2020 Event Catalogue

July – August 2020

 (Retreats and Special Events are listed below)

Virtual Gatherings

In light of our current health crisis we have, and will be, adjusting some events to virtual meetings. Contemplation, spiritual care, and faith communities are more important than ever so we hope you will join in our virtual gatherings or reach out for Spiritual Companionship. May you know you are not alone.

Exploring our Spiritual Journey 

Tuesdays at Ten am

Contemplation & Community offered virtually by Zoom

 Facilitated by Katherine Murray

 We will meet together for one hour to:

*wonder about the spiritual journey, 

*consider where we are on our journey

*be intentional about responding to God’s invitations

* & deepen into living from a Greater Reality, the Unseen Real.

Register for zoom link: st-dunstan’s.ca  No fee. Donations to Centre for Spiritual Renewal appreciated.

REGISTER HERE

CENTERING PRAYER  On-line

Friday mornings from 11:30am to 12:00pm

Facilitated by Joe Baker

 

This simple practice is twenty minutes of silence using the pattern of Centering Prayer taught by Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bourgeault. Practicing Centering Prayer in a community, even on-line is a rich and deep experience and the long term results are life-changing.

Zoom Link: Click here

 

LECTIO Divina On-line

 Group Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)

Fridays 12:00pm Noon  – A Lightly guided scripture  reflection, sacred solitude, and a deepening of one’s faith in community. It is an inspiring experience to hear what others are hearing and a gift to be heard.

Labyrinth – Come walk the labyrinth as you are able. It may be a perfect way to pray with movement in this time of isolation and solitude. There is a 20 min Centering Prayer Group that meets on line prior to this Lectio.

Zoom Link: Click here

2020 Spiritual Companionship Opportunities:

To meet the needs of our communities we are reaching out
to offer a variety of spiritual care opportunities.

Virtual or Telephone appointments are available.

The Rite of Reconciliation is an ancient liturgy to help people in transition, distress or for confession. This is available free of charge by the priest.

Contact Rev. David Taylor at st.dunstans@telus.net

Healing Prayer is available is usually offered each Sunday during the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Trained pray-ers offer prayer and support. No fee.

Contact Jacqui Pesek  mjpesek56@hotmail.com
Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for one-one personal accompaniment with a trained companion to explore one’s relationship with God, self and others on the tender and tenacious journey of faith. We connect people with spiritual directors from a variety of traditions. Scholarships are available. Contact Lorie Martin at loriemartin@telus.net

Listening Prayer Ministry is a form of prayer where one meets to listen and invite God’s healing presence into a present dilemma or an unhealed memory. Taking time in stillness and quiet with a trained facilitator to listen to God brings peace and restoration to our lives. No fee.
Contact Katherine Murray at Katherine.murray22@gmail.com

Prayer Circles are for those needing to be encircled in community for a specific season in one’s life (illness, discernment, encouragement, strengthening, etc.) A person chooses who they want in their circle (3-6 people). A prayer circle may include liturgical prayers, a hymn, scripture, silence, listening to God in community, and sharing. No fee.

Group Spiritual Companions meet monthly, or as the group decides, for a time of spiritual practice, listening to one another, prayer and sharing. It follows a clear format so all have time to share together in a contemplative circle. Groups will be available to join in September and January.  No fee.

For more information or questions contact:
Rev. David Taylor 604-856-5393 or Lorie Martin 604-217-6966  

The Centre for Spiritual Renewal is a ministry for Christian transformation.

All who desire to follow Christ and grow more in the image of God are welcome.

All who are on a spiritual journey are welcome.

All who are curious are welcome.

All who are tired and need rest are welcome.

All are welcome.

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PAST EVENTS

CHRISTIAN FORMATION CLASSES On-Line – Back in September

Facilitated by Reverend David Taylor

Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

April – the Psalms – The songs of the church. How to make them your own.

CLICK HERE FOR CLASS DATES and TOPICS

Zoom link: Click here


SPECIAL EVENTS:

(NOTE: Partial or Full Scholarships are available. Please inquire.)

April 14 – June 23

TUESDAYS at TEN am.

Contemplation and Community

10:00 am – 11:00 am

We will gather, practice a variety of prayer methods, share hearts, and encourage one another. We will meet for one hour weekly throughout April, May, and June.

If you have a friend or parishioner that would like to join please pass on this information and the zoom link. All are welcome. For information contact All Saints Anglican Church 604-826-2814 or Lorie Martin 604-217-6966. No fee.

To access Zoom Click Here.


Tuesday, May 5 

CENTERING PRAYER GROUP

7:00pm – 8:30pm

 

These gatherings will include Centering Prayer, contemplative group listening, Lectio Divina and other spiritual practices. Centering Prayer is a foundational Christian meditation practice that enables us to deepen our consent to be with God in silence and show us the value of letting our thoughts go for this time in God’s Presence. This Practice brings awareness and healing in God’s Presence as we consent to be still and know God.

Facilitated by: Gene Fraser

Gene has been practicing meditation for more than 30 years and has been commissioned by Contemplative Outreach International as a Centering Prayer facilitator.

No Fee. To Register and access Zoom Click Here


Saturday, May 9

CREATIVE JOURNALING FROM HOME: STORIES

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Our stories can be very healing and everyone benefits from sharing wisdom. We come to recognize that we are all experts in our own lives and we all have something to offer. Our words have power, positive power. It helps to think about how the various events in our lives have been part of a journey toward the person we are today and who we hope to become tomorrow.

Materials: You’ll need your journal and/or note paper and a pen or pencil for the first part. Your favourite imagery (whatever you have on hand: drawn, painted, printed off from Google, magazine pages, old books, scrapbook paper etc.), a glue stick, scissors and your journal or cardstock.  Handouts will be emailed directly to you just before the class.

Facilitator: Kathie MacDuff

Kathie is a trained journalist and a self-taught artist. For the past 25 years, she has been teaching courses in watercolour, mixed media, paper arts and creative journaling. She conducts weekly classes in Calgary at the Good Shepherd Art Studio; at Wellspring Calgary, a cancer supportive care community where she is the Expressive Arts Team Lead; at Sorrento Conference and Retreat Centre and for other health centers and studies. Her vision is to facilitate journaling experiences that encourage connections, validate emotions and nourish the soul.

$40 (Scholarships available)

To Register and access Zoom: Click Here


Sunday, May 10

BOOK CLUB NIGHT

7:00pm – 8:30pm

 

Book clubs are fun and informative gatherings where people chat about books!  What could be more fun?!  Often book clubs will focus on one book and everyone will discuss the specific book but in this case I would like to suggest that each participant bring a book that they love, has influenced them, or made some kind of impact on their lives to share with the group. Reading can open our minds and facilitate transformation, spiritual shifts, and bring joy into our lives. So lets share and discuss books that have moved us. This book club gathering is open to any and all book lovers. 

Marisa Farr (RCC, MA) is a registered clinical counsellor by day and an avid book lover at all other times. She is currently part of 2 book clubs and when she is not reading she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and connecting with friends.

$15 (Scholarships available)

To Register and access Zoom: Click Here


Saturday, May 23

LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT: Our choices and response to loss and change in the CoVid-19 crisis

9:00am – 12:00pm

 

Facilitators: Rev’d David Taylor & Lorie Martin

 

This retreat morning will provide a time to connect while we are in isolation, explore our many varied losses, and together we will practice stillness, prayer, and Presence. Let us continue to gather for hope and healing. Please bring an item/s that represent your loss/es.

