The Gift of Presence: A 5-Part Series Presented by Mandorla Staff

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

Please join Mandorla Staff in this 5-part exploration of The Gift of Presence. Each Friday at 12-1pm for 6 weeks (excluding Nov 27), a Mandorla Staff Member will facilitate a unique expression of Presence
As we enter into the final months of a year of intense physical separation, please consider treating yourself or a close family member or friend to The Gift of Presence.

Sessions include:

  1. Reconnecting to Self and Others through Open-Hearted Presence
  2. The Triangle & the Mandorla: An Ancient Model for Finding Presence & Avoiding Triangulation in Life and Work
  3. Unwrapping Presence: A Mindfulness Meditation Journey
  4. Cultivating Presence in Advent
  5. Embodying Presence: Theotokos

Nov 6, 13, 20 and Dec 4, 11 (F)
$125 (All classes, or $35 for a single class)
Presented Virtually via Zoom

Program Descriptions

Reconnecting to Self and Others through Open-Hearted Presence

Modern psychology is helping us reflect on the implications of relational growth and human flourishing. While traditional developmental theories prioritize independence and separation from others, the groundbreaking model of Relational-Cultural Theory proposes that connection is the core of human growth and development. 

In our season of disconnection, what if relational theory can help illuminate the spiritual split between our True Selves and others? In this session, we will explore how daily practice of Open-Hearted Presence can help us reconnect from the illusion of separation.

The Triangle & the Mandorla: An Ancient Model for Finding Presence & Avoiding Triangulation in Life and Work

In life and work there are many opportunities to triangulate: or pair off with one person at the expense of another. We do it effortlessly when we complain or gossip and are often unaware we are even doing it. The triangle is a powerful shape for both good and for ill.

What if there were another model for resolving interpersonal issues that can transcend the negative effects of triangulation, while still addressing our core issue or complaint?  In this session we will explore the power of the Mandorla to reconcile differences, heal disagreements and offer us a way forward, while remaining in relationship.

Unwrapping Presence: A Mindfulness Meditation Journey

Living a Mindful life begins with paying attention but in a very particular way.  It involves non judgemental observation and acceptance.  Where do we stand to cultivate this kind of view? For many, it comes with a clear understanding of what we refer to as self.  

In this session we will explore the transient nature of the relative self and embrace the absolute,  silent, and accepting observer Self.  Through discussion and guided practice, we will “unwrap” our true presence as loving awareness.

Cultivating Presence in Advent

With our busy schedules, long to-do lists, and the onset of the holiday season, intentional prayer and reflection can feel like one more activity to accomplish. Yet, this time with God is what our hearts most crave. Through practical methods, experience the invitation to slow down and cultivate spiritual presence through this season of anticipation. 

In this session, explore selected pathways through Scripture and the work of modern spiritual writers to help you craft a plan for a meaningful Advent journey. Join us!

Embodying Presence: Theotokos

Using the practice or Visio Divina on an image of Theotokos, (in Greek, the one who bears God) we will be invited to behold the “uncreated energies of the Divine” taking flesh in creation. Our practice of this contemplative way of seeing can open us to recognize that every moment and every experience of life can be a mystical encounter.

Our contemplation of the icon will carry us more deeply into the mystery of God born of woman,  and we will reflect on the spiritual significance of this embodiment for both women and men. 


$125.00 Virtual (5-part series)


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