2018-2019 Program Offerings
Enneagram Workshop—Diving Deeper on your Spiritual Journey
Facilitated by Sarah Walston, MA, MEd, LMHC, certified Enneagram instructor
Friday September 14; 6-8 p.m.
Saturday September 15, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Bloedel Hall
In this workshop participants will focus in greater detail in three areas: how the Enneagram informs dynamics of interpersonal relationships in family systems, the work place and other settings; common pitfalls in misidentification of one’s Enneagram type; and how the Enneagram serves as companion on the spiritual journey of self-work and communal experience. Attendance at prior workshops is not required, but participants should arrive knowing what enneagram type they are. Fee is $50 for the two-day workshop, which includes Saturday light breakfast and lunch. Register here.
Resilience in Troubling Times: Developing Spiritual Practices that Sustain Us on the Journey
Facilitated by Saint Mark’s Clergy
Wednesdays, September 19 & 26, 6:45 p.m., Bloedel Hall
Building on the parish’s work with Esther de Waal’s book Seeking God, and drawing on resources from the Society of St. John the Evangelist, participants will explore spiritual practices that assist us in making our way in a troubled world more gracefully, less anxiously, with flourishing and faithfulness as integral experiences. Program is free with no registration required; optional Community Dinner at 6 p.m., $7.
Engaging the Visual Arts as a Spiritual Experience
Virginia Maksymowicz, Artist and Educator
Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Skinner Hall
Virginia Maksymowicz, artist of the Stations of the Cross that hung in the nave during Lent, will lead an interactive workshop on visual arts and spirituality. In the morning, Ms. Maksymowicz will consider the power of visual art to access spiritual yearnings and convictions and will lead the group in creative exploration of making art as spiritual experience. After lunch, participants will go to the Henry Art Gallery to view James Turrell’s “Light Reign” and to engage other works specifically chosen for this workshop. Fee: $60. Register here
The Invitation to Wisdom and Grace
Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason
Wednesdays, March 13, 20 & 27, 2019; 6:45-8:15 p.m., Bloedel Hall
Come explore the spiritual journey, which has been described as a process or cycle of Order—Disorder—Reorder. There is wisdom to be gleaned in all three stages, but we often stall or get trapped in the first phase (conservative) or second stage (liberal), and our understanding of God inclines to tribal, idolatrous, and self-serving features. For those willing to press on and live into the reordering of life, the journey unfolds into engagements with God’s true character of mercy, justice, and love, which is experienced as grace. Program is free with no registration required; optional Community Dinner at 6 p.m., $7.
Mirabai Starr—A Fierce and Tender Wisdom
Friday March 29, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wild Mercy: Wisdom of the Feminine (Freewill donations accepted and open to the public)
Saturday March 30, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Writing Workshop: From Dark Night to Transformation (REGISTER HERE)
Mirabai Starr has written extensively on the mystics and the unifying teachings at the heart of all spiritual paths, with a gift for making timeless wisdom accessible to contemporary seekers. She returns to Saint Mark’s for two offerings:
• Wild Mercy: Wisdom of the Feminine. The feminine mystic is one who gathers the pain of the world into her arms and transmutes it with "wild mercy"—a merging of fierce courage with the unstoppable forces of forgiveness, compassion, and love. And she is needed now more than ever. Open to the public, freewill donations accepted.
• From Dark Night to Transformation
, Saturday’s writing workshop, draws on wisdom traditions and insights arising from Mirabai’s own poignant journey, to explore the catalysts for transformation in our lives—bridging contemplative life and compassionate service, cultivating an inner relationship with the Beloved and expressing that intimacy in community, exploring the transformational power of loss and darkness and the longing for the sacred. Advance registration is required for the Saturday workshop ($60). Space is limited. Register here
Wisdom Praxis—Practice Circle
The Rev. Patricia Rome Robertson
Saturday, May 11, 2019 (new date), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Come for a wisdom day grounded in contemplative practices of meditation and lectio divina, contemplative chant and movement, and small group conversation, focused on the three centers of our Being as Ways of Knowing. The Rev. Patricia Rome Robertson is former rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Seattle and a 20-year student of Centering Prayer and Cynthia Bourgeault, currently affiliated with St. Barnabas Church on Bainbridge Island, where she serves as Assistant for Contemplative Ministries. Fee $50, space is limited. Register here