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Lectio Divina ~ Every Wednesday

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

Learning Programs

Lectio Divina (literally divine or sacred reading) is a prayerful practice that allows us to become personally immersed in the Scriptures so that the Word of God may penetrate our hearts.

This centering prayer practice is a blend of silence and slow, prayerful reading of Scripture. Father Thomas Keating describes the four stages of Lectio Divina as compass points around a circle, with the Holy Spirit moving seamlessly between them.

The four stages of this prayerful practice:

  • Read the Scripture
    Listen with the ear of your heart
  • Reflect on the meaning of the Scriptural passage 
    Become aware of what touches you and is meaningful to you in the selected Scripture
  • Pray to God
    Respond spontaneously to the Word of God and offer any prayer that rises up
  • Contemplate the Word of God
    Rest in the Word of God and allow God to speak in the silence

To learn more about Lectio Divina or to practice this ancient way of praying, join us each Wednesday, Noon – 12:30 pm pm, in the Meditation Chapel located at the back of Dominican Chapel at Marywood. All are welcome.

  • Date: Wednesday 06/12/2019 - Wednesday 12/18/2019
  • Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Chair Yoga on Thursday Evenings

September 05, 2019 / Thursday - December 19, 2019 / Thursday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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.

Please note there will be no yoga on Thursday, November 28 due to the holiday.

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  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 09/05/2019 - Thursday 12/19/2019
  • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Series Dates:
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Gentle Yoga on Thursday Evenings

September 05, 2019 / Thursday - December 19, 2019 / Thursday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Learning Programs

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.

Please note there will be no yoga on Thursday, November 28 due to the holiday.

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  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 09/05/2019 - Thursday 12/19/2019
  • Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Series Dates:
  • - Available Capacity: 30
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Restorative Yoga on Thursday Evenings

September 05, 2019 / Thursday - December 19, 2019 / Thursday, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

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.
- unknown

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.

Please note there will be no yoga on Thursday, November 28 due to the holiday.

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  • Presenter: Rhonda Markham, Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday 09/05/2019 - Thursday 12/19/2019
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Series Dates:
  • - Available Capacity: 30
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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:
$320 (does not include book fee)

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  • Cost: $320.00

Contemplative Interspiritual Group

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

Learning Programs

Join this contemplative interspiritual group that practices interspiritual and interfaith companioning. We will explore and participate in contemplative practices from global faith traditions to move us in deeper union with the Divine. All faith traditions welcome.

In collaboration with Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

Dates:

  • September 9, 2019
  • October 7, 2019
  • November 4, 2019
  • December 9, 2019

Cost: Free-will offering

FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Trauma-Informed Yoga

September 09, 2019 / Monday - December 30, 2019 / Monday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learning Programs

In Trauma-Informed Yoga, discover the power of grounding, restoration, identity, and transformation (GRIT), which is an empowering and foundational approach 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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  • Cost: $10.00
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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

Ignatian Retreat

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

Learning 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

Spirituality Through A Camera Lens

October 15, 2019 / Tuesday - December 17, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In Spirituality Through a Camera Lens discover the sacred in each other and in everyday moments. Being still to frame a moment in time requires us to slow down and to notice. In capturing a photo, the photographer is intentional. When photographing people, we learn to engage, develop trust, connect, and lean into each other.

It's less what the eye sees and more what the soul feels.
- unknown

This program gently guides you in seeing the holy that surrounds us all. Over six sessions, participants of all levels will be guided through artistic and technical skills of camera use; will sharpen their contemplative focus on life and living; and share sacred stories of photographs with one another. Please bring your camera or camera cell phone to each session.

Series Dates:

  • October 15, 2019
  • October 22, 2019
  • November 5, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 3, 2019
  • December 17, 2019

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $90.00

Zentangle®: ZenGems

November 19, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In Zentangle: ZenGems, refocus the mind and heart in this special session that will combine learning how to make beautiful hand-drawn gemstones and creating a tangled setting to hold the gem. Your completed artwork can be a gift to yourself or someone special that serves as a gentle reminder of the peace that resides within.

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

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 www.zentangle.com.

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

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

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  • Cost: $25.00

Spiritual Director Conversation ~ Advent Reflection: Discerning Our Yes as Spiritual Directors

December 03, 2019 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

~ Spiritual Director Conversation ~
Join the spiritual director community in life-long formation

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Join us for this beautiful time to refresh your Gospel walk and your soul during the hopeful season of Advent.

