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.
Cross the threshold into a greater ecological awareness and open into a wilder consciousness informed by cloud, tree, hawk, and butterfly. By learning how to mindfully wander the land at the Earth & Spirit Center you can experience and deepen a sense of being a member of the larger Earth community. Enter a universe alive with mystery and possibility. Find the psychic support needed to participate fully in the great Earthly and cosmic liturgy.
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
Breathe Easier, Louisville! Air Quality & Environmental Justice
This evening, led by environmental activist Arnita Gadson and retired Air Pollution Control Director Art Williams, will feature a conservation about how activism led to stronger air quality standards for our community. Arnita and Art will talk about the progress that has been made and the work still to be done to make Louisville a healthier city for all its residents, regardless of income and ethnicity.
This workshop presents the Enneagram as a tool of self-discovery and an aid to spiritual growth. It will introduce participants to the nine personality types described by the Enneagram – offering a detailed explanation of how each type thinks, feels and relates to others. It includes the history of the Enneagram; analysis of how personality is formed; information on the three centers of perception; the difference between personality and the inner-Spirit; and how to use this knowledge as a tool for finding new strengths, destroying illusions, and growing personally as well as spiritually. Participants come to appreciate why they see the world as they do and how other people can validly experience it so differently. The goal of this workshop is insight into oneself and compassion for others.
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.