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Ignatian Retreat

September 10, 2018 / Monday - May 13, 2019 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Featured Programs

The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola form a structure for encountering and loving God more deeply. This adaptation from the 30-Day Ignatian Retreat feeds the hunger of our hearts with the Word of God.

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

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 10, 2018
  • October 8, 2018
  • November 12, 2018
  • December 10, 2018
  • January 14, 2019
  • February 11, 2019
  • March 11, 2019
  • April 8, 2019
  • May 13, 2019

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  • Cost: $200.00

Contemplative Interspiritual Group

September 17, 2018 / Monday - December 03, 2018 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Join this interfaith contemplative group that practices interspiritual 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 17, 2018
  • October 22, 2018
  • December 3, 2018

Cost: Free-will offering

FD: Spirituality

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  • Presenter: Brian McCourt, Spiritual Director
  • Date: Monday 09/17/2018 - Monday 12/03/2018
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
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Dominican Spirituality

September 17, 2018 / Monday - May 20, 2019 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

Discover Dominican spirituality. It is a spirituality rooted in prayer study for the sake of service and community. Be inspired to grow in your spirituality through the lived experiences and teachings of St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Meister Eckhart.

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

 

Series Dates:

  • September 17, 2018
  • October 15, 2018
  • November 19, 2018
  • December 17, 2018
  • January 21, 2019
  • February 18, 2019
  • March 18, 2019
  • April 15, 2019
  • May 20, 2019

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $200.00

Foundations in Wisdom: Where Spirituality, Justice & Mercy Intersect

September 22, 2018 / Saturday - May 18, 2019 / Saturday, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Learning Programs

Building on our connected, common humanity, Foundations in Wisdom offers the opportunity to explore spiritual practices, expand resources, and participate in shared experiences that renew one’s spiritual foundation, as well as the resolve to live in this world with compassion and to respond with contemplative service.

Martin Luther King knew that God and God alone gives us the interior resources to bear the burdens and tribulations of life, especially those that come as we fulfill our call to serve others and stand for what is right in this world. Had he not known how to move from action back into prayer - how to tap into a deeper Source than mere human activism - we would have lost him to fear and discouragement; the forces of evil would have prevailed, at least for a little while longer.
- Ruth Haley Barton, Author
MLK Jr. and the Soul of Leadership

All faith traditions and wisdom teachers are rooted in their commitment to social justice and to those living in the margins of society. The givens of our faith include being good stewards of the earth, empowering the vulnerable to live with dignity, and standing in equity with all peoples.

This spiritual formation experience guides participants toward a deeper understanding that will awaken and strengthen a commitment to justice.

  • Companion with wisdom teachers who came before us - Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Monseñor Oscar Romero, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Teresa de Avila, St. Francis of Assisi.
  • Companion with wisdom teachers still with us - Richard Rohr, Joan Chittister, Malala Yousafzai, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Margaret Benefiel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Don Goergen, OP.
  • Companion with prophetic wisdom yet to come.
  • Journey near and far to witness and participate in the work of those making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Develop resources for cultivating the practices of meditation and contemplation in today’s world.
  • Share one’s story and have one’s story be heard through the art of holy listening and conversation.

Cost: $600, plus book fees. For information regarding a payment plan or scholarship, please email Margarita Solis-Deal,  Dominican Center director.

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This program has reached capacity, please call 616.514.3325 to be added to our waiting list!

  • Date: Saturday 09/22/2018 - Saturday 05/18/2019
  • Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Gospel Encounter with Jesus the Christ

October 01, 2018 / Monday - December 03, 2018 / Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

Jesus looked deeply into the eyes of John the Baptist; He invited Nicodemus to be born again; He asked for a drink from a Samaritan woman; He made His hands and His side available to doubting Thomas. Jesus waits for us to be our Word, to become our friend, to share the journey of faith. The Gospels were written that we may become a believing disciple. Come and journey with us. Please bring a Bible to class.

