Events

Listen to Your Life:
A Sacred Voice Is Calling

A Five-Month Hybrid Program of Bread of Life

Faculty members include Joan Stockbridge and Lindsay Demary.

What do you tell yourself about your life?

You’re not alone if the inner messages which pop up in vulnerable moments are more critical than kind. The human calling is to go beneath the noisy messages of culture to the “still, quiet voice” resident in each of us. This voice is the Source of your irreducible value and life’s purpose. It is the place from which your authentic voice and contribution in the world emanate. And, it takes conscious attention and discerning companionship to separate this voice from the layers of louder, competing voices inside and out.

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We all have a “life story” that we tell ourselves and others. And yet, there is so much more to our story than we can access alone. Stepping into that exploration in the company of others in the same process is eye-opening and can lead us to our own deepest gifts and purpose.

Listen to Your Life will be a foundational experience, discovering new dimensions about who you are and how you can respond to the call of God.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • Those who are at a life passage and know the intentional spiritual journey is part of what’s being invited.

  • Those who sense it’s “time for something more.” An interior “restlessness” or “itchiness” can speak to a life that feels too small or needs fresh focus.

  • Those experiencing a transition in faith. Often experienced as a “loss of faith” it’s most often an invitation to a wider, deeper faith. We call it “losing faith to find God.”

  • Those considering spiritual direction as a way of tending other’s souls. This year is accepted as equivalent to Sacred Journey by Mercy Center (Burlingame) which precedes the 2-year program in the Art & Practice of Spiritual Direction.

Interested?

The next Listen to Your Life series will begin in February, 2022. It is a 5-month program that includes two in-person overnight retreats at Mercy Center, Auburn. (Mercy requires all guests to be vaccinated.) In addition to the retreats, four monthly whole-group sessions and four small-group mentor meetings will be held via Zoom. The cost is $1450. (Limited scholarship funds are available.

For more information, including an application form go to Listen To Your Life. 

  Sunday Afternoon Soul Studio: 2022

Finding Rest and Renewal Through Soulcollage® and Poetry

1st Sunday of the Month, via Zoom
1:30am to 3:30pm PST (w/optional introduction to SoulCollage® at 1:00pm)

$20 per session

Register online at www.mercycenter.org

The monthly Soul Studio is an online oasis, a time to step away from stress and connect with sources of strength, hope and joy. Each Soul Studio will be framed with a poem, often by Rumi, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry or other wise poet. We’ll open and close with a breath practice or grounding meditation, followed by time for individual cardmaking and facilitated optional sharing. Participants have found that their Soulcollage® cards have become powerful reminders of goodness and strength throughout the month. Emails will be sent before and after each session, with additional prompts for further exploration, if so desired.

Soulcollage® is a playful and accessible collage and journaling process, usually enjoyed even by “non-artists.” It is a profound way to access inner resources, allowing insight into our gifts as well as our challenges and providing a gentle way to work with both. For each session you’ll need a journal, glue stick, scissors, magazines and 5 X 8 cardstock.

 

January 2 – Discovering New Life
February 6 – Breathing Deeply
March 6 – Inviting Joy
April 3 – Resting in Beauty
May 1– Opening to Love
June 5 – Taking in the Good
July 3 – Connecting w/Nature
August 7 – Inviting Delight
September 4 – Celebrating Friendship
October 2 – Harvesting Wisdom
November 1 – Cultivating a Grateful Heart
December 6 – Finding Deeper Ground