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.
A One-Year Program for Learning to Facilitate and Guide Basic Mindfulness and Compassion Practices
The Mindfulness Meditation Training Program is a one-year, 100 hour learning experience for personal enrichment and professional development. It provides training and experience that equips participants to guide and facilitate basic mindfulness and compassion practices. Through a holistic curriculum of non-credit monthly weekend seminars and small-group formation processes, participants grow in the wisdom and knowledge needed to live an integrated life and are empowered to share the benefits of mindfulness with others.
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: February 7 — 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. OR Saturday, February 9 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
3 time options: Wednesdays 10:00 –11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. OR 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. beginning Feb 13
The Great Work Creating a Viable and Hopeful Future
Caring for the Earth is of vital importance for the survival and well-being of our children and the children of all species.
This course explores how we can make a transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to one in which we will recognize and celebrate the sacredness of all creation and find our place within the web of life. It is a transformative educational experience that empowers participants to respond to our current situation with imagination, vision, and informed action.
Drawing primarily upon the work of the cultural historian and theologian Thomas Berry, the course examines the current ecological and cultural crises and considers the values and vision we need for the healing of our world. The goal is to engage in what Berry calls “the Great Work” of our time: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet.
Tuesday mornings (10:30 a.m. — noon)
Tuesday evenings (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 2019
Fee: $100 Early registration, $120 after December 31
This meditation course will explore the four brahma-viharas, known as the divine abodes – loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. These beautiful and hopeful Buddhist heart practices offer a way to brighten the mind with increasing levels of clarity, open the heart to the depth of its true nature, and awaken potent energies for us to become participants in the healing of our world.
It is a participatory course. The sessions will include meditation practice, didactic input, participant and small group sharing, and experiential exercises.
Four Wednesday classes – January 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 2019
Time: 10:00–11:30 am OR 7:00–8:30 pm
Instructor: Glenda Hodges-Cook
Cost: $80 for registrations received by December 31, 2018. $100 after January 1, 2019. Some scholarships are available upon request.
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.