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The Sacred Earth workshop

Saturday, April 13

Tom Lewis combines his training in spirituality with a passion for nature to ask the question, “How does God use the sacred earth to transform our spiritual lives?”

We will take a contemplative approach and learn how to see nature at a deeper level. This event will provide opportunities to practice and learn more about nature experientially. While the April 13 event will launch a learning series on eco spirituality, the one-day workshop can be attended as a stand-alone event. All are welcome, regardless of background.

Dr. Tom Lewis is the former Director of the Spirituality Program at Columbia Seminary in Atlanta, GA. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and serves currently as the Program Director at Center for Spiritual Wisdom. Tom has taught numerous workshops and courses, and has a particular passion for the intersection of spirituality and nature.

"The Sacred Earth" will take place at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 256 E. Main St. in Brevard, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the lower level of the main building (please use use rear entrance & parking area). Cost of the event, including a simple lunch, is $40. Register online HERE.

Buddhist Wisdom for Non-Buddhists

Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.
Elk Haven Wellness Center
Brevard, N.C.

Join us for our next Second Sundays at the Center event on April 14 at 5:00 p.m. for "Buddhist Wisdom for Non-Buddhists." Our presenter will be Amy Goldweber, director of Heartwood Refuge retreat center in Hendersonville, N.C. All are welcome, regardless of background.

Our Second Sundays monthly series is held at Elk Haven Wellness Center, 100 Elks Club Road, just off Park Avenue in Brevard. Our doors open at 5:00 p.m. for a time of informal gathering and conversation, featuring light snacks and beverages. At 5:30, we welcome our presenter for a half-hour presentation, followed by questions, answers and comments. The event concludes by 6:30 p.m.

Although there is no charge to attend, donations are gladly received to cover expenses and support an honorarium for the presenter. Donors of $20 or more receive their choice of a thank-you in the form of a glass of Green Heart organic vegetable juice or a delicious gluten-free Reason to Bake cookie.

On April 14, Amy Goldweber will offer her personal take on the wisdom of the Buddha for those who may not be familiar with this ancient-yet-modern path. Although Buddhism originated six centuries before the birth of Jesus, many in our Western culture are unfamiliar with this insightful and practical approach to life and spirituality. Regardless of your background, you are welcome to listen, learn, and participate. The host for the Second Sundays series is Mary Marinucci, an associate at Center for Spiritual Wisdom.

Coming June 22nd
"Wisdom at the End of Life"
With Dr. Lani Leary

Join us for “Wisdom at the End of Life” on Saturday, June 22nd at Elk Haven Wellness Center in Brevard. The half-day workshop will be led by Dr. Lani Leary, author of No One Has to Die Alone (Simon & Schuster 2012).

“Wisdom at the End of Life” will address topics such as “What is a good death?”, the needs of the dying, how best to support loved ones as they face the end of life, and moving from fear to hope.

The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12 Noon (doors will open at 8:30; hot & cold beverages will be provided). Elk Haven Wellness Center is located at 100 Elks Club Road in Brevard, just off Park Avenue.

Lani Leary specializes in work with chronically ill, dying, and bereaved clients. She has companioned more than 700 people at the time of death. Lani currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice. For the past 35 years, she served as a psychotherapist, an ICU chaplain, a university professor, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, and a counselor in 9 hospices across the country. She has spoken internationally at more than 300 conferences and was a 2011 presenter at TEDx in Hawaii.

Participation will be limited to the first 30 registrants to insure a meaningful experience for attendees. The cost per person is $65, payable in advance via online payment or by check. “Wisdom at the End of Life” is presented by Center for Spiritual Wisdom, a non-profit spirituality center in Western North Carolina. Please use the Contact Form at the CSW web site to register your interest.

In & Around the Community

Part of our mission at CSW is to serve the common good: in the world and our local community. In that spirit, we will occasionally list events that may be of interest to readers of our e-news. Here are two:

Caminamos con Dios Hike - Sat., March 30
Caminamos con Dios means "We walk with God." A group in Transylvania County offers monthly hikes and informal worship in the Christian tradition, including Holy Communion. The starting point varies from month to month. On Saturday, March 30, the group will gather at the Pisgah Ranger Station (Highway 276) at 8:45 a.m., begin worship and hiking at 9:00, follow the nature trail near the parking lot, cross the bridge over the Davidson River, and make a loop along the river back to the Ranger Station. There, Holy Communion will celebrated, followed by a communal lunch. (Please bring your lunch, but it can be left in your car). The group has no agenda other than enjoying the beauty of God's creation and offering informal worship in that setting. For further information, please contact Bill Livingston at
Documentary "Newtown" & Gun Violence Event - April 23 
The public is invited to Newtown, a film about grief and collective trauma. Join our community's conscious conversation about gun violence prevention and support for survivors of gun violence and threats of violence. A panel of local experts will respond to questions after the film.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Brevard College's Ingram Auditorium
(no admission charge)
Sponsored By: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, SAFE, Pisgah Film Project, Morning Glory Inspirations, Project Empathy. Questions about gun violence, as well as what's happening locally to prevent, address, and promote healing from violence may be submitted ahead of time to

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