Series Dates:

  • October 1, 2018
  • November 5, 2018
  • December 3, 2018

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FD: Spirituality/Theology

  • Cost: $45.00

Lectio Divina ~ Every Wednesday

November 07, 2018 / Wednesday - December 26, 2018 / Wednesday, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Learning Programs

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.

There is no cost or registration for this event.

  • Date: Wednesday 11/07/2018 - Wednesday 12/26/2018
  • Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Chair Yoga on Tuesday Mornings

November 13, 2018 / Tuesday - February 05, 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.

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  • Cost: $10.00
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Chair Yoga on Thursday Evenings

November 15, 2018 / Thursday - January 31, 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.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

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Gentle Yoga on Thursday Evenings

November 15, 2018 / Thursday - January 17, 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.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

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Restorative Yoga on Thursday Evenings

November 15, 2018 / Thursday - January 31, 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.

View Dominican Center’s Refund Policy

 

  • Cost: $10.00
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Path to Wholeness: A Labyrinth Walk

November 27, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Learning Programs

The labyrinth is an ancient gift that invites you to walk a path to wholeness, integrating life’s positive and negative experiences along the way. Known as a path of meditation or as a path of prayer, the labyrinth has an uncanny ability to open one’s receptivity, intuition, and inner knowing.

The labyrinth provides the sacred space where the inner and outer worlds can commune, where the thinking mind and the imaginative heart can flow together.
- Dr. Lauren Artress

The labyrinth will gently and graciously offer you profound guidance on how best to proceed on your journey with an open, joyous heart.

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  • Cost: $35.00

Reflective Film Series: The Concert

November 30, 2018 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Learning Programs

Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIJoin us for the November Reflective Film Series featuring The Concert. Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a cleaning man, he learns that the Châtelet Theater in Paris invites the Bolshoi orchestra to play. He decides to gather together his former musicians to perform in place of the current Bolshoi orchestra.

Rated PG-13

Popcorn and soda provided.

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

  • Date: Friday 11/30/2018
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
    $

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

December 08, 2018 / 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 - In this busy season, 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.

Seated Stillness: Finding Sacred Space Within, with Sandra MitchellIn 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 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.

  • Date: Saturday 12/08/2018
  • Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $25.00

Zentangle®: Zen-Bedded Letters

December 13, 2018 / Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Programs

In this fun class, Zentangle: Zen-Bedded Letters, learn to zen-bed (embed) letters of the alphabet into a work of art! This meditative technique is ideal for making cards or bookmarks and for personalizing gifts. Two Zentangle tiles are provided. Please bring your Micron PN, Micron 01, pencil, and tortillion (blending tool).

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

A form of artistic expression and meditation, the Zentangle Method allows you to create beautiful images using techniques of drawing structured patterns and reflective prompts.

Prerequisite: Exploring Zentangle - or - Introduction to Zentangle

Register for Exploring Zentangle: An Introduction

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  • Cost: $25.00

February Reflective Film Series: Dheepan

February 22, 2019 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Film

Join us for the February 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 02/22/2019
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $0.00

March Reflective Film Series: The Square

March 29, 2019 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Film

Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIJoin us for the March Reflective Film Series featuring The Square. In this film, a prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit. Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is The Square, an installation that invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals. Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for The Square. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

Rated R

Popcorn and soda provided.

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

  • Date: Friday 03/29/2019
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $0.00

April Reflective Film: Yesterday

April 26, 2019 / Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Film

Contemplative Learning Program | Reflective Film Series | Film Reel | Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIJoin us for the April Reflective Film Series, Yesterday. This film tells the story of a young mother, Yesterday, who discovers she has AIDS. Her husband, a migrant mine laborer, rejected her despite being the one that infected her. Her ambition becomes to live long enough to see her daughter, Beauty, go to school. This film is the first commercial feature-length production in Zulu.

Rated R

Soda and popcorn provided.

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

 

  • Date: Friday 04/26/2019
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: Free Will Offering
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