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Events the Past Three Months


OPEN HOUSE Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter

Saturday, February 7
10 am - 2 pm
First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St SE, Olympia 98501 (Shelter door is below the stairs in the parking lot)

info.. Meg Martin, Shelter Director, meg@iwshelter.org
Website.. http://iwshelter.org

Admission/cost.. Free

YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR OPEN HOUSE Join us for a tour, light refreshments, the opportunity to learn more about our program and what happens day to day in the shelter. Shelter guests will show visitors around and share their personal experiences and perspectives. We're celebrating three months of full operations. So many people from different parts of Olympia and Thurston County worked very hard to get this program off the ground. We want to share with everyone the fruits of the community's labor! We are very proud of what we have created and we think you will be too. Mark your calendars! We hope to see you at our open house.

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The Aramaic Jesus -- Dancing with Yeshua

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
State Capitol Museum Coach House, 211 21st Ave SW in Olympia

info.. halspencer@comcast.net
Website.. http://www.seattledancesofuniversalpeace.org/events/15_02_07_aramaic.htm

Admission/cost.. donation

The community is invited to a day-long workshop offering a unique doorway into the experience of Jesus' teaching, in the Aramaic language which he spoke. Facilitator Jo Curtz and others will share perspectives, practices, chants, and Dances of Universal Peace (simple circle dances) from the work of Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, scholar of Native Middle Eastern spiritual traditions and originator of many Dances of Universal Peace. (See for example his presentation of the "Lord's Prayer" in Aramaic: http://abwoon.org/library/aramaic-prayer-meaning-and-movements/)

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Drawing as Prayer

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $50

We will draw, sketch, doodle, and scribble on paper as a way of seeking and being with God. We will learn how to draw people and things, but this is not an art class. This is a prayer and meditation session. No art experience necessary.

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Your Sacred Heart

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $50

Come and spend a day with wool fleece, felting needles, colors, textures and your heart. We will learn needle felting techniques while listening to our hearts in a quiet atmosphere of prayer and reflection. You do not need to have prior experience to enjoy this day of creativity, play, and insight.

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Life Giving Writing

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $50

Do you long to write fiction, or a memoir, or journaling, or... whatever? This workshop will include both the inspiration and nuts-and-bolts sides of writing. Come with what you're already writing; come with questions and struggles. Come and see!

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The Wilderness Speaks: Lenten Journey

Friday - Sunday, February 20-22, 2015, Fri 7:15pm - Sun 1:30pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $150 or $185 w/ Spiritual Direction

Follow Jesus into the wilderness for greater solitude. Take time to deepen your spiritual journey in silence during Lent. The opening session will involve prayer, relaxation and preparation for the retreat with some materials for possible use during the retreat. The retreat will close with group prayer and sharing. For those who wish, a spiritual director will be available to listen with you as you discern the actions of God in your life. You are also welcome to join the Benedictine Sisters for Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist.

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The Veil is Thin: A Spiritual Look at Near Death Experiences

Saturday, 2/28/2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center, 360-438-2595
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $50

Near Death Experiences are portals of grace that transform lives. Richard Rohr, St. Paul, Elizabeth Kubler Ross, hospice workers and medical experts have explored this topic in depth. This workshop offers time of reflection, questions, discussion and shared "portal moments". We invite open minds and open hearts.

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Benedictine Vocation Discernment

Saturday- Sunday, February 28- March 1, 2015, Sat 9:00am - Sun 12:30pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. No fee

Come join the Sisters to listen to your call from Scripture, and hear about Benedictine community from the Prologue of the Rule of Benedict. Experience being with the Sisters for reflection time, prayer, dialogue, work and leisure. If you are a Catholic single woman discerning whether you have a vocation to the Benedictine way of life, this is a wonderful opportunity to share in community life with the Sisters of St. Placid Priory.

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The Women Who Followed Jesus

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $50

Who are the women named in the Gospels as followers of Jesus? Who are the "many others" who remain unnamed? We will take a close look at the various gospel passages about Jesus' women followers, especially at his death and resurrection, and explore how their witness still speaks to us today.

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Celtic Patterns, Celtic Prayer

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:30am - 3:30pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $60

Together we'll chant ancient prayers from the Carmina Gadelica and Breastplate of St. Patrick. Victoria will guide us through Celtic manuscript illuminations of the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels. We will draw inspiration and spiritual nourishment from Celtic saints, along with thoughts and prayers from contemporary Celtic writers.

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Heart and Soul

Friday, March 20, 2015, 8:00pm
South Sound Manor, 455 North St SE, Tumwater

info.. Kathy 360-951-1155, officemanager@cslolympia.org
Website.. http://www.cslolympia.org

Admission/cost.. $25

Music and dancing featuring LaVon Hardison and Brent Pendleton.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Center for Spiritual Living, Olympia and Interfaith Works.

