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CLASSES
Created by Mary

The Shape of a Life: Seasoned in Grace 

This course addresses the desire to live with grace in the reality of aging and is open to all ages and generations.  Each of us have a shape to our life that develops through choices, influence of others, circumstances, and everyday life experiences.  Reflection in the second half of life provides an opportunity to explore the shape of life in the past, present, and future.  Spanning the range of research, anecdotal discoveries, and spiritual practices, each session explores qualities in ourselves and our lives that reflect an awareness of God’s work in our lives.  Specifically, the question is asked “How does the contemplative life — one of prayer and encountering God — shape one for love, wisdom, and resiliency in the second half of life?”  Facing the beauty and pain of getting older, the focus of letting go through ‘elegant kenosis’ invites us to consider the gift of God’s embrace in life.  Intending to nurture the contemplative life, this course reminds us to value noticing, pausing, listening, and responding. (see Selah Center for offering times)
 

Soul Tending   

In the midst of a busy world, how do we care for our souls that long to live into the way God created us?  What are the components to a strong soul that weathers the ups and downs of life?  Through honest reflection of self and engagement with God, we have an invitation from God to participate in the gift of grace through awareness, vulnerability, and responsiveness.  Rather than living a fragmented life, we have the opportunity to go live into wholeness through spiritual practices that lead to deep listening and noticing where God is at work. (see Selah Center for offering times)
 

Spiritual Practices of Aging 

How does the contemplative life–one of prayer and encountering God–shape one for wisdom and resiliency in the second half of life? Looking at wisdom and resiliency as markers for facing the beauty and pain of getting older, this course addresses aspects of aging that require an “elegant kenosis” – letting go in the midst of embracing the life that God has given. Learning through awareness of God, others, and self lays the foundation for the spiritual practices. (see Priory Spirituality Center for offering times)
 

Soul Care Groups 

Soul Care groups are designed to help people deepen their relationship with God. Through safe and sacred spaces, these groups attend to listening to where God is at work in their lives and the world. Unique in character, Soul Care groups focus on spiritual practices that cultivate an environment that addresses the longings of the heart, soul, and mind.

Spiritual Direction

In the Christian tradition, Spiritual Direction is a companioning of one follower of the Triune God with another follower. In the one hour session, I help you pay attention to the ways God is inviting you into a deeper relationship within your everyday life. Encouraging a relationship based on growing intimacy and discernment with God, I act as a midwife for the your own spiritual encounters with God. The work done by God relies on the willingness by you to “birth” discoveries of the soul. The intentionality and commitment to listening in the community of a spiritual director offers a sacred space for spiritual growth.

Spiritual direction usually occurs on a monthly basis. Costs range from $60-100, depending on financial capacity.

Coaching

For discernment in transition, coaching provides an opportunity to explore through your own story what it means to live into the life you were meant to live. Helping you develop a compass for life, Mary provides the space and expertise to create an integrated focus for all aspects of life.  Choosing to live on-purpose in addition to with-purpose makes all the difference to thrive in any season of life.

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Retreats

Silent Retreat

A time to listen, rest, and renew in the welcoming embrace of God's presence. Intentionally stepping out of the frenzy of life to follow a rhythm of stillness/silence, you will be guided over the weekend that includes both group and individual time to enter into the time of silence. (See Selah Center for more details: Listening Heart Silent Retreat in November)
 

Ireland Pilgrimage 

All of life is a journey. Taking the metaphor to the hills and pastures of Ireland, the physicality of walking shapes a deeper understanding of God's presence in life. Date to be announced.
 

Contemplatio Ambulando 

Walking prayer fosters an embodiment of conversation with God that is readily available, yet often missed in the busy-ness of life. Offered on a seasonal basis, these walks occur within a 3-4 hour window of time.
 

Retreat-in-a-Box 

Time of retreat is needed for restoration and renewal. To create a retreat unique to your own needs, this offering provides a tailored encounter according to your requests, either for a personal or community time.