Victoria Winter Programs 2018

The Planetary Shaman, Integral Theory, Evolutionary Spirituality & Participation in the Sacred Biosphere with Layman Pascel

Our shared Global Village faces vast ecological challenges.  We must become much better at bridging the gap between Nature and the Human.  Yet the natural world is not merely “out there” — it also breathes deeply within & between us.  It is rich, multidimensional and haunting.  We must become a little more like the archaic shamans in order to navigate the complexity of spiritual ecology.  Let’s take a look at the inner life of the Biosphere.  Let’s get in touch with practices to evoke the Unconscious Soul and enter into different relations with plants and animals.  Let’s open ourselves the question of subtle energies and subtle beings.  It may be possible to start cultivating a planetary wisdom-civilization and a great tribe of wholeness. To do so requires that we become better and more flexible explorers and students of whatever skills are needed to generate and regenerate sacred traditions without falling into irrationalism.  We need to be more complete participants in the multidimensional mystery of Nature.  This a job for new kinds of shamans.  

Join Layman Pascal for a profound but playful look at planetary shamanism using the all-inclusive framework of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory as a jumping off point into the living mystery…

Date: 4 Tuesdays, Jan 9 – 30th
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost: $75 or $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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Powers of the Universe, Part I, with Gertie Jocksch

In The Powers of the Universe, Dr. Brian Thomas Swimme takes you on a fascinating journey into the powers that have been active since the beginning of time and are available to you. It is a captivating exploration of the powers coursing through the Universe and each of us. This immersive program contains eleven 45 min episodes for a total of 9 hours of amazing insights that will forever change how we think about being human. Don’t miss this extraordinary exploration into the vast Universe, its powers and how they relate to each of us.

“Few are better than Brian Swimme in teaching how contemporary science can enable us to shift our view of the universe and ourselves, and potentially how we live together. Don’t be deceived, The Powers of the Universe, is not just about the stars and galaxies but the universal forces that are within us, individually and collectively, if we become courageous enough to start to work with them.”

– Dr. Peter Senge
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Date: Five Tuesday Feb 6, Feb 20 – March 6, 2018
Cost:   $95, $20 drop in
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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Engaging the Enneagram:  through the gateway of typology, exploring our place within the cosmic whole and its place within us with Dawn Kilarski and Barry Vall |

Greeting from Dawn and Barry: New friends and old, greetings to you all from within the heart of this 2018 “Wild Canadian Year” with all its beauty and terror.  

The Enneagram has been a wonderful guide and companion through the inner and outer landscapes of our own personal lives, and our work and even our play. We are delighted to share and explore this powerful symbol together with you.  

We are hoping that however you come, new to the symbol or delving deeper into it, you will feel the soulfulness of the many and various connections that exist within, between and among us. Somehow in the crossing of our paths we trust that something is at work that has all of our deepest wellbeings at heart and is for the benefit of the all in all.  

The Enneagram is an ancient and ever evolving psycho-spiritual symbol and system for the conscious cultivation of awareness, being, growth and transformation. It originated in the Middle East and was brought to the West by George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. It draws from a source body of wisdom that existed before the establishment of the major religious traditions and that was preserved and developed in part by various streams including Sufi monastic communities. While based on perennial truths thousands of years old, the Enneagram integrates with the best of Western philosophical and psychological insight. It provides a sophisticated map of the movements and patterns within our minds, hearts and bodies, and discerns the paths of growth in our lives as interconnected individuals.

There are many Enneagrams. The most commonly presented is the Enneagram of personality types. In this workshop we enter the symbol through the doorway of typology and from that vantage point catch glimpses of the many-layered nature of the symbol and what it reveals only as we continue to place our attention upon it.

This workshop offers:

  • basic information of the Enneagram
  • help in finding your primary pattern or type as well as the constellation of patterning in each of your three centres of intelligence: head, heart and gut
  • unveiling of the nine particular paths that lead to wholeness and the development of resources for living consciously in our world and within the worlds within us.
  • tools and strategies for integration

We are the whole symbol. In other words, all of the energies and patterns are within each of us and are part of our common human experience. But we are creatures of habit. Over time we come to identify with particular coping strategies and patterns and tend to react to the world in predictable and automatic ways. Knowing these patterns is the first step toward liberating our energy and opening to greater wholeness.

It is true that we can never be reduced to a single number or personality type or even constellation of types; but it is important to recognize the patterning. It is in our exploration of how we embody an undercurrent of tendencies and in our becoming aware of our habits of attention and automatic behaviours that our interior freedom can grow and that we might glimpse the interconnectedness of all that is. We can then begin to embrace more of the whole of who and how we are and can become freer to be more and more our unique selves, the greatest gift and service we have to offer the world. We take our place in the wondrous unfolding of a dynamic living universe.

Date: Friday Feb 23, 6 – 9 pm and Saturday Feb 24, 9 – 4 pm and 6 -9 pm,  2018
Cost: $125
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria

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Winter Programs Vancouver

 Resisting Structural Evil: A Spirituality of Resistance with Martha Saunders

What do “good” and “evil” mean in a world enmeshed in human-caused ecological devastation and huge economic disparities among earth’s people? How can economically privileged people who seek to develop a meaningful spirituality and ethic resist the political and economic systems that create and sustain our advantages?

 This workshop will explore some key insights of Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Lutheran Minister and professor at Pacific Lutheran University , and a longtime social and environmental justice advocate and activist. In her work, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation she defines structural evil as “evil that inhabits our lives by virtue of the economic policies, practices, institutions, and assumptions that shape how we live.” How do we recognize the structural evil in which our lives are enmeshed? What is our individual responsibility for this evil which is so much greater than ourselves? How do we resist? Moe-Lobeda proposes love as the only answer, the only way to bring about the economic and ecological transformation that is demanded . Love she says is our vocation, but what does this love mean in a practical sense?

Working together with Canadian Memorial United Church.

Date: Jan 20, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $70.00 Please bring lunch, refreshments are provided.
Location:  Canadian Memorial Church, Centre for Peace, 16th & Burrard St. Vancouver

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Teilhard de Chardin On Love, Evolving Human Relationships* with Gertie Jocksch SC

 “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Love is a central concept to Teilhard’s evolutionary insights. We will explore how love is the core energy for evolving life. The day will consist of practical exercises to engage in the energies of love.

*Louis M Savary & Patricia H. Berne, 2017

Working together with Canadian Memorial United Church.

Date: March 17, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $70.00 Please bring lunch, refreshments are provided.
Location:  Canadian Memorial Church, Centre for Peace, 16th & Burrard St. Vancouver

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Spring Programs Victoria

Poetry for the Earth with Denis Donnelly

Poetry has always reflected the evolving attitudes of societies towards the natural world. We will begin by considering the ancient Irish/Celtic world-view through the eyes and writings of John O’Donohue. Then, using examples from selected times and places including ancient Chinese, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, the Renaissance, the English Romantics, and poetry from indigenous peoples, we will explore some of the currents in these traditions. We will also consider some beautiful and evocative contemporary poetry that explores our evolving societal relationship with the Earth. Resonating with the incisive and commanding voice of the poetic tradition, these poems speak to contemporary society’s re-awakening awareness of our intimate connection with the natural world.  Also, as song and poetry have co-existed through the ages, I will from time to time lead us in songs (no singing experience required!) that will deepen our experience and enliven our understanding.

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Date: Fri. April 6, 7 – 9 pm & Sat. April 7, 10 – 4, 2017
Cost:   $70, Please bring lunch, refreshments will be served
Location: Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria


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