“In this time of crisis, we must commit to a posture of prayer and heart that opens us to deep trust and connection with God. Only then can we hold the reality of what is happening—both the tragic and the transformative.” Richard Rohr

Cost: $50. (Scholarships available)

To Register and access Zoom Click HERE


Tuesday, June 2 

CENTERING PRAYER GROUP

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

These gatherings will include Centering Prayer, contemplative group listening, Lectio Divina and other spiritual practices. Centering Prayer is a foundational Christian meditation practice that enables us to deepen our consent to be with God in silence and show us the value of letting our thoughts go for this time in God’s Presence. This Practice brings awareness and healing in God’s Presence as we consent to be still and know God.

Facilitated by: Gene Fraser

Gene has been practicing meditation for more than 30 years and has been commissioned by Contemplative Outreach International as a Centering Prayer facilitator.

No Fee. To Register and access Zoom Click Here


Saturday, June 6

BE STILL AND KNOW GATHER:HER RETREAT

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Come as you are are to this embodied transformational women’s
circle retreat. Here you will be offered a safe container that
will invite you to move into wholeness through intentional
movement such as dance, and through other modalities such as
art, embodied prayer, journalling, and creative expressions. This
retreat is a unique opportunity to explore yourself deeply and
have fun doing it!

Facilitator: Jodi Krahn

Jodi is a psychotherapist and life coach for women and the founder of Gather:her women’s circles, specializing in guiding women to find and fall in love with their authentic selves. She is passionate about the psycho-spiritual development and transformation of women and finds this happens ideally in women’s circles.

Cost: $50. Scholarships available

Register and access zoom HERE:

Your donations to the Centre for Spiritual Renewal are appreciated. To Donate Click HERE.


Sunday, June 14

PODCASTS: Top Picks by the People, for the People!

 

 

 

Good podcasts are treasures to be shared!

Join us in a Zoom conversation about influential podcast series that are changing our lives.

Whether you’re new to the podcast world and would like to hear recommendations from others or you’ve been listening for years and have recommendations to make, we’d love to see you in the room!

Would you be willing to be a reviewer and tell us about your favorite podcasts? If so, please email Ron Isaak – ron@wesleyellen.ca by June 7th, 2020.  Please prepare to share:

  • The name of the podcast and podcast hosts
  • What it’s about
  • What is it that you love about it

Facilitator: Ron Isaak

I’ve been hooked on podcasts since listening to Krista Tippett’s On-Being a few years ago.  With the freedom to listen while I work, I’ve loved how my world has been expanding simply through listening in on podcast conversations.

$15 (Scholarships available)

Register and access zoom HERE

Your donations to the Centre for Spiritual Renewal are appreciated. To Donate Click HERE.

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Saturday, June 20

CREATIVE JOURNALING FROM HOME: Imagination and the Magic of What Could Be

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

 

Imagination is a characteristic we tend to take for granted. Imagination is what floats in our dreams, teases our thoughts and escapes onto journal pages, splashing over and into our lives. It delights, provokes wonder and heals the soul!

Materials:  You’ll need your journal and/or note paper and a pen or pencil for the first part. We will be using magazine pages as our ‘palette’. We are not after imagery to begin with but are wanting a collection of colour. If you want to prepare ahead of time, tear magazine colours into slightly larger than postage stamp pieces and sort into baggies i.e. a baggie for greens, blues, yellows etc. (or just the colours you like). You’ll need a glue stick or any acrylic medium and scissors.  Feel free to work in your journal or on cardstock.  An outline of a favourite image (i.e. a bird, horse, wolf etc.) that will fit your page would also be helpful but not necessary right away. You can find almost any image on line or you can draw your own. Handouts will be emailed directly to you just before the class.

Facilitator: Kathie MacDuff

Kathie is a trained journalist and a self-taught artist. For the past 25 years, she has been teaching courses in watercolour, mixed media, paper arts and creative journaling. She conducts weekly classes in Calgary at the Good Shepherd Art Studio; at Wellspring Calgary, a cancer supportive care community where she is the Expressive Arts Team Lead; at Sorrento Conference and Retreat Centre and for other health centers and studies. Her vision is to facilitate journaling experiences that encourage connections, validate emotions and nourish the soul.

$40 (Scholarships available)

To Register and access Zoom: Click Here

Your donations to the Centre for Spiritual Renewal are appreciated. To Donate Click HERE.


GRACE UPON GRACE – Sorrento BC Postponed until September 2020

A 3-DAY HEALING RETREAT EXPERIENCE
FOR LOSS AND SUFFERING

March 20th – 22nd; Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday morning

 

Facilitators: Lorie Martin, Rev’d David Taylor and Katherine Murray

This retreat will offer time to be with the various losses and wounds in our lives. We will experience God’s Presence with us and help us process to places of deeper peace and wellness. Coming close to our pain and suffering brings light and lightness in the heavy darkness we may be carrying. There is no fixing grief, grieving is the fixing.

We will have times in community, solitude, nature, music, creative art expressions, the labyrinth, and one on one spiritual care sessions with trained facilitators. Bring an item that represents your loss.

The Sorrento Centre is located in great beauty on the Shuswap Lake. It is a gathering place to learn, restore, and belong. Come and engage your heart, mind and spirit!

REGISTER AT www.sorrentocentre.ca

 

WOMEN IN THE EASTER STORY Cancelled

Wednesday, March 25th, morning and evening

10:00am – 12:00pm, and 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Coordinated by: Jacqui Pesek

Facilitated by: the Women of St. Dunstan’s

This morning gathering is a time to linger with the women we read about in the Easter story: who they are, what they bring to the story, how we can relate to them today. Beautiful music and art accompanies this event.

No Charge.

REGISTER HERE

 

SPRING YARD SALE FUNDRAISER – Postponed

Friday, March 27th, and Saturday,
March 28th; 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Share your “Trash and Treasures” to raise funds for scholarships for people to attend Spiritual Renewal Centre retreats and gatherings.

Drop off items the week of March 22nd.

All hands invited to help with this community event!

 

UNITY IN COMMUNITY: ART & INSPIRATION WORKSHOP – Postponed

Saturday, Apri l 25th; Full Day Retreat, 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Facilitated by: Linda Klippenstein

Let us love and serve together as an intergenerational, multicultural, and ecumenical, “everyone belongs” community. Together we will create an art mural reflecting unity in community. (The image above, “Standing Tall” is an example of the kind of work we will do together.)

We encourage all community members to attend: friends, families, small groups, & service groups. The completed mural will be displayed in a surprise location!

 

Linda is a local artist from Abbotsford whose work has been exhibited and sold locally, nationally and internationally. Linda has also facilitated art workshops to empower women and build connection between people of diverse faith and cultural backgrounds. www.linda.klippenstein.ca

Cost: $125. Scholarships Available. For Group-Rate Contact loriemartin@telus.net

REGISTER HERE

March 15  –  CELTIC KNOTWORK   7:00pm to 8:30pm Postponed

 

Facilitated by Belinda Llewellyn

Come and explore the expression of your spirituality through Celtic design and prayer. Learn about the symbolism of Celtic knotwork and fashion a small piece for yourself. Absolutely no previous drawing experience required. Belinda pursues a path of artistic and spiritual discovery, inspired and informed by her Celtic background.

