Our purpose is to explore areas of mind/body/spirit integration and the study of spirituality and healing modalities. We create gatherings to promote self-awareness, enhance spiritual awakening, and support life change. It is our intention to deepen the dialogue between medicine, theology, and research and to build bridges between our current understanding and the reality of healing that is within each of us.
The purpose of our time together is to honor the Sacred, empower our practice, broaden our skills, nurture our being, and connect our community. You are invited to rest, be in silence, browse craft tables, attend exciting workshops, and visit with friends as you make new ones. We hope you join us as we build and deepen our community.
A Healing Journey: Trauma and Spiritual Direction is our theme for 2013. Caroline Walles will facilitate our time together as we intentionally engage in exploring these questions:
What is trauma?
How is the spirit wounded in traumatic experiences?
Why don't we "just get over it?"
What does the traumatized person bring into the spiritual direction relationship?
What is it about spiritual direction that can facilitate healing from trauma?
The model we will use is based on the work done by the Conflict Transformation Program and the Institute for Justice and Peacebuilding of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. It is overlaid with the Phases of Disaster as described by the National Mental Health Information Center.
All are welcome! Spiritual directors, pastors, therapists, counselors, chaplains, hospice workers, those who tend the souls of others, or anyone interested in this focus are encouraged to attend. All faith traditions are welcome!
Join us as we explore each aspect of the Trauma Healing Journey: Sanctuary, Lament, Mystery, Sabbath and New Life.
This purpose of our conferences and seminars is to deepens the dialogue between medicine, theology, and research as it builds bridges between current understanding and the reality of healing that is within each of us.
In 2011 during the “Medicine, Prayer and Research” conference in Berkeley, CA, research physician Larry Dossey discussed the role of consciousness in healing. Jesus scholar and theologian Marcus Borg spoke about Jesus' healing of illness as also confronting the wounds of existence. Pioneer in holistic nursing Barbara Dossey observed that compassion met science in Florence Nightingale. Clinical researcher Marilyn Schlitz commented on neuroscience research and prayer. Pastor Therese DesCamp looked at cognitive linguistics and spiritual practices. In addition participants had a choice of workshops in three areas: current research, healing prayer in congregations, and prayer experiences.
In 2013, Rev. Dr. Therese DesCamp presented “Your Brain on Prayer: What Neuroscience Can, and Can’t, Teach Us about Spiritual Practices.” She used concrete and vivid examples as she explored the scientific limits of contemporary brain research. She shared a brief survey of the neuroscience research on spiritual practices and discussed how research might support deeper and more consistent prayer practice and the limits of that research. She teased out the way forms of prayer shapes our behavior in, and experience of, everyday life. She also showed how a focus solely on brain function can deform one's prayer practice. In a very engaging manner, Therese made this challenging subject a very joyful, inspiring, and understandable experience.