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
Many Americans are disturbed and discouraged by the discord in our current American politics. This presentation will review the accepted norms in political settings from local governments to state and national governments. Bringing forth the testimonies of Gandhi, Thomas Merton and Reinhold Niebuhr to enlighten our conversation, it will offer practical suggestions on how to be involved in policy making, and guidance on how to navigate the rough waters of politics while keeping centered.
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.