REGISTER HERE

April 19  –  SUFI TURNING  7:00pm to 8:30pm  Postponed

 

Facilitated by Susan & Anna

Join us for a taste of sacred turning meditation. Together we will explore the call and acceptance of grace within each breath and in each moment. Through Sufi practices, we will share together in embodied and communal prayer and you may choose to try turning meditation. Anna Bernhardt, a dervish and semazen for more than five years, is deeply appreciative of the generosity of Christian and Sufi teachers. Susan Burns, first tasted turning in 2002, now a dervish and semazen, grateful to be active in both a Sufi community and in Pacific Spirit United Church.

REGISTER HERE


MONTHLY CENTERING PRAYER GROUP Postponed

Facilitated by: Gene Fraser

Each of these two hour meetings will include Centering Prayer, contemplative group listening and a thirty minute video presentations of
Father Thomas Keating’s DVD called The Human Condition. No charge.

January 28th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm; REGISTER HERE

Feb 25th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm; REGISTER HERE

March 31st, 6:30pm – 8:30pm; REGISTER HERE


RESTING IN GOD’S PRESENCE: A 3-PART PRAYER PRACTICE SERIES – Mission BC

All Saints Parish, 33077 – 2nd Avenue Mission, B.C.

Feb/March/April 2020 10:30am – 1:30 pm

Each Retreat is $20 or participate in all 3 for $50 (Available in January). Scholarships available. Tea/Coffee and snacks will be provided.

FEB 22:  PART (1/3) WELCOMING PRAYER RETREAT MORNING. 

All Saints Parish, 33077 – 2nd Avenue Mission, B.C.

10:30am – 1:30 pm

 

Teaching & Practice by Lorie Martin

This retreat will also be a Start-Up for the 40-Day Welcoming Prayer Practice Group. We will be following Thomas Keating’s 40-day guidebook ($25)

Welcoming Prayer is a companion prayer practice with Centering Prayer. It is an embodied practice of meeting God in the sensations and feelings that arise in everyday life. It is a ‘Consent on the Go” that provides a means for moving deeper into trust and intimacy with the living God.

 

Lorie has found that the Welcoming Prayer has brought a missing piece of how to meet God with our body’s reactions of anxiety, fear, pain, etc. by letting go and consenting to the Indwelling Spirit.

Cost: $20 Scholarships available.  Tea/Coffee and snacks will be provided.

REGISTER HERE

MAR 28: PART (2/3) LISTENING PRAYER RETREAT MORNING

All Saints Parish, 33077 – 2nd Avenue Mission, B.C.

March 10:30am – 1:30 pm

 

Teaching & Practice by Katherine Murray

This retreat morning is held on one of the Lenten 40-day Welcoming Prayer gatherings We will enter these morning retreats to learn and deepen into 3 significant prayer practices. They can be taken separately or once a month as a series that will flow together.

Listening Prayer is an opportunity to take time and to make space to be with God and listen in prayer for what God is speaking to our hearts. This retreat will invite us into some exercises to listen to God, test what we hear, and explore if there may be some blocks to hearing God’s voice in our lives.

 

Katherine is passionate about Listening Prayer, seeing it as a beautiful way to experience God and transformation. She has facilitated listening prayer for 15 years.

Cost: $20   Tea/Coffee and snacks will be provided.

REGISTER HERE

APR 18: PART (3/3) CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT MORNING

All Saints Parish, 33077 – 2nd Avenue Mission, B.C.

10:30am – 1:30 pm

 

Teaching & Practice by Gene Fraser

This retreat will offer basic instruction on the method of Centering Prayer and an opportunity for guided practice of this form of silent prayer. The instruction will include a discussion of the role of Centering Prayer in Christian spiritual transformation, based on the teachings of Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bougeault.

Centering Prayer is a foundational Christian meditation practice that enables us to deepen our consent to be with God in silence and show us the value of letting our thoughts go for this time in God’s Presence. This Practice brings awareness and healing in God’s Presence as we consent to be still and know God.

 

Gene has been practicing meditation for more than 30 years and has been commissioned by Contemplative Outreach International as a Centering Prayer facilitator.

Cost: Each Retreat/part is $20 Scholarships available. Tea/Coffee and snacks are provided.

REGISTER HERE



WELCOMING PRAYER IN LENT: 40 DAY PRACTICE BEGINS in Abbotsford, Mission, and Aldergrove/Langley.

February 28/ February 29/March 1

We will be following Thomas Keating’s 40-day guidebook to learn and practice the Welcoming Prayer Practice. We will meet weekly 7 times to check-in, learn together, and be inspired in this embodied practice of saying YES for everyday life. This ‘Consent on the Go” provides a means for moving deeper into trust and intimacy with the living God; learning to let go!

Choose Location to Register

Wednesday Nights In Abbotsford
Feb 12 – April 1 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Facilitator: Ruth Jackson
St. Matthew’s Parish 2010 Guilford Drive

REGISTER HERE

Sunday Afternoons in Aldergrove/Langley
Feb 23 – April 5 11:30am – 1:00pm.
Facilitators: Ron and Marilyn Isaak
St. Dunstan’s Parish, 3025 – 264 Street

REGISTER HERE

Saturday Mornings in Mission
Feb 22 – April 4 10:30am – 12:00pm.
Facilitator: Lorie Martin
All Saint’s Parish 33077 – 2nd Avenue

REGISTER HERE

Practice Groups – No fee.

40-Day Practice Booklets available at first gathering $25. Scholarships available.


LENT MORNING RETREAT

March 7th 9:00am – 12:00pm

 

Facilitated by: Joe Baker

A morning of the Ignatian spiritual practice of the Examen of Consciousness. This is a 10-20 minute review of each day, increasing our alertness to the presence of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit; especially appropriate during the time of listening and anticipation of Lent. Cost: $15 – 20

We will introduce new resources from the Jesuit community providing multiple forms of the Examen specific to a wide range of spiritual needs, especially useful to those new to this practice of brief daily prayer. We will learn and pray together in a quiet but relaxed time together.

Joe highly values private and group prayer. He follows practices learned from many Christian traditions as well as from other world religions. Joe benefits from a disciplined prayer life but recognizes and respects others whose prayer needs to be less structured.

REGISTER HERE

 

ENNEAGRAM RETREAT/WORKSHOP

Friday, February 7th, 7:00 pm – 9:00pm and
Saturday February 8th; Full Day Retreat, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Facilitated by: Rev’d Helen Tervo, Rebecca Horch, Ron & Marilyn Isaak

The Enneagram, as a way of learning about yourself, is best explored in a circle conversation. Bring your knowledge, questions and discoveries, and an open heart for growth. If you do not know your Enneagram number take an Enneagram test prior to this retreat. You can find a good one at www.9types.com/rheti/index.php for no charge or tests.enneagraminstitute.com for a cost of $12.00

WORKSHOP: The Enneagram and Parenting.     Rebecca says of the enneagram: It has been so helpful in her personal growth. It acts as a guide to help her grow towards a place of fullness so that she can be comfortable and confident in her truest self. Rebecca is a certified enneagram coach with Your Enneagram Coach. She has a degree in child and youth care with an extensive background in child, youth and family support. She is a mom of 3 young kids and a wife to her husband of 12 years.

WORKSHOP: Moving to Balance.      Helen says of the Enneagram: “The Enneagram has been such a useful tool to explore and investigate the wounds of the past and their effect on my present living. It is astounding how my life and choices have been built on biases and compulsions that form a predictable pattern. Not only that but the Enneagram is a map that enables me to break these patterns and find balance.”

