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September 2017

Mystical Optimism: Contemplative in the Kootenays Fall Retreat

September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017

The theme for the September 29-October 1 retreat, to be held at the Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake, will be "Mystical Optimism." Our focus will be on the work of Julian of Norwich and Beatrice Bruteau. The retreat will be a combination of meditation (Centering Prayer), lectio divina, several short presentations/discussions, and lots of silence.   Please plan to arrive Friday, September 29th, in the morning before lunch: sessions begin Friday afternoon.  We'll be meeting again on Saturday, with breaks…

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October 2017

Contemplative in the Kootenays

October 26, 2017

The next gathering of Contemplative in the Kootenays is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Knox Hall in New Denver. Our day starts at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.  We'll be doing Centering Prayer (Surrender Meditation); lectio divina; walking meditation; and celebrating open communion at the end. Theme for the day will be "Why am I Here?" All welcome, beginners to adepts.  Please bring whatever you need to sit comfortably; a notebook or journal; your lunch.  Wear…

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Death Cafe: Wide Spot and New Denver Hospice Event

October 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Mark your calendars for the Death Cafe, a wide-open time to ponder the meaning and nature of death.  Details to follow!

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November 2017

PRACTICES FOR LIVING DEEPLY: OPTIMISM in a Pessimistic Time

November 18, 2017 - November 19, 2017

PRACTICES FOR LIVING DEEPLY is bi-yearly opportunity to explore spiritual practices from multiple traditions that will deepen your experience of inspired living.  Led by Kay Costley-White and Therese Des Camp, this weekend event is open to all. The theme for this event will be Optimism in a Pessimistic Time.  What is optimism and how does it differ from denial?  Why is optimism important?  How can we grow optimism in ourselves and our community? Saturday, November 18, 9:00 am to 4 pm Sunday,…

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December 2017

Contemplative in the Kootenays

December 2, 2017

The next gathering of Contemplative in the Kootenays is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, in Nelson, at the home of Jill Cowan. See below for directions. Our day starts at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.  We'll be doing Centering Prayer (Surrender Meditation); lectio divina; walking meditation; and celebrating open communion at the end. We'll be working with an Advent theme for the day. All welcome, beginners to adepts.  Please bring whatever you need to sit comfortably; a notebook…

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Blue Christmas

December 16, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This time of year, when the world acts like everyone should be happy, is a particularly difficult time for people who are grieving, struggling with painful memories or tough life circumstances. The merriment around us can leave us with a profound sense of being outside of normal life. Blue Christmas, held on Saturday, December 16th at Knox Hall in New Denver, will provide a safe space to explore grief and loss.   Offering music and poetry, people to talk to, and…

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