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Mar 3, 2020 - Aug 31, 2021

Wisdom Meditation-Ongoing

Online

Wisdom Zoom Meditation Continues!

There has been an arising among many of us in our Wisdom collective…to FIND A WAY to gather virtually, during this time. This crisis offers us the opportunity to gather prayers and intentions from all around the world. Our technical ability to CONNECT ACROSS THE GLOBE has ‘prepared us well’ for such a moment as this and RISES TO MEET US as we engage in NEW ways of CONNECTING as a Wisdom community.

To that end….

We will continue to offer a 30 minute collective Wisdom Pause “for Silence and Stillness” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These PAUSES (Virtual Wisdom Practice Opportunities) will be offered twice a day at 10:30am EDT (7:30 am PDT) and 7pm EDT (4:00pm PDT), on M/W/F.

Wisdom members of our collective will be leading each sit, with a time for chant, and meditation/stillness in each Zoom gathering. If you have never worked with zoom before, all you need to do is download the free ZOOM App, and then CLICK on the highlighted ZOOM address below, during the scheduled time of each gathering.

Below are the zoom links:

Important: all zoom Wisdom Sits will now be PASSWORD PROTECTED. The PASSWORD for ALL sits is: wisdomsit

ONGOING ZOOM SIT LINKS with PASSWORD: wisdomsit

Mondays at 10:30am EDT with Elizabeth Combs and Jeanine Siler Jones
https://zoom.us/j/436279796?pwd=bHBlaHVmME9DbVVzOWUvNTdFMzZPdz09

Mondays at 7:00pm EDT with Barbara Stevens
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81643061000?pwd=ckZETmxNVE5senB4WEhrVGpFbkEvdz09
Meeting ID: 816 4306 1000

Wednesdays at 10:30am EDT with Kristy Christian or Marcella Kraybill-Greggo
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3451245537?pwd=bDVBSW8wZnlTMmg3eEt0cW5MZDJ0UT09
Meeting ID: 345 124 5537

Wednesdays at 7pm EDT with Beth O’Neil
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71691489434?pwd=VkZyMFU2eGZKejdKYndJNXdiMmlKZz09
Meeting ID: 722 1574 3565

Fridays at 10:30am EDT with Heather Ruce
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/251589115

Fridays at 7pm EDT with Kristy Christian
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3451245537?pwd=bDVBSW8wZnlTMmg3eEt0cW5MZDJ0UT09
Meeting ID: 345 124 5537

STAYING CONNECTED is part of our health as well as our OFFERING for our world!

Much love, health and light to all,

Marcella

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Apr 28 - Sep 8, 2021

Contemplative Chant Online and Ongoing: Thirty Minute Chant Sessions with Susan Latimer, Elizabeth Combs

Online

Contemplative Chant Online and Ongoing: Thirty Minute Wednesday Chant Sessions Offered Weekly

Chanting is a wonderful practice for bringing both the Moving Center (body, breath, tone) and the Emotional Center (open heart) online. It is a spiritual practice that opens our hearts, nourishes our nervous systems, prepares us for prayer and meditation as a bridge into stillness, and connects us to our innate joy, courage, steadfastness, peace, beauty, truth and goodness.

In times of great uncertainty and change, we find chant to be one of the things that most grounds us. These sessions draw chants from Wisdom Schools, various spiritual and religious traditions, sacred texts, old hymns and poetry.

Because of the limitations of synching sound on Zoom, all participants are muted except for the one leading. This allows everyone to chant along in their own space. (Great if you are shy about sharing your voice! Fun if you like to try harmonies!) To join, just click on the zoom link below.

ALL are welcome.

From Susan Latimer:
Chanting is my go-to practice for grounding, centering, heart-opening, healing. When I was unable to do Centering prayer during my 8 months of treatment for stage 3 breast cancer (2017) I chanted. I am a singer, pianist, Episcopal priest, and mom of two grown sons. Last summer I moved back home to Southern CA after 35 years on the East Coast. I have been blessed by connections in this Wisdom community since 2015, and started writing Wisdom chants soon after. I have learned much about the spirituality of the voice from my work with Therese Schroeder-Sheker. This March I felt called to offer a chance for folks to gather on Zoom and chant together. Soon afterwards my friend Elizabeth Combs joined me.

From Elizabeth Combs:
I have been chanting and singing my whole life, and it is the practice that most grounds me in my heart. I remember singing Southern Baptist hymns as my first prayer of breath and vibration. I found my way to Wisdom chant through Cynthia’s Wisdom schools, after many years chanting Sanskrit mantras in the yogic tradition. I enjoy creating chants and like to play my crystal bowls and shruti box outside in the trees. At other times, I can be found caring for clients in my energy balancing practice, crafting herbal remedies or hanging out with my son Jack.