WORKSHOP: The Enneagram and Relationships.      Ron says of the Enneagram: “The enneagram has enabled me to recognize my unconscious ways of being in this world; to recognize some as unhealthy survival strategies that I am free to let go of and others as wonderful aspects of who I am that give me joy. In relationships with others, at its best, it has given me insight into other people’s ways of being that helps me make sense of and to provide space for what’s going on in the relationship.” Marilyn says of the Enneagram that she is so thankful for the language that the Enneagram has given her for thinking about who she is and how she got here. It has helped her find healthier, more satisfying ways of relating. Studying the Enneagram in a group setting is a great way to learn about it!

Fee: $150 per person. Scholarships available.

REGISTER HERE

INTER-FAITH LABYRINTH WALK

Sunday, January 12th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm Cancelled due to weather

 

We open with Interfaith Prayers, walk the labyrinth together, and gather for a meaningful sharing time over tea & coffee. ALL are welcome to come.

These drop-in events require no registration.
For more information please contact:

Lorie Martin – loriemartin@telus.net or

Katherine Murray – katherine.murray22@gmail.com

 

A HEALING ROOM – Postponed due to weather

Saturday, _______________Half Day Retreat 9:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitated by Katherine Murray, Arlana Knutilla, and Audrey Goosen.

This half-day retreat offers three modalities of sacred healing: Earth Medicine, Healing Touch and Listening Prayer for inner healing. Participants will choose two of the three to participate in when registering.

Earth Medicine is a spiritual, healing practice that connects us to Creator through the natural world. During our time together we will explore “medicine” from nature and take a guided journey meditation. Arlana has practiced Earth Medicine for many years and completed a Certification Program.

Healing Pathway ministry is grounded in the teachings of Jesus and in the ancient traditions of hands on healing as portrayed in the scriptures. Audrey has completed the 4 Phases of Healing Pathway training and is bringing a team of trained facilitators.

Listening Prayer will be a facilitated time of listening for what God is speaking into our pain and suffering. Katherine is passionate about Listening Prayer, seeing it as a beautiful way to experience God and transformation. She has facilitated listening prayer for 15 years and is bringing St. Dunstan’s Listening Prayer Teams.

Fee: $75 per person Scholarships available. Coffee/tea/snacks provided.

REGISTER HERE

BE STILL AND KNOW: LISTENING PRAYER RETREAT – Kelowna BC

MAX. 35 Participants – 8 Spaces Left

Friday Jan 31, 6 :30 pm – 8:30 pm, and Saturday Feb 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Facilitator: Lorie Martin

Creating space to experience God through directed prayer exercises. In a group setting we will use various methods to enter into guided prayers formalized by the early Christian fathers such as St. Ignatius and St. Benedict, including Lectio Divina and The Prayer of Examen.

You will grow in your ability to discover how God speaks to your heart and have opportunity for personalized expression and group sharing.

Cost: $80.00 non-refundable, includes Saturday morning coffee and lunch
Maximum 30 participants. Scholarships available.

Location: Evangel Church Fellowship, Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC. 250-762-0682

REGISTER HERE

 

February 16  –  ANCIENT TREASURES OF CHANTING

7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Facilitated by the Rev’ds David Taylor & Andrew Halladay

Chanting is simply repeating a set of sounds or words in the same order over and over. Chants have a certain rhythm, pace, pattern, and significance. Chanting encourages us to stay in the present moment and creates vibrations in the whole body. It’s good for the lungs and helps with breathing practice. It exercizes the vocal chords and the memory. Chanting is accessible to people of all abilities. It is an ancient practice in any number of religious and spiritual traditions. Come join in the song!

REGISTER HERE

EPIPHANY HALF DAY RETREAT

Saturday, January 4th, 9:00am – 12:00pm

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“Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come!”

A New Year retreat to deepen your experience of God. You will experience Group Centering Prayer, listening prayer and other forms of embodied prayer.

Facilitated by: Gene Fraser with Lorie Martin & Katherine Murray

This retreat will be a reflection on Epiphany as a celebration of the revelation of Christ’s light in the world and the realization of his divine light in each of us. The retreat will include guided Centering Prayer, visio divina and Listening Prayer.

Gene led our beautiful Epiphany retreat last year and will now lead us further into many discoveries of this season and of Christ, Our Light. Gene is a member of St. Dunstan’s and has been commissioned by Contemplative Outreach International as a Centering Prayer facilitator.

Lorie is a spiritual director and associate director of St. Dunstan’s Centre for Spiritual Renewal. She has a passion for all to experience the steadfast love of God in all of life.

Katherine is a listening prayer trainer and facilitator, and retreat leader who invites us to hear God’s voice and welcome this to impact our hearts and the world.

Cost: $15 – 20   Coffee/tea/snack provided. Scholarships available.

REGISTER HERE

 

CREATE YOUR OWN ROSARY

*New Date: Sunday, January 26th, 6:00pm Prior to Anglican Rosary Spiritual Practice Evening

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Facilitated by: Joe Baker

This is the workshop in which you can create your own rosary in advance of the Spiritual Practice Evening on January 12th The Anglican Rosary. Materials are provided. Participants may bring their own materials if they desire.

Cost: $20.00

Please contact Joe Baker if you have questions about materials or construction at papajoe.sask@gmail.com

REGISTER HERE

ADVENT QUIET DAY

All Saint’s Parish, Mission

 33077 – 2nd Avenue Mission

 Saturday, December 7, 9:00am – 12:00pm

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Facilitated by The Reverend Helen Tervo and Lorie Martin.

The Christian Calendar begins with the Advent story of a new beginning and the promise of God-With-Us. On this parish retreat we will reflect on the Advent season with messages, meditations, and prayer stations (Labyrinth, Art, Visio Divina…)

Coffee & tea will be served.

REGISTER HERE

 

TIME WITH MARY

Sunday, Dec 8 – 7:00 – 8:30pm

Facilitated by Rev’d David Taylor & Lorie Martin

Spiritual Practice Evening

We will join Mary on our Advent journey. Mary is the Archetype of the followers and carriers of God. Her life models many components of the journey of those who say “Yes.” Reflection Stations, Songs of Mary, and lightly guided community connecting. You won’t want to miss what is becoming an annual tradition at St. Dunstan’s.

Spiritual Practice Evenings $20 per evening. These monthly gatherings are opportunities to renew your practice of prayer. Each evening we will explore a method of prayer and practice it in a group and as individuals.

REGISTER HERE

SPIRITUAL COMPANIONS (GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION)

Group Spiritual Direction Start-Up

We all need to learn to share our story and to listen to the story of others. This helps us live healthy lives of openness and integrity. In this introduction you will learn what a Spiritual Companion Group is, and become connected with a group of 4 or 5 others in which you will be able to authentically share your story, be encouraged on your spiritual journey, and enjoy community life. Participants will be placed in a small group for a lightly structured time of sharing and will covenant to meet once a month for 6 – 10 months.

Meetings will open and close with a brief time of stillness in a spiritual practice and have a time for visiting afterwards. Monthly dates will be determined by the group, or meet Sundays from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

For more information email loriemartin@telus.net

 

OPENING TO SCRIPTURE – LECTIO DIVINA

Sunday, September 15 – 7:00 – 8:30pm

Facilitated by Reverend Sharon Smith


 

Lectio Divina is a path of prayer in order to discover an awareness of and communication with God. Within this practice, the Scriptures become the landscape in which we meet God and it offers a space in which God and humanity listen to, and rest with, one another. On this Holy Cross Sunday, we will be deeply reflecting on and responding to Scripture and a poem, opening our whole selves up (body, heart and mind) to the gentle direction of the Spirit of Christ.

