life scenarios. Watch as this experience shifts our thoughts, which transforms our responses.

Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.
- Augusto Boal

This experiential method, developed by Augusto Boal, has given audiences safe platforms to express diverse thoughts and opinions. It allows all those who participate an opportunity to listen to perspectives, share their own, and visualize how it all plays out in real time.

Join us for an experience that brings light to how we consciously or unconsciously participate in advancing civility. The awareness of this is often the first step to transformation and helps us choose responses that work for the power of good. Come ready to participate.

Cost: $15 / Students: $5

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FD: Spirituality

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Write Your Heart Out: Shine Your Light

June 20, 2019 / Thursday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

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Write Your Heart Out | With Sandra Mitchell, certified coach and writer | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIIn Write Your Heart Out: Shine Your Light, celebrate the summer solstice that graces us with light and warmth by joining us for a transformational writing experience that focuses on shining your own light. As you put pen to paper, observe the radiance that pours from you, discover your deepest truths, and allow your heart’s energy to create both art and change.

Your light is more magnificent than sunrise or sunset.
― Rumi

Write Your Heart Out is a writing circle facilitated by Sandra Mitchell, certified coach and writer. Using stillness, writing prompts, sharing, and non-judgmental feedback, these reflective writing experiences are open to writers of all levels.

Read more about transformational writing experiences >

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $35.00

Zentangle®: Resistance is Beautiful

June 25, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Using a special pen-resistance technique, you will create seemingly invisible patterns that will stand out when you add color using special colored markers and water brushes. Final touches will include adding tangles and sparkle to your works of art.

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

The Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor and model for inspiring a deliberate artistry in life.
- www.zentangle.com

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle class.

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your standard Zentangle supplies (Micron pen, pencil, tortillon).

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  • Cost: $25.00

Soothing Silence: A Gift to Our World

July 16, 2019 / Tuesday, 9:30am - 11:00am

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In this contemplative program, Soothing Silence: A Gift to Our World, Jeanne Lound Schaller teaches that children are never too young to help build a better world and adults are never too old to live, daily, honoring their God-given gifts, thus inspiring all generations.

See what needs to be done, do it, and then ask God if it’s possible.
- Jeanne Lound Schaller

Soothing Silence | Desert in My Backyard: One Woman's Journey Into Silence | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIAt age 73, through her current work as a coordinator for restorative practices in education, Jeanne is committed to helping build a better world by teaching about the gifts of inner and outer silence and how soothing silence can transform how we deal with little and big conflicts.

Sharing stories from her book, Desert in My Backyard: One Woman’s Journey into Silence, Jeanne inspires and teaches through the life journey she shared with her husband and children, and a backyard prayer house built almost 40 years ago in Midland, Michigan.

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FD: Evangelization

  • Cost: $15.00

A Return to Civil Discourse

July 18, 2019 / Thursday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

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In A Return to Civil Discourse, we will explore how we all yearn for a connection with others. We gravitate toward people who support our perspectives and worldviews hoping to impact our communities to work for good. Conversely, we find ourselves trying to convince and convert others to our beliefs and points of view.

The campaign season is upon us, and very few are looking forward to being inundated with messages from both sides of the political divide promoting fear and proclaiming who is right and who is wrong.

Civil discourse is a conversation in which there is a mutual airing of views without rancor. It is not a contest of who is right and who is wrong, but it is a process intended to promote greater understanding. It is our ability to do just that, which moves us to a greater level of understanding and engagement to work for the common good. Join us and discover ways to engage in civil discourse, a discourse grounded in the belief that civility is not weakness. And that compromise is not surrender.

Facilitators:

  • Victoria Vuletich, Center for Civil Discourse and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • Ann Walters, OP, Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids
  • Gleaves Whitney, Director of the Haunstein Center (special guest)

Cost: $25 / $10 students (students use code CIVIL at check out)

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FD: Evangelization

  • Presenter: Sister Ann Walters, OP , Victoria Vuletich, Center for Civil Discourse, Gleaves Whitney, Director of the Haunstein Center
  • Date: Thursday 07/18/2019
  • Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: $25.00

Zentangle®: Celtic Knots

July 18, 2019 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Expand your Zentangle practice and explore the interconnected, peaceful paths of Celtic knots. Tangle your way through the loops and consider how they could represent love, friendship, loyalty, or eternity while creating a beautiful work of art.

Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle class.

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your Micron pen, pencil, and tortillon. Learn more at zentangle.com.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $25.00

Lowering Stress and Anxiety Naturally

July 22, 2019 / Monday, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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In this workshop, you will learn how to naturally lower stress and anxiety so you can experience body peace in both mind and body. Sam Kalawart with The Healing Space will be teaching you how to effortlessly strengthen your nervous system by using a combination of food, nutrients, breath work, meditation, and mindfulness. If you are ready to embark on a natural healing journey to deepen your own mind+body connection and naturally lower stress in your life this is a starting place.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Sam Kalawart
  • Date: Monday 07/22/2019
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Cost: $25.00

Celebrating Saint Mary Magdalene

July 22, 2019 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Saint Mary Magdalene is “the one who loved Christ and who was loved by Him” and in her honor the “paradigm of the ministry of women in the Church” is recognized. These are the words of Pope Francis celebrating Saint Mary Magdalene’s July 22 Feast Day.

But who was this Mary? Where did all the distortions of her life originate? Why did the Dominicans choose her as the patron of their Order? Together, we will search the Scriptures for her historical footprint and for gender criticism of her story. We will conclude with a short prayer in her honor. Please bring a Bible with you.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic,[a] “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her. (John 20: 11-18)

DID YOU KNOW?: In 1295, the Dominican Order was given care of the Shrine of St. Mary Magdalene at Le Sainte Baum (the Holy Cave), in southeastern France. Because she carried the news of the Resurrection to the apostles, she was referred to as the “Apostle of the Apostles,” and from the beginnings of the Dominican Order, she was proclaimed co-patroness of the newly founded apostolic Order of Friars Preachers. St Catherine of Alexandria is also named the co-patroness with St. Mary Magdalene.

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FD: Theology

  • Cost: $15.00

Trauma-Informed Yoga (Summer Session II)

July 23, 2019 / Tuesday - August 27, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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In Trauma-Informed Yoga, discover the power of grounding, restoration, identity, and transformation (GRIT), which is an empowering and foundational six-week system for healing from trauma. This model invites you to re-connect with your body through somatic movement, meditation, and creative writing as you explore your relationship with yourself and transform the narrative of your life.

Trauma-Informed Yoga is taught by Kayla Morgan of Resilient Roots Yoga

Cost: $10.00 per session

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FD: Spirituality

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Feldenkrais Method®: Awareness with Movement® (ATM®)

July 27, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am - 3:00pm

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Awareness of Movement (ATM) uses slow, mindful movements to achieve powerful effects in terms of strength, flexibility, and holistic integration of body and mind. Unique to the Feldenkrais Method, ATM ties directly into functional movements of daily life, such as walking efficiently, safely lifting objects, and improving one’s posture in sitting or standing.

Our only limitation is our belief that it is so.
– Moshe Feldenkrais

This workshop focuses on ways to greater freedom and ease of movement in the spine, from the neck down through the lower back, and teaches how less can be more as one understands the brain’s way of healing. As we improve our health in body and mind, we open the path for deeper spiritual growth.

What to Bring/Wear: Loose, flexible, comfortable clothing to allow movement. Bring a mat that allows limbs/trunk to slide or a blanket with a sheet AND a towel to support your head, as needed. This workshop will involve movements in a chair and on the floor.

Cost: $110, includes continental breakfast and lunch.

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  • Cost: $110.00

Creative Transformation: Quieting the Voices in Your Head

July 30, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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In Creative Transformation: Quieting the Voices in Your Head, acknowledge the ways you may be hard on yourself, making it difficult to listen to anything but the negative chatter in your mind. In this session, challenge your inner critic with an art and writing process that focuses on self-love and empowerment. Creative Transformation: Quieting the Voices in Your Head will remind us that we are all children of God, which supports us in befriending and quieting our disempowering thoughts, and helps us move toward living a more spiritually-fulfilled life.

Creative Transformation programs are facilitated by Art Therapist Leara Glinzak, owner of I Light. She is recognized for her gentle and interactive sessions as she guides participants through a creative process that contributes to healing and growth in times of transition and change. Participants do not need any artistic experience….just life experience.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $35.00

Voices of Change: Michigan and the World (Film and Discussion)

July 31, 2019 / Wednesday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

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Uncovering difficult truths is something the Order of Preachers has done throughout history — all for the sake of protecting the common good. In Voices of Change: Michigan and the World, join us for a viewing of The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs, followed by post-film reflections by Ardeth Platte, OP, and Carol Gilbert, OP, where we will throw open the windows for a civil discussion about peace, humanity, and care for our common home.