Come to sing with Susan and Elizabeth as they lead thirty minutes of Contemplative Chant via Zoom every Wednesday at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81558252175?pwd=WlVLWlZGVmdkV2h2NEZQTEEzMlhoUT09
Password: chant
Meeting ID: 815 5825 2175

 

If you’d like to download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system, here’s the link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZUocuGqqzkrHdFCDlPHuX70KpFuMAvdDb0I/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGpqz4iGNGXsR6CRpwcGY_4WerwmHpcgqd7vzvpMwhGWlSmHfJkJ59eBtz0

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May 25 - Dec 31, 2021

Imaginal Wisdom School e-Course with Cynthia Bourgeault

Online

This e-Course includes over 40 sessions filmed live during a five-day Imaginal Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault at the Valle Crucis Conference Center in North Carolina August 16-21, 2020. The Course materials have been formatted and organized for easy access and use in an e-Course format, while carefully preserving the daily rhythm and structure of the live event. The materials have been designed to empower and equip you with everything you need to reproduce the Wisdom School learning experience in your own setting and circumstances. And when you enroll in this e-Course you’ll be joining a vibrant community of committed students as you experience the profound and practical nature of these teachings.

Click here for all the details.

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Jun 16 - Sep 21, 2021

The Divine Exchange with Cynthia Bourgeault

Online

Cynthia Bourgeault is a long-time student of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths and is a core faculty member of the CAC and Living School. Christian Wisdom teachings have existed since the earliest days of Christianity; Cynthia teaches from that ancient perspective in ways that suit today’s world.

Join Cynthia as she leads you on a path of discovery through The Divine Exchange, the spiritual foundation of the Christian Wisdom tradition. Cynthia teaches on the power of exchange: giving and receiving in a framework that embraces everything—information, goods, energy, sustenance, etc. She weaves together familiar gospel teachings and their less familiar counterparts in perennial wisdom to create a single tapestry of dynamic wholeness.

That dynamism is a dance of abundance epitomized in the Trinity, Cynthia believes. She shows us how the principle of exchange is at the very heart of God as well as at the core of the gospel teaching. She then invites you to carry these teachings forward as part of your life, supported by practices designed to help you take this wisdom into your body.

Note: This course builds on Cynthia’s foundational material and works best as a follow-up to the online Introductory Wisdom School, taken either online or “on the ground.” Taking these courses sequentially is strongly recommended.

Cost: $195
For more information, please click here.
Registration opens March 1, 2021.

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Aug 6 - Nov 19, 2021

“Deepening Wisdom through Desert and Forest”: A Virtual Wisdom Program with Bill Redfield

Online

Through weekly recordings and optional Friday Zoom groups, this program will run from late Summer, 2021, until just before Thanksgiving, 2021. By journeying through desert and forest, the Wisdom transformation can be deepened and Wisdom can be further integrated. This program will conclude with an introduction to Wisdom Mentoring.


Over the past years I have been working to help Wisdom practitioners more deeply integrate their Wisdom learnings and understandings. Beyond readings and E-courses, Wisdom practitioners, I find, are eager to learn how to embody their learnings and actually then live out of them. For me, this has included placing community, both as a central operating concept and as a lived experience, into the heart of the Wisdom transformation. Thus, in these programs I have worked to create a container of community within which participants can articulate their own Wisdom voices and listen deeply to the Wisdom voices of others. In this, then, I have been working to bring to the Wisdom lineage stream an articulation and a living-out of what I call, “the Wisdom way of loving” through Wisdom’s deeper integration.

The locus of this work is necessarily at the juncture of the horizontal and the vertical. While our lives and our work might be directed toward and influenced by other realms, we cannot escape the fundamental reality that we must show up fully in our own lives, just as they are. That does not mean stepping over the messiness and contradiction of our material lives in order to engage exclusively in interrealmic work. Rather it means living directly and fully in and through the exigencies of everyday life. At the same time, however, we are deeply informed and directed by the assistance of other realms and worlds. Human life seems to require a constant fiddling with the dials of these two dimensions in order that we are tuning in to the fullness of life.

What usually is not quite so directly considered, however, is, in and beyond these general understandings, the specific question of how—concretely—we negotiate and then integrate the Wisdom transformation. While this implies a mode of being and awareness, it also suggests a sense of agency because it includes choice, action, and a sense of empowerment. Rather than the usual more philosophical treatise, then, I intend for all of my programs to be eminently pragmatic and practical.

While, when possible, I have wanted to my work with the liturgical seasons, this particular time of the year brings us to Ordinary Time. Thus, I will use journeying through the desert and the forest as both metaphors and realities to carry the teachings of this program.

As in past programs, I will continue to use the means and methods that seem to work so well—recordings to carry the exploration and the teaching as well as Zoom groups to deepen the integration of the material and to develop a context of community and support for this work.

Because of the varied levels of time and opportunity on the part of participants, I encourage people to participate in this program at their own speed. Stretching over this three-month period, there will be one recording posted each week. These will routinely be about 45 minutes in length. But these will continue to be available beyond the season’s conclusion.

Again, I will utilize the Friday Zoom groups to deepen integration and to foster community. Meeting on Fridays at 9 am (Eastern) or 3 pm (Eastern), these gatherings are completely optional and will commence on Friday, August 6. Usually we will spend most of the hour in small breakout groups of three, addressing specific reflection questions. Participation is always welcomed, but consistent attendance is not required.