Sharon is currently the Vicar (Priest) at St. Catherine’s Capilano in N. Vancouver. Sharon became interested in the practice of Lectio Divina while working Downtown Eastside as a way to access the heartbeat and lived experience of the Scriptures with groups of people from diverse backgrounds.

 

A Spiritual Practice Evening – $20 per evening or 4 for $60 when signed up in September.

These monthly gatherings are opportunities to renew your practice of prayer. Each evening we will explore a method of prayer and practice it in a group and as individuals.

REGISTER HERE

 

LISTENING TO GOD’S LOVING VOICE

Saturday, September 21 Half Day Retreat 9:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitated by Katherine Murray

 

A morning to reconnect with the voice of God in old and new ways.

“Incline your ear, come to me; listen, so that you may live.” – Isaiah 55:3

 

Katherine is passionate about listening prayer, seeing it as a beautiful way to experience God and transformation. She is the Coordinator of the Listening Prayer ministry at St. Dunstan’s where she facilitates and coordinates listening prayer sessions and trains facilitators.

 

Suggested donation of $15 – $20

REGISTER HERE

 

WESTMINSTER ABBEY RETREAT DAY

Friday, October 11, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Facilitated by Reverend David Taylor & Lorie Martin

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Rules of Life & Contemplative Prayer

A framework for approaching the spiritual life. Living well in the midst of the polarities of life. Where is God present and active in your life now?

“He should first show them in deeds rather than words all that is good and holy.” — Saint Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict
“Contemplation is radical in that it goes to the root (radix) of all our problems. Contemplation is the heart of the matter because it changes consciousness and thus transforms how we enter into communion with God, with ourselves, with the moment.” — Richard Rohr
“Contemplation is any way one has of penetrating illusion and touching reality.” —Parker Palmer

Rev’d David Taylor – The Benedictine Rule of Life

Lorie Martin – Contemplation and Transformation

$125 per person – Scholarships available. Snacks and drinks provided. Bring a lunch, journal and wear comfortable walking shoes. Camera and umbrella if you like.

Location: Westminster Abbey, 34224 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Mission, BC

REGISTER HERE

 

FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY

Sunday, October 13 – 7:00 – 8:30pm

Facilitated by Reverend David Taylor

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The Incarnate Love of God, the Mirror of Creation, Nativity Plays, Stigmata, Peacemaking – St. Francis ignited the church with an experiential form of prayer and practice. This evening we will explore the themes and practices of Franciscan spirituality and wonder how they can inform our personal and corporate prayer.

David Taylor A Spiritual Practice Evening – $20 per evening. These monthly gatherings are opportunities to renew your practice of prayer. Each evening we will explore a method of prayer and practice it in a group and as individuals.

REGISTER HERE

 

THE GRAND EMBRACE III Retreat/Conference/Workshops/Music 

Thursday, October 24 – Saturday October 26

Facilitators: Wm Paul Young, Cathy AJ Hardy, Dr. Brad Jersak, Lorie Martin

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An amazing 3 days of spiritual renewal through stories, theological reflection, music, workshops, and one-on-one spiritual care.

The Grand Embrace III retreat is a weekend of hope, healing & transformation. Experience being recalled, remembered, restored and renewed! A retreat-like experience with a limited number of people entering into a community setting as we receive inspiration, sing, interact and open our hearts. Our weekend will include a special evening of Music and Inspiration Fri. Oct. 25 that is also open to the public. You can register for the full retreat or for the Open to the Public evening only.

Retreat Limit: 90 participants TICKETS: $280.00 Lunches & Refreshments included. Lodging not included. Some scholarship funds available upon request.

    Cathy AJ Hardy    

REGISTER HERE

 

SPRING/SUMMER 2019

W.I.L.D. RETREAT 

Women in Leadership Day Retreat

Friday, April 26  9 am – 3pm

THEME: Our Hearts & Our Voices – The Freedom to Flow in Silence & Service

Wondering if you would like to come away for some quiet reflection and encouragement for your heart and your ministry? This retreat will be a time of inspiration and self care with lightly guided sharing, personal listening, a one-one-one listening prayer session, art stations, and time in nature for women who serve in a leadership role in their occupation or vocation.

Facilitators: Eden Jersak & Lorie Martin

at St. Dunstan’s Parish and Labyrinth – Aldergrove/Langley BC

$75  Scholarships Available.  (Lunch/Snacks/Materials Provided)

Taking time to be in silence with God opens space for the whispering Voice of Love that ignites our hearts and sustains our active lives in ministry.

When we care for our own souls we will inspire others with clarity, insight, and peace

REGISTER HERE

Eden Jersak lives in Abbotsford with her husband,
Brad. They have 3 adult sons. She has pastored and led churches together with Brad and separately. She manages theirs small self-publishing company and travels with Brad participating in conferences and speaking at world-wide events. Eden is inspired by beauty, thoughtfulness and spacious places. She loves cooking, being close to her family, and hearing people’s stories.
Recently Eden is finding her voice, getting comfortable with hearing it, and encouraging others to do the same.

Lorie Martin is a spiritual director and contemplative retreat leader with a passion to create sacred spaces to experience the loving presence of God. Lorie lives in Abbotsford with her husband, Dwight. They raised five children and now enjoy their grandchildren, making memories at their cottage, and sipping latte’s with friends.
Recently Lorie has been part of launching the Centre for Spiritual Renewal at the Parish of St. Dunstan and the beautiful grass-path labyrinth in Aldergrove/Langley. The Centre offers retreats, a wide variety of spiritual care and practices, and labyrinth experiences.
st-dunstans.ca www.loriemartin.com

 

Meditation Hike – Sat Apr 27  9 am – 12:00 pm

At Chilliwack Community Forest

A lightly guided hike to enjoy nature, solitude, and community. We will reflect and seek awareness of the earth, God and ourselves. $20

Facilitated by Lorie Martin

Bring a bag lunch. Drinks and snacks provided.

REGISTER HERE

 

Interfaith Labyrinth Walk – Sun May 5  2:00-3pm

Interfaith Labyrinth Walk

Let us join our hearts and faith as we walk together in unity and prayer. Joining for One Purpose for One Hour. Bimonthly Lower Mainland Gatherings  @ St. Dunstan’s Labyrinth, 3025 – 264th Street, Aldergrove/Langley.  Prayer Walk on Sundays @ 2pm Followed with Sharing & Refreshments

January 13 – Hope & Healing

March 10 – Love in Action

May 5 – Equality & Freedom

St. Dunstan’s Centre for Spiritual Renewal Contact: Lorie Martin 604-217-6966

Abbotsford Interfaith Movement Contact: Harold Rosen

REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED

 

Embodied Prayer – May 5  7:00 – 8:30 pm

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Facilitator Andrew Halladay

There are many ways to pray. Too often we confine our prayers to our minds and mouths. This workshop will encourage us to, more broadly, incarnate our prayer so that the rest of our glorious bodies can participate in this life-giving exercise. All bodies and abilities wel-come and honoured.

The Reverend Andrew Halladay is the priest at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Langley. He is an actor, director and producer for the Diocesan Arts Movement as well as a music and liturgical leader at Sorrento Cen-tre.