The first casualty of war is truth. The rest are mostly civilians.

For Sister Ardeth Platte and Sister Carol Gilbert preaching and teaching peace are lifetime commitments. They envision a world free from nuclear weapons. Rooted in prayer, community, study, and service, their unwavering resolve to seek right relationship with the global community and with planet Earth inspires hope that action has impact and makes a difference. In the 1980s, they raised their voices against plans to build nuclear missile installations in Michigan; public dissent led to legislators passing permanent laws prohibiting nuclear weapons in our state. Their involvement with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for leading the collective international voices and diplomacy that created the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Watch a trailer for The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs

Cost: $15  / Free  to  Pax  Christi  members.                          

Sponsored by Pax Christi West Michigan

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $15.00

Spiritual Director Conversation ~ Market With Heart

August 08, 2019 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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~ Spiritual Director Conversations ~
Join the spiritual director community in contemplative conversation and learning.

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If you feel called to grow your spiritual direction ministry, but are unsure where to begin, join this Spiritual Director Conversation, Market With Heart.

When you allow yourself to be guided by your vision, your desire to serve, and your inner wisdom, then you are marketing with heart.
– Sandra Mitchell

Spiritual Director Conversation: Market With Heart with Sandra Mitchell, Coach and Writer | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIDuring this contemplative conversation receive information and guidance to take simple first steps toward sharing the word of your ministry to those who may benefit most; explore what may be standing in the way of you expanding your ministry; learn more about the basic tools of marketing, including websites, social media, and more; and participate in an extended question and answer session.

Cost: $15 (Fee waived for spiritual directors actively practicing at Dominican Center. Use the code HEART at checkout if you are a spiritual director.)

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Zentangle®: Tangled Camellias

August 13, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

The beautiful petals of the Camellia flower make wonderful strings to fill with tangles in this nature-based Zentangle class. Learn how to layer watercolors and clear glaze Gelly Roll to add texture and a new depth to your work of art.

A wonderful way for a person to grow in a quiet meditative atmosphere, expressing their creativity and sharing in the process with others.
- Zentangle Participant

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at zentangle.com

*Prerequisite: Must have completed an Exploring or Introduction to Zentangle class.

TOOLS NEEDED: Please bring your standard Zentangle supplies (Micron pen, pencil, tortillon; the white Gelly Roll is optional).

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $25.00

Creative Transformation: Visual Journaling

August 20, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

We are so used to communicating through verbal and auditory ways, yet many of us also communicate visually and learn using visual cues, so why not process visually too? In this session, you will make and use a visual journal to support processing through life’s daily journey and to gain a stronger awareness of the relationships with others and your relationship with yourself. No artistic skill is required.

Creative Transformation programs are facilitated by Art Therapist Leara Glinzak, owner of I Light. She is recognized for her gentle and interactive sessions as she guides participants through a creative process that contributes to healing and growth in times of transition and change. Participants do not need any artistic experience….just life experience.

Cost includes materials. Limited to 15 participants.

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FD: Spirituality

Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum

September 09, 2019 / Monday - May 11, 2020 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

The 9-month Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum is for experienced spiritual directors who feel called to journey more deeply into their ministry supporting other directors. Recognizing our own shadows and strengths makes us more available to the Spirit through self-awareness and interior freedom. We will explore: God’s movements during direction sessions; contemplative prayer using the Examen; models of peer group supervision; and the role of the supervisor.

Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum Dates:

  • September 9, 2019
  • October 14, 2019
  • November 11, 2019
  • December 9, 2019
  • January 13, 2020
  • February 10, 2020
  • March 9, 2020
  • April 13, 2020
  • May 11, 2020

Cost does not include book fee.

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  • Cost: $320.00

Introducing and Exploring Zentangle® (September Session)

September 09, 2019 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Learn the benefits of the Zentangle Drawing Method, as well as techniques and basic steps of creating a Zentangle work of art. Discover the gifts of relaxation, expanded awareness, enhanced focus, new practices for problem-solving, and uncover new ways to see beauty and to embrace the unexpected.

Led by Amy W.M. Kam, Certified Zentangle Teacher, the Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, learn more about Zentangle at zentangle.com

A wonderful way for a person to grow in a quiet meditative atmosphere, expressing their creativity and sharing in the process with others.
- Zentangle Participant

Beginners welcome; no previous experience required. Supplies included.

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  • Date: Monday 09/09/2019
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: $35.00

Dominican Spirituality

September 10, 2019 / Tuesday - May 12, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

For 100 years the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have had a significant local and global presence and have been in service to many communities, especially those living in the margins of our society. This Order of Preachers is guided by a common spirituality.

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Dominican Spirituality is rooted in prayer and study for the sake of service and community. As you come to understand  Dominican Spirituality, through this course of study, you will grow in appreciation of the lived experiences and teachings of many holy men and women who have inspired it. Join us as we reflect on the teachings of St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Dominic, Meister Eckhart, and others. Discover how these teachings remain relevant to us today. We invite you to gain a deeper insight and appreciation for the grounding roots of the Dominican Sisters in hopes of deepening your own spiritual growth.

Series Dates:

  • September 10, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • December 10, 2019
  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 20, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $200.00

JustEngagement: The Power to Change and Transform Injustice

September 12, 2019 / Thursday - November 07, 2019 / Thursday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

JustEngagement: The Power to Change is a module is dedicated to understanding how advocacy and organizing affect systemic change. Rooted in Christian teachings, our shared study will enlighten us to how our faith requires us to move to action as we work for justice.

God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
- Micah 6:8

JustFaith Ministries LogoHow do our Christian beliefs align with our desire to walk in right relationship with those living in the margins and in vulnerable situations? We will spend eight sessions finding our voice in the face of injustices and learn about tools and strategies that help us as we advocate and organize. Every contemplative action raises our hope that we CAN transform the world one action at a time. This program was developed by JustFaith Ministries.

Cost: $120 / $90 faith leaders (use the code ENGAGE at checkout if you are a faith leader)
Includes two books, program guide filled with readings and prayers, an immersion experience, and refreshments and Dominican Sisters cookies at each session.

Dates:

  • September 12, 2019
  • September 19, 2019
  • September 26, 2019
  • October 3, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
  • October 17, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
  • November 7, 2019

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FD: Evangelization

  • Presenter: Margarita Solis-Deal, Dominican Center Director
  • Date: Thursday 09/12/2019 - Thursday 11/07/2019
  • Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $120.00

Ignatian Retreat

September 17, 2019 / Tuesday - May 19, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Featured Programs

The Spiritual Exercises form a structure for encountering and loving God more deeply. They are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God.

Go forth and set the world on fire.
- St. Ignatius of Loyola

This adaptation from the 30-Day Ignatian Retreat feeds the hunger of our hearts with the Word of God.  The Ignatian retreat is a retreat in daily life. Through nine months of prayer, contemplation, and community, participants will explore Ignatius prayer methods and insight into the spiritual through personally meditating with Scripture and engaging in small group conversations and reflection.

Series Dates:

  • September 17, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 17, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 19, 2020

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  • Cost: $200.00

Be Still in Sacred Spaces: A Morning of Relaxation and Peace

September 28, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Featured Programs

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. Come on your own, invite a friend, or gather with a special group to Be Still in Sacred Spaces.

Participants may choose three sessions. Continental breakfast included.

Gentle Yoga: Come Home to Yourself with Kathy JulienReturn home to yourself as you build awareness of your breath, observe the body's sensations, and expand the heart. 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 creativity and faith, when woven together, create centering. 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 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.

Sacred Scripture, with Nahed Fernando - Experience a contemplative reading of Sacred Scripture, guided meditation, and time of contemplation. Through stillness, journaling, and sharing we will seek more presence and openness as our spirits move into a deeper awareness of God.

Write Your Way to Stillness, with Sandra Mitchell - Using guided contemplation, a writing prompt, sharing, and non-judgmental feedback, this transformational writing experience is open to writers of all levels. As you put pen to paper, discover your deepest truths and allow your heart’s energy to create healing stillness.

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 meditation creates a safe space to discover new ways to open up to your self-expression and allows you to see the beauty in all things.

  • Cost: $25.00