I have found the use of audio recordings to convey the teachings to be far more effective than the usual E-course format. There seems to be something about the vibratory resonance that calls forth the heart and the body, and not just the intellectual mind. Music is utilized not to sentimentalize the experience, but to deepen the vibratory intensity.

All of the orienting information and recordings will be available on a password protected page on my website for your continued access. This provides a container for our work that will provide safety and respect.

Fee. This program is by donation. If you would like, I encourage you to donate at the end of the program. Rather than regarding this as a “fee” or “price” for the program “up front,” I would much prefer your donation be part of your response to its entirety and come at its conclusion. This program is my gift to you; your donation could represent your gift back to me. Donation instructions can be found on the signup page.

Sign Up. Go to my website (https://www.williamredfield.com/program/deepening-wisdom-through-desert-and-forest) and fill out the brief form on the homepage. I will send you the link and password. If you have any questions or concerns, please E-mail me directly (bill@williamredfield.com).

Love, Bill

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Aug 11 - Nov 16, 2021

Introductory Wisdom School

Online

Cynthia Bourgeault is a long-time student of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths and emeritus core faculty member of the CAC and Living School. Christian Wisdom teachings have been around since the earliest days of Christianity; Cynthia teaches from that ancient perspective in ways that suit today’s world. Arising from an in-person Wisdom School that Cynthia led for 200 students, this online course integrates her teachings and contemplative practice to offer an embodied experience.

Wisdom isn’t something you get from a guru or a reward for performing certain actions. Wisdom is about inner work and transformation. Wisdom isn’t knowing more; it’s knowing more deeply, with more of yourself. Wisdom is caught more than taught. This course explores the Wisdom way of knowing and growing. Cynthia invites us to awaken to our yearning for a different kind of presence and to develop the skills, knowledge, and actions for our own transformation.

No prior experience with Cynthia’s Wisdom Schools is required; however we do recommend some familiarity with Cynthia’s books or talks. This course serves as the prerequisite to any of the advanced Wisdom Schools Cynthia provides.

Course Objectives

  • Cultivate a Wisdom rhythm in your daily life through reflection and engagement with contemplative practices and teachings.
  • Expand your awareness of the Christian Wisdom path and its relevance to our realities today.
  • Develop contemplative practice(s) to engage and embody these teachings.
  • Connect and learn with others on the journey toward living in a Wisdom way.

FULL DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE.

NOTE: Registration closes one week before the course opens or as soon as the course fills, whichever comes first.

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Aug 17 - Nov 16, 2021

‘Centering Prayer And Inner Awakening’ Online Book Group

Online
Live Zoom Online Book Group held as a Wisdom Circle
Centering Prayer And Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault (2004)

August 17 – November 16, 2021
Once a month starting August 2021 ~ through November 2021

In Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening we will be delving into both the tradition and method of this contemplative Christian prayer practice. As a group we will read, digest and practice together. Know you are welcomed into this timely invitation from Cynthia who says in the introduction of this book: “At a time in our Christian life when the factional extremes seem intent on fighting each other to death while the rest of the world goes its way in massive indifference, I know from my own experience that there is something in this prayer that can restore harmony, dignity, and depth to our lived Christian community. It is this, more than anything else that I wish to share with you.” (p. xiv)

In our 4-month Tuesday Wisdom book Circle we will intentionally cultivate a Wisdom way of knowing through:

  • Grounding in the practices of a Wisdom Circle
  • Supportive group discussions facilitated by seasoned Wisdom practitioners examining a few chapters a month
  • Mindful attentional practices/Inner Tasks
  • Meditation
  • Body movements and sacred gesture

This Wisdom Practice book Circle is designed for seekers who want to cultivate a deeper connection with the Wisdom tradition which lies at the headwaters of all sacred paths. As we come together in community, seeking inspiration and practices for our awakening, we will leave with a felt sense of our deepening presence and how we can be of service in the world.

Dates:  Third Tuesday of the month: 8/17, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16
Times:  Either 10:00 – 11:30am ET, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET, OR 7:00 – 8:30pm ET
To enroll:  Email: holly@aared.com with your selected time slot and “Centering Prayer” in the subject line.
To order the book: click here.

Contribute: Suggested donation of $60 to Northeast Wisdom/Wisdom Waypoints, or an amount that is sustainable for you. You may donate online by following this link, click on the yellow “Donate” button. Northeast Wisdom activities are supported entirely by donations; if you can ‘pay it forward’ for another person, we are most grateful. Please include in the memo line “Centering Prayer”. Thank you.

Platform:  Zoom. Earbuds are suggested for clarity of hearing.

Download the flyer.

About Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening:

“(Bourgeault’s) focus in this book is the contribution she perceives that Centering Prayer can make to the renewal and appropriate adaptation of the Christian contemplative heritage to the circumstances of our time… My special and heartfelt thanks to Cynthia for her monumental contribution to the better understanding of the Centering Prayer practice. (Thomas Keating)                 

Sponsored by Northeast Wisdom/Wisdom Waypoints

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