The Spiritual Practice Series  is offered at $20. Coffee, tea & materials are provided. These monthly gatherings are opportunities to renew your practice of prayer. Each evening you will explore a method of prayer and practice it as a group and as individuals.

Register Here or email spiritualrenewalcentre@gmail.com

Gather.her Spring Renewal [a mini retreat] 

Saturday, May 11  9 am – 5 pm

Sanctuary Yoga for All

Facilitator:  Jodi Krahn

Spring is the season of renewal, rebirth and new beginnings. It is the time of year when the dormant seeds of winter make their journey up through the moist earth into possibility. When spring is given the optimum conditions of soil, space and light it can unfurl into summer’s bounty. To cultivate a way of being that brings forth life a woman must honour, nourish and protect her mind, heart, body and soul.  To have a beauty-full, bounty-full life a woman must inquire deep within and ask:

Who am I ?

Why am I here?

What do I want?

How can I fully become my own unique, authentic self ?

What gifts want to come through me to bless the world?

 This spring time Gather:her women’s circle will give you’re the opportunity to step away from your everyday life and give yourself the gift of space to rest, nourish and tend to your feminine psyche in the company of other women who are intentional on their life journey.

Through feminine movement practices (gentle yoga, qigong, embodied prayer and dance) , exploration of important and transformational feminine archetypes, expressive art, journaling and poetry you will be guided through a day of self-development and transformation.

*EveryBODY is welcomed and no prior yoga experience is necessary.

Jodi Krahn is a mind-body focused psychotherapist, clinical counsellor, embodiment transformational women’s coach, an inquiry yoga teacher and the founder of Gather:her women’s circles. She specializes in guiding women to find and fall in love with their authentic (wild) selves, which includes making peace with the bodies they are in. She is also interested in the psycho-spiritual development and transformation of women and finds this happens ideally in women’s circles. She has a private clinical practice online and in person in the Okanagan and offers workshops and retreats in the Okanagan and Lower Mainland. www.jodikrahn.com

Location: Centre for Spiritual Renewal at St. Dunstan’s Parish.

$125 Scholarships available. Max 20 women

Bring a bagged lunch, a journal, and an open heart.

Register Here or spiritualrenewalcentre@gmail.com

 

Meditation Hike – Sat. May 25  9am- 12pm POSTPONED

A lightly guided hike to enjoy nature, solitude, and community. We will reflect and seek awareness of the earth, God and ourselves.

Facilitated by Lorie Martin

Location: Wilband Bird Sanctuary: Wildlife preserve offering flat walking paths & birdwatching amid marshes, ponds & grassland. 34350 Bateman Road, Abbotsford.

Bring a lunch. Drinks and snacks provided. $20

 

Introduction to Creative Journaling:

Exploring the Beauty of Creation

June 8  9am – 4 pm

Facilitated by Kathie MacDuff

We will use words, images and a variety of mixed media techniques to unearth, explore and record our responses, thoughts and emotions. This day long program will unite participants in hope, support and camaraderie as we journey towards creativity and spirit. In this safe creative space, negativity is banished leaving only room for meaningful connection, self-expression and healing.

Bring whatever supplies you might have (without filling your trunk) including a notebook, journal (or Kathie can provide for $15), pencil, eraser, pen, metal ruler, UHU glue stick, scissors, knife and cutting board. Please do not purchase anything, extras will be on hand.

Kathie is a trained journalist and a self-taught artist. For the past 25 years, she has been teaching courses in watercolour, mixed media, paper arts and creative journaling. She conducts weekly classes in Calgary at the Good Shepherd Art Studio; at Wellspring Calgary, a cancer supportive care community where she is the Expressive Arts Team Lead; at Sorrento Conference and Retreat Centre and for other health centers and studies. Her vision is to facilitate journaling experiences that encourage connections, validate emotions and nourish the soul.

Location: Spiritual Renewal Centre at St. Dunstan’s Parish, Aldergrove/Langley BC.

$125 Scholarships Available. Bring a lunch, snacks, and supplies provided.

Register Here or email spiritualrenewalcentre@gmail.com

 

Breath as Prayer – June 9  7:00 – 8:30 pm.

 

Facilitated by The Rev. Kelly Duncan. 

Learn about breathing is prayer. There is no need to assume a particular posture or practice because breathing is something we do even without paying attention.  Learn how focusing on your breath can change how you feel about yourself, your neighbor and the stranger.

Kelly has been breathing for decades! She loves the idea of this simple and with-you-always prayer practice and is excited to share the power of breath as prayer with you.  She is Rector at St. George’s, Fort Langley and delights in being in community with people of all ages.  In fact, that’s often how she hears God’s voice – in the voices of those with whom she lives and works.

The Spiritual Practice Series is offered at $20 per session These monthly gatherings are opportunities to renew your practice of prayer. Each evening you will explore a method of prayer and practice it as a group and as individuals.

Register Here or email spiritualrenewalcentre@gmail.com

Photo source: https://wholelifeworship.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/breathe.jpg

 

2-Day Art & Nature Retreat – June 14 – 15

Painting by Herta Klassen 2019

Facilitators: Herta Klassen and Lorie Martin

Come join Lorie and Herta on the shores of Nicola Lake for our 2nd annual Art and Nature Retreat. This is your chance to step away from the ‘traffic’ and enter into beauty, solitude, community and creativity. No prior artistic knowledge is required, only a willing and playful spirit. Nature is your inspiration. Acrylics and watercolours are your tools. Lorie and I will be your guides.

From Herta (a note to self in my art journal)…. “God calls me to stretch a little further, search a little deeper, become a little freer.” How about you?

Come expecting to be embraced, expanded and enlarged. Group time, Solitude, Art, Good food, Walks, Hottubbing under the stars…

June 14 5 pm to June 15 5pm  $230 Meals and supplies provided.

Max 8 women

Register Here

Celtic Spirituality Retreat – July 21 – 27


Location: Sorrento Centre, Sorrento BC

Come engage in Christian Celtic Spirituality themes through story, chants, and interactive experiences to connect more deeply with our True Essence, the Sacred Earth, and Oneness with God.

Facilitated by Lorie Martin and David Taylor

What is it about Celtic Spirituality that continues to rise from the ancient paths to lead us in the earthy embodied ways of living our authentic faith?  Perhaps it began with songs sung while washing the baby, when planting seeds, or with prayers said when bowing to the moon at night.

In this course we will learn and engage the deep wells of Christian Celtic Spirituality to be refreshed in our true Essence and re-oriented in the essential goodness of all of Creation. We will be recalled to the holy work of listening to the heartbeat of God in quiet, through community, in the sacred utterances of creation, through spiritual practices and compassionate action.

Time will be spent exploring Celtic themes through circle gatherings, Celtic chants, Morning Prayer overlooking the lake, and hands-on art and nature stations. Together we will build a Celtic Cross in nature connecting with the elements and praying for the Earth. The brave may even circle dance!

