The Earth & Spirit Center is established in the conviction that the Earth and all its inhabitants form a single sacred community. Guided by the vision of Thomas Berry, our mission is to cultivate a mutually enhancing human-Earth relationship through transformative learning experiences and service opportunities in spiritual development, social compassion and Earth literacy.
Introduction to Meditation Workshops
A 60-Minute Workshop
Mindfulness meditation has been clinically demonstrated to increase relaxation, relieve stress, reduce anxiety and bolster self-esteem. CEOs, attorneys, healthcare professionals, educators, and the military are paying attention. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Time Magazine are putting mindfulness on the front page. Modern science is learning that the ancient spiritual practice of meditation is relevant to addressing complex modern problems.
This 60-minute workshop offers a basic introduction to theory and practice of mindfulness meditation, as well as its physical, psychological and spiritual benefits.
Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that has remarkable practical benefits for both body and mind. This class offers practical, step-by-step guidance for developing a personal meditation practice using mindfulness. This class includes: basic instruction in the techniques of mindfulness meditation; the psychological principles and spiritual underpinnings of the practice; and clear guidance for bringing the fruits of the meditation practice into professional and everyday life.
Orientation Retreat: Thursday, September 13 — 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. OR Saturday, September 15 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
4 time options: Mondays 10:00 –11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. OR 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. beginning in September
This course is for meditators who want to probe essential spiritual questions: Who am I? What does it mean to be part of a human community? What is my relationship to the world in which I live my life?
Employing cutting-edge science to illuminate the path of meditation, the class will explore the new cosmology - the shift that is taking place in our understanding of the world, the opportunities it presents to the human community, and the implications it has for anyone on a spiritual journey.
Meditation 5A - Purposeful Living for Complicated Times
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.
This five-week course will consider five statements that are foundational to Buddhist thought.
Pithy and daunting, these five reminders speak candidly about some of our most challenging truths. They seem to be "bad news." But a closer look reveals pure gold. Befriending and using these reflections can be invaluable in coming to freedom from suffering and finding lasting happiness.
What would the world look like with a reinfusion of feminine wisdom? How do we, as individuals and collectively as a culture and society, cultivate feminine wisdom?
Feminine wisdom has been systematically buried for thousands of years, creating an unhealthy imbalance within cultures and within individuals. This suppression has fashioned egotistical human beings and systems that assume separation and cutthroat competition rather than vibrant interconnection and abundance.
This course will explore how we - women and men - can actively cultivate, through awareness, listening, and relationship, the feminine wisdom within all of us, and restore balance and harmony to our collective social psyche.
Facilitators and guest speakers will introduce teachings from our ancient wisdom traditions that honor the deep interconnections between people, place and planet; explore ways in which we can reintegrate feminine wisdom into our lives; uncover contemplative practices that support balance and harmony; and provide a vision that pulls us toward a future that is both inclusive and whole.
10 Tuesdays: September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
On the first Saturday of each month, this interfaith gathering offers contemplative support for meditators of all traditions. Each session includes brief meditation instruction and longer periods of silent sitting. Join us.