During Advent, we are encouraged to contemplate the Divine indwelling constantly unfolding within and around us. In the ministry of spiritual direction, the transformative stories we hear are an invitation to give our attentiveness to the Christ-life being born in us and through us.

In this Spiritual Director Conversation, we will ponder the story of The Annunciation, focusing on Mary’s experiences and her YES. In what ways did she discern her response to her call?  What information does this give us as we say YES to living with a listening heart? What imagery of the Holy unfolds within us? How does this deepening affect our ministry?

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

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $15.00

Zentangle®: Gifts of Gold

December 05, 2019 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In this Zentangle: Gift of Gold program, give yourself the gift of time away from the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in creative mindfulness as you learn to tangle with gold ink on black tiles. Tiles and a gold Gelly Roll pen to keep are included in the price of the class.

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

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).

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  • Cost: $25.00

Enneagram and Relationships

December 07, 2019 / Saturday, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Learning Programs

The Enneagram is a tool that gives insight and understanding to how we view and interpret who we are in relationships with others. In Enneagram and Relationships, heighten your understanding of how you navigate through relationships. We invite you to come and discover ways that you can strengthen and create healthy relationships by understanding the role you play in them and by deepening your awareness of how others approach a relationship with you. Coming to understand the enneatypes, particularly one’s individual type through our dynamics of relationships, gives insights into discovering and owning one’s goodness.

Knowing your enneatype, or having a leaning toward an enneatype, is required for this program.

Cost: $85, includes continental breakfast and lunch

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  • Cost: $85.00

Introducing and Exploring Zentangle® (January Session)

January 08, 2020 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

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. Beginners welcome! Supplies included.

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. Learn more at www.zentangle.com.

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  • Cost: $35.00

Zentangle®: Dynamic Dingbatz

January 28, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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In Zentangle: Dynamic Dingbatz, create and use tangled, artful elements that have been used as enhancements in typography for hundreds of years. We'll explore the application of Dingbatz on Envelops, cards, and bookmarks. As you open yourself up to the possibilities of the new year, set aside this time for a mindful focus of how small creative touches can deliver much joy.

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 www.zentangle.com.

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

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

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  • Date: Tuesday 01/28/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: $25.00

Dominican Associates' Saint Series ~ St. Josephine Bakhita, Ex-Slave and Sister

April 21, 2020 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learning Programs

The Saint Series is a presentation and conversation with Dominican Associates that shines light on the many holy women and men in service of God.

Dominican Associates are non-vowed women and men who desire to practice their Christian faith in the spirit of the Dominican Order of Preachers. Interested in Dominican Associate Life? Visit grdominicans.org/associates.

If I were to meet the slave-traders who kidnapped me and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands, for if that did not happen, I would not be a Christian and Religious today.
- St. Bakhita

About St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of the Sudan and human trafficking survivors. Learn from her courage, her faith, and her strength.

All are welcome.

FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Cynthia Bailey
  • Date: Tuesday 04/21/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Dominican Associates' Saint Series ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit, Philospher, Paleontologist

May 20, 2020 / Wednesday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Learning Programs

The Saint Series is a presentation and conversation with Dominican Associates that shines light on the many holy women and men in service of God.

Dominican Associates are non-vowed women and men who desire to practice their Christian faith in the spirit of the Dominican Order of Preachers. Interested in Dominican Associate Life? Visit grdominicans.org/associates.

About Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a French idealist philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of Peking Man. He conceived the vitalist idea of the Omega Point (a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which he believed the universe was evolving), and he developed Vladimir Vernadsky's concept of noosphere. Although a monitum was issued in regard to some of Teilhard's ideas, he has been posthumously praised by Pope Benedict XVI and other eminent Catholic figures, and his theological teachings were cited by Pope Francis in the 2015 encyclical, Laudato si'. (Source: www.wikipedia.com)

All are welcome.

FD: Spirituality

  • Presenter: Mary Nausadis
  • Date: Wednesday 05/20/2020
  • Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

Called to be a Spiritual Director - Spiritual Director Practicum (Year 1)

September 11, 2020 / Friday - May 15, 2021 / Saturday

Dominican Associates

A Spiritual Director holds sacred the many stories heard in a one-on-one relationship or in a trusted group.