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Art of Self-Compassion and Mindful Meditation

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $60

The art of self-compassion promotes compassion to oneself and hence, compassion for all living beings in the world we share. Discover through reflection and meditation how this practice can help you honor and accept your humanness, enhance interpersonal relationships and promote care of the spirit.

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Silent Centering Prayer Retreat

Friday - Sunday, March 20-22, 2015, Fri 7:15pm - Sun 1:30pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $180

Take your relationship with God and your Centering Prayer practice deeper on this weekend silent retreat. Retreat includes periods of Centering Prayer and time for solitude within the intentional silence observed throughout the entire retreat. Intended for those with at least 6 months of daily Centering Prayer practice.

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Exploring the Depths of Loss and Grief

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

Admission/cost.. $60

Explore the many aspects and experiences of loss and grief from various perspectives. That exploration, in turn, will lead towards deeper self-awareness, increased attentiveness toward others who are grieving, and greater skillfulness in helping those who are dealing with issues of loss and grief.

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Coming of Age: Youth, Religion & Identity in Challenging Times

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 2:00pam - 3:30pm
Harned Hall 110, St Martin's University, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey

Admission/cost.. n/a

Community Conversations - Interfaith dialogue on issues important to our community and the world.

Program:

  • Interfaith panel
  • Small group talks
  • Large group reflection

    Light refreshments following

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  • Journey to Easter: Triduum Retreat

    Thursday - Sunday, April 2-5, 2015, Thur 3:00pm - Sun 12:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $190, or $225 w/ Spiritual Direction

    Travel the road to Calvary with Jesus. Let the silence of the Triduum retreat help you be fully present to this holy time. Begin by joining the Benedictine Sisters for a special meal on Holy Thursday. Be with us as we let the liturgies of each day lead us deeper into the journey to Easter. We will celebrate new life with 9:00 a.m. Eucharist on Easter Sunday followed by a simple breakfast with the Sisters and Mass participants. Spiritual Direction is available on Thursday before 3:00 p.m.

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    Prayer Beads

    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $50

    Using our hands in prayer adds two sensory cues: We can see and feel our prayers as well as hear the words. We will explore rosaries from the Catholic tradition and prayer ropes of the Eastern Orthodox Church. We will concentrate on Anglican prayer beads. Patterns, resources, and tips for creating handmade beads will be presented.

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    Welcoming Prayer

    Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $50

    The Welcoming Prayer is an active prayer for everyday life. It addresses values clustered around energy deeply invested in security/survival; affection/esteem; and power/control. Acting out of our unconscious desires fossilized in these "energy centers" can lead us away from our intention to be faithful and away from God. The Welcoming Prayer can help to dismantle these obstacles so that we may live more faithfully. It is intended to be used in daily life to complement Centering Prayer or other contemplative practice.

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    Opening in Divine Presence

    3rd Tuesdays of the Month, (except Oct 28)
    Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 16, 2014
    Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, 2015
    9:00 am - Noon
    St. Placid Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College Street NE, Lacey, WA 98516

    info..360-438-2595, prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $350 for all 7 sessions

    Each month through contemplation, the participants will gather to experience opening in God. Through extended silence, breath, movement, and words of facilitation, Presence is explored using a specific theme. Each session is completed with reflection, rest, and sharing. The participants will return to their daily living having practiced contemplation as a way of being with the circumstances of our lives.

    Jamie Deering is a retreat facilitator, licensed massage therapist, teacher, mentor, and music director fostering transformation through expansive awareness. She holds a Masters in Teaching and also trained with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.


    Explore Being in Presence Retreat

    Friday - Sunday, April 24-26, 2015, Fri 7:15pm - Sun 1:30pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $200

    Through contemplation, this retreat invites you to open in Divine Presence. Using prompts from a multitude of faith traditions, we will notice, explore, and open our thoughts, feelings and perspectives in the safe welcoming space of Love. Through contemplation, rest, and sharing, we will explore being in Presence as an orientation for responding to life's challenges.

    Bring water bottle, pen, journal, shoes and sweater for outdoors, yoga mat is optional.

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    Art as Health

    Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595; prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $50

    Art as Health is designed to inform participants how experiencing the fine arts promotes healing of body and spirit. The program provides discussion of medical studies, a group arts activity, and shows how views of visual art, nature, poetry, and music merge as creative pathways to wellness.

    Bring a sack lunch & welcome to bring art supplies like pastels, colored pencils/papers, fabrics, collage materials, etc.

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