***Group Spiritual Direction

April 7, 21, 28 May 5, 26 June 2, 9 (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

“As all mountains stand on the ground,
As all trees root in the soil,
As all rivers flow to the sea, 
There’s a substance under all life
That joins us and holds us up.”  ~ Mark Nepo, Things that Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living
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 Things that Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes for Living by poet and philosopher, Mark Nepo as our primary text in this group. These books are available for purchase at the Seton Cove

ONLINE: Qi Gong Virtual Sessions with Sandra Medina Bocangel, MD

Apr 13 (M) 9:30am-10:30am $25 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom

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!

ONLINE: Ramadan and its Implications for Individual and Collective Life

April 30 10am-11am $25 (Pre-registration required) Presented virtually via Zoom
Fasting is prescribed for the Muslims, as it was prescribed for those before the Muslims, so that we might achieve God-consciousness (Quran 2:183). To non-Muslims it may appear to be a time of hardship and deprivation, but that is not our experience. Muslims think of Ramadan as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives. As religious obligation, fasting has many special benefits. Among these, the most important is that it is a means of learning self-control. Due to the lack of preoccupation with the satisfaction of bodily appetites during the daylight hours of fasting, a measure of ascendancy is given to one's spiritual nature, which becomes a means of coming closer to God. As a secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate, and learning thankfulness and appreciation for all of God's bounties. It increases people's sympathy and compassion for persons who are deprived of the daily means of survival. It is also beneficial to the health and provides a break in the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence. Perhaps fasting in Ramadan is the most widely practiced of all the Muslim forms of worship. Yet it does not prevent Muslims from conducting their day-to-day work, or business, as usual.

Yetkin Yildirim, Ph.D.

ONLINE: SoulCollage® Open Studio

Apr 18 (Sa) 9:30am–12:30pm $20 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom

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

Sue Kullerd, LPC

ONLINE: Stress-Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Providers

April 11, July 25, Nov 14 (Sa) 9am-3pm $75 (Preregistration required.) 5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education Presented virtually via Zoom
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

ONLINE: The Artist's Way: 2-Hour Workshop with Therese Morgan

Therese Morgan April 16 (Th) 10am-12pm $40 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom

The Artist's Way explores our relationship to creativity, and the blocks we form that stop us from engaging in it. 

In this workshop we will explore how to let perfectionism go, and recover a sense of connection with our true creative selves.  

Therese Morgan

Open Mind, Open Heart

Thursdays, 9–10am Free (please pre-register for the Zoom link)
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