***Group Spiritual Direction

July 9, 16, 23, 30 Aug 13 Sept 3, 10, 24 (T) 10-11:30am $195 (Pre-registration required.) Pre-requisite: One class in the Core Curriculum
Taking a Long, Loving Look at the Real

8-week series

“The contemplative mind does not tell us what to see; it teaches us how to see what we behold. This is the heart of contemplation, the centerpiece of any inner dialogue that frees us from the traps of our perceptions and preoccupations.” -Richard Rohr, Just This
In this group we will look at what it means to develop a compassionate heart and to see life from a contemplative stance. The contemplative sees life as it is and not as she imagines it to be or wishes it to be. We will draw on readings from poets, philosophers, and mystics to help guide us along the path of equanimity and loving kindness.
We will use, Just This by Richard Rohr as our primary text in this group. A limited number of these books are available for purchase at the Seton Cove.

***Stress-Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Providers

Apr 27 (Sa) 9am-3pm $100 (Includes breakfast snacks. Brown bag lunch or various restaurants within a 1-minute walk. Preregistration required.) Location: Seton Cove 5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education
Meditation has been studied over 30 years and is an evidence-based method that counteracts daily stress responses. The effects have been shown in MRIs of the brain, in biochemical changes in blood, and even in genetic changes in the body. This mind-body method has been proven to significantly improve health and quality of life for patients with illnesses that are caused or made worse by stress, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, pain and fatigue syndromes, mood disorders and many others. It has been shown to also improve attention, increase creativity and provide greater cognitive flexibility. The benefits proven for patients using this method also applies directly to all healthcare providers. It is an important step in ‘healing the healer’.
This stress-reduction workshop will help providers:
  • Understand stress physiology and its consequences
  • Become familiar with current research on meditation and its role in stress-reduction
  • Learn and practice a simple mindfulness, evidenced based method to reduce stress
This is a CME / CEU accredited course!  5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education

Dr. Anna Vu-Wallace, MD

**SoulCollage® Open Studio

Apr 6 (Sa) May 11 (Sa) Jun 8 (Sa) 9:30am–12:30pm $30 (Pre-registration required.)

Open Studio is for anyone who has previously taken a SoulCollage® class and is searching for a dedicated group of individuals who want to continue growing in this process. If you have not worked with SoulCollage®, you are also welcome to attend the gathering. No teaching is included however. It is a time for creating additional cards and sharing in community. Images, scissors and glue sticks will be available, and one SoulCollage® artboard and one plastic sleeve. This is an opportunity to connect with others and further your own inner journey in a safe and encouraging environment

Stephanie Warfield, SoulCollage® facilitator

Mindfulness Meditation with Ginny Agnew

Mondays, 9:30-10:30am Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30am & 9:30–10:30am Free (No registration required)

People of many faiths have utilized mindfulness meditation techniques to deepen their relationship with their own religious tradition. Join us for any of three sessions of practice followed by a discussion period that will draw upon a variety of texts and traditions. Beginners are encouraged to attend.

Ginny Agnew, MSLS, JD

Mondays, 9:30-10:30am
Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30am & 9:30–10:30am
Free (No registration required)

Ginny Agnew, MSLS, JD, is an Austin lawyer, political activist and poet. She leads weekly Seton Cove mindfulness meditation sessions and is a regular presenter at Seton Cove on a variety of subjects that always include laughter.  Ginny also works as a reference librarian.

Open Mind, Open Heart

Thursdays, 9–10am Free (no registration required)

Contemplative prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience God’s presence within. This method is not meant to replace other forms of prayer; rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates a process of interior transformation. According to Fr. Thomas Keating—founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and Contemplative Outreach—“Our way of seeing reality changes in this process; and a restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers us to perceive, relate, and respond with increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through, and beyond everything that exists.” This dynamic process evolves not by strategy, but through a personal love-relationship with God.

Please join us for 20 minutes of contemplative prayer, as well as reflective reading, discussion, and support. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Daniel Hope, MA
Thursdays, 9–10am

Qi Gong Experiential Sessions with Sandra Medina Bocangel, MD

Apr 8, 29, Jun 10, 24 (M) 9:30am-10:30am $80 (Includes healthy snacks. Pre-registration required.) Space is limited

Qi Gong is a branch of traditional Chinese Medicine that is practiced by millions throughout the world every day. It has roots dating back thousands of years. The word “Qi” (chee) means life force energy and the word “Gong” means skill or cultivation. Thus Qi Gong is the cultivation of the life force energy by focusing the mind on breathing deeply while making gentle movements with a focused intention that creates healing potential in the body and allows Qi to circulate in the organs, glands and tissues to maximize their function.
Dr. Bocangel returns to the Cove, by popular demand, to lead biweekly practice sessions throughout the quarter. Dr. Bocangel will focus on the Integral Nine Phases of Qi Gong and will guide participants in the cultivation of a deeper awareness of the Qi (energy) within the body and mind as well as cultivation of a deeper connection with the earth and cosmos. Qi Gong is an evidence-based integrative medicine practice suitable for health maintenance and improvement, it has multiples benefits from strength, joint mobility, reduction of stress, increase of balance, flexibility, coordination, and improvement of the immune system. Don’t miss these engaging practice sessions to explore the art and science of Qi Gong with Dr. Bocangel!
Sandra Medina Bocangel, MD, LAc, MAcOM

Soul-Full Conversations: The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard Rohr

May 29 (W), Jun 3(M), 12, 26 (W) 10-11:30am $85 (Pre-registration required.)

“Here Fr. Richard helps us to see and hear Jesus of Nazareth in what he taught, what he did and who he is—the loving, liberating and life giving expression and presence of God. In so doing he is helping Christianity to reclaim its soul anew.”
- Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America

Join, Seton Cove Executive Director, Patty Speier as she guides us through a discussion of this eagerly awaited new book from the master teacher and theologian, Richard Rohr. In this book Rohr helps us to see the universal meaning of the Christ which is so much more than another name for the historical Jesus. In this book Rohr uncovers the mystery of Christ and explains why our understanding of who and what Christ is, is imperative for the thriving and even survival of humanity.

Patricia Speier, DMin