“Let us become aware of God’s Presence within and all around”

“May we open to what has never happened before.” J P Newell

I have had the honor and joy to have been on retreat and attended 3 years of the School of Celtic Consciousness with John Philip Newell, who is today’s leading teacher/author on Celtic Spirituality. I love the earthy, simple but profound, teaching and practices of Christian Celtic Spirituality – Lorie

To Register & for More Info 

The Grand Embrace III

 

 

 

 

 

with Wm Paul Young, Brad Jersak
Cathy AJ Hardy and Lorie Martin
Oct 24 – 26

Register for 3-Days: https://grandembrace3.eventbrite.ca

Friday Evening Only:

https://grandembrace3eveningofmusicandinspiration.eventbrite.ca

Other Contemplative & Inspirational Gatherings:

Lectio & Labyrinth   – Friday’s mid-day – A lightly guided scripture reflection, sacred solitude, and deepening of one’s faith in community. Come walk the labyrinth (11:30am) and then join the Lectio Divina (12:00pm) or start with the Lectio and stay for a labyrinth walk (12:30 pm).   No cost event. Drop in!   Facilitated by Lorie Martin and David Taylor

Centering Prayer Group – Wednesday evenings 6:30 pm at St. Dunstan’s.

Christian Formation Group – Wednesday evenings 7 – 8 pm with David Taylor at St. Dunstan’s. An interactive Study night. st-dunstans.ca

Evenings of Sung Prayer – Last Sunday of the month 7:30 pm at St. Dunstan’s with Cathy AJ Hardy and friends. www.cathyajhardy.com

Listening Prayer Inner Healing Ministry – Prayer Facilitators Contact: Katherine Murray (250) 571-2415 if you are interested in a session. katherine.murray22@gmail.com

Group Spiritual Direction Circles @ St. Dunstan’s Parish – Contact Lorie if you are interested in joining one.   invitedin@telus.net

One-on-one Spiritual Direction/Companioning – Contact Lorie if you are interested.  invitedin@telus.net

Grey Friday – Support Group for women who live with depression.

This life-giving informal group meet on the first Friday Eve of the month @ 7 pm for a spiritual practice, check in, and sharing time.
Contact: Ginny Tompke 604 308-9738

Interfaith Labyrinth Walks – 2019

Let us join our hearts and faith as we walk together in unity and prayer.

Joining for One Purpose for One Hour

Bimonthly Lower Mainland Gatherings  @ St. Dunstan’s Labyrinth

3025 – 264th Street  Aldergrove/Langley

Prayer Walk on Sundays @ 2pm Followed with Sharing & Refreshments

January 13 – Hope & Healing

March 10 – Love in Action

May 5 – Equality & Freedom

St. Dunstan’s Centre for Spiritual Renewal Contact: Lorie Martin 604-217-6966

In Partnership with Abbotsford Interfaith Movement

And Surrey Interfaith Council

https://www.st-dunstans.ca/events/interfaith-labyrinth-walk/2018-11-18

2019 PAST EVENTS:

Epiphany Half Day Retreat – Sat. Jan 5  9am-12pm

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Facilitated by Lorie Martin, Katherine Murray & Gene Fraser

“Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come!”

A New Year retreat to deepen your experience of God. You will experience Group Centering Prayer and embodied prayer with clay, and other creative expression stations. A time to listen for the new year.

Lorie offers spiritual direction, deep soul work, and retreat experiences with a passion for all to experience the steadfast love of God in all of life. Katherine is a listening prayer facilitator and retreat leader who invites us to hear God’s voice and welcome this to impact our hearts and the world. Gene has practiced Centering Prayer for many years. He has a passion for the practice and holds experience from  St. Benedict’s Monastery with Father Thomas Keating and at many retreats with Cynthia Bourgeault

Registration: $15-$20, coffee & tea provided. Scholarships are available.   REGISTER HERE

Enneagram Lecture – Fri Jan 11  6:45 – 9:30 pm

Enneagram Retreat Day

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut Street, Bellingham
Facilitated by Sharon Weldon      $10 at the door

The Enneagram is a model for personality typing. This lecture is suitable for beginners and experienced users.

To register, please contact Linda Conroy at 1-360-733-9414 or visit www.stillpointatbeckside.com/events

 

Inter-Faith Labyrinth Walk – Sun Jan 13  2 – 3:00 pm

Interfaith Labyrinth Walk

Let us join our hearts and faith as we walk together in unity and prayer. Joining for One Purpose for One Hour. Bimonthly Lower Mainland Gatherings  @ St. Dunstan’s Labyrinth, 3025 – 264th Street, Aldergrove/Langley.  Prayer Walk on Sundays @ 2pm Followed with Sharing & Refreshments

January 13 – Hope & Healing

March 10 – Love in Action

May 5 – Equality & Freedom

St. Dunstan’s Centre for Spiritual Renewal Contact: Lorie Martin 604-217-6966

Abbotsford Interfaith Movement Contact: Harold Rosen

REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED

The Anglican Rosary – Sun Jan 13  7 – 8:30 pm

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Facilitator: Joe Baker

The first of 4 Spiritual Practice Evenings. These monthly gatherings are opportunities to renew your practice of prayer. Each evening you will explore a method of prayer and practice it as a group and as individuals.

Explore the ancient tradition of using stringed beads in personal prayer by creating your own rosary, writing prayers and practicing this tactile way of personal prayer.

Joe was raised in the Anglican tradition. From an early age he was involved in liturgical worship following the structures of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Meditative & contemplative prayer have since become an essential part of his life. He is influenced by Benedictine, Ignatian, Buddhist & Indigenous ways of praying & is interested in supporting others in discovering how they too can grow in prayer in ways that are most fulfilling to them.  

The Spiritual Practice Series  is offered at $20 per session or all four sessions for $60. Coffee, tea & materials are provided. 

REGISTER HERE

Spiritual Companions Sun Jan 20 11:30 am – 1 pm
(Group Spiritual Direction) START UP

Group Spiritual Direction Start-Up

We all need to learn to share our story and to listen to the story of others. This helps us live healthy lives of openness and integrity. In this introduction you will learn what a Spiritual Companion Group is and be connected with a group of 4 or 5 others in which you will be able to authentically share your story, be encouraged on your spiritual journey, and enjoy community life.

Participants will be placed in a small group for a lightly structured time of sharing and will covenant to meet once a month for 6 months (January to June). Meetings will open and close with a brief time of stillness in a spiritual practice and have a time for visiting afterwards. Monthly dates will be determined by the group or meet Sundays from 11:30am to 1pm.

Facilitated by David Taylor and Lorie Martin  REGISTER HERE

Enneagram Workshop – Sat Jan 26  9 am – 4 pm

Enneagram Retreat Day

Facilitated by:  Helen Tervo, Lorie Martin,  Rebekah Horch, Ron & Marilyn Isaak

The Enneagram, as a way of learning about yourself, is best explored in a circle conversation. Bring your knowledge, questions and discoveries, and an open heart for growth. If you do not know your Enneagram number take an Enneagram test prior to this retreat.  You can find a good one at www.9types.com/rheti/index.php for no charge or tests.enneagraminstitute.com for a cost of $12.

Registration: $125 Scholarships Available, Includes lunch, snacks, drinks, and materials.   

REGISTER HERE

 

Rules of Life – Sun Feb 3  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Spiritual Practice Series: Rules of Life

Facilitator:  David Taylor

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE EVENING SERIES: These monthly gatherings are opportunities to renew your practice of prayer. Each evening you will explore a method of prayer and practice it as a group and as individuals.

Explore a few of the ancient Rules of Life from the Christian monastic and religious traditions & construct your own personal Rule of Life to use in your daily prayer.  Facilitator:

David has studied at Regent College & the Vancouver School of Theology, with an interest in ancient Christian spirituality. He has been influenced by the monastic & religious traditions of the Benedictines, Augustinians, Franciscans & Jesuits. His love of practical spirituality shapes his approach to spiritual theology & biblical interpretation.  

