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'Falling Upward' Retreat Nov. 11-14

  • Based on the Book by Fr. Richard Rohr •

If you love the wisdom of Fr. Richard Rohr, we have a retreat for you — 'Falling Upward' Nov. 11-14 at beautiful Lake Logan Center near Waynesville, N.C.

CSW Director Rob Field will lead the event. "My goal is to help participants dig deeply into the wisdom of Fr. Rohr's life-changing book. Earlier this year, I led a weekend version of the retreat for a private group, and the response was stunningly positive." Participants found Rohr's distinction between spirituality for the first and second halves of life tremendously helpful. Several said they wished they had a longer period of time to discuss how to apply the book's insights to their own lives.

The retreat will begin late afternoon on Monday, Nov. 11th and conclude with lunch on Thursday the 14th. In addition to presentations, group discussions and experiential practices, there will be times for silence, contemplative worship, and recreation.

All accommodations are single occupancy with a private bathroom, unless participants choose to share a bedroom and bathroom at a reduced rate. Three delicious, healthy meals a day are included, as are educational materials for the retreat. Registration opens Sept. 10 at Center for Spiritual Wisdom's web site, but interested individuals may reserve a space by using this contact form and indicating their desire to attend. Total cost will be $425 per person ($375 for double occupancy).

'Second Sundays' returns Sept. 8
with Dr. Jim Nourse: "My
Near-Death Journey"


Many people in Henderson and Transylvania counties know Jim Nourse as a healer, counselor, writer and seeker of wisdom. A brain hematoma brought him to the brink of death in 2017, but it turned out to be an unexpected source of blessing and deeper wisdom. Jim has made a full recovery, and continues to reflect on the meaning of his health crisis as well as the global crisis of our time.

Dr. Nourse is a clinical psychologist, acupuncturist, and author of Simple Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way and Opening the Aloha Mind. Jim refers to his present work as "spiritual mentoring" — helping people explore, clarify and if necessary heal the spiritual aspect of their lives. Learn more about Dr. Jim Nourse at his web site.

Come to Elk Haven Wellness Center this Sunday, Sept. 8 to hear Jim speak about what unfolded during his medical crisis — and the surprising (and mystical) insights he continues to receive. Due to the nature of Jim's presentation, we will be modifying our usual Second Sundays schedule. On Sept. 8, our doors will open at 4:45 p.m. for informal conversation and light refreshments. Jim's talk will begin at 5:15, with questions and conversation following at 6:00 p.m. As usual, the gathering will end at 6:30.

Donations will be accepted at the door, and gifts of $10 or more will be acknowledged with a glass of Green Heart organic juice or a Reason to Bake gluten-free cookie. All donations are welcome, and help defray the costs associated with the Second Sundays monthly series.

Holy Land Pilgrimage In 2020!
Destination: Israel-Palestine March 5-17

The Center's second pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be March 5-17, 2020. Director Rob Field will co-lead the group with Jane Hubbard of Atlanta. Rob and Jane were assistant leaders for the center's first pilgrimage to Israel-Palestine in 2018. This pilgrimage is recommended for Christians and for seekers who find meaning in the story of Jesus of Nazareth.

Registrations are now open. A $500 "save my space" refundable fee guarantees a place for you. The pilgrimage will be strictly limited to the first 24 registrants to insure a high-quality experience for all. Our travel will be coordinated by Academy Travel, and our guides in Israel-Palestine will be Shepherds Tours & Travel. Both companies have been arranging pilgrimages for decades. For cost details, additional information, and the link to register, go to this page at the Center's web site.

Pilgrimage is a special journey that focuses on spirituality as we visit sacred places. Unlike a tour, a pilgrimage is a retreat on the move, traveling for the purpose of personal growth. The focus is Israel-Palestine, where we absorb the sights, sounds, smells of an ancient land that is spiritual home to three of the world’s great religions. For people of faith, pilgrimage is a journey of renewal, discovery and transformation. Many past participants say this program is "the trip of a life time”.

Art & Spirit: Making the Connections

October 12 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ArtLab, 156 S. Broad St., Brevard N.C.

Center for Spiritual Wisdom and ArtLab are collaborating to offer a day-long event Saturday, Oct. 12 to explore the intersection of art and spirituality.

Many spiritual persons use art and art-making to deepen and enrich their spiritual practice, and artists often draw from their spiritual identities to broaden and diversify their creative expression and generativity. How do spirituality and art intersect for you? What practices do you use, or wish you understood better, to pierce the veil between these two ways of being and understanding the world? There are many, many spiritual practices that bring meaning, and equally numerous ways of participating in the arts. Individually or in community, we are hoping to explore some of the avenues open to all of us as we seek to open our experiences to more wonder, joy, and meaning.

We are hoping this meeting will be the first in a series for those who want an opportunity to slow down, cultivate mindfulness, and reconnect, with others, to the beauty of the world around us. Are you interested in creativity, sharing, building community, and self-discovery? If so, we invite you to join us for an exploration of Art & Spirit.

This one day retreat will be led by Nancy E. Richards, an artist with experience facilitating group explorations as a chaplain, educator, counselor, and friend. We will examine our own definitions of Spirit, both formal and informal, and how art, whether created by ourselves or others, can not only enrich us intellectually, but also deepen the connection to Spirit in our lives. 

No previous art experience is necessary . . . just an open mind, and a willingness to explore and create. All supplies will be provided, and support in using the materials will be offered. Likewise, no particular experience of spirituality is required. Just come as you are, with questions and your own experience. We will spend some time in contemplation, some in sharing, and some in making a bit of art.  

Please bring your own lunch and dress comfortably.  Weather permitting, we will try to have a little time outside.

Fee is $85 per person. To register, please click here at ArtLab's web site.

Fr. Richard Rohr's new book The Universal Christ was recently published, and it's a blockbuster — sure to transform many people's understanding of God and the Christ. At Center for Spiritual Wisdom, we're exploring the idea of hosting an 8-session group based on the book. The group would meet once a week for 90 minutes to 2 hours. If there's sufficient interest, we will use the study guide for The Universal Christ and other related resources made available by Rohr's Center for Action and Contemplation. Are you interested in joining such a group? If so, please use this contact form to let us know. A special group devoted to the book might start soon!

LIKE THE MOVIES? We do, too! It seems a shame, however, that folks in some parts of our area have to travel too far to see independent films — movies that feed the heart and mind as well as the soul. We're discussing the possibility of a monthly movie project that would combine viewing such films in Brevard with a discussion afterwards. Interested in helping? We'd love to hear from you! Please use this contact form to let us know.
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