The Spiritual Director Practicum…

... is filled with contemplative spiritual practices, prayer study, and shared reflection
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strengthens our ability to stay present
... attunes our listening to sense how the Holy Spirit is present in our lives and in the lives of others
... looks to Spiritual Giants to mentor participants during the formation process
...reminds that the ultimate healer holds up director and directee in all ways

Using an Ignatian spiritual framework, you are encouraged to find meaning in every moment. You are given space to deepen your relationship with God - the God who loves us into life. Through the process, move closer to uncovering your authentic self that guides the discernment of your calling.

Details

  • Cost: $2,000/year, plus book fees
  • Application process required
  • Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality

Dates

  • September 11-12, 2020
  • October 9-10, 2020
  • November 13-14, 2020
  • December 4-5, 2020
  • January 15-16, 2021
  • February 12-13, 2021
  • March 12-13, 2021
  • April 16-17, 2021
  • May 14-15, 2021

For more information, please visit our Called to be a Spiritual Director page.

 

Spiritual Companioning: Acting with Holy Presence

September 15, 2020 / Tuesday - May 11, 2021 / Tuesday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Explore what it means to live in the presence of a loving God so you can see and hear the presence of God as you companion with others.

Do you feel a longing to deepen your faith? Continual spiritual formation expands our hearts and deepens our path to living more spiritually in this world. Spiritual Companioning deepens our sacred presence by examining how we listen to ourselves and others with our ears always attuned to the Spirit, compassionate and loving. Through this 9-month study, experience, learn processes and practices in contemplative listening, writing, and group sharing,

Are you ready to deepen your capacity to be present to yourself and to others with a discerning mind and heart? Are you ready to discover true peace as you learn to listen without judgment? This spiritual formation experience cultivates an understanding of how to listen and recognize the holy within the context of our lives and in the context of personal transformation, cultural traditions, societal changes, and global concerns. 

Dates
The Spiritual Companioning program meets Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • September 15, 2020
  • October 13, 2020
  • November 10, 2020
  • December 8, 2020
  • January 12, 2021
  • February 9, 2021
  • March 9, 2021
  • April 13, 2021
  • May 11, 2021

Cost: $475/year, plus book fees

Prerequisite: Foundations in Spirituality or Foundations in Wisdom

For more information, please visit our Spiritual Companioning page.

  • Cost: $475.00

Foundations in Spirituality: Guided by the Longing for a Deeper Relationship with God

September 19, 2020 / Saturday - May 21, 2021 / Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Learning Programs

Foundations in Spirituality is a serious reflective study that opens our minds and hearts to the teachings and life examples of the great Christian spiritual teachers that continue to deepen our present spiritual journey.

Christ will make His home in your heart as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong.
- Ephesians 3:17

Explore the rich preaching of St. Dominic; the unbreakable faith of St. Teresa of Avila; the deep spirituality of St. John of the Cross; the life-giving wisdom of the Beguines; the fortitude of John Calvin; the daily prayerful life of St. Ignatius; and the lives of many more who continue to enrich our own faith and spirituality.

The course introduces the practice of contemplative prayer as grounding practices for living a richer spiritual life. Respond to the yearning in your heart for a deeper relationship with God by returning to the Foundations in Spirituality.

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Grow in understanding and appreciation of the diverse ways God has been present to and involved in the lives of the great spiritual teachers and guides throughout history
  • Encourage awareness, commitment to, and integration of the spiritual journey in daily life through writing and living a personal rule of life
  • Develop an understanding of contemplative attitudes and presence as basic to living a spiritual life
  • Provide opportunity for an introductory study of writings from the spiritual classics for the purpose of reflection, discussion, and personal appropriation
  • Foster respect for the diversity in past and present theology and spirituality.
  • To present basic principles and tools for discernment that are useful for personal, prayerful decision making

Details

  • Cost: $600, plus book fees
  • A required book of readings will be available for purchase at the Dominican Center Bookstore
  • Each session includes continental breakfast and lunch

Dates
Saturdays, 9:30am - 4:30 pm

  • September 19, 2020
  • October 24, 2020
  • November 21, 2020
  • December 12, 2020
  • January 23, 2021
  • February 20, 2021
  • March 20, 2021
  • April 24, 2021
  • May 22, 2021
  • Cost: $600.00