The Spiritual Practice Series  is offered at $20 per session or all four sessions for $60. Coffee, tea & materials are provided.    

REGISTER HERE

Kairos Blanket Exercise

Sun Feb 10  1:00 – 4:30 pm

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Facilitated by Anne Wicks, Spiritual Director/KBE Facilitator

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ program is a unique, interactive and participatory Canadian-Indigenous history lesson developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators for reconciliation. During the KBE, participants walk on blankets representing the land and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcome as they literally ‘walk’ through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance.  The Exercise concludes with a debriefing, conducted as a ‘talking circle’, during which participants discuss the learning experience, process their feelings, ask questions, share insights and deepen their understanding. Canada is in a season of reconciliation and we are all invited to participate.

Watch it in action:  www.kairosblanketexercise.org  Cost $40

Contact: Janet Scott, SoulStream Partner at janetcjscott@gmail.com

REGISTER HERE


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Labyrinth Retreat Day – CANCELLED due to weather. Will offer in the Spring 🙂

Facilitators: Janet Scott, Lorie Martin, David Taylor

The labyrinth is a contemplative spiritual discipline based on the ancient practice of pilgrimage. Come explore and travel this ancient path and practice openness to love and clarity on the twists and turns you face.

This retreat is full of embodied prayer opportunities; working with clay, art stations, and tactile labyrinth activities. We will begin by encircling the labyrinth for prayers, chants, and blessing.

Janet is a spiritual director and a trained labyrinth facilitator through Veriditas. She enjoys pilgrimages in Ireland and Scotland, leading contemplative experiences, church choir at St. Mark’s Anglican Ocean Park, yogic prayer, and her 7 grandchildren.

Registration: $125 Proceeds go to Labyrinth Fund at St. Dunstan’s Parish. Lunch, snacks, drinks and materials are provided. Scholarships available.

REGISTER HERE

Lenten 40 Day Welcoming Prayer Practice Groups

Fri. Mar 1 12:30 – 1:30pm or Sun. Mar 3  11:30 – 12:30pm  Also Available: On-line Connecting for this 40 day practice. Registration to come.

40 Day Welcoming Prayer

Facilitator: Lorie Martin  

Following Thomas Keating’s daily guidebook to learn and practice the Welcoming Prayer, you will meet weekly as a group to check-in, learn, and be inspired in this embodied practice of YES for everyday life. This consent on the go provides a means for moving deeper into trust and intimacy with the living God.  RSVP at centreforspiritualrenewal@gmail.com. 

No Charge Event   Donations welcome for the Centre for Spiritual Renewal of St. Dunstan’s Parish www.st-dunstans.ca

REGISTER FOR FRIDAY EVENT

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Lent Parish Retreat – Sat Mar 9  9:00am – 12:00pm

Lent Parish Retreat

Facilitated by Joe Baker

The Examen of Consciousness is a prayerful reflection of each day and a great Lenten Practice. We will discover what the Examen and Ignatian prayer are and how to discern God’s presence in our lives with gratitude.

For Joe, meditative prayer is an essential part of life having been raised in Anglican worship and influenced by participation in Buddhist, Indigenous, Benedictine, and Ignatian ways of prayer.  

Registration: $15-$20, coffee & tea provided. Scholarships are available.

REGISTER HERE


Surrendering to Love

Sun Mar 17  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Spiritual Practice Series: Surrendering to Love

Facilitator: Lorie Martin

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE EVENING SERIES: These monthly gatherings are opportunities to renew your practice of prayer. Each evening you will explore a method of prayer and practice it as a group and as individuals.

You will engage with 3 practices taught by Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bourgeault: Centering Prayer, the Welcoming Prayer Practice, and The Third Way. These are powerful invitations to the Lenten journey of letting go and opening to grace. You will find healing with obsessive thoughts, triggered emotions, uneasy body sensations, and unreconciled resistance in conflict. The Lenten journey is largely about letting go into deep surrender and trust.

Lorie has been practicing contemplative prayer for many years. She continues to discover and share new helpful practices amidst the reality of the joys and struggles of quiet stillness and rhythms of prayer.  

The Spiritual Practice Series  is offered at $20 per session or all four sessions for $60. Coffee, tea & materials are provided.   REGISTER HERE

Women in the Easter Story – Wed Mar 13 10am-12

Women in the Easter Story

Facilitated by the Women of St. Dunstan’s Parish, Aldergrove/Langley

This morning gathering is a time to linger with the women we read about in the Easter story: Who they are, what they bring to the story, how we can relate to them today.

This drop-in group also provides babysitting.   Sign up at the parish office, Information Booth, or at spiritualrenewalcentre.

Sanctuary Yoga for Men and Women

Fri Mar 22  7 – 8:30 pm

Sanctuary Yoga for All

Facilitator: Jodi Krahn

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. -Rumi  

Sanctuary Yoga is an embodied spiritual practice for all genders and EVERYbody  wanting to explore gentle restorative yoga for rest, self  inquiry, self integration and deep healing physically, emotionally and spiritually. This 2 hour class will include a short inspirational and non-denominational talk, a gentle restorative yoga practice paired with self inquiry questions, beautiful music and readings from sacred texts. Please bring your yoga mat, journal and a few pillows/cushions or yoga props if you have them.

Registration: $35, limited to 20 people of all genders.

REGISTER HERE

Gather:her Yoga Retreat for Women
Sat. Mar 23  9am – 5pm

Gather:her Yoga Retreat

Facilitator: Jodi Krahn

In this one day workshop for those identifying as female, we will take a deep dive into our female journeys through the embodiment practices of restorative/yin yoga and intuitive movement, expressive art, deep self inquiry, creative and journal writing. We will explore what fierce self nurture looks like and why it is essential for any path of transformation. We will also explore our relationship with our bodies, body shame, body image restoration and what it means to  truly nourish ourselves mind, heart, body and soul so that we can embody our precious lives and reach our highest potential and calling.

Registration: $135 or $150 (for both the Friday evening and the retreat), drinks and snacks are provided. Bring a lunch. Limited to 20 women.  

Jodi is a mind-body focused psychotherapist, clinical counsellor, transformational women’s coach and a restorative inquiry yoga teacher, specializing in women’s personal growth, psycho-spiritual development and transformation in the Okanagan and online. Through her own healing journey from child hood trauma, adult depression and anxiety and an eating disorder Jodi has discovered the importance of accepting and integrating all the pieces of herself, mind, heart, body and soul in order to fully embrace and embody her wholeness, allowing her to show up fully for her one “wild and precious” life. She is passionate about sharing her work with others who are also wanting to transform, heal and grow to their fullest potential.  

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Stations of the Cross – Sun Apr 7  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Spiritual Practice Series: Stations of the Cross

Facilitator: David Taylor

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE EVENING SERIES: These monthly gatherings are opportunities to renew your practice of prayer. Each evening you will explore a method of prayer and practice it as a group and as individuals.

Learn about the ancient practice of walking with Jesus in the last moments before his death & wonder how this practice can transform your understanding of suffering in your own life & the intense experiences of suffering throughout the world.

David has used the Stations of the Cross in a variety of ways to help increase empathy and compassion for himself and those around him. He believes the Stations are powerful opportunities to meditate with adults and children on the serious issues of violence & apathy in the world.  

The Spiritual Practice Series  is offered at $20 per session or all four sessions for $60. Coffee, tea & materials are provided.  REGISTER HERE