If you’re in need of care for your own soul—as a pastor, chaplain, or soul-care worker of any sort—our annual one-day retreat awaits you! Come find the kinship and renewal you need for your work in the world. Come and connect with like-minded people to play, pray and be together with old and new friends. Together we will share our lives and wisdom in the art of soul tending and companionship…
In the tradition of Seasoned Call’s shared wisdom format we will have opportunities to:
* Explore poetry as a medium for personal healing, a way of moving from wound to light
* Deeply listen to our bodies, emotions, Spirit to tend to our soul and the soul of the world, study the magician: archetype of a sacred activist
* Explore ways to expand and grow our spiritual companionship practice
* Reflect on compassion as a guide in spiritual direction and pastoral care
The Magician: Archetype of the Sacred Activist
Led by Rebekah Berndt
How can we find our strength to speak out and act in these troubled times? How can we use our talents and abilities to build “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible”? Each of us has been gifted in a unique way to work for justice, truth and love. In this workshop, we will look at the Magician as an archetype of one who creates real and tangible change by channeling the power of Spirit and allowing it to manifest into form.
Rebekah Berndt is a writer, spiritual director, and critical care RN working at the intersection of spirituality and social change in Tacoma, WA. A graduate of the Art of Spiritual Direction in 2016, she is grateful for the support and nurturance she has received from the Stillpoint community.
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The Pilgrimage of the Daily: Sole to Soul
Led by The Rev. Elizabeth I. Rechter
Each of us is on a sacred pilgrimage called our life. Each day we set out and encounter what the universe has to offer, within our bodies and in the world, gifts and burdens alike. And we are each challenged with how to bring our presence to all we encounter. Using the Labyrinth as our spiritual tool you will be invited to a physio-divina, to hear the wisdom of your journey of how you are showing up on the earth now, one footstep at a time. On this shared journey we will feel the strength of pilgrimage companionship and wisdom. Especially if you are new to the Labyrinth come and receive it’s gifts.
The Rev. Elizabeth I. Rechter has been an Episcopal priest serving in parish ministry since 1991. She is an experienced teacher and retreat leader, and currently serves as the Executive Director of Stillpoint: the Center for Christian Spirituality in Southern California. Stillpoint provides programs for the support of contemplative practice.
Compassion as Guide in Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction
Led by The Rev. Ron David
Participants in this workshop will review and reflect on a verbatim report of a clinical encounter with a “silent stranger.” Our objectives in doing so are to 1) appreciate the relationship between compassion and emotion; 2) reflect on the theology and physiology of compassion, and; 3) envision compassion as a critical if not primary experience in pastoral care and spiritual direction.
The Rev. Ron David, Episcopal priest, hospital chaplain and spiritual director.
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The Practice of Poetry
Led by Alex Martin
“Art is a wound turned into light.” — Georges Braque
In this workshop, we will explore poetry as a medium for personal healing, a way of moving from wound to light. Poetry can help us dig bravely into our own stories, and it can also help us step outside of our personal narratives for a second in order to inhabit another way of seeing—of seeing ourselves, and of seeing the other. Moreover, it can provide a safe angle, a way of entering the big questions through a smaller lens. We will read some poems that offer this kind of transformation, but we will also focus on writing prompts that can be used either in a personal practice or with clients. You will be given a chance to write and share your own poems in hopes that some of these prompts might be practically useful in your own counseling or direction ministry. Prompts will address issues such as: grief & loss; forgiveness (of self and other); room for doubt; compassion; owning your story; and other needs as suggested by the group.
Alex Martin grew up in the Los Angeles area and currently lives in Azusa, CA. She received her BA in Religious Studies from Stanford University and her MFA in Poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches with California Poets in the Schools, runs writing and grief workshops for the Motherless Daughters of the San Gabriel Valley, and works for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pomona, California. Alex has had poems published in Pirene’s Fountain (Glass Lyre Press), Presence and Listen (publications by Spiritual Directors International), Selfish, Peel Pages, and others.
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Building Your Spiritual Direction Practice
Would you like to build or expand a private practice as a Spiritual Director, but you are unclear about how to begin or how to navigate the process? This panel discussion will feature some of Stillpoint’s seasoned Spiritual Directors as well as newly certified graduates. Together we will discuss spiritual and practical approaches to building a private practice in Spiritual Direction.