October 19, 26 and 31
Do you want to learn practical skills for creating more authenticity and ease in your relationships; to look beyond challenging behaviours and connect with the humanity in each of us; and to cultivate a calm, joyful centre from which to live life? This 3-session online & in person workshop teaches the fundamentals of Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication or NVC). Together we explore 4 core principles and the 4 part model of NVC with interactive activities allowing opportunity for practice and support. This workshop is appropriate for those who are new to NVC or for those with experience who seek a fresh perspective. You will learn and practice essential techniques for self-connection, empathy for self and others and invaluable communication tools that will benefit you at home, in your workplace and communities.
November 13 - 14, 2020
Learn or refresh the gift of coming alongside others to help listen to Jesus for clarity, guidance, and healing.
November 20 - 21, 2020
The overarching concept of the retreat is an expanded understanding of the spiritual practice of lectio divina. Lectio divina (holy reading) is an ancient, meditative, and devotional way to read scripture. The retreat takes the basic form of lectio and applies it to many things such as art, being in nature, music, cooking, daily tasks, relationships, and conversation – the stuff of daily life. Participants come away with a sense that prayer can be a continual activity in all aspects of their lives. Life can be lived as a prayer, and God is the one who prays within us. And the depth of conversation and community that grows is remarkable.
Join us for this Zoom class as we take time to deepen our understanding of Advent and discover our personal response anew. Sunday, November 29 is First Advent, the start of the New Year in the Christian church. We enter Advent with joy and anticipation and a double focus: evoking the past while remaining alert and watchful of the future.
The Christian Calendar begins with the Advent story of a new beginning and the promise of God-With-Us. For this parish retreat, we will reflect on Holy Scripture, sin songs of the season, and spend time in prayer and practice.
You are invited to set apart a day to refresh, re-create, and recommit to God-centred living in an atmosphere that encourages inner solitude and inner silence. The opportunity for centering prayer in community is a gift. We often experience more profound silence, within which the Spirit connects us in love. The focus of the day will be on our individual and personal relationship with God. We encourage you to bring along a journal and any other contemplative tools which enrich and inspire you, such as Daily Meditations, Psalms for Praying, other Scripture/ sacred works